Department of State

There's little reason to think that the Trump administration prioritizes fact checking, as most recently evidenced by reports that the deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations submitted a heavily embellished resumé and a fake Time Magazine cover with her face on it to boost her credibility for the job.

Mina Chang falsely asserted that she had a Harvard degree and a former job at the United Nations. She claimed to have spoken at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, while also leading reviewers to believe she testified before Congress.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: President Donald Trump on greats supporters on July 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Many Americans were concerned when news broke that President Donald Trump's Independence Day "Salute to America" diverted $2.5 million intended for National Parks upkeep into the soiree instead.

Now, Washington D.C.'s Democratic mayor, Muriel Bowser, is requesting reimbursement to the district after the celebration reportedly bankrupted the Emergency Planning and Security Fund (EPSF), designed to protect the nation's capital from terrorism and to provide necessary security during gatherings and festivals in the area.

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Technology continues to advance at an exponential rate. With that unprecedented growth, technology continues to grow closer and closer to our bodies. As a society, we have become reliant on our smartphones and smartwatches. Now, technology is getting under people’s skin.

In Sweden, thousands of individuals have had microchips inserted into their hands. Ideally, the chips are designed to make daily life more convenient. The chips have the capability to access homes, offices, and gyms with a simple swipe of the individual’s hand.

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - JULY 10: Donald Trump plays a round of golf after the opening of The Trump International Golf Links Course on July 10, 2012 in Balmedie, Scotland. The controversial £100m course opens to the public on Sunday July 15. Further plans to build hotels and homes on the site have been put on hold until a decision has been made on the building of an offshore windfarm nearby. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Everyone deserves a vacation. Many of us get it: The average American receives 15 days of paid vacation per year after 25 years on the job (23 percent of workers receive no vacation time at all). But in three months in office, President Trump’s frequent need for R&R at a variety of the luxury properties he owns has cost taxpayers more than Obama spent in an entire year.

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By Jay Kuo

We spoke to Professor Elizabeth Ferris of Georgetown, who is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, about the recent "Muslim ban." Ferris has written about the "disastrous ripple effects" of that executive action. In her interview with Second Nexus, she describes why Trump's policy against Muslim immigrants does not comport with American culture, and has some suggestions for Trump's anti-immigrant supporters and Muslims seeking to come here.

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Apple’s recent refusal to assist the FBI in unlocking the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has created a spirited debate over individual privacy versus safety. While iPhone users, and the greater public, are staying tuned to hear whether Apple will be successful in its fight to block access to the phone, the real battle will be over how secure Apple can make its phones going forward.

Apple’s Refusal to Create a “Backdoor” in the Face of a Judicial Order

The current conversation is around what role, if any, Apple should play in helping the government unlock a password-protected iPhone. The phone in question belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with his wife Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 of Farook’s coworkers and injured 22 others during a holiday gathering. Farook and Malik were both killed by police in the hours following the attack.

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