Editor's note

Virginians handed Democrats a huge win on Tuesday, electing Ralph Northam as governor and Justin Fairfax as lieutenant governor. Northam’s platform focused on abortion rights, climate change and racial justice, so his victory was a clear rebuke to Donald Trump. It also confirms that a diverse Democratic coalition now dominates politics in this former Confederate state, argues professor of American politics Toni-Michelle C. Travis. “The big question now,” she writes, “is whether the Democrats’ victory in Virginia portends a national trend.”

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, a growing number of women are going public with their own stories of being harassed in the workplace. As a result, several top executives who had in the past received company protection from punishment have lost their jobs. But will this “#MeToo” movement meaningfully change the way employers deal with high-profile harassers? University of Oregon law professor Elizabeth Tippett believes the answer is a qualified yes.

And as the FBI investigates the mass shooting in Texas, it has again encountered an iPhone whose encryption it can’t break. As the privacy-encryption debate heats up again, several scholars provide their insights on whether police should be able to break into suspects’ digital devices, and how that balances with citizens’ need for privacy.

Catesby Holmes

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Gov.-elect Ralph Northam won handily in Virginia with a campaign focused on abortion rights, racial justice and support for immigration. He has black voters and northern Virginia’s diverse suburbs to thank for the victory. Cliff Owen/Reuters

Democrats' sweep of Virginia shows the state is moving beyond its Confederate past

Toni-Michelle C. Travis, George Mason University

In Virginia, suburbanites, city-dwellers and black voters together rebuffed racism as an electoral strategy and handed Dems a huge win. Is this diverse coalition the future of Old Dominion politics?

Companies are likely taking notice as more women speak up about workplace harassment. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Public shaming of workplace harassers may force employers to stop protecting them

Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon

Companies have long tended to protect rather than punish high-profile harassers. That may change as the #MeToo movement inspires more women to speak out.

Who should be allowed inside? PopTika/Shutterstock.com

FBI tries to crack another smartphone: 5 essential reads

Jeff Inglis, The Conversation

Scholars dig in to the debate on whether police should be able to defeat or circumvent encryption systems.

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    Ted Afield, Georgia State University

    Republican lawmakers say the proposed changes to the tax code would 'streamline' higher ed benefits. But this overhaul would squeeze many, if not most, students and schools.

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