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Capitalizing on confidence

I think by this point we all know I think feminism is absolutely fantastic- I mean, women’s empowerment is human empowerment! And I think we should all celebrate it and praise it to everyone we meet and be super excited and scream it from rooftops and shout it on radio stations and paste it like…

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Microbeads: A not-so-tiny problem

  In the well-lit aisles of your drugstore, millions of tiny and dangerous pollutants lurk in the cheerful packaging of your favorite exfoliating cleansers. But in Illinois, you’ll notice a distinct lack of certain facial washes. In a groundbreaking decision, Illinois recently became the first state to ban the use of the microbead, a popular…

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Political quotes: Who said this?

There’ s a politically relevant quote hiding behind this teaser. When you see the full quote, you may be surprised to learn who said it, but you’ll have to figure out the source out by choosing from a multiple-choice list. It’s a quiz! You’ll find the full quote and the expanded illustration below. It’s part…

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Suing over executive orders: Politics as usual

There’s an adage that all politics is local. It makes a lot of sense; most issues are bread and butter ones that occur in the neighborhoods and the households where we live. But like all aphorisms, it’s not always true. The current dispute between House Speaker Boehner and President Obama about who is most faithful…

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Iraq: Who is behind ISIS?

Mainstream media tells us that ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham) is a sort of “al Qaeda Gone Wild”—an army of well-equipped, radical Sunnis who crossed the border from Syria and invaded raq. We are told that in the city of Mosul, the Iraqi army, 30,000 strong, upon seeing the 1000 member ISIS army in their…

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Solutions Journalism Network: Beyond the traditional five W’s

“To innovate and change, we need to know what’s broken and how it needs to be fixed,” says the Solutions Journalism Network website. “The media does a good job of covering the problems: In fact, most hard news reporting is about problems and crises. That kind of reporting is essential. But we believe it’s time…