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Political critics blocked on Twitter by President Donald Trump say that act infringes upon their Constitutionally protected speech.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Diana Brown

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

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

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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

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

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

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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

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

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

By Shelley Danzy

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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

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

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

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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

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

The first and only Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia in 1787. Why haven't there been others since?

By Dave Roos

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

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You may be surprised at which states are feeding the most at the government trough.

By Dave Roos

A new U.S. president is under pressure to produce in those first 100 days in office. Why is that and does it really matter?

By Dave Roos