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  1. The Common Core Explained

    The Common Core State Standards are rolling out across the country. But how do academic standards work? Get a quick primer.

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  2. Scraping By: What You Need To Know About The Minimum Wage

    In 2014, President Obama made raising the minimum wage one of his top priorities. Get the background you need to follow the debate.

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  3. The Tar Sands, Explained

    Take a visual tour of the tar sands in Alberta, Canada — the focal point of a massive debate over climate change.

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  4. How Empowered Women Changed The World

    When women have control over this one thing, their countries become more peaceful, equitable and prosperous.

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  5. The Path To A Clean Trillion

    Avoiding a climate catastrophe will require an unprecedented investment in clean energy. Here's how we get it done.

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  6. How Does Foreign Aid Work?

    Each year, a small portion of your tax dollars are sent to poor countries across the globe. Find out what they're used for.

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  7. See Jane Default: How Student Loan Debt Is Crushing A Generation

    When it comes to paying for college, students have it harder than ever these days. Find out why.

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  8. Zambia Then And Now: A Story Of Global Progress

    Peer through the lens of photographer Tom Stoddart and see how Africa has changed over the last decade.

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  9. It's Hard Out Here For a Voter

    Instead of working to boost voter participation, many states are passing laws that make it even harder for Americans to vote. Get the basics and the backstory here.

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  10. Who Is Uninsured And Why?

    In this interactive stack, you can view the paths to health insurance coverage for 10 groups of people under the Affordable Care Act.

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  11. How Keystone XL Fails The Climate Test

    President Obama is about to make a decision on a crucial environmental issue. And it all comes down to a simple test.

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  12. Does This Look "Amateur" To You?

    Now that college football and basketball have become multi-billion-dollar industries, shouldn't the athletes be paid?

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  13. A Global Report Card: The Millennium Development Goals Explained

    In 2000, the global community committed to the Millennium Development Goals, an unprecedented effort to improve the lives of the world's poorest. Learn what's happened in the 13 years since.

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  14. A Tale Of Two States: The Health Care Income Divide Visualized

    Did you know that low-income residents of certain states are better off in terms of their health and access to quality health care than the higher-income residents of other states?

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  15. Ice, Ice, Iceland Baby

    Iceland is home some of the happiest and healthiest people on Earth. The country also has the highest percentage of unwed mothers. What's going on here?

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  16. Cookie Dough: The Big Business Of Tracking You Online

    Ever wonder why certain ads seem to follow you across the Internet? It all goes back to a little data file sitting on your hard drive right now.

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  17. Exposing The Disinformation Playbook

    Big Tobacco and Big Carbon have used eerily similar tactics to spread disinformation about the dangers of smoking and fossil fuels. Coincidence?

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  18. You Are Being Tracked

    Tens of thousands of license plate readers have been deployed across the country in recent years. But what's happening to all the location data they collect on innocent Americans?

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  19. Bridging The Higher Education Divide

    How can we give community colleges the proper resources to ensure student success? A fascinating TCF study breaks it down.

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  20. Why We Need To Fix The DMCA

    Learn about the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, an outdated law that restricts the right of consumers to repair, unlock, and modify the electronics they own.

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  21. How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    A particular type of corruption is strangling both U.S. competitiveness and the ability for startups to innovate. Worse yet, it's perfectly legal.

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  22. The Fine Print of Privacy

    We've all instinctively clicked the "agree" button on countless privacy policies. Read this before doing it again.

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  23. How The FDA Has Failed To Protect You Against Antibiotic Abuse

    Learn how agricultural antibiotics have spawned dangerous "super bugs" — and how the FDA has failed to react.

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  24. Football's Concussion Crisis, Explained

    More and more retired football players are deteriorating mentally and, in some cases, taking their own lives. Here's the backstory.

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  25. Why Privacy Matters

    Some say you should only be concerned about privacy if you have something to hide. Here's why they're wrong.

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  26. Dude, Where’s My Mars Rover?

    NASA’s Curiosity rover has been slowly exploring the red planet for months now. But what’s it looking for? How did this SUV-sized robot get up there in the first place? And what does the future hold for NASA’s Mars program?

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  27. The Curious Case of the Silent Filibuster

    Amid all the news about filibuster reform, maybe you’ve wondered: “If filibusters are such a problem, why don’t I ever see any news about senators talking through the night?” Get the answer here.

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  28. The Great National Debt Freakout

    The national debt jumped from about $6 trillion in 2001 to over $16 trillion in 2012. Why did this happen? How worried should we be? We take a look at the issue.

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  29. The Fiscal Whatchamacallit

    How did the so-called "fiscal cliff" come about in late 2012? What are the options to avert it? And should it really be thought of as a cliff?

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  30. The Cost of the Civilian-Military Gap

    Chris Hayes, MSNBC host and editor at large of The Nation, lays out the risks of the growing civilian-military gap, particularly as it extends to policymakers in Washington.

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  31. The Problem With The Electoral College

    Author Victoria Bassetti explains the origins and strange quirks of the Electoral College. She explores what this odd system means for our democracy and whether there are any alternatives.

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  32. Super PACs Unpacked

    What are “political action committees” in the first place? When did they become super? And how influential are they really?

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  33. Drone Warfare On the Rise

    Armed drones have become a centerpiece of U.S. defense policy, but also a hated symbol of American arrogance in certain parts of the world. Learn what all the controversy is about.

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