VOTER POWER

Trump Administration Wants to Crack Down on Protests

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule that would severely limit the number of protests that can take place in Washington, D.C. According to Newsweek, the public would be banned from gathering along the north sidewalk of the White House and at the National Mall.

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America is Not a Meritocracy, Study Shows

A new study found that money—not talent—is the biggest predictor of success. As a result, bright but poor children are frequently not able to reach their full potential while wealthy but ultimately less gifted individuals hold the majority of the power.

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We Have 12 Years to Curb Catastrophic Climate Change, UN Warns

A new report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) illustrates just how dire a state our planet is in. Experts say that if governments don’t act soon, global temperatures will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030.

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Third World Poverty Illustrates the Importance of Foreign Aid

Since taking office, President Trump has attempted to cut billions of dollars in foreign aid as part of his “America First” agenda. Supporters have praised the idea, but there’s a certain kind of privilege that comes with putting first world problems ahead of third world poverty.

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Steel is Booming, But the Profits Aren’t Trickling Down

When President Trump announced that he would be imposing heavy tariffs on steel imports, thousands of steel workers across the U.S. rejoiced. However, the initial fervor is slowly coming to a halt, as workers realize they won’t be sharing the profits.

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New Tax Reform Bill Counts Fetuses as People

Last Friday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bundle of bills known as “Tax Reform 2.0.” This proposal would count “unborn children” as beneficiaries under 529 education savings plans. Democrats say it’s just a way for Republicans to push their anti-choice agenda.

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There’s a Nasty New Weapon in the Election Hacking War

Russia’s intelligence agency has generated malicious software that’s virtually impossible to expunge. According to The Daily Beast, the malware can persist even if the operating system is reinstalled or the hard drive replaced—security measures that would normally expel an intruder.

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