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What “Classified Information” Means, and What Happens If You Divulge It

The media is ablaze over President Trump sharing classified information with Russian foreign officials—but what is classified information exactly? And what happens if you disclose it? Good news: You’ve been granted clearance to acquire this not-quite-top-secret knowledge.

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Jeff Sessions Rolls Back Obama-Era Drug Sentencing Reforms

Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors this week to take the most aggressive approach possible against federal criminal defendants. The policy change will result in lengthier prison sentences for drug offenders and likely reverse a recent drop in the federal prison population.

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President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, who recently led multiple investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State and Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential election. Trump acted on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who argued Comey caused “substantial damage” to the FBI’s reputation and credibility over the past year.

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Google opens massive virtual collection of US presidential history

If you’re an American history buff, you’re in luck. To celebrate President’s Day, Google arts and culture team has just kicked off a monumentalhistorical project focusing on our country’s top office with the American Democracy program.

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Trump administration freezes grants and contracts at the EPA

Donald Trump’s administration has frozen all grants and contract operations at the Environmental Protection Agency, ProPublica reports. The freeze could disrupt critical, ongoing projects such as toxic cleanups and water quality testing, and it may impact the EPA’s budget allocations. The EPA currently has $6.4 billion worth of federal contracts, which it uses to organize clean-up and testing services across the country. It’s unclear how long the freeze will be in place or whether it will impact only new grants.

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Donald Trump Wins Electoral College to Officially Become President-Elect

If you were still holding out some kind of hope that the United States would avoid a Donald Trump presidency at the last moment, this news should signal it’s time to move past that: Donald Trump has surpassed 270 electoral votes to officially secure the presidency, the Associated Press confirmed.

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