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The Native Vote In North Dakota

22 hours ago

Tribal citizens in North Dakota have won a major victory in their right to vote. 

It’s been two years since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

My Immortal: The Quest To Live Forever

22 hours ago

For years, Silicon Valley has funded groundbreaking scientific research about extending the human lifespan 

The News Roundup — International

Feb 14, 2020

On Thursday, reported cases of the novel coronavirus soared to nearly 50,000, including an estimated 1,300 deaths.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Feb 14, 2020

Four federal prosecutors withdrew from the Roger Stone case after the Justice Department undercut their sentencing recommendation for the long-time friend of the President. One resigned from the Department completely.

More than half of babies born in the U.K.

Funded And Affordable: Should Public Transit Be Free?

Feb 13, 2020

In 2019, about 53,000 people in New York were issued court summonses for fare evasion. A year later, the city announced that transit police would crack down on those who didn’t swipe their fare card to get into the subway.

On Tuesday, senior Justice Department officials reduced a recommended sentence in the case of Roger Stone, which abruptly caused four career prosecutors working on the case to withdraw from it.

Stone was convicted of “sabotag[ing] a congressional investigation that threatened his longtime friend President Trump.”

The Lost Secrets Of The Harlem Renaissance

Feb 12, 2020

New Hampshire Weighs In

Feb 12, 2020

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders emerged from last night’s Democratic primary in New Hampshire victorious, followed closely by rival Pete Buttigieg.

A split in the Democratic Party’s base is on full display this primary season.

Voters who back progressive candidates like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders could push the party further left, alienating moderate Republicans who are looking for an alternative to President Trump in the general election.

What have you learned from your past relationships? That’s one of the central questions of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel, “High Fidelity,” the story of a record shop owner named Rob who contacts his “top five” exes following a break-up.

The Current Condition Of Coronavirus

Feb 11, 2020

Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s reported public appearances in recent days, the coronavirus outbreak in China continues to worry world leaders.

Xi had been conspicuously absent from state media coverage of efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Now, he’s reportedly toured government facilities and hospitals in Beijing. He’s made no public remarks but has been depicted as central to directing the response to the outbreak.

Flying Close To The Sun (On Purpose)

Feb 11, 2020

The sun’s getting a lot of press lately.

And it’s about to get some more. On Monday, the European Space Agency and NASA launched the two-ton Solar Orbiter toward the sun. This Space Orbiter’s mission is to seek a bird’s eye view of the sun’s north and south poles.

When we talk about a candidate’s performance, we often talk about polls…or in other words, how much the people who happen to pick up a pollster’s call like the candidate.

But fundraising is another major way to gauge success on the campaign trail.

Momentum can rise or fall on how much money one campaign can spend compared to another. This year is no different.

Reporter Jerry Mitchell has been busy for the past 30 years. He’s been investigating unsolved murder cases from the civil rights era. They were cases that went unsolved often not because no one knew who did it, but no one would speak up.

He revealed how juries had been tampered with and how a prosecutor had the “missing” murder weapon in his bedroom closet. He sat down with white supremacists suspected of murder, and they talked to him.

Democrats competing for the party’s nomination are now in New Hampshire for the state’s primary election after a chaotic week in Iowa.

The News Roundup — International

Feb 7, 2020

Lockdowns and evacuations continue around the world since the coronavirus outbreak was first reported three weeks ago in Wuhan, China. With an estimated 564 deaths in China alone, Hong Kong has mandated visitors from mainland China self-quarantine during the incubation period, which is believed to last for about two weeks.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Feb 7, 2020

The Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney was the lone dissenting GOP vote, making him the first senator in history to vote to convict a president from his own party in an impeachment trial.

The Academy Awards, From #OscarsSoWhite To…Even Whiter?

Feb 6, 2020

The 92nd Academy Awards are coming up soon—and already this year’s nominees have been criticized for being overwhelmingly white and male.

Maybe you’ve never used TikTok. But the app is touching your life in ways you might not expect. Remember “ok boomer?” That meme largely came from TikTok.

Users on the platform create and share videos of themselves mouthing along to a clip for a skit or lip-syncing to a song.

One of the nation’s most vulnerable Republican Senators is up for re-election this year, and he’s in for an uphill battle to keep his seat.

On The Trail: Michael Bloomberg Edition

Feb 5, 2020

If you’ve watched any local TV or even opened YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram lately then you’ve probably seen a Michael Bloomberg ad.

The former New York mayor is running for president and spending millions on advertising. These spots tackle everything from healthcare to gun control to just beating President Donald Trump. And he plans to keep on spending.

Impeachment And The State Of The Union

Feb 5, 2020

President Trump’s lawyers in the Senate impeachment trial gave their closing arguments Monday, saying that Democrats had been after President Trump since the beginning.

At about 1,700 sites across Iowa, Democrats used a new app to caucus this year. And late into the night on Monday, there still wasn’t a result in the first-in-the-nation caucus. Iowa Democrats said the delay in results was a result of an effort to ensure “quality control”

There Might Not Be Crying In Baseball. But What About Cheating?

Feb 4, 2020

Here is a video.


Breaking Down The (Lack Of) Iowa Caucus Results

Feb 4, 2020

It’s safe to say the Iowa caucuses didn’t go to anyone’s plan.

The process hit a few bumps Monday night when the state announced that it had found “inconsistencies” in its vote tallies, resulting in a delay of results. Vote counts have not been reported and delegates have not been awarded.

The Expanded Travel Ban, Explained

Feb 4, 2020

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that his administration was adding six countries to the list of nations that have been subject to travel restrictions since 2017. The countries added are Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan. All have significant Muslim populations.

The Trump administration’s rationale for the expansion is that it’s necessary for national security.

First In The Nation: The Iowa Caucuses And The Calendar

Feb 3, 2020

The Iowa caucuses are upon us. The Democrats’ first step towards choosing a challenger to take on President Donald Trump in the general election is an honored tradition in which many Iowans are proud to take part.

The Price Of Love

Feb 3, 2020

Sure, swiping on Tinder and Bumble is free (in theory). But going out on an actual date can get pretty expensive.

USA Today spoke to Miercoles Bell, who said he stopped dating because it was getting way too pricey.