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A Shift in Congress

November 9, 2018

American voters turned out in unusually high numbers for the 2018 midterm elections. The result: Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives while Republicans maintained their hold on the Senate. The power shift in Congress reflects deep divisions…


State Races

November 9, 2018

In the midterm elections, 36 states elected a governor. At press time, Democrats had won 16 governorships. Seven were elected in states that currently have Republican governors. But Republicans are projected to win in Florida and Ohio. Those are states…


Happy Trails

November 2, 2018

The chalk-white bluffs rose 300 feet high on either side of the river. To explorer Meriwether Lewis, they looked like the ruins of some magnificent ancient city. “It seemed as if those scenes of visionary enchantment would never have an…


Young Game Changers

A Teen's Tribute

November 2, 2018

On Veterans Day 2015, Preston Sharp, then 10 years old, went to visit his grandfather’s grave at a cemetery in Redding, California. George Sharp was a U.S. Navy veteran. To honor his memory, Preston placed flowers and an American flag…


Decision Time

October 26, 2018

On November 6, Americans will vote in midterm elections. Midterms are held halfway through a president’s four-year term in order to elect members of Congress. This year, there are also thousands of state and local elections. Thirty-six states will pick…



8 Questions for Nate Silver

October 26, 2018

Nate Silver is a statistician and writer. He founded the website FiveThirtyEight, where he analyzes polls to predict election outcomes. TFK Kid Reporter Josh Lee spoke with Silver about what the polls can tell us about the upcoming midterm elections.…


Shrinking Giant

October 25, 2018

A new study shows that Pando, one of the largest organisms on Earth, is shrinking. Pando lives in Fishlake National Forest, in Richfield, Utah. Its name is Latin for “I spread.” The group of 47,000 aspen trees has a single…


Votes for Teens

October 25, 2018

I will never forget the first time I cast a ballot. I was 19 years old, and I voted in the 2006 election for my next U.S. senator. Casting my vote inspired me: I realized I was helping to make…


Michael's Fury

October 19, 2018

Hurricane Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle on October 10, leaving a trail of destruction as it traveled inland to Georgia and up the East Coast to Virginia. At press time, officials had confirmed that at least 26 people were…


Journey's End

October 18, 2018

At the tail end of summer, Hailey Dawson stepped up to the plate at Angel Stadium, in Anaheim, California. The 8-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, was about to throw the ceremonial first pitch. She was also about to achieve her…