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Experts Say Trump's Proposed CDC Budget Cuts Threaten Public Health

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.

Do Paid Protesters Really Exist?

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?

How Congressional Investigations Work

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

Is Fake News the Problem or Are We?

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?

Corrupt Government Officials Are Once Again Americans' Biggest Fear

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

Trump Considers Removing National Monument Status ... But Can He?

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.

Can Facebook Help People Oppose Government Corruption?

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

When Removing Confederate Statues Requires a Military Defense

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

March for Science: Thousands Worldwide Rally on Earth Day

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

Trump Wants Border Wall; Design Collective Wants Hyperloop

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.

Fifty Percent of Americans Are the Usual Suspects

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.

Think Politicians Aren't Swayed by Protest Rallies? Think Again

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.

How the National Security Council Works

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.

Why the U.S. Senate Might Choose the Rule-changing 'Nuclear Option'

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

What Does It Take for a Product to Be Labeled 'Made in the USA'?

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

Real Tools to Help You Fact-Check Fake News

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.

Secret FBI Files on Dead People Uncovered With FOIA Project

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.

How the Freedom of Information Act Works

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.

MIT Rewards Responsible Civil Disobedience With New $250,000 Prize

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.

Why Does the Secret Service Protect a President's Adult Children?

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?

How Did the U.S. Look Before the EPA?

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.

Why We Use the Suffix '-Gate' for Scandals (And Can We Please Stop?)

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

Delivering the Mail to Your Home Is Way More Complex Than You Might Think

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

When, and Why, Did America Start Calling Its Citizens 'Consumers'?

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?

No Link Between Immigrants and Crime

A new report from the University of Buffalo debunks the myth that high immigrant populations are more likely to increase crime rates.

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