What you should know about private vs. federal student loans

Which is right for you?

What it’s like to be a government worker not getting paid

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are feeling an increasing financial strain as the government shutdown continues.
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Kids are suing the U.S. government over climate change

If adults won’t take action on climate change, these young people will take matters into their own hands.
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Biometrics: The future of air travel in America

The U.S. is rolling out a new facial recognition tech program at airports which could dramatically change the air travel industry.

Nowhere to “Hyde”: Congressional Democrats target restriction on federal abortion funding

For over 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has barred any federal money from being used to pay for abortions. But those days may be over.

Republicans introduce bill to protect anti-LGBT views

The First Amendment Defense Act says the government cannot "take any discriminatory action" against people or companies that discriminate against same-sex couples or couples who have premarital sex.

As the federal government fails to act, here’s what states have done for gun control under Trump

As the federal government fails to act after another mass shooting, here are three key laws that states have been enacting to address gun control.

The US government shutdown, by the numbers

Here are the numbers behind the three-day shutdown — and what could be waiting if the government can't agree on a new deal by Feb. 8.

House GOP looks to avoid shutdown with short-term funding bill that excludes DACA, Obamacare fixes

It's unclear whether Republicans have the votes to pass the bill.

Here’s what Republican tax cuts could pay for

The tax cuts could pay for a decade worth of food stamps, nutrition and health care for infants and mothers, heating assistance for low-income families and cash grants to poor, struggling families.

With a government shutdown looming, Democrats are now poised to gain the upper hand

A group of House conservatives could thwart a funding deal, setting the stage for a potential government shutdown.
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Mic Wakeup: Dems fight for DACA, Gothamist shuts down and why “Middle Eastern-looking” isn’t right

It's Friday. Here are three things you need to know.

Congress returns from recess on Tuesday. Here’s what’s on its plate.

A series of dire deadlines await congressional lawmakers upon their return from the August recess.

3 reasons why you shouldn’t have fallen for Elon Musk’s hyperloop plans

Musk claims the hyperloop will take us from New York to D.C. in under 30 minutes, but where's the proof?

Former interpreter for the US government reported to have been in Trump Jr. meeting

There is still at least one other person at the meeting who has yet to be identified.

Kentucky secretary of state on voter data request: “Might as well let Putin just get a zip drive”

Alison Lundergan Grimes has a few things to say about the White House's election integrity panel.

After being turned down twice, Afghan girls robotics team finally granted entry to compete in US

The team of six girls was finally granted entry to the U.S.

While You Weren’t Looking: 5 stories from the week that don’t feature the letters “ICBM”

States are suing Betsy DeVos, and the Trump administration may be trying to purge voters from the rolls.
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A federal judge has denied Hawaii’s latest challenge to Trump’s travel ban

Hawaii requested grandparents and other close family members be exempt from the ban's latest iteration.

Trump election integrity commission member: “We should have predicted” the backlash

Meanwhile, "voter fraud panel" vice chairman Kris Kobach issued a defiant defense.

Majority of voters back Donald Trump’s travel ban, poll finds

The poll asked whether people approved of the Supreme Court-imposed guidelines on immigrants from six majority-Muslim countries.

Watchdog group says Kris Kobach is exploiting the “voter fraud commission” for political gain

Kobach faces a Hatch Act complaint from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The House wants to put America's independent election watchdog out of business

Advocates say this is no time to pull funding for the Election Assistance Commission.

White House's Election Integrity Commission goes into action — with objections

Watchdogs and elected officials are raising alarms about sweeping demands for voter data.
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When it comes to upholding the Paris climate agreement, America's mayors are leading the way

In spite of an uncooperative U.S. government, mayors around the world are working together to set the agenda on climate change.

Puerto Ricans didn't vote for statehood. They voted for inaction and disrespect.

Trump's America isn't going to admit one of its last colonies as its first Spanish-speaking state. Voters were hoodwinked.

Jeff Sessions asked Congress for the right to prosecute medical marijuana growers and dispensaries

Jeff Sessions wants to end federal protections for states that have legalized medical marijuana.
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Trump's interior secretary recommends shrinking national monument to smallest area possible

The 1.3 million acre Bears Ears national monument may be in danger.

Trump's order might be blocked, but traveler visas from majority-Muslim countries are declining

Pakistan has also seen a sharp decline in visas issued, and it wasn't even one of the six Muslim-majority countries targeted in the halted executive order.