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How Do Missile Defense Systems Work?

You’re probably aware the U.S. has a missile defense system, and the thought alone makes you feel (relatively) safe and cozy here in the states. But do you know how these systems work? Or how effective they can be? They’re not the impenetrable shield you think they are.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Senate’s New Tax Bill Could Raise Your Health Insurance Premiums, Again

The latest tax bill being proposed by GOP senators contains a teensy detail that would repeal part of the Affordable Care Act. That’s right, just after we thought Trumpcare was dead for good (we never really thought that, though, right?) here comes a smaller, sneaky version.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Health Insurance Suddenly Just Got Cheaper for a Lot of People

2017 is a strange year to buy health insurance. Some weird and bad things have happened, and it seems like we should expect insurance plans to become more expensive. But it turns out that a lot of people may now be able to get cheaper insurance, and for an odd reason.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Trumpcare Just Snuck in Through the Back Door

After 900 failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (that number may be a little off, it’s been a long year), President Trump took two actions yesterday that could destroy insurance markets. Don’t panic yet. Your current insurance still works, and you’ll still be able to buy an “Obamacare” plan for next year.…Read more… […]

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Flame Retardants Are One Step Closer to Being Banned in Furniture and Baby Products

Flame retardant chemicals are in most of your favorite foam-filled furniture—until recently, a California law even required them. But they don’t prevent fires, and they do carry health risks. Now, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is a step closer to banning them.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Some College Students Qualify for SNAP Benefits

If you’re a low-income college student, and you’re working at least 20 hours a week or have a household dependent under 12, you might be eligible for free groceries through SNAP. Check the USDA student eligibility requirements and general SNAP requirements to see if you qualify. In 42 states, you can apply for SNAP…Read more… […]

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The Real History of Columbus Day

Every year, on the second Monday of October, the U.S. celebrates Columbus Day, which commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Yet he sailed for the Spanish, landed in the Caribbean, and was kind of a jerk. So, uh, why is this a U.S. holiday again?Read more… Continue […]

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Why the “Fetal Pain” Bill the House Just Voted on Is Junk Science

A bill titled the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would ban nearly all abortions up to 22 weeks gestation, just passed the House of Representatives in a 237-189 vote. But even though pain is bad and babies are good (I love babies, personally), this bill is a steaming pile of bullshit. Starting with…Read more… […]

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Know Your Rights When Protesting During the National Anthem

The Take a Knee protests taking place during professional sports games, including the NFL and MLB, have been making headlines in recent weeks. While U.S. citizens have the right to peacefully protest, the protests have generated some backlash against those who participate, as well. Even some students around the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Know Your Rights When Protesting During the National Anthem

The Take a Knee protests taking place during professional sports games, including the NFL and MLB, have been making headlines in recent weeks. While U.S. citizens have the right to peacefully protest, the protests have generated some backlash against those who participate, as well. Even some students around the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Davy Crockett’s Best Life Lessons

Davy Crockett is an American folk hero of mythic proportions, and was greatly popularized during the 50s and 60s thanks to Disney’s TV miniseries and major motion pictures. But Crockett was a very real person in history, and he had a lot of wisdom to share.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Davy Crockett’s Best Life Lessons

Davy Crockett is an American folk hero of mythic proportions, and was greatly popularized during the 50s and 60s thanks to Disney’s TV miniseries and major motion pictures. But Crockett was a very real person in history, and he had a lot of wisdom to share.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why Butter Used to Have Its Own Food Group

Today’s kids have MyPlate. When I was growing up, we learned the Food Pyramid. My parents categorized grub into four food groups. But look back a bit farther, and dietary advice gets a little weirder: in the early 1950s, there were seven food groups, and one was just for butter.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What You Need to Know About the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill (aka Zombie Trumpcare)

The fight to repeal Obamacare on only Republican votes will end when September does, thanks to a budget deadline. Like any good drama, it’s got us on the edge of our seat right up until the grand finale. The current villain (or hero?), the Graham-Cassidy bill, is gaining steam and may have a chance of […]

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There’s a New Obamacare Repeal Bill in Town (but Hopefully Not for Long)

Republicans in Congress have to pass their repeal of the Affordable Care Act by September 30, or else it’s not going to happen. That means Zombie Trumpcare has risen again, and at least a few lawmakers think it has a chance. Take a look at what’s in this bill, because you might want to make […]

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