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Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

News & Civics | November 19, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it’s far from just California’s problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation’s agriculture.

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Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

News & Civics | November 18, 2014

Is Immigration Reform on the Horizon? [Animated Explainer]

Remember when U.S. immigration reform seemed like it was finally in the cards? That was so 2013. But now that the Republicans have won control of the Senate, the issue may soon resurface, with a stronger possibility of a bill making it through both chambers of Congress.

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On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

News & Civics | November 17, 2014

On the Rise: How Minimum Wage Hikes Won Big with Voters [Interactive]

Despite ongoing conservative opposition to the raising the federal minimum wage, recent initiatives in individual states, both blue and red, have had overwhelmingly success. Check out this interactive explainer to learn more.

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The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

News & Civics | November 10, 2014

The Sad State of Voter Turnout in the U.S. … and California [Map]

In case you weren’t paying attention, this was a big week for the Republican Party. On Election Day, the nation swung decidedly to the right. Here’s a map that illustrates voter turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, shown as a percentage of each state’s voting-age population.

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The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

News & Civics | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Youth Vote is Important for Democracy to Thrive

This past week, students were asked why it is important for young people to vote; what issues would influence their vote the most, and how can the youth influence the outcome of an election? Check out their responses

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A Look into Race & Representation within Police Departments

News & Civics | October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Look into Race & Representation within Police Departments

A lot of news stories recently have focused on race and law enforcement. Should the members of a police force reflect the larger population they serve?

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How to Navigate America’s Confusing Patchwork of Voting Laws

News & Civics | October 20, 2014

How to Navigate America’s Confusing Patchwork of Voting Laws

Think you know your state’s voting rules? Better check again before heading to the polls next month. Depending on where you live, those rules might have changed since the last time you voted.

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Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

News & Civics | October 3, 2014

Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities with the Police [An Illustrated Guide]

In August, riots erupted in Ferguson, Mo. after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old. The incident underscored the importance of people knowing what their rights are when stopped by the police, and how to act appropriately during these interactions to best avoid potentially dangerous confrontations. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner explains the rules of engagement.

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The Inequalities of Climate Change Visualized

News & Civics | September 29, 2014

The Inequalities of Climate Change Visualized

The Carbon Map was created by Duncan Clark and Robin Houston from the design firm KILN as an entry to the World Bank’s Apps for Climate competition. Recently updated and featured on The Guardian, the map resizes the world’s geography to reflect the nations most responsible for climate change and those most vulnerable to its impacts.

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The Global Community Can Do More to Fight the Ebola Outbreak

News & Civics | September 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

The Global Community Can Do More to Fight the Ebola Outbreak

In the past, diseases have had the ability to wipe out entire civilizations, and it’s still going on today. With the Ebola epidemic in West Africa becoming more of a menace, there are a lot of questions to be answered. Why should nations help fight against the outbreak? What are some challenges, and how can we, as an international community, overcome this? Last week, students from around the country shared their thoughts on what should be done in the fight against Ebola.

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