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Making the news make sense isn’t always easy, especially with complex stories. We add context to the day’s headlines to help you get it straight.

Why the Fed’s favorite inflation gauge is much lower than better known CPI

Inflation is synonymous with the consumer price index, which comes out less than two weeks after the end of each month. But there’s more than one way to measure inflation, and CPI is not the Federal Reserve‘s favorite one. When Fed Chair Jerome Powell says “My colleagues and I are strongly committed to bringing inflation […]

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The state of the US National Guard: Unusual missions, declining recruitment   

In times of crisis, federal, state, and local agencies can count on the U.S. National Guard to step in and lend a helping hand. Recently, the Guard has responded in ways not seen before.  Members of the Guard are part-time civilian soldiers who serve at the pleasure of the president and their state’s governor. Most […]

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Why some lawmakers favor ranked-choice voting

Ranked-choice voting has been around for centuries, but in the last two decades, Americans have adopted the system in several cities, counties, and states. The process has received praise from Democrats and criticism from some Republicans this midterm cycle.  “We believe ranked-choice voting improves elections for everyone,” said Deb Otis, Director of Research at Fair […]

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Are Texas’ energy providers ready to handle cryptocurrency mining boom?

Several major crypto mining companies in Texas are powering down their facilities to provide energy companies relief. Triple-digit temperatures this summer have pushed the state’s energy grids to the brink. ERCOT, the agency that manages electricity distribution for the majority of the state, is asking customers to conserve energy in any way they can.  While […]

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‘It’s just wrong’: Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drugs takes on Big Pharma

Getting access to affordable and potentially life-saving medications is an ongoing challenge in America, especially if you find yourself unemployed and uninsured. Cost Plus Drugs, a new online pharmacy, is aiming to shake up the pharmaceutical industry by charging a fraction of the price that large pharmacies charge. Billionaire Mark Cuban, the owner of the […]

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Sudden adult death syndrome has no correlation with COVID-19: Expert

Recent reports of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) are not indicative of an increase in cases or correlation with COVID-19 vaccination, experts have clarified. Sudden Adult Death Syndrome is a modified name for Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, which is when an abnormal heart rhythm leads to cardiac arrest. After the person dies, there is no clear […]

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Committee: Trump White House knew Jan. 6 could get violent, did nothing 

The Trump White House knew protests on Jan. 6, 2021, could get violent and lead to a breach of government buildings, including the Capitol. That’s according to newly released documents and testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the principal aide to former President Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Hutchinson worked directly in the West Wing and […]

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Retirees flood job market amid rising inflation

The Labor Department reported an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in May, the lowest figure in years. According to a nationwide job survey, millions who retired a year earlier are returning to work due to rising inflation. Experts have called this phenomenon “The Great Unretirement.” “I had worked it [retirement] all out. I could afford […]

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Will airlines be able to keep up with surging summer demand?

Travel experts project summer 2022 will be a hectic time for the airline industry, which is still recovering from COVID-19. Here’s how it may impact travelers’ summer itineraries. Increased demand “People really, for the last 18 to 24 months, [have] been stir crazy not going anywhere,” Ted Bradpiece, president of a Los Angeles-based travel agency, […]

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Will New York embrace former governor Andrew Cuomo’s reboot?

Disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may be laying the groundwork for a political comeback. In recent weeks, Cuomo has made several public appearances and has released television ads with narratives aimed at clearing his name and unfinished business.  In August 2021, Cuomo reluctantly stepped down from office after New York Attorney General Letitia […]

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“Our new home”: Ukrainians, Russians seek asylum at US-Mexico border 

Ukrainians and Russians are fleeing their countries in record numbers and seeking asylum in America. A growing number of the refugees have attempted to enter the U.S. from a border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico.  Refugees hope to call America home “We’re just trying to decide where our new home will be,” a Ukrainian refugee said. […]

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Elon Musk’s Starlink provides lifeline in Ukraine

Elon Musk’s Space X is known for launching rockets into space, but on the ground, the company has been providing a lifeline to the people in Ukraine. Starlink is keeping Ukrainians informed and helping soldiers stay connected using its high-speed broadband internet service. The company’s low orbit satellites can provide users with internet access anywhere around […]

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Bosses are watching employees work from home. Is that legal?

As more employees take advantage of working from home, bosses have faced a new challenge: managing workplace productivity. As a result, companies have implemented new policies to monitor remote employees, raising privacy concerns in the process.  To what extent employers can monitor workers, and do employers have to let workers know? Ways to monitor employees […]

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Are the Baltic States Putin’s next power grab?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised international questions about President Vladimir Putin’s objectives. Some world leaders believe Putin has his sights set on the Baltic states and is trying to re-establish the former Soviet Union. Biden: Putin aims to re-establish USSR “He [Putin] has much larger ambitions than Ukraine,” President Joe Biden said during a […]

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What’s behind the “freedom convoy” opposing Canada’s COVID-19 mandates?

A self-described “freedom convoy” group blocked roads and bridges at Canadian cities and border crossings between Canada and the United States. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the protests have disrupted international trade, crippling an already slow supply chain. What do the protesters want?  Convoy organizers want Canada to end its COVID-19 mandates. For example, one mandate requires […]

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Birth rates are declining and the COVID pandemic isn’t helping

When the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns first went into effect, many predicted a baby boom. Couples were spending more time at home, leaving more time to start a family. But those theories proved incorrect. In the United States, rates have been steadily declining since a peak in 2007. Birth rates from 2020 and 2021 show […]

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Nord Stream 2: A central bargaining chip in Russia-Ukraine conflict

As tensions escalate on the Russia-Ukraine border, a massive underwater pipeline has become a new bargaining chip to calm the Cold War-style confrontation. In a joint news conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, President Joe Biden placed Russian President Vladimir Putin on notice. ”If Russia invades, that means troops or tanks crossing the border of Ukraine […]

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Conservatives call censorship as Spotify, big tech combat COVID “misinformation”

Artists boycotting Spotify have continued the conversation over tech companies’ responsibility when it comes to content moderation. Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash are some of the musicians who withdrew their music from Spotify in protest over the company’s continued streaming of the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, which they say is spreading misinformation about […]

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Book ban battle: Parents fight to censor books on sexuality, race in public schools

Complaints are piling up by the day in public school libraries across the country, as parents aim to ban books they consider inappropriate for children to read. According to the American Library Association, 273 books were challenged by censorship attempts during the 2020-21 school year. Many of the books in question tackle two complicated issues: […]

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Yes, the US is in a second Cold War with Russia, experts say

As more than 100,000 Russian troops are stationed along the border with Ukraine, the U.S. and other NATO countries continue to prepare for an invasion. President Joe Biden met with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Following the discussion, Biden announced Nord Stream 2 (the Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline) would be blocked if Russia decided to invade Ukraine. […]

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Public broadcasting critics: Congress shouldn’t fund NPR, PBS

Congress must address its budget by February 18 to avert a shutdown. When it does that, all discretionary spending is up for debate. That debate frequently includes calls to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds NPR and PBS. Proponents of defunding the CPB generally complain about the cost and the content. Congress allocates […]

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Calls to limit Congress’ ability to trade stocks surge

With multiple bills from both chambers and both parties, the calls to limit or ban members of Congress from trading stocks while in office are gaining support. There are three bills addressing the issue: one from Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), another from Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA), and a third from House […]


Who is ‘Lady Al Qaida’? The woman at the center of the Texas synagogue standoff.

A 10-hour hostage situation at a Texas synagogue ended with the death of hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram, a British national. During the standoff, Akram demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui earned the nickname ‘Lady Al Qaida’ in 2008, when she was arrested for being part of an alleged Al Qaida plot for a mass […]


What’s the difference between migrants and refugees?

The differences between migrants and refugees can be confusing, especially when reports use the words interchangeably in descriptions of immigration issues and humanitarian crises around the globe. In October 2021, news organizations reported thousands of migrants crossing into Europe from Belarus, but a month earlier, reports described refugees evacuating from Afghanistan to come and live […]


Does the world really need the World Health Organization?

Despite former President Donald Trump’s withdrawal announcement in 2020, the United States remains an active member of the World Health Organization. America is also the organization’s largest donor, giving more than $850 million biennially. Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. has clashed with the organization over travel bans, vaccine inequality, and the investigation into Wuhan’s virology lab. […]


Explaining the Senate’s ‘nuclear option’ for the filibuster

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has single-handedly spiked the Democrats’ social spending bill. Now President Joe Biden has indicated he is done trying to privately coax lawmakers to agree to changes. “I’ve been having these quiet conversations with members of Congress for the last two months. I’m tired of being quiet,” Biden said. Democrats, with Biden’s […]


Biden wants back in Iran nuclear deal as negotiations near end

Officials around the world have warned that time is running out to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. While the U.S. has not participated directly in the negotiations, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the United States plans to build on the progress other countries have made. The United States lost its seat at the table […]

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Would a federal red flag law prevent mass shootings in America?

Congressional lawmakers continue to debate whether to enact a federal red flag law or leave the matter to states to decide. Renewed calls for this legislation followed the deadly shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan. The push for red flag laws came in the wake of the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High […]

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Diplomatic boycott: Biden delivers Beijing sting before Olympics

Congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have differing opinions on President Joe Biden’s decision to issue a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The Biden Administration said while it wholeheartedly supports Team USA, it will not be sending any representation. “We will not be contributing to the fanfare […]

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Polling error reached a record high in 2020. Experts point to a Trump factor.

From a voter’s perspective, polling in the days leading up to elections may seem significantly flawed as of late. Experts say the numbers support this hypothesis. During the 2016 and 2020 presidential races, state-level polling was inaccurate, according to the American Association for Public Opinion Research. National polling also featured greater error than usual. In fact, […]

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Does the best COVID defense come from vaccines or prior infection?

A recent study out of South Africa indicates that the Omicron variant has a “substantial ability to evade immunity from prior infection.” Researchers do not yet have clarity on whether the Omicron variant can also evade vaccine-induced natural immunity. Natural immunity is the protection a person gains from a virus after already being infected by […]

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Could Kyle Rittenhouse win a defamation case against President Biden?

In his first interview following a jury acquittal, Kyle Rittenhouse took aim at President Joe Biden. Rittenhouse has also criticized news outlets after some referred to him as a white supremacist and part of a militia. “It’s actual malice, defaming my character for him [Biden] to say something like that,” Rittenhouse said while speaking with […]

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How low can they go? Reasons for Kamala Harris’ historically low approval ratings

A recent USAToday / Suffolk University poll pegged Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating at 28 percent. It’s the lowest approval rating of a modern vice president and casts doubt over a future Harris presidential run. The White House quickly jumped to her defense. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told Politico there was “no question” […]

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WHO skips “Nu” and “Xi” to name new Omicron COVID-19 variant

The World Health Organization announced a new and potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variant spreading across the globe called Omicron. Here’s how WHO named this variant.  In May, WHO announced it would use the Greek alphabet to name new COVID-19 variants, a practice once used by The National Hurricane Center when naming hurricanes.  Since implementing the […]

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Paul vs. Fauci: What does gain-of-function research have to do with COVID-19?

Use of gain-of-function research has been heavily debated in the scientific community and most recently, on Capitol Hill. For months, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have disagreed on the definition of gain-of-function research during Senate hearings. Gain-of-function occurs “when any organism acquires a new ability or property,” Colorado State University biosafety expert […]

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Spiking inflation, supply shortages and a shipping crisis: Will Biden’s economic nightmare ever end?

Americans are facing an expensive holiday season. Record-high inflation means everything from new cars to hot dogs have become more costly. Beef prices prices soared 20 percent since last year, and furniture prices are up an average of 12 percent. President Joe Biden blames the pandemic and says the inflation is temporary. “The pandemic has been […]

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Biden backtracks: Justice Dept. negotiating $450k payments to migrant families separated at border

The Biden administration faces criticism following reports the Department of Justice is negotiating $450,000 payments to migrant families. Hundreds of civil lawsuits filed against the federal government stem from a Trump-era border policy, which illegally separated children from their parents at the border in 2018. “There were reports that were surfacing that your administration is […]

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China’s new hypersonic missile can zoom faster than a mile per second

The U.S. military successfully tested hypersonic weapon component prototypes in October, according to the Pentagon. A day later, the program reportedly suffered a setback. The tests came as President Joe Biden expressed his own concern regarding suspected hypersonic missiles from China. General Mark Milley voiced concern, as well. “I don’t know if it’s quite a Sputnik […]

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Just how dangerous are Instagram and Facebook to underage users?

Internal research first publicized by The Wall Street Journal revealed Instagram and parent company Facebook knew how damaging its platforms were to the mental health of children and teenagers. One in three teenagers said Instagram usage caused body image issues. Six percent of American teens who reported suicidal thoughts traced the desire to kill themselves […]

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Doctors warn deadly ‘twindemic’ could be months away

While the world has become very familiar with the word “pandemic,” medical experts say a “twindemic” could be on the horizon. A twindemic is a double threat of both COVID-19 and the flu. “Twindemic really stands for two different viruses, the flu virus and the Coronavirus, both having peak surges or symptomatic infections at the […]

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Millions in cleanup costs. $167 for seagull replacements. Who pays for oil spills?

California’s Huntington Beach is reopening, but the cleanup is far from over after a pipeline leaked 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean. The spill was one of the largest oil spills in the state’s history and is expected to cost millions. Typically the owner and operator of the pipeline is liable for […]

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Severe weather strikes these states the most

From Hurricanes Ida and Henri to record heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest and record lows in Texas, this year has been filled with deadly and dangerous weather. In fact, new research finds that nearly one in every three Americans experienced weather disasters in the summer of 2021. “One of the things we’re seeing…is the extremes are […]

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Another government shutdown? What it’ll mean for you if it happens.

After Senators failed to pass legislation raising the debt ceiling on Monday, lawmakers face increased pressure in their negotiations. If they do not come to an agreement by Friday, October 1, the U.S. will experience another government shutdown. The federal government has shut down 20 times since 1976, according to the Committee for a Responsible […]

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Biden’s poll numbers are faltering, but history shows he has time to recover

A new Gallup poll has President Joe Biden’s job approval rating at 43%, an all-time low for him. The poll shows that Biden’s rating is down six points since August, and 13 points since June. 53 percent of people polled say they disapprove of Biden’s performance. This poll doesn’t appear to be an outlier. FiveThirtyEight looks […]

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Schools are scrambling without enough bus drivers. Where did they go?

School districts across the country have reported a struggle to staff their buses with enough drivers to transport all the students to and from class. According to a survey conducted by HopSkipDrive, 78 percent of the school districts that participated said they were “constrained by the bus driver shortage.” 81 percent of those surveyed said […]

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The 55 long COVID symptoms that may never go away

Even people who only get mildly sick from COVID-19 can experience symptoms for months. It is called long COVID with patients reporting side effects and symptoms long after they are free of the virus. Researchers collected a list of symptoms associated with long COVID, and it’s long. There are 55 in all. So, what exactly […]

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Antifa and Proud Boys: Political lightning rods for the Dems, GOP

A rise in far-left and far-right extremist groups has created a sharp political divide across the country. Extremist groups like Antifa and Proud Boys have been clashing in urban centers like Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. In August, police in Oregon arrested a man who fired a gun into a crowd of demonstrators, but no […]

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Vaccine mandate? What the Executive Order means for private businesses

President Joe Biden’s vaccine regulations for the private sector is getting slammed by some and praised by others. Some, go so far as to call it unconstitutional, while others are saying it’s just what is needed to end the pandemic. What exactly is in the vaccine regulations? Let’s get this straight. The private sector regulations […]

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Recall elections are synonymous with the Golden State. Here’s why.

Voting is underway for California’s gubernatorial election. The ballots, which were sent to voters, have just two parts to them. The first part asks if current governor Gavin Newsom should be removed from office. The second addresses who should replace him if he is recalled. Recall elections are nothing new for the Golden State. According […]

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The Cajun Navy storms to the rescue once again. Who exactly are they?

The Cajun Navy immediately went into search and rescue mode following the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida. While these boaters are well known in the South, many are learning about these volunteers’ work for the first time.

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Islamic law: Why the Taliban’s rules depart from the religion’s core values

Worldwide concern for Afghan women grows as the Taliban takes control of their country in the name of Islamic law. However, in reality, the Taliban’s enforcement of an extremely conservative lifestyle is only one interpretation of Islamic law.

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“We will hunt you down,” Biden warns ISIS-K. But who exactly is this terror group?

President Joe Biden announced ISIS-K is responsible for the attack by two suicide bombers in Kabul. ISIS-K, the branch of ISIS in Afghanistan, is a sworn enemy of the Taliban. With the organizations launching attacks on each other, they put civilians at risk of being caught in the crossfire.

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Afghan refugees await evacuation to the US, but how many are there?

The United States has a path to citizenship for Afghans who have been employed to help American troops or officials–the Special Immigrant Visa program. According to the Department of Defense, as many as 50,000 applicants are still in Afghanistan, and the U.S. has a total capacity of 22,000 applicants. So far, at least 2,000 have […]

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“No Vaxx, No Service”: Is your vaccination card now the most valuable thing in your wallet?

The phrase “no vaxx, no service” is making its way around businesses. Restaurants, bars, and gyms across the country are taking a hard stance to protect their bottom line and fight COVID-19.

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The fall of Kabul: an iteration of the United States’ role in Saigon?

Following the United States’ withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban has continued to capture cities while people evacuate. As US troops airlifted Americans from the embassy, many compared the fall of Kabul to that of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.

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Expert advice: Going back to school safely with COVID

School districts across the country are holding last minute special sessions to make sure they have the best practices in place to keep everyone as safe as possible as classes get underway. Medical experts cut through the posturing.  

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Growing list of companies delay return to office, mandate COVID-19 vaccinations

After more than a year of working from home, major American companies are still hesitant to have employees return to the office. Amazon, Google, and Lyft are just some of the employers saying they’ll delay their office returns until the fall. Some companies are going a step farther by requiring COVID-19 vaccination before their employees […]

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The newest Olympic sport? Finding ways to fight sexism at Tokyo’s Games

The Olympics are supposed to celebrate extraordinary achievement, but instead the Games are dealing with sexism challenges from its leaders and within the sporting organizations.

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What’s the ROC? Independent athletes compete at Winter Olympics

Athletes from the Russian Olympic Commission, or ROC, racked up medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and are poised to earn more in Beijing at the 2022 Winter Olympics. While independent from Russia, their success has renewed attention to a scandal that sidelined their home country for two years. The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from […]

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Clarifying misinformation about HIPPA health violations. Or did you really mean HIPAA?

#HIPPA has been trending on social media after U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed her HIPAA rights were violated when asked if she’d been vaccinated. But her comment, and the trend on Twitter, show there’s some misunderstanding about what HIPAA is… and how it’s spelled. Let’s Get This Straight.

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The COVID Games: Did organizers jump the gun for the Summer Olympics?

From athletes testing positive for COVID-19 to corporate sponsors pulling ads, the summer Olympics are losing public support in Tokyo. The organizing committee said it remains focused on delivering a successful event but did not rule out a last-minute cancellation.

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To mask or not to mask: Pediatricians and the CDC don’t fully agree

Last school year, many parents had to decide between classroom and remote learning. This year, they have another big decision: mask or no mask. The guidance they’re getting is a bit confusing. Here’s the guidance from the CDC. Here’s the guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Why Democrats might not need Republicans to pass their $3.5 trillion budget bill

Two spending bills are on deck for the Senate on Tuesday–a $1 trillion infrastructure plan and a $3.5 trillion budget plan. While the former has bipartisan support, the latter appears unpopular among Republicans. With Senate Democrats’ efforts continually blocked by the filibuster, the $3.5 trillion bill could still pass because it qualifies for budget reconciliation. […]

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When Team Biden comes knocking, do I need to share my Vaxx business?

President Joe Biden continues to make the case for more Americans to get vaccinated. But can Team Biden come knocking and ask your vaccine status? That’s a question that has ignited debate between the White House and Republicans online.

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Texas lawmakers flee the state: Can they be arrested for traveling to DC?

Democratic lawmakers from Texas fled the state for Washington, D.C. to block the passage a new voting rights bill. By skipping town, the House Democrats are preventing a quorum, which in-turn prevents a vote. On Tuesday, Texas Republicans invoked a Call of the House. What does this mean for the lawmakers who fled the state? […]

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Troops out of Afghanistan: How did we get there and what’s next?

After 20 years, the U.S. will be out of Afghanistan by the end of August. How did we end up there in the first place? Why were we there so long? And what is going to happen next?

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Can Biden’s sweeping executive order be overturned?

President Joe Biden signed a sweeping executive order on Friday targeting tech, health care and other parts of the economy. What exactly is an executive order and can Congress or the Supreme Court do anything about it?

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Section 230: What it is and why Donald Trump wants a judge to overrule it

Donald Trump has filed class action lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook, and Google. In the filings, his legal team highlight the role of Section 230 – something Trump has long opposed. It’s a section of the Communications Decency Act, which outlines the protections websites and internet platforms have from third-party users.

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Why rental car prices are through the roof–if you can find one

An estimated 48 million Americans are expected to travel this Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to AAA. However, analysts say a rental vehicle shortage may put a damper on some travel plans.

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How these college athletes plan to get rich off new NCAA policy

The NCAA reversed a policy that will forever change the landscape of college sports. The rule change allows players to cash in on their name, image, and likeness.

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Deadline day for the fight against robocalls

The Trump administration attempted to crack down on robocalls, but the Federal Communications Commission struggled with enforcement. As of June 30, 2021, major phone carriers have to adopt new technology that blocks fake or spoofed calls–or face fines if they don’t.

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The Trump Organization is under fire. Who could face legal charges?

The Manhattan District Attorney is expected to bring charges against the Trump Organization on Thursday. President Donald Trump stepped down as the organization’s president in 2017 and his lawyers say he isn’t expected to be charged. What do legal charges mean for the organization and its current executives? View the video above to Get This […]

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Why are we talking about NIH grants and the Wuhan lab leak theory?

President Joe Biden has asked the intelligence community to “redouble efforts” investigating the origins of COVID-19. The Wuhan lab remains at the center of the investigation and $600k in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants are in question.

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Lone Star Showdown: What’s inside the Texas voting bill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Senate Bill 7 will be taken up in a special session. GOP lawmakers say language limiting voting hours on Sundays was a typo.

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How the filibuster played into the failure of the Capitol riot commission bill

Shannon Longworth breaks down the role of the filibuster in the Capitol riot commission bill dying on the Senate floor.

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US-Mexico border: Who’s responsible for unaccompanied migrant kids?

Thousands of children remain in limbo when they reach the US-Mexico border. Here’s what happens when the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol takes unaccompanied migrant kids into custody.

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CDC issues new mask guidance for fully vaccinated: Mask on or off?

As nearly 50% of Americans have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC issues new mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. However, before you ditch your mask, keep these exceptions in mind.

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Who are the fresh faces in new Olympic sports?

The 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics will make history with new sports like skateboarding, surfing, karate, sport climbing and baseball. The sports will feature new faces in the Olympic Games.

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Why do some Democrats in Congress want to do away with the filibuster?

Even with a simple majority in the Senate, Democrats struggle to pass legislation for one reason: the filibuster. Senate Republicans used it to block the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, and Sen. Joe Manchin has stated his opposition to eliminating the filibuster.

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COVID-19: Can employers require workers to get vaccinated?

Generally speaking, employers can require workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But caveats to those requirements exist.

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Does decriminalizing marijuana make it legal?

Decriminalizing marijuana does not make it legal to carry it. However, consequences differ between recreational and medical uses.

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Human composting taking root in more American states

Natural organic reduction, better known as human composting, is an alternative to a traditional burial. Washington was the first state to legalize the process, followed by Colorado and now Oregon. More states have also introduced human composting legislation.

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Gwen Stefani’s music sparks another cultural appropriation conversation

Critics say Gwen Stefani continues a pattern of cultural appropriation with her newest “Slow Clap” video. Viewers believe her obsession with appropriating other cultures dates back to the 1990s.

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Would a billionaire tax help or hurt the American economy?

Mindful of surging economic inequality during the pandemic, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren proposed a new billionaire tax. But would that billionaire tax help or hurt the American economy in the long run? If you’d like to dig deeper into primary sources referenced in this report: Here’s the letter from Cal-Berkeley economists to Sen. […]

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