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Journalism, News Media, and Sources: praise and condemnation for 21st century practices

If you’re constantly wondering if you can believe anything you hear or read these days, constantly worried that you’ll be taken in by some tidbit of fake news (however we’re defining that at the moment), and overwhelmed and exhausted by the prospect of sorting out the real information from the bias, you are not alone. And I

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Healthcare Spending: The source documents behind the news

Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published their projections for National Health Expenditure, covering 2016-2025. Some numbers are floating around the news and social media, and these are the numbers that your lawmakers will (probably) be looking at as they propose healthcare spending legislation. If you’d like to see how accurate those

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States Propose Legislation Criminalizing Protests: The source documents behind the news

Passions are running high on the topic of protests. Some States have proposed legislation that would criminalize certain protest behaviors, and I was asked for information on exactly what they’re proposing and whether these proposals run afoul of our Constitutional rights. With my usual caveats for this series,* here’s what I’ve found as I track down

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Public Lands and Environmental Protections Actions Under the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration: The source documents behind the news

By popular request, and subject to my typical caveats for this series,* I’ve been digging up primary sources having to do with recent public lands and environmental actions by Congress and President Trump. (This is a long one, and even more of a primary source overload than usual…) Here is a list of all House

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