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What Trump Gets Wrong About California's Wildfires What Trump Gets Wrong About California's Wildfires

The Camp Fire in northern California has just become the deadliest in the state’s history; the Woolsey fire in the south is engulfing Malibu; and our president is tweeting obliquely about the logging industry. Welcome to 2018.

How to Make Sure Your Provisional Ballot Gets Counted How to Make Sure Your Provisional Ballot Gets Counted

If you showed up at a polling place on election day and were told you couldn’t vote—perhaps records showed that you were not registered—we hope you remembered to ask to cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are only counted if it turns out that you are eligible to vote, so you should make sure to check up on…

Why It's Such a Big Deal That Former Felons Can Now Vote in Florida Why It's Such a Big Deal That Former Felons Can Now Vote in Florida

Thanks to last night’s vote, Florida will become the 48th state where people who have completed a sentence for felony are eligible to vote. (Kentucky and Iowa are the holdouts.) That means probably over a million people are granted the right to vote all at once—the largest such number since the 19th amendment.

How NOT to Talk to Kids About Politics How NOT to Talk to Kids About Politics

Talking to our kids about politics has never felt as tricky as it has during the past couple of years. With political divisiveness at an all-time high, it can be hard to walk that fine line between raising kids who are aware of what’s happening in the world around them without thrusting our own views onto them before…

The Best Political Action Tips From the Podcast 'Rebel Steps' The Best Political Action Tips From the Podcast 'Rebel Steps'

You voted. Great! That’s pretty much the base level of participation in a democracy! Which might be why you still feel anxious and relatively powerless. What do you do next? How do you get more politically involved, especially if you don’t have a lot of time or money?

Bring Your Kids to the Polls Bring Your Kids to the Polls

A large part of parenting is trying to raise our kids to be good citizens. We give them chores to teach them to contribute to the work of the household, we take them to volunteer to get them involved in their community, and we model kindness and respect to those around us.

Cope With Midterm Election Anxiety Better With This Meditation App's 'Politics Pack' Cope With Midterm Election Anxiety Better With This Meditation App's 'Politics Pack'

No matter what your political affiliation, you can probably agree on one thing: politics have gotten stressful.

What Is Birthright Citizenship?  What Is Birthright Citizenship? 

After the Civil War, the United States’ Constitution gained three amendments: the 13th outlawed most involuntary servitude; the 14th granted citizenship to anyone born in the country, including former slaves; and the 15th outlawed racial discrimination in voting rights. Now, President Trump has said he believes he can…

How to Demand Action on Climate Change How to Demand Action on Climate Change

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report—a klaxon, really—warning of the catastrophic consequences of climate change if global political leaders don’t take action right now. For people who’ve been sounding the alarm for decades now, this report is depressing but not surprising; for…

Know Your State's Most Pressing Environmental Issues Before Election Day Know Your State's Most Pressing Environmental Issues Before Election Day

Pollution is killing oysters in Oregon. So much of New Jersey is paved that its storm water has nowhere to go. And in Nevada, the federal government wants to turn a mountain into a storage site for nuclear waste. You should know your state’s most pressing environmental issues before you head to the polls, and Popular…

How to Shut Down Bad-Faith 'Debates' on Social Media How to Shut Down Bad-Faith 'Debates' on Social Media

They don’t really want to debate you, those randos who crawl into the comments of your Facebook posts and your tweets and your blog posts (hi!) asking to “debate” you over shit we should all agree on by now. You can’t debate them in any meaningful way, because they are mouths without ears. You can block them or take…

How FBI Investigations of Court Nominees Work How FBI Investigations of Court Nominees Work

The FBI is conducting an investigation this week relating to Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault. Why is the FBI involved, and what do they have the power to find?

How to Have a Conversation With a Conspiracy Theorist Without Losing Your Mind How to Have a Conversation With a Conspiracy Theorist Without Losing Your Mind

Faked moon landing, #PizzaGate, September 11th was an inside job, Vince Foster was murdered by the Clintons to cover up Whitewater, the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax—the list of American conspiracy theories is long and bizarre. Side-show paranoid nonsense becomes alarming and enraging, however, when ordinary people…

How to Rage-Donate Against Chuck Grassley How to Rage-Donate Against Chuck Grassley

Well, that was quick: Less than a day after Grassley’s performance at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing investigating Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a Crowdpac has been started to fund his future opponent in 2022. In roughly 14 hours, it’s raised about…

How to Watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's Senate Testimony Tomorrow How to Watch Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's Senate Testimony Tomorrow

Before Brett Kavanaugh can accept a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the nation, he must publicly face one of the three women who have recently accused him of sexual assault. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning, and if you plan to watch the…

How to Stay Politically Active When Everything Is  Overwhelming How to Stay Politically Active When Everything Is  Overwhelming

The news cycle is enough to make you lose hope. Every day brings some fresh horror, or an update on an ongoing horror, or rumblings of horrors to come. It’s like being repeatedly smacked in the face with a tetherball. The events of the last couple of years have pushed some of us to be more politically active, which…

How to Remove an Unfit President With the 25th Amendment How to Remove an Unfit President With the 25th Amendment

The US Constitution provides instructions for how to remove a president from office if they are unfit to do their job—gravely wounded, for example, or mentally unstable. The instructions were ratified as an amendment in 1967, after John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Until that point, the Constitution just vaguely…

Why Lawrence O'Donnell Says You Should Take Acting Classes 

Lawrence O’Donnell, television pundit and author of the recently rereleased book Deadly Force : A Police Shooting and My Family’s Search for the Truth, visits the Lifehacker studio to talk about why his book was rereleased now, how police brutality is hardly new news, and what you should do if you witness an event in…

How to Reinvent Yourself, With Coss Marte and Lawrence O'Donnell  How to Reinvent Yourself, With Coss Marte and Lawrence O'Donnell 

In this episode, Coss Marte tells us how he went from drug kingpin to fitness entrepreneur using a regimen he developed in prison. Then we head outside to find out how people have reinvented themselves, and chat with television pundit Lawrence O’Donnell about how he reinvented himself as a socialist (and why some…

What Is Shadow Banning on Twitter? What Is Shadow Banning on Twitter?

Last week the president, alluding to a poorly researched article by VICE News, accused Twitter of “shadow banning prominent Republicans.” Twitter didn’t shadow ban anyone. But they did hide some Republican politicians’ accounts, not because they were Republicans, but for two more embarrassing reasons.

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