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Can the census ask if you’re a citizen? Here’s what’s at stake in the Supreme Court battle over the 2020 census

For the first time in decades, the 2020 census might include a question asking whether or not each counted person is a citizen.... Read more»

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Your pet on pot, or even CBD: Not a good thing, a vet toxicologist explains

As marijuana and its derivatives are sold legally in more states, pets are getting into pot, accidentally. And some owners are intentionally giving them CBD. A veterinary toxicologist explains the dangers.... Read more»

The truth about St. Patrick’s Day

The Festival of St. Patrick began in the 17th century as a religious and cultural commemoration of the bishop who brought Christianity to Ireland. In Ireland, there’s still an important religious and cultural component to the holiday, even as it has simply become an excuse to wear green and heavily drink in the rest of the world.... Read more»

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Measles: Why it’s so deadly, and why vaccination is so vital

Some people believe measles is a benign, childhood disease that causes a bit of a rash. But the disease is one nasty "little bag of destruction" that will thrive in naive populations — and it's back with a vengeance. ... Read more»

How local journalism can upend the ‘fake news’ narrative

It’s harder to believe that everything is “fake news” when the journalist you meet at back-to-school night, your kid’s football practice, or in the local coffee shop is not just your neighbor, but someone who is also reporting on important local stories that you know to be true.... Read more»

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How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table

Sure, America is divided, but income inequality and an economy favoring the rich may be issues families can agree on over holiday dinner — if we can get over our tribal divides.... Read more»

Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?

Today Labor Day is no longer about trade unionists marching down the street with banners and their tools of trade. Instead, it is a confused holiday with no associated rituals.... Read more»

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John McCain helped build a country that no longer reflects his values

John McCain ends his career honorably and bravely, but with hostility from the White House, marginal influence in the Republican-controlled Senate, and a public less receptive to the positions he has long embodied. ... Read more»

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MS-13 is a street gang, not a drug cartel – and the difference matters

The Trump administration is not the first to mischaracterize MS-13, which conducts vicious but rudimentary criminal activities like extortion, armed robbery and murder. But the group is hardly a lucrative network of criminal masterminds.... Read more»

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Economic history shows why Trump’s ‘America First’ tariff policy is so dangerous

President Donald Trump finally appears poised to make good on his promised threats to slam the door on free trade and erect walls around the country’s economy. But economic history should make Americans skeptical of this claim. ... Read more»

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Millions, billions, trillions: How to make sense of numbers in the news

National discussions of crucial importance to ordinary citizens inevitably involve dollar figures in the millions, billions and trillions. It’s really easy to read past these words, and extremely difficult to internalize how dramatically different these amounts are. These thought experiments can help you brush up on your numerical literacy.... Read more»

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Here’s why your local TV news is about to get even worse

The FCC has eliminated the “main studio rule,” which said TV and radio broadcasters had to have local studios, where viewers or listeners could interact with and communicate with the people who were putting their news on the air. ... Read more»

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Spain’s Civil War and the Americans who fought in it: A convoluted legacy

Eighty years ago this month, in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, a group of right-wing generals staged a military coup, aimed at overthrowing Spain’s democratically elected government. The July 1936 uprising unleashed the Spanish Civil War, a horrific conflagration that lasted almost three years.... Read more»

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How the Antiquities Act expanded national parks & fueled struggles over land protection

As Americans anticipate summer vacation, many are planning trips to our nation’s iconic national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Acadia and Olympic. But they may not realize that these and other parks exist because presidents used their power under the Antiquities Act, enacted on June 8, 1906, to protect those places from exploitation and development.... Read more»

Could Donald Trump change journalism for the better?

Journalists, as chroniclers of the political system, are confronted with a dilemma. How should journalists cover Trump’s candidacy? Can they – and should they – be objective? Objectivity is a much misunderstood concept and is too often uncritically mythologized as central to American journalistic practice.... Read more»1

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Trump’s campaign rhetoric, ISIS and the law of war

A military lawyer examines the legal aspects of Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric on the use of force against the Islamic State, or ISIS.... Read more»

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