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President Trump says dozens of national monuments were named with an "egregious abuse of federal power." Check out a gallery of those his administration is reviewing.
By Sarah Gleim May 3, 2017
A new study finds correlations between public opposition to government corruption and access to social media, especially in the absence of a free press.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 28, 2017
Congress is at odds over the federal budget, and a deadline is looming. If they can't agree, the government could shut down. We'll tell you what to expect if it does.
By John Perritano Apr 25, 2017
More than 150 years after the U.S. Civil War ended, Confederate statues (and their removal) are still igniting passions in the South.
By Kate Kershner Apr 24, 2017
HowStuffWorks headed to Washington, D.C., for the massive march aiming to place science, evidence and facts above partisan politics.
By Christopher Hassiotis Apr 22, 2017
Dozens of private contractors submitted plans for a border wall between Mexico and the U.S. but one plan stood out as an alternative: a hyperloop and independent nation.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Apr 18, 2017
If you're a U.S. citizen with a passport, driver's license or state-issued ID, your face could wind up in a virtual lineup.
By Jonathan Strickland Apr 11, 2017
A march for science heads to D.C. in a few weeks. So what can protesters do to best sway politicians? Researchers from Belgium think they have the answer.
By John Perritano Apr 7, 2017
The National Security Council provides advice to the president on intelligence matters and coordinates activities in various government agencies. At least in theory. In reality, each U.S. president has used the council in the way that suits him.
By Patrick J. Kiger
Like most Faustian bargains, the nuclear option can come back to bite you. Here's how.
By Dave Roos Apr 5, 2017
Whether an item is labeled as "made," "assembled" or "manufactured" in a country makes a big difference.
By Shelley Danzy Apr 4, 2017
A social media study showed that most people share links without reading them first. We share some internet tricks to help you spot truth from fiction.
By Dave Roos Mar 31, 2017
The FBI keeps files on all sorts of people. You can read those files once they're dead if you submit a Freedom of Information Act request. One guy's doing just that.
By Kate Kershner Mar 27, 2017
Once enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act provided citizens and journalists more access to government documents and material.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky
The university's Media Lab is accepting nominations for a new prize rewarding those who set a positive example by breaking social rules for the greater good.
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 16, 2017
Are we ready to go back to a pre-EPA USA? Take a look at a series of pics from the National Archives to see what it was like before the agency was formed.
By Sarah Gleim Mar 13, 2017
Secret Service protection for a U.S. president and his family costs a bundle and is only mandatory for the commander-in-chief. Should the others decline it?
By Dave Roos Mar 13, 2017
Scandalgate! The connotative suffix has been affixed to imbroglios aplenty. But has its overuse made us forget its original context?
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 8, 2017
The longest mail route in America is nearly 200 miles. The shortest? Less than 1 mile.
By Dave Roos Mar 1, 2017
The words we use can suggest transactional or participatory relationships. What's your role in a country? To consume, spend and buy? Or to participate, vote and engage?
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 24, 2017
A new report from the University of Buffalo debunks the myth that high immigrant populations are more likely to increase crime rates.
By John Perritano Feb 17, 2017
The first and only Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia in 1787. Why haven't there been others since?
By Dave Roos Feb 14, 2017
Eight Republican members of Congress are pushing legislation to remove the U.S. from the United Nations. Is that even possible? Has it ever happened before?
By Patrick J. Kiger Feb 9, 2017
After U.S. President Trump's crackdowns on immigration enforcement, federal support to these cities is on the chopping block.
By Shelley Danzy Feb 8, 2017
The USDA just wiped out thousands of online records documenting abuses at zoos, circuses, universities and research facilities, outraging animal rights activists.
By Sarah Gleim Feb 8, 2017
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Meet Violet Jessop — Survivor of Three Shipwrecks
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