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Top 10 Countries the U.S. Owes Money To

The United States spends a huge chunk of its national paycheck on debt obligations. Where is all that money going?

What is the DREAM Act?

As of 2008, about 612,000 undocumented youth in the U.S. had earned high school diplomas or GEDs. Could the DREAM Act clear the way for these students to continue on to college?

Was there a cover-up of the risk for respiratory illness at ground zero?

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 were one of the most harrowing events in U.S. history. Did a governmental cover-up of the health risks at ground zero add insult to injury?

How the American Dream Works

It's safe to say most every American is familiar with the two magic words: "American dream." But what is this dream exactly? And how do you know if you're living it?

Gaddafi's Craziest Quotes

Muammar Gaddafi has ruled Libya for decades. You won't believe some of the more odd things he's said.

How a Filibuster Works

If you think filibusters have been in the news more recently than in the past, you'd be right. In the 1950s, there was less than one filibuster per Senate session. In 2007 and 2008, there were 139 actual or threatened filibusters. What accounts for the big increase?

What is the Revolving Door?

You always hear stories about politicians and government employees leaving their jobs to return to the private sector and vice versa, but did you know that the phenomenon actually has a name? It's known as the Revolving Door -- and some critics think it could damage the country irreparably.

Do children and teenagers have constitutional rights?

If you're a child in the United States, you can't legally vote, drive, hold public office or even see some movies without an adult with you. But that doesn't mean you don't have constitutional rights.

What is global democracy, and what are its major threats?

Democracy has become more globalized as nations worldwide abandon non-democratic forms of government and adopt democratic ones. As borders blur due to economic interests and governments consider partner nations' needs, a global democracy begins to emerge.

Is China taking over the world?

China is generally viewed as the next candidate for "superpower" distinction, but does that mean it will take over the world? What would that entail?

5 Ways that Seniors Benefit from the Affordable Care Act

Some of the most pervasive rumors during the debates over health care reform involved people over the age of 65. But as it turns out, many of the Affordable Care Act's provisions are something for seniors to be excited about.

What help do small businesses get when providing employee health insurance plans?

It's not always easy to be the small fish in a large pond. Consider the field of health insurance -- that's a big business, and it's made for other big businesses. What can a small business do to compete?

Will your employer continue to offer grandfathered health insurance coverage?

During the campaign for health care reform, President Obama said that those who liked their health plan would keep it, but critics say that it's become a broken campaign promise. How do so-called "grandfathered" health plans figure into the equation?

Will your electronic medical record be safe?

In today's world, many people think nothing of oversharing. But mention the current effort to digitize health records and even the most committed technophile may shudder. Is the fear warranted?

5 Benefits of Electronic Medical Records

Medical professionals in the United States have some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment in the world, but when it comes to keeping track of patients' medical histories, we still rely primarily on pen and paper. Why should we switch?

How is the U.S. implementing electronic medical records?

Schoolchildren in the United States are often threatened with an ominous-sounding "permanent record." When it comes to your health, though, that file would be a big help. What is the U.S. doing to make it happen?

Can a good government embrace both capitalism and socialism?

Governments around the world have long combined capitalism with socialism -- with varying results. What brought the two together in the first place?

Does democracy work?

The idea of a democracy, in which each citizen gets an equal vote to contribute to decision making, can sound tempting. But in practice, is democracy an efficient way to govern, or does it just equate to mob rule?

Top 5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Health Insurance

In tough economic times, you might be tempted to classify health insurance as a luxury -- and decide to get rid of the expense. But health insurance is one thing that should remain in your budget no matter how bad things get. How can you find the right plan?

How can you protect yourself from Medicare fraud?

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America -- the most famous superheroes are often depicted as young men or women. But the U.S. government needs you, senior citizens. You're being called up to the front lines in the battle against Medicare fraud.

How do you shop for health insurance?

Shopping for shoes, books and private yachts is fun; shopping for health insurance is not. But don't despair. The good news is that it's getting much, much easier -- and putting in the work of buying insurance is far preferable to dealing with sky-high medical bills.

What do the new rules about preventive services in the health care reform legislation mean for you?

An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but Americans seem to forget that when it comes to health care. Most of us just wait to see the doctor when we're already sick. Could changes to preventive services coverage convince more of us to go?

What is HealthCare.gov?

When you make a large purchase, such as a car, you do a little comparison shopping, looking at different features and prices until you find the perfect fit. You can't do that with the health insurance market. At least, not until now.

Who should get tested for HIV?

On June 27 of each year, local, state and national organizations observe National HIV Testing Day: a day to promote HIV testing and dispel the stigma surrounding HIV. Who should take the opportunity to get tested this year?

How are young adults benefiting from U.S. health care reform?

Spring is graduation season, a time for flinging mortarboards to the sky and framing those hard-earned diplomas. But it's also a time for young people to goodbye to their parents' health insurance. Until now, that is.


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