Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor

Francine Kiefer

The Christian Science Monitor

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Past articles by Francine:

‘Just keep it flowing.’ Three people working to untangle supply chain.

Three frontline workers walk us through global supply chain troubles, as seen in the clogged port of Los Angeles. → Read More

From LA jail, two inmates pioneer care for mentally ill peers

From the Los Angeles County jail has emerged a model for how to address mental illness among inmates. The secret? Care, on a daily basis. → Read More

How one Chinatown curbs anti-Asian violence and unites a city

Multiethnic teams of volunteers patrolling Chinatown in Oakland, California, are awaking and uniting the city. → Read More

America’s diverse Asian communities unite against hate

Atlanta shootings have sparked nationwide vigils and calls by Asian Americans to address prejudice and hate. → Read More

Moral imperative or dangerous precedent? House plans to impeach Trump again.

On Monday, House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, charging him with “incitement of insurrection.” → Read More

‘A point of comparison’: Francine Kiefer on how one beat informs another (audio)

Experience matters in journalism. But so does adaptability. This reporter relies on both as she covers new beats and changing times. → Read More

How lack of transparency, inconsistency hamper U.S. pandemic fight

As coronavirus cases spike, a bevy of inconsistent rules and a lack of transparency are hampering efforts to support public health. → Read More

How Republican women won a record number of seats in Congress

In January, 32 or more Republican women will be heading to Congress. Of eight House seats that Republicans flipped, six will be held by women. → Read More

California seemed to do everything right. So why are COVID-19 cases surging?

California’s response to the coronavirus drew widespread praise. Its current struggles offer a lesson about overconfidence born of success. → Read More

You call this a trial? When it comes to impeachment, not so much.

Is the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump fair? The answer to that question, like the trial itself, is more political than principled. → Read More

California’s Latino voters helped turn state blue. Will others catch the wave?

How a generation of Latino activists is reshaping politics and driving change in California and beyond. → Read More

With outages, fire risks, California eyes ‘local’ electricity

From California to Japan, the threat of natural disasters is pushing communities to move to small-scale power. → Read More

Car but no home? Safe parking lots spread across West Coast.

Safe parking lots to sleep in help the homeless who own vehicles with wraparound services in the evenings. → Read More

It’s a stumpede! Corgis hit the racetrack in California.

For one day, the Santa Anita racetrack went from Seabiscuit to dog biscuits, as 100 corgis scooted 125 feet during the second annual Corgi Nationals. → Read More

Afterthought no more? California to flex muscles in 2020 primaries.

By moving up its primary date, the Golden State could help shape the Democratic nomination process – and possibly elevate its own Sen. Kamala Harris. Or it could find itself marginalized once again. → Read More

In Tennessee Senate race, a clear test of centrism vs. ideology

In an era of political tribalism, does a bipartisan centrist represent the past or the future? That’s the question at the heart of a Senate race in Tennessee pitting partisanship against statesmanship. → Read More

Control of House may hinge on ‘Panera moms’ in the suburbs

In the wake of 2016, white, college-educated women have been moving toward the Democrats, making districts like Virginia’s 7th – which has sent Republicans to Congress since the days of Richard Nixon – suddenly competitive. → Read More

In polarized times, praise for McCain becomes grounds for partisan sniping

The Christian Science Monitor is an international news organization that delivers thoughtful, global coverage via its website, weekly magazine, daily news briefing, and email newsletters. → Read More

Remembering John McCain: the quintessential patriot

Three Monitor reporters share their interactions with and observations on the Arizona senator and his lifetime of service – including his wry humor, famous temper, and bipartisan striving. → Read More

In Congress: Work. Dodge tweets. Repeat.

For lawmakers, responding to the president’s tweets can be a full-time job – one that many would prefer to avoid. This week, tweet-mania drowned out congressional progress on spending bills. → Read More