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Republicans Are Trying to Roll Back Rules That Stopped For-Profit Colleges From Exploiting Students

Shane Satterfield is a roofer who owes more than $30,000 in debt for an associate’s degree in computer science from a now-shuttered for-profit collegeDavid Goldman/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Late Tuesday evening, the House Education and Workforce Committee finalized a sweeping bill that would have far-reaching consequences on how American…

What Siri Says When New Zealanders Ask About Sex

Mother Jones illustration Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. “Tell me about menopause.” “Am I at risk of HIV?” “Is it OK to put a jade egg in my vagina?” A team of New Zealand researchers posed these questions and 47 others to digital assistants to determine how effectively Siri et…

Yet Another Group of Scientists Just Said We Are the Ones Screwing the Weather

Tomwang112/iStock Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. For the first time in the six years the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has published its annual extreme event report, it has found that certain events could not have happened without human-caused climate warming. Weather researchers say that in 2016, climate change led to record global heat, extreme temperatures…

Festival of Slights, the Second Night: The Sheriff’s Star

Mother Jones illustration Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Happy Hanukkah! Mother Jones is celebrating this year’s festival of lights with a festival of slights. Specifically, President Donald Trump’s slights toward the Jewish people.  During presidential elections, there is sometimes a lull of inactivity after both parties settle on their general…

Study: Fracking Can Stunt the Growth of Your Baby

Kanawa_Studio/Getty Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. The practice of drilling into the ground to release natural gas—known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking—first made national headlines in 2011 when drinking water taps in fracking towns in Pennsylvania began catching fire because flammable methane was seeping into water supplies.  Since then, fracking has been linked…