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How Doug Jones Pulled Off A Huge Upset In Alabama

By Eugene Daniels | December 13, 2017

A confluence of events, led by the black vote, helped flip the state.

Meet Doug Jones, The Democrat Alabama Just Sent To The Senate

By Eugene Daniels | December 12, 2017

The career prosecutor pulled off an upset on Tuesday but was largely left out of media coverage before the election.

Trump Confidant Steve Bannon Avoids Russia Investigations — For Now

By Eugene Daniels | December 11, 2017

Steve Bannon has largely been able to stay under the radar during the Russia investigation.

Jerusalem: Why The Land Is So Controversial

By Alexandra Miller | December 7, 2017

President Trump named Jerusalem the capital of Israel, but not every other country is on board. We look at why this city is so controversial.

One-Of-A-Kind Studio Empowers Artists With Disabilities

By Chance Seales, Megan Smith | December 7, 2017

Washington, D.C., houses a special studio where artists with disabilities can both create and sell their artwork.

Medicaid Crackdown Could Worsen States' Opioid Addiction Problem

By Eugene Daniels | December 6, 2017

Critics say adding work requirements to Medicaid could worsen the opioid epidemic, but Republicans are promising no one will fall through the cracks.

Sen. Mitt Romney? Not On President Trump's Watch

By Eugene Daniels | December 5, 2017

Romney's allies are sure the president is pushing for Sen. Orrin Hatch to stick around just to be vindictive.

Republican National Committee Could See End To 35-Year Court Decree

By Alexandra Miller | November 29, 2017

The RNC has been unable to engage in ballot security for more than 35 years because of incidents in the early '80s. It could all change on Friday.

Bernie Sanders Might Be Building Up His Resume For 2020

By Eugene Daniels | November 27, 2017

We're years away, but people still want to know if Sanders will throw his hat in the ring again.

Full Circle: How One Man Turned His Recovery Into A Business

Full Circle: How One Man Turned His Recovery Into A Business

By Alexandra Miller | November 22, 2017

Drug addiction once controlled Nick Albaugh's life. Now, he's using his unique experience to help others get clean.

Calling Each Other Names Is Hurting Political Discussion

By Alexandra Miller | November 22, 2017

Network pundits lob terms like "socialist" and "dictator" to describe political opponents. But these terms weren't meant for everyday use.

Down-ballot Races Steal Spotlight In November Elections

By Alexandra Miller | November 22, 2017

Voter turnout is typically lowest during non-presidential years. But this November, people came out to vote in those down-ballot races.

Drug Advertisement Spending Continues To Skyrocket

By Alexandra Miller | November 22, 2017

The FDA allows U.S. drug advertisers to air commercials before it's reviewed them.

Wisconsin's Kids Are Now Allowed To Operate Firearms

By Alexandra Miller | November 22, 2017

The state joins 34 others to allow children of any age to operate a firearm.

Protecting DACA Recipients Could Hold Up The Government Funding Deal

By Eugene Daniels | November 21, 2017

Congress has until Dec. 8 to avert a shutdown.

States Scramble As GOP Tax Bills Threaten SALT Deductions

By Eugene Daniels | November 20, 2017

And the majority of those states are led by Democrats.

How Domestic Violence Could Be Driving The Female Prison Population

By Devan Kaney | November 17, 2017

Women are the fastest-growing segment of America's prison population — and a majority of those women are survivors of domestic violence.

Could The India-Pakistan Conflict Go Nuclear? An Expert Explains.

By Eugene Daniels | November 16, 2017

The two countries are both nuclear powers and have been in conflict since 1947.

Number Of Women In Federal Law Enforcement Has Been Frozen For Decades

By Eugene Daniels | November 15, 2017

It's only gone up 1 percent in the last 21 years.

Secretary Zinke Questions His Department's Loyalty

By Alexandra Miller | November 15, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is under fire for restructuring his department and moving career officials to new, unrelated positions.

As Washington Republicans Flee, Alabama GOP Stands By Roy Moore

By Eugene Daniels | November 13, 2017

At least one poll found 29 percent of voters said they were more likely to cast ballots for Moore after the allegations.

Millennials Are Planning Differently For Retirement

By Alexandra Miller | November 10, 2017

Instead of looking to the end of their careers, millennials are saving for incremental goals. Experts say this could be an issue down the line.

Democrats Turn To Government Shutdown Talks With Renewed Confidence

By Eugene Daniels | November 9, 2017

They're balancing pushing a shutdown and pushing for protections for "Dreamers."

The Head Of The EPA Is Waging War On The Agency From Inside

By Alexandra Miller | November 8, 2017

Before Scott Pruitt ran the Environmental Protection Agency, he railed against it. We look at how he's fighting it from the inside.

What Is FARA? We Look At Why Many Foreign Agents Avoid It.

By Alexandra Miller | November 8, 2017

FARA has been a relaxed law for more than 50 years. We look at why the government makes people register as foreign agents.

What's Nuclear Security? We Asked An Expert.

By Eugene Daniels | November 8, 2017

A new report is hoping to keep nuclear security in the international conversation.

The Federal Government And The Ongoing Fight Against Term Limits

By Alexandra Miller | November 7, 2017

Except for the president, all federally elected officials can serve as many terms as they can win. So why are local officials different?

Do Anti-Drug Ad Campaigns Really Work?

By Alexandra Miller | November 7, 2017

The president suggested an ad campaign to fight the opioid epidemic, but studies say anti-drug ads may actually have adverse effects.

Trump's Opioid Commission Fails To Request Funds In Report

By Alexandra Miller | November 7, 2017

President Trump's opioid commission suggested a list of ways to fix the opioid crisis. It did not, however, request specific funds from Congress.

Betsy DeVos' Relationship With Her Department Continues To Deteriorate

By Alexandra Miller | November 7, 2017

She was seen by many in the Department of Education as an enemy before her confirmation. Now that she runs the place, it's not much different.

GOP Doubles Democrats' Staff Spending In Virginia Governors Race

By Alexandra Miller | November 6, 2017

The state's Republican Party is looking to claim its first statewide office in eight years.

California GOP Looks To Steve Bannon To Unite The Party

By Alexandra Miller | November 6, 2017

The state's small Republican Party hopes the former Trump adviser can galvanize its base ahead of 2018.

Fostering Young: How A Young Man Grew His Family By 3

By Alexandra Miller | October 31, 2017

A former foster child began fostering kids just out of his teen years. The father of three says the road hasn't been easy, but it's been worth it.

EPA Administrator Pruitt To End Obama's Clean Power Plan

By Alexandra Miller | October 23, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has decided to end former President Obama's Clean Power Plan, rolling back another one of his signature achievements.

4 Million Kids Could Lose Health Insurance If Congress Doesn't Act

By Eugene Daniels | October 23, 2017

Congress didn't reauthorize the funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program at the end of September.

Sessions Sends DOJ Lawyer To Aid In Transgender Murder Case

By Alexandra Miller | October 23, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will send a Justice Department lawyer to aid in the prosecution of a man charged with killing an Iowa teen.

How The Most Controversial Amendment Came To Be

By Alexandra Miller | October 12, 2017

How did the Second Amendment become so controversial? A look at the history of guns in America.

Jews React As Neo-Nazis Return To Charlottesville

By Alexandra Miller | October 12, 2017

Neo-Nazis marched in the streets of Charlottesville as Jews observed Sukkot.

White House Mulls Mueller-Trump Conversation

By Eugene Daniels | October 12, 2017

The president's legal team could be offering a sit down to the special counsel in the next couple of months.

Debunked: Using Money To Honor The Fallen At Arlington

By Alexandra Miller | October 5, 2017

Viral videos detail the use of spare change to honor the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery. It turns out, it's nothing more than an urban legend.

Foster Care System Is Improving But Still Can't Keep Up With Demand

By Alexandra Miller | October 4, 2017

The foster care system is steadily improving, but the opioid crisis has caused demand to increase drastically.

The US Supreme Court Begins A Busy Term

By Alexandra Miller | October 3, 2017

The Supreme Court will take on a bigger caseload for the Fall 2017 term, and a more controversial one at that.

Alabama Senate Race Shines Light On Turmoil In GOP

By Alexandra Miller | September 27, 2017

Some say Roy Moore's win might mean bad news for the GOP establishment in the 2018 midterm elections.

Who Is The Black Working Class? We Asked An Expert

By Eugene Daniels | September 22, 2017

The chair of Georgetown University's Department of African American Studies discusses the black working class and why it's not covered more often.

Senate Probes 'Weaponized' Twitter Bots' Role In 2016 Election

By Eugene Daniels | September 21, 2017

The social media giant will be meeting with investigators on Sept. 27.

President Trump's Popularity Numbers Are Slightly Less Awful

By Eugene Daniels | September 20, 2017

He's seen an uptick, but his numbers are still historically low.

The 6 Categories Where Trump Is Erasing Obama's Agenda

By Eugene Daniels | September 19, 2017

It's all about deregulation, deregulation, deregulation.

The Next Generation And Learning About 9/11

By Alexandra Miller | September 15, 2017

Nearly all children in school right now have no recollection of 9/11. History teachers must now instruct on a topic their students can't relate to.

Teen's Invention Aims To Help Those With Food Allergies Safely Eat Out

By Lauren Stephenson | September 14, 2017

Katie Parkins has life-threatening food allergies. She created My Teal Ticket to ensure others like her eat safely at restaurants.

Ethics Office Lets Lobbyists Help Buy Lawyers For White House Staff

By Eugene Daniels | September 14, 2017

And it's setting off alarm bells for some in the ethics community.

Tax Reform Deadline Has GOP Dying For Details

By Eugene Daniels | September 12, 2017

And it's making some Republicans jittery.

Democrats Are Sick Of Hearing About Hillary Clinton's Damn Book Tour

By Eugene Daniels | September 7, 2017

But the book is still likely to break sales records.

Assessing The Gender Pay Gap

By Alexandra Miller | September 7, 2017

The gender pay gap may not close for more than 100 years. Experts look at how it's calculated and interpreted for women in the workforce.

Trump Plans New Health Care Push — Because Congress Isn't Busy Enough

By Eugene Daniels | September 6, 2017

And the Senate will have less than a month to get it done.

Congress Faces Long To-Do List After August Recess

By Alexandra Miller | September 5, 2017

Congress needs to avert a government shutdown and figure out what to do about the national debt ceiling.

President Trump Defends Leaving Government Positions Empty

By Alexandra Miller | September 5, 2017

The president is still defending keeping his administration small, though his reasons for doing so have changed.

Charlottesville Man Reflects On White Nationalist Rally In His Town

By Alexandra Miller | September 5, 2017

A Charlottesville man reflects on the now infamous events in his town. He fled his home because of fear for his own safety due to his race.

DACA Could Give Bannon An Opening To Go After The White House

By Eugene Daniels | September 5, 2017

This is the first issue that could pit the former strategist against his old boss.

Charlottesville Photographer Captured Alleged Killer Before Incident

By Alexandra Miller | September 5, 2017

Eze Amos snapped photos of alleged killer James Fields Jr. in the hours before Heather Heyer's death in Charlottesville, Virginia.

What North Korea's Latest Missile Test Means For Japan And The US

By Austin Kim | September 1, 2017

We examine how Japan's perception of North Korea has changed over the years, and why the U.S. has an incentive to protect Japan.

North Korea Is Closing In On A Sixth Nuclear Test

By Austin Kim | September 1, 2017

North Korea will reportedly conduct another nuclear test soon. But tracking its nuclear program activity is tougher than you think.

Jews in Charlottesville Faced A Summer Of Anti-Semitism

By Alexandra Miller | September 1, 2017

Jews in Charlottesville, Virginia, say they feared for their safety after Nazis rallied there. But the interfaith community comforted them.

Filipinos Are Struggling To Fight ISIS, So Should The US Get Involved?

By Alexandra Miller | September 1, 2017

The Philippines has been fighting ISIS on its southern island for much of the summer. Should the United States get involved?

If You Haven't Heard Of Raven Rock, You're On Your Own When Nukes Hit

By Chance Seales | August 22, 2017

If a nuclear attack or some other massive disaster strikes the U.S., there are secret bunkers ready for 10,000 government employees.

There Are Likely Few (If Any) Good Options For The US In Afghanistan

By Chance Seales | August 22, 2017

President Trump has wanted the U.S. out of the Afghan war for years. But now that he's in the White House, actually doing that isn't so easy.

Some Doctors Are Trying To Change Easy Access To Opioids

By Cristina Mutchler | August 22, 2017

The rise of the opioid crisis is complicated, but doctors and hospitals trying to keep patients happy were a big factor. Some hope that's changing.

'Probable Cause' — The Vague Legal Term That Means A Lot To Trump

By Chance Seales | August 21, 2017

Much of the discussion surrounding Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election comes down to two words.

Chance The Rapper's 'Artistic Father' Kevin Coval Empowers Young Poets

By Austin Kim | August 18, 2017

Kevin Coval, who inspired a young Chance the Rapper, challenges Chicago's "segregated" reputation with poetry.

Access To Each Other Was A Big Factor In Hate Groups' Comeback

By Eugene Daniels | August 18, 2017

Several factors have contributed to a documented rise in the number of hate groups in the U.S. the last couple of years.

Meet The Man About To Witness His 27th Total Solar Eclipse

By Lauren Stephenson | August 18, 2017

Astronomer Donald Liebenberg has spent more time in totality — when the moon covers the sun — than any other person on Earth.

An App Aims To Help People With Disabilities Find Friendship And Love

By Austin Kim | August 16, 2017

Dating can be tough for many people, but for adults with disabilities, research shows finding love can be especially difficult.

Why The Total Solar Eclipse Is A Bigger Deal Than You'd Think

By Lauren Stephenson | August 16, 2017

The path of the Aug. 21 eclipse will give astronomers the opportunity for some rare solar research.

How Nazi Sympathizers Gained A Foothold In The US

How Nazi Sympathizers Gained A Foothold In The US

By Chance Seales | August 15, 2017

Neo-Nazis have been in recent headlines, but a faction of U.S. citizens have embraced Nazism since the 1930s.

The Nonscientific Reasons Everyone Is Geeking Out Over The Eclipse

By Lauren Stephenson | August 14, 2017

Phil Plait, aka the "Bad Astronomer," chatted with Newsy about the upcoming total solar eclipse and why he thinks there's so much hype.

Teachers Are Using Crowdfunding To Get More Classroom Supplies

By Lauren Stephenson | August 11, 2017

Teachers on average will spend $600 out of pocket on classroom supplies, according to

Is Diplomacy With North Korea A Waste Of Time Or The Only Way Forward?

By Chance Seales | August 11, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt famously suggested speaking softly while carrying a big stick. There's a debate now about whether that works with North Korea.

North Korea's History Is Far More Complex Than 25 Years Of Aggression

By Chance Seales | August 11, 2017

North Korea insists it's ready for war. History shows why the Kim regime believes aggression and nukes are necessary.

North Korea's Neighbors — Not Just Guam — Are Used To Threats

By Austin Kim | August 10, 2017

U.S. allies close to North Korea often have to recognize bark from bite in threats from the North.

The North Korean Standoff Is (And Isn't) Like The Cuban Missile Crisis

By Chance Seales | August 10, 2017

As North Korea threatens the U.S., some say certain aspects mirror the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Privatize America's Longest War?

By Chance Seales | August 10, 2017

The Trump administration is reportedly considering a controversial plan to privatize the U.S. war in Afghanistan with security contractors.

A Look At North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal

By Austin Kim | August 9, 2017

The U.S. intelligence community and experts now believe the DPRK has as few as 10 nukes or as many as 60.

Many Experts Dismiss Them, But Climate Change Doubters Are Powerful

By Chance Seales | August 9, 2017

Only 3 percent of scientists doubt mankind's effect on our warming planet. This is their perspective.

What To Know About North Korea's Hwasong-14 Intercontinental Missile

What To Know About North Korea's Hwasong-14 Intercontinental Missile

By Austin Kim | August 8, 2017

North Korea celebrated its most recent missile launch. Here's the Hwasong-14's range and what it means for U.S. national security.

The Case For Merit-Based Immigration Reform

The Case For Merit-Based Immigration Reform

By Chance Seales | August 8, 2017

Groups like FAIR want the U.S. to move away from a system that favors immigrants' family members. That's an incredibly controversial stance.

Making Sure Toddlers Don't Represent Themselves In Immigration Court

Making Sure Toddlers Don't Represent Themselves In Immigration Court

By Chance Seales | August 8, 2017

The fate of immigrant children who cross the U.S. border without a parent often rests in their own hands. KIND makes sure they have representation.

The Alt-Left Media: One More Sign People Are Looking For Echo Chambers

By Chance Seales | August 8, 2017

The alt-right got a lot of attention in 2016, but the alt-left has been around longer. And critics say it also peddles fake stories to eager readers.

Pulling Out Of The TPP Proves Tough For Trump's Rural Voters

By Eugene Daniels | August 7, 2017

After the pullout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, other countries began to fill the vacuum left by the United States.

President Trump's Top Generals Are Empowered And Working Overtime

By Eugene Daniels | August 4, 2017

And they're having to do quite a bit of damage control.

GOP Headed Toward An Intraparty Debt Ceiling Fight

By Eugene Daniels | August 3, 2017

Leaders want to pass a "clean" debt ceiling increase, but GOP lawmakers aren't all on board.

State Department Could Forfeit $60M In Counter-Propaganda Money

By Eugene Daniels | August 2, 2017

And it's furthering the rift between Tillerson and career diplomats.

This Is How Politicians Put Grenades In 'Vote-A-Rama'

By Chance Seales | July 27, 2017

Senators can propose loads of amendments in the "vote-a-rama," which puts the opposition in a tough spot if they want to get anything done.

Robert Mueller, The Russia Probe And Abnormal Times

By Chance Seales | July 27, 2017

Normally, you don't know what's happening inside a federal investigation — normally.

Al Gore Talks Climate Change And Middle America (Full Interview)

By Zach Toombs | July 25, 2017

In an exclusive interview with Newsy, the former vice president talked about his new film and what climate change could mean for much of America.

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