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What Sarin, Chlorine, and Other Chemical Weapons in the News Actually Do

Last week, the United States and its allies France and the UK fired 105 missiles—most of them Tomahawks—at Syrian targets in an attempt to prevent future chemical attacks in the Syrian Civil War. But what are the alleged chemical weapons being used? And what exactly do they do to people? Here’s what you need to […]

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What Are the Assault Weapon Ban Loopholes Senator Marco Rubio Was Talking About?

Last night, CNN held a town hall discussion with those affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Florida officials, and an NRA rep. In attendance was Senator Marco Rubio, who had some things to say about the recently proposed and rejected assault weapons ban. He specifically mentioned “plastic…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What the Hell Is Obstruction of Justice?

The phrase “obstruction of justice” is being thrown around a lot these days, especially if you watch or read the news. President Trump has been accused of obstruction of justice regarding Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia, and now Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What Happens to Public Health Agencies During a Government Shutdown

The government is back open for now, but another shutdown could happen in three weeks if negotiations in Congress don’t go well. During a shutdown, government employees and duties are divided according to how essential they are. Federal courts do not shut down, for example, but NASA’s Instagram does. So, what happens…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Travel to Cuba Solo Under Trump’s New Regulations

Since Trump restricted travel to Cuba in November, you may be laboring under the assumption that it’s once again illegal for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba, but that’s simply not true. The regulations have become a bit more strict, sure, but it’s still possible to go follow in Hemingway’s footsteps, even if you’re going…Read more… […]

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The “Free Market” Is A Myth

Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. —John Maynard Keynes The dumbest thing that otherwise smart people glorify is the free market. It’s the central ideology of libertarians, the party of people who pride themselves on sounding much smarter than they […]

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What You Need to Know About the CDC’s ‘Banned’ Words

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that CDC officials told staff to keep seven terms out of budget documents: fetus, diversity, transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, science-based, and evidence-based. These words are matter-of-fact to most scientists, but to politicians, they are political.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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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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