Take a break from studying for final exams and take a peek at how the Obamas are celebrating the holidays. At WhiteHouse.gov
you can watch a video of the arrival of the official White House Christmas tree and find instructions for holiday crafts you can do at home.
Alright, now back to work! If your end-of-semester projects include current events and social issues, check out CQ Researcher
for useful information on a variety of important topics.
Did you know that high school students 16-years-old and older may serve as trainee election judges? Election judges have the very important job of setting up polling places on Election Day, handing out ballots, and making sure voting runs smoothly. The MN Secretary of State student page
provides instructions for becoming a trainee election judge. Plan ahead for next year when Minnesotans will vote in the big races for Senator, Representative, Governor, and more! Find more ways to get involved at our Voting & Politics page
Since the recent events at Sandy Creek School, gun control has come under much scrutiny. Opposing Viewpoints
can help add context to the discussion.
Did you know that there's a CIA Museum in Washington, D.C.? Take of virtual tour
and learn about real spy missions and equipment.
What is the "American Dream"? Is it still attainable? Public Agenda
is dedicated to furthering conversation on this and other critical issues of the day.
It's a good idea to look at all sides of an issue when writing or talking about it. Opposing Viewpoints
does this for a wide range of topics, from the budget deficit to animal rights to bullying.
Rumors and accusations fly during a presidential campaign, especially during debates. Checking the facts
behind the statements is always a good idea.
What was Representative Paul Ryan
doing before Mitt Romney nominated him to be his running mate? Inquiring minds want to know.
Did Google overstep the law when it gathered personal information while photographing street views for its maps? Here's
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
is up for re-election this year. But what does a Senator actually do? Find out at the U.S. Senate
Who knew there was a list of the 5 most "hipster" presidents
? What makes them hip? (Hint: it has something to do with glasses.)
Will we ever get a new Vikings stadium? Follow this and other issues facing the State Legislature at MPR
Who decides which cases get heard before the Supreme Court
? Can anyone go listen in? It's complicated, to say the least.
The Daily Show and Colbert Nation may rule for political humor, but the Onion
gets my vote for overall crazy news.
Who really funds political candidates? What is a Super PAC? OpenSecrets
How cool would it be to participate in a science fair at the White House with President Obama? This
is what it was like for these teens.