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The Trump administration has proposed cutting nearly one-fifth of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding. Health professionals, and even Republicans in Congress, are cautioning against the cuts.

President Trump and Congressional Republicans have claimed that protesters who've shown up in force are being paid by their political opponents. Is there any evidence that's true?

Investigations have been a part of the U.S. Congress since 1790. Who decides on an investigation and how effective are they?

Fake news stories are incredibly profitable to produce, easy to believe and hard to recognize. So who's to blame for the influx of these stories? The creators or readers?

The survey also showed that more Americans believe the government is covering up information on alien encounters than believe aliens have visited Earth.

The Israeli settlements have been a source of controversy for decades, with the Israel government insisting they are legal while much of the rest of the world says they are not. We look at both sides of the story.

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.

A new study finds correlations between public opposition to government corruption and access to social media, especially in the absence of a free press.

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.

More than 150 years after the U.S. Civil War ended, Confederate statues (and their removal) are still igniting passions in the South.

HowStuffWorks headed to Washington, D.C., for the massive march aiming to place science, evidence and facts above partisan politics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Like most Faustian bargains, the nuclear option can come back to bite you. Here's how.

Whether an item is labeled as "made," "assembled" or "manufactured" in a country makes a big difference.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Scandalgate! The connotative suffix has been affixed to imbroglios aplenty. But has its overuse made us forget its original context?

The longest mail route in America is nearly 200 miles. The shortest? Less than 1 mile.