5 Ways to Handle Political Conversations at Thanksgiving Dinner

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time when we relax with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly — and maybe apologize for burning the casserole. But aside from all the revelry, Thanksgiving can also bring uncomfortable political conversations. Thanksgiving is truly a time when we’re...
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After A Deeply Polarized Election, What's Next for the U.S.?

After a deeply polarized election, what's next for the U.S.? Despite the pervasiveness of technologies that connect us, it seems our communities are more deeply divided and polarized than ever. Media bias is only making things worse. It's time to break out of our filter bubbles. Let's go...
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Midterm Results: Democrats Take the House, Republicans Expand Senate Majority

With the close of the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats will take control of the House, while Republicans will expand their Senate majority. Some lauded the campaign successes of Democrats, who will now have the power to exert a check on President Trump after flipping several Republican...
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Media Bias Fuels Political Violence in America. Can We Change?

A string of violent incidents in October further illuminated political polarization in America, raising serious concerns about how media bias contributes to hateful division — and how we must change this to heal our divide. In just the last two weeks, multiple incidents of political...
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Mail Bombs Sent to Prominent Democrats, Sparking Debate Around Civility in Politics

A suspect has been apprehended and charged with sending 13 pipe bombs to prominent Democrats as well as CNN, a crime spree that sparked fervor around the state of incivility in modern-era politics. Many have said President Trump shares much of the blame, particularly with his history of...
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Google News is Heavily Biased — But It's Not Rigged

An extensive report by AllSides reveals Google News is biased against conservatives, but there is no evidence that Google News bias is intentionally rigged. In August, President Trump claimed Google is “rigged” against him, and that Google is “suppressing voices of conservatives.”...
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Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Sparks Global Outrage Over Saudi Human Rights Abuses

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and longtime critic of the regime in Saudi Arabia, was allegedly murdered at the Saudi consulate on October 2, sparking global outrage over human rights abuses at the hands of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. While Saudi Arabia has...
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Deepfake: When You Can't Believe Your Eyes

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Town Line newspaper . Fake news. Fake videos. Fake photos. The way things are heading, the 21st century is likely to be known as the Fake Century, and it’s only going to get worse from here. About a year ago, I came across a short BBC...
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Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court, Ending Fierce Partisan Battle

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday after a fierce partisan battle that reverberated throughout the country. Kavanaugh's supporters say that he was rightly elevated to the high court, with some asserting that the Democrats' politicization of his confirmation...
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Updated Media Bias Ratings: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vox, and more

AllSides Media Bias Ratings are fluid and subject to change as media outlets evolve over time or we acquire new information. This is why t he AllSides team recently decided to review a number of media outlets in our quest to provide unbiased news. We determined the following media bias...
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Ford and Kavanaugh Testify, Leaving Senators to Grapple With His Confirmation

Both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday delivered emotional testimony about allegations of sexual assault against the judge, sending waves through Washington as lawmakers grapple with whether or not he should be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Ford's supporters say that...
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Tech Companies May Be Stifling Conservative Speech. Can They Change?

Differences in the way liberals and conservatives view appropriate speech affects what we see online — and can lead to silencing. The Department of Justice and state attorneys general met Tuesday to discuss whether social media companies are “intentionally stifling the free exchange of...
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Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegations Reignite #MeToo Debate

Senators have officially delayed the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid the sexual assault allegations against him, reigniting debate over the merits of the #MeToo movement. Some contend the 36-year-old accusation is unsubstantiated and politically motivated...
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New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed Met With Mixed Reviews

A senior official in the Trump administration wrote an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times claiming they are working to "thwart" parts of the president's agenda as well as his "worst inclinations". Some have said the approach was cowardly and only confirms previously held...
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Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Spark Partisan Feud

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearings began on Tuesday, sparking heated debate across the aisle as the nominee could change the high court's makeup for decades . Opponents claim that his record will damage liberal causes, particularly women's rights, same-sex marriage, and...
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President Trump Accuses Google of Bias Against His Administration

President Trump on Tuesday accused Google of manipulating its search engine to display negative coverage of his administration after Paula Bolyard published an article on the conservative site PJ Media alleging that 96% of results for "Trump" news were from left-leaning outlets . Many on...
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Manafort and Cohen Courtroom Drama: How Will It Impact President Trump?

After President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts of fraud and Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to several criminal charges, media personalities are split as to how it will impact the president . Some argue that the developments...
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Roughly 350 Newspapers Rebuke President Trump's Attacks on the Media: Necessary Step or Futile Exercise?

A chorus of roughly 350 newspapers across the country joined together on Thursday to condemn President Trump's recent rhetoric criticizing the press. The initiative came at The Boston Globe’s request . Their Editorial Board urged publications “liberal and conservative, large and small” to...
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Tuesday's Midterm Primaries: Democrats Select Progressives, Republicans Opt for Trump-Endorsed Candidates

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Vermont voters on Tuesday selected nominees for the midterms, cementing the final choices for the upcoming November elections. While outlets across the aisle highlighted a string of Republican victories for candidates endorsed by President Trump,...
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Tech Platforms Ban Infowars' Alex Jones, Citing Hate Speech Violations

Facebook, Apple, Youtube, and Spotify have all banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of Infowars, citing hate speech violations. Although Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey originally stated that the platform would not censor Jones' content, the company also removed several of his videos and tweets...
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Fact Check: Is Trump's Star Being Removed from the Walk of Fame?

Is Donald Trump's star being removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Judging from many of today's headlines, you would think so. But any media consumers who read only the headlines might be misled. Take a look at the following headlines. You would think that Trump's star is being removed...
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Michael Cohen Releases Tape of President Trump Discussing Payment to Former Model

President Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen recorded a conversation where the two discussed a payment made to a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Trump—an accusation the president had repeatedly denied. Some argue that the tape could be detrimental to the Trump...
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NEW Media Bias Ratings: Quillette, Jubilee Media, Current Affairs Magazine

AllSides is continually evaluating media bias as our media landscape grows. We frequently add news sources to the site to help you get the most reliable data on media bias. In order to ensure our media bias ratings are accurate and up to date, we need the AllSides community to participate...
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Trump's Comments on Russian Election Meddling Spark Bipartisan Criticism

After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, President Trump sparked bipartisan outrage when he publicly accepted Putin's denials of election meddling. He later backtracked, stating that he meant to say the opposite . While his remarks received criticism across the...
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President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

President Trump announced the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, who, if confirmed, will fill the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement. Many on the Right have praised the selection as a victory for constitutional conservatism, while some on the Left...
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Shooting at Annapolis Newspaper Reignites Debate Around Guns, Mental Health

A gunman killed five people last Thursday at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, reigniting the debate around gun control and mental health. Some argue that tighter restrictions on firearms are necessary to prevent further shootings, particularly since...
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Political Bias Fools Us

Republicans are wrong about Democrats. Democrats are wrong about Republicans. It turns out that Americans are not so good at determining how many people with certain characteristics belong to either of the major political parties. A study by scholars Douglas Ahler and Gaurav Sood that was...
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Fact Check: What is Happening at the Border?

In the midst of recent reports that over 2,000 migrant children have been separated from their parents at the border, it’s been nothing short of chaos in the news cycle this week. Some say the outrage is unwarranted and has been overblown by the media, while others claim that the country...
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Family Separation at Border Sparks Outrage

The Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy at the border sparked outrage this past week, particularly in light of reports that children were being separated from their parents. Some on the Right point to the fact that former President Obama carried out the same tactic,...
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Fact Check: Does Trump or Obama Deserve Credit for the Economy?

The Story: With the release of the May jobs report , most publications across the aisle found a rare area of agreement. The numbers, they said, were inherently positive. But opinions decidedly diverge over how long the party will last, and which leader (Trump or Obama?) deserves the...
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President Trump and Kim Jong Un Meet for Historic Summit

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met for a summit in Singapore on Tuesday , closing with a signed agreement that said Pyongyang would establish "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." Some on the Right have celebrated the meeting as a success and...
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Fact Check: Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling, Philadelphia Eagles Debacle

It’s been a confusing news cycle this week, with conflicting slants leaving people more confused than informed. Let’s take a look at two big stories — the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling and the Philadelphia Eagles White House visit — which were riddled with inconsistencies...
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Supreme Court Cake Ruling Heralded by Both Sides

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Some on the Left have said that the verdict is a victory, as the Court's majority opinion does not sanction a First Amendment right to discriminate, but instead...
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Fact Check: Were 1,500 Immigrant Children Separated From Their Parents and Lost at the Border?

Claim: Approximately 1,500 immigrant children were lost by U.S. border security after being separated from their parents. Verdict: False Background : A story ran in the New York Times on April 26 claiming the Department of Health and Human Services "lost track" of 1,475 migrant children...
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President Trump Cancels Summit With North Korea

President Trump on Thursday canceled the much anticipated summit with North Korea in a letter to Kim Jong Un that cited “tremendous anger and open hostility” from the country. Supporters of the decision argue that the president made the right call in the wake of North Korea's recent...
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Outrage Over White House Correspondents' Dinner

Comedian Michelle Wolf delivered the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner monologue, and reactions were mixed on if the entertainer took things too far. Detractors took issue with her crude jokes which harshly criticized Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, while supporters argued...
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North Korea Pledges to Suspend Nuclear Testing

North Korea announced that it would cease nuclear testing indefinitely as Kim Jong-Un travels to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Experts are divided on whether or not this actually signals openness to disarming. The news coincided with French President Emmanuel Macron's U.S...
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Hearing Every Voice

How do you feel when your voice is heard? How do you feel when it is not? We all want our voice to be heard. We all want to feel self-expressed. We all want to leave a gathering where we had something to say, having said what we wanted to say. If that does not happen, feelings of...
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Sinclair Broadcasting Engulfed in 'Fake News' Promo Controversy

Sinclair Broadcasting required its local news anchors to read from an identical script warning against false news and criticizing the mainstream media for "irresponsible, one-sided news stories." Many on the Left denounced the network for displaying conservative bias, while some on the...
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Rex Tillerson Fired as Secretary of State

President Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, announcing that CIA director Mike Pompeo would be his replacement. Some speculate that he was fired over disagreements related to Russia, while others posit that Trump wanted someone who would take harsher stances on Iran and...
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Trump to Impose Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

President Trump officially announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum, exempting Mexico and Canada. Critics argue this could spark a trade war, while some in favor say that this is part of his 'America First' agenda. The plan also has unlikely supporters in large unions and some...
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Politico Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We also completed an analysis of CNN where we kept the media bias rating for CNN Web News as Center, but created a new page for CNN Opinion (Far Left). After...
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Fox News Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We took the same approach for our analysis of CNN , splitting into a media bias rating for CNN Web News (Center) and CNN Opinion (Far Left). The Fox News media bias...
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New Year's Resolution: Talk with the Other Side

Happy New Year's from AllSides! Every year, millions of people make New Year's resolutions, all of which are set with the very best of intentions. Many resolutions are focused on the self. There are people looking to lose weight or quit smoking, travel more or work less. Some people last...
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CNN Media Bias Update

CNN is, without a doubt, our most highly contested source. Based on past data, the current CNN media bias rating is Center, but many users argue that it should be labeled Lean Left, if not altogether Left. (Reminder: We only rate the media bias of sources as they appear on the Web and use...
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NPR Media Bias Update

Thanks to your feedback, we recently updated several media bias ratings , and first on the list is NPR (reminder: we only rate the articles found on the web, not the broadcast radio programs). Up until now, the AllSides NPR media bias rating has been Center, but data collected in recent...
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Breaking Through Filter Bubbles with Technology and Civil Discourse: TED Talk

Photo credit: Ryan Lash / TED Technology created stronger filter bubbles, civil discourse and technology can free us This is the original script from the TED talk on breaking out of filter bubbles and bridging divides through civil discourse, given by John Gable and Joan Blades on...
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Resignations, Elections and Time Magazine: Sexual Harassment in the News

It's been another full week of sexual harassment being in the news. Today Sen. Al Franken (D) announced that he was resigning and yesterday Rep. John Conyers (D) retired from his seat early. Neither have official replacements yet. The upcoming Senate election in Alabama between Trump-...
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Impact of the Proposed Tax Bill

The vote on the GOP's proposed tax bill could come as early as today. There is a whole lot of information out there about what the bill supposedly will and won't do for the American people. Take a look at our snippets to get a clearer picture of how the Right, Left and Center portray it...
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How do I have a non-partisan Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving from the whole team at AllSides! As much as we all enjoy the delicious food, w e know that Thanksgiving is a time when you might see relatives that you haven't seen in a while. As everyone is sitting around the table, the conversation might turn to politics, and often,...
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Election Night Success for Dems in Virginia, NJ

Democrats won key races Tuesday night in New Jersey and Virginia, including the Governor in both states. Since then, the party has quickly turned their sights towards the 2018 Midterms. There is hope among some on the Left that this is the first "wave" of the "resistance" against...
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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

House Republicans unveiled their tax plan today, seeking the biggest change to the tax code in more than 30 years. Their aim is to simplify the tax code for individuals while also reducing the corporate tax rate. Many on the Left are hesitant about how the cuts will affect the middle...
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GOP Budget Passes House

The GOP's $4 trillion budget narrowly passed the House today in a vote of 216-212, after last minute negotiations with high-taxed states and those concerned with deficits. Next, the bill goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, putting the party one step closer to achieving tax reform...
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U.S. Stays in Iran Nuclear Deal... For Now

In the past, the president had suggested that the U.S. might pull out of the Iran nuclear deal previously established under his predecessor. This week, President Trump announced that he would be decertifying the deal, but not pulling out of it. This action sends the deal back to Congress...
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Media for the Common Good: Part One

Editor’s Note: At AllSides, we generally focus on media bias and how to break through it by providing more balanced news using multiple perspectives to get a better, broader understanding of the topic. But there is much more to journalism than that. This guest article provides a glimpse...
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Last Chance for Repeal and Replace

The Graham-Cassidy bill is seen as the last chance Republicans have of repealing and replacing Obamacare. After September ends, the Senate will need 60 votes to pass any healthcare legislation (currently they only need 50, plus a tiebreaker by VP Pence). There are 4 hold-out votes - Sen...
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Medicare-for-All Bill Introduced

On Wednesday , Independent Senator Bernie Sanders revealed a "Medicare-for-all", also known as single payer, healthcare plan backed by sixteen of his Democratic colleagues. With only a third of Democratic senators behind the plan, speculation being that those up for reelection in 2018 are...
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Protests in Charlottesville and the President's Reaction

By now you have probably read about the protests in Charlottesville last Saturday that ended with 34 people wounded and 1 dead. There was a protest and counter protest focused on the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue, the Confederacy's top general. The original protest was led by a...
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Trump and North Korea

This week, tensions have increased between North Korea and America. North Korea has been testing missiles over the last several months at an increased frequency and President Trump made a statement Tuesday that any action would be met with "fire and fury" from the U.S.. He has since...
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Media Bias: Is it a Crime?

According to some, America is facing a new terrorist threat: the media. “CNN IS ISIS,” the sign reads. It’s a stunning accusation — particularly when considering that the media are expected to be a stronghold in American society, charged with holding government accountable. Is the nation’...
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Lawsuit against Trump raises question: Is the president's Twitter account a public platform?

Last month, we wrote about Twitter's new tools that help users censor their feeds, thus cementing partisan filter bubbles . This month, a lawsuit against President Trump takes that debate to the next level. The Knight First Amendment Institute , a free speech advocacy organization, is...
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Senate Reveals Healthcare Bill

After much secrecy, Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans revealed their updated version of the AHCA today. As McConnell pushes for a vote before the summer recess, a few Republican Senators say the bill does not go far enough to dismantle Obamacare and therefore will not vote to...
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Fight the Rage and Ignorance - That's What AllSides Is All About - Here Is What You Can Do

If you’ve tuned into the news within the last 24 hours, even if just for a cursory glance, you’ve most likely heard about the tragic shooting in Alexandria, VA – where a gunman opened fire on the GOP’s Congressional Baseball Game practice . But the most striking part of the recent press...
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Paris Agreement Survey Results

Last week, we asked the AllSides community to tell us what they thought about the Paris Climate Accord and President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the deal through a survey on social media. (There was also a heated debate on Facebook .) Here are the results of the survey: Of...
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Trump Pulls America Out of Climate Deal

Today at a press conference in the Rose Garden, President Trump officially pulled America out of the Paris Climate Accord. The deal was negotiated between 192 countries, with the U.S. joining Syria and Nicaragua as the holdouts. The Left is pretty firmly against the decision, while the...
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Happy Teacher Appreciation!

Thank you to those of you who took our schools program feedback survey (Haven't taken the survey yet? You can still take it! ). What did we learn? Well, by far the News page is the most used content in the classroom. But don't forget to check out the Dictionary or Relationships First ! We...
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Tensions Rise Over Syria

After Syrian President Assad allegedly carried out a chemical weapons attack on his own people last week, Donald Trump unleashed a missile strike on a Syrian air base the night of April 6th. Since then, Russia has condemned the attacks but accusations are swirling that Putin had prior...
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Message to Joint Congress

President Trump gave his first joint address to the members of the House and Senate on Tuesday . The speech has been widely seen as his best to date, but views vary widely on how much importance should be placed on his ability to deliver it. Media on the right are saying that this was the...
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Flynn Resigns Over Russia Talks

This week, General Michael Flynn stepped down from his post as National Security Advisor to President Trump after it was revealed that he talked to the Russians, possibly about sanctions. Flynn served the shortest ever term for a White House employee, just three weeks. The question that...
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Trump's First Week

Donald Trump has been president for almost a week now. And it's been a busy week. On Saturday , the new president signed his first executive order which signaled the start to dismantling to Obamacare . Monday morning Trump announced the US would be pulling out of TPP . On Tuesday , Trump...
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President-Elect Trump

The election ended this week when Donald Trump was elected to the highest office in the land. Hillary Clinton received slightly more of the national vote, but Trump won outright in Electoral votes. There have been radically different reactions from the public from nationwide protests of "...
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The Final Days of Election 2016

As the final days of the 2016 presidential election approach and people head to the polls, will any of the October (or November) surprises change their vote? With FBI Director Comey's decision to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails at a time when it won't be finished by...
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Free Market Pricing is the Medicine to Heal Health Care Ills

Editor's note - This is an opinion piece. For further reading and opposing viewpoints, check out Why does U.S. health care cost so much? The hidden-in-plain-sight answer or Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive? And if you have read articles that provide alternative points...
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