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Mueller Breaks His Silence

May 29, 2019

On Wednesday, special counsel Robert Mueller formally ended his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He also made clear that he would prefer not to testify before Congress. “The report is my testimony,” he told a group…


Trade War Continues

May 13, 2019

China will increase tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods. Tariffs are taxes on imported goods. China announced the tariff increases on Monday. They will take effect June 1. The increases are the result of a trade battle between…

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TFK Explains: The Mueller Report

April 26, 2019

On April 18, the Mueller report was released to Congress and the public. Here, TFK explains. What is the Mueller report? It is a 448-page document outlining the results of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. What…

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TFK Explains: National Emergencies

February 22, 2019

President Donald Trump declares a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. What is a national emergency? In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act, which allows a president to declare a national emergency if he or she thinks there is…

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Border Fight

January 25, 2019

In early January, President Donald Trump traveled to McAllen, Texas. He was there to make his case for building a wall along the southern U.S. border. “What [we] need more than anything is the barrier, the wall,” Trump said. “Whether…


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Back to Class

January 25, 2019

Los Angeles teachers returned to classrooms on January 23 after a six-day strike. The strike ended when the Los Angeles Unified School District and the union that represents its 35,000 teachers came to an agreement. The district said it will…

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A New Congress

January 11, 2019

The 116th U.S. Congress opened on January 3. It is the most diverse Congress in history. The Senate and the House of Representatives include more women than ever before. Among the new House members are Native Americans, Latinos, Muslims, and…

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TFK Explains: The Government Shutdown

January 4, 2019

What is a government shutdown? Government agencies depend on funding from Congress to operate. A government shutdown happens when lawmakers are not able to pass a federal budget to fund these agencies. During a shutdown, some parts of the government…

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A Leader Dies

December 7, 2018

Former president George H.W. Bush died on November 30 at age 94. Bush was the 41st president of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. He also served as vice president to Ronald Reagan and as director of the…

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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…