Gina Haspel addresses The Office of Strategic Services Society in 2017.
A new head could help repair the president's relationship with the spy agency, but only if leaders stop playing politics with intelligence.
After years of claiming they want to fix what’s wrong with public schools, education reformers are still hunting for solutions.
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The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
A Happy Meal with chocolate milk and cheeseburger at a Brandon, Miss., McDonald’s.
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McDonald's recently announced it will make its Happy Meal, which accounts of about 15 percent of all sales, healthier. Will it make kids healthier? That's unclear, but it could lower parents' guilt.
Protesters at the Vermont Statehouse on Feb. 20, 2018.
The search for a direct causal connection from public opinion to specific policies, including gun control, may be like hunting for the holy grail. Many factors influence how legislation gets passed.
What happened to people inside this building, the U.S. Embassy in Havana?
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Were foreign diplomats and tourists attacked with a 'sonic weapon' – or was it something else? Ultrasound researchers demonstrate a rational, evidence-based explanation.
A naturalization ceremony, in December 2015.
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The Department of Justice wants to add a citizenship question to the next census. That could mess up the Census Bureau's data and damage public trust in the system.
Small differences account for a shooter’s consistency.
A basketball computer program simulates millions of trajectories in search of the ideal shot.
Were muskets in 1777 better regulated than assault rifles in 2017?
A leading historian of constitutional thought says the contemporary Second Amendment debate is founded on serious misunderstandings.
National Guardsmen move into Detroit’s riot-torn area, July 23, 1967.
One of the harshest critiques of white racism appeared 50 years ago in the federal government's own Kerner Commission report. And racism may be why the report's recommendations were largely ignored.
A Philadelphia man, who struggles with opioid addiction, in 2017.
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As the nation grapples with its opioid addiction epidemic, an understanding of how the drugs affect people is important. The powerful class of drugs actually can change the brain.
The Nazi atomic effort relied on work done in this remote lab.
Feb. 28 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Gunnerside. A stealthy group of skiing commandos took out a crucial Nazi facility and stopped Hitler from getting the atomic bomb.
US-Mexico border fence that separates Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego, Calif.
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A scholar documented the risks a migrant faced after deportation, including his becoming involved in smuggling people across the border.
The Supreme Court overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
A legal scholar looks at the new and narrowed definition of bribery by the US Supreme Court. In the future, will politicians doing favors for donors and friends ever be prosecuted for corruption?
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton concedes the 2016 presidential election.
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Yes, votes are cast based on many factors. But a new survey and analysis suggests that belief in fake news could have been decisive during the 2016 election.
A 24-hour news cycle can leave young people feeling more distressed than usual.
In a survey of 80 teens and college-aged Americans, most said they'd experienced physical or emotional distress before and after the 2016 presidential election.