civics & government

Lesson plan: Bot or not? How fake social media accounts could influence voting

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Social media is an important tool for learning about current events and practicing active and informed citizenship. However, fake Twitter accounts called ‘bots’ have been used to try to influence public opinion—and not always for the better. Continue reading

Under President Trump, a new strategy for the Afghanistan war sparks debate

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The U.S. war in Afghanistan has progressed for 16 years, and a new strategy for how to proceed has caused debate among Trump and his national security team. Progress has been slow and the president has reportedly been frustrated with his advisers. Continue reading

What Flint schools are doing to protect children from lead

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When the city of Flint, Michigan began using the Flint River as a water source to save money three years ago, the water flowing through the aging pipes caused lead, a neurotoxin that affects brain development, to leach into the water supply. Continue reading

Can Republicans and Democrats learn to work together?

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Partisan politics in the U.S. Congress has been on the rise since the 1990s. Continue reading

North Korea continues to conduct major missile tests

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President Trump and Japanese President Shinzo Abe spoke by phone on Monday to discuss the growing global threat caused by North Korea. North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday that experts said could reach the western half of the United States, if not the whole country, with a flatter trajectory. Continue reading

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