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What's the Big Deal About License Plate Readers? (Explained in 5 Minutes)

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 7:32 PM

Last week, the ACLU released a groundbreaking report delving into the use of license plate readers by police departments, private companies, and the federal government. Tens of thousands of these devices are now installed across the country, with many more on the way. Unlike red-light cameras...

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Dude, Where's My Mars Rover? (INTERACTIVE)

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Still wondering how we blasted an SUV-sized robot to Mars last year? Curious what the Curiosity rover is doing up there right now?

In this newest explainer from Newsbound, we break down the goals of the current Mars mission and the fascinating machine that we just sent there. Take...

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The Curious Case of the Silent Filibuster

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Amid all the talk about filibuster reform, perhaps you've thought to yourself: "If filibusters are such a problem, why don't I ever see any news reports about senators talking through the night, holding up Senate business in protest?"

The reason is this: The "talking" filibuster of yesteryear has...

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The Great National Debt Freakout (Explained in Five Minutes)

(30) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 6:05 PM

In the next 25 years, the national debt is on an "explosive path," assuming we keep 2012 policies in place. Why did this happen? How worried should we be?

In Newsbound's latest graphic explainer, we take a look at the national debt and annual budget deficits that have...

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The Fiscal Cliff (Explained in 5 Minutes)

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 7:20 PM

With the elections over, the nation's attention has turned to a set of spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to go into effect at the start of next year. All totaled, these measures would take more than $600 billion out of the economy in 2013.

Many are referring to these...

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Fewer Veterans in Congress Than Ever Before: Should We Be Worried?

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 8:22 PM

When Veterans Day rolls around each fall, America briefly bridges the gap between those who've served in the military and those who haven't. But for the rest of the year, the distance between the two groups is far too wide. Dangerously wide, you might say.

In this latest

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What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Ayers?

(59) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 4:26 PM

During a Chicago Public Radio discussion yesterday, Public Affairs host Jeff Berkowitz made the argument that Barack Obama's association with Bill Ayers "reflects bad judgment" and that John McCain should have broached the issue during the debate Tuesday night. "I think it's worth a shot," Berkowitz said.

Tying Ayers...

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