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Amazing Grace: Presidential Clemency Works and Why Obama’s Letting 46 Drug Offenders Out of Prison

News & Civics | July 24, 2015

Amazing Grace: Presidential Clemency Works and Why Obama’s Letting 46 Drug Offenders Out of Prison

President Obama last week (July 13) commuted the sentences of 46 inmates in federal prison, all of whom were serving time for non-violent drug offenses, mostly related to cocaine trafficking.

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Totally Confused about the Greek Economic Crisis? Here’s the Deal

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

Totally Confused about the Greek Economic Crisis? Here’s the Deal

Greece is in the middle of a debt crisis. The government is running out of cash and doesn’t have enough to pay back what it owes.

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What’s the Deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

What’s the Deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

The majority of products we purchase — from cars to clothing, computers to smartphones, even lots of foods — are manufactured (or grown) through a vast global production process.

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Heat Map (Literally): Real-Time Interactive Wildfire Trackers

News & Civics | July 20, 2015

Heat Map (Literally): Real-Time Interactive Wildfire Trackers

Wildfire season is upon us, as California and other bone dry western states brace for what is all but guaranteed to be another flammable summer.

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Explainer: What Are Sanctuary Cities?

News & Civics | July 17, 2015

Explainer: What Are Sanctuary Cities?

Local sanctuary policies are in the national spotlight after an undocumented immigrant with a long criminal history was charged with killing a 32-year-old woman July 1 on a San Francisco pier.

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California Redlining Maps: Blueprints of Modern Neighborhood Segregation [Interactives]

News & Civics | July 16, 2015

California Redlining Maps: Blueprints of Modern Neighborhood Segregation [Interactives]

A Supreme Court decision last month made clear that housing discrimination continues to be a serious civil rights issue.

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Burned Out: Why Western Wildfires Have Gotten Bigger, Fiercer and More Common [Illustrated Explainer]

News & Civics | July 3, 2015

Burned Out: Why Western Wildfires Have Gotten Bigger, Fiercer and More Common [Illustrated Explainer]

Welcome back to fire season. Oh how we missed ye! The National Interagency Fire Center is once again predicting above normal wildfire activity this season across large swaths of California and Arizona. Risk is also high throughout Washington, Oregon and the northern half of Idaho.

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Aquifers and the Depth of California’s Groundwater Crisis [Interactive Explainer]

News & Civics | July 1, 2015

Aquifers and the Depth of California’s Groundwater Crisis [Interactive Explainer]

Large stretches of California’s Central Valley are sinking fast, and it’s no mystery what the culprit is: groundwater pumping. Groundwater accounts for about 60 percent of the state’s water supply in dry years, with most of that used by agriculture, according to the state Department of Water Resources.

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Are Youth Summer Jobs Harder to Find Than They Used to Be?

News & Civics | June 29, 2015

Are Youth Summer Jobs Harder to Find Than They Used to Be?

In the sage words of Alice Cooper: “School’s out for summer ” (if not forever). And that means millions of young people around the country are suddenly on the job hunt, flooding the labor market to make a quick buck in the dog days of summer.

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Why Is Summertime in San Francisco So Dang Foggy? [Includes Interactive Explainer]

News & Civics | June 26, 2015

Why Is Summertime in San Francisco So Dang Foggy? [Includes Interactive Explainer]

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” OK fine, so Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself. But the statement stands nonetheless.

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