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Fake News: History, Laws, & Is It Going To Ruin The Election… Again?



Free Press was supposed to advance knowledge and create a more informed public. But the problem was – or is, really – that there aren’t many standards for what can be published. This makes the communication of ideas, beliefs, and viewpoints of the world possible, which is great. But it also opens the floodgates of […]

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Privacy Laws: Why It Matters, What To Do, & Important FAQs



The slew of emails about privacy policies and terms of service updates, popups, cookie consents, and general Googling of “What is a cookie?” spiked post-GDPR. The finalization of GDPR ushered in a whole new age of consumer awareness. As did the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Which, beyond doubt, pushed GDPR to the forefront of policy maker’s […]

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Deportation: Human Rights, FAQ, & What To Do



Most Americans have a vague sense of deportation. It’s this thing that happens where someone is in the US and then they’re not allowed to be in the US anymore. Of course, right now there’s a ton of controversy surrounding this. Despite it’s consistent news coverage, most Americans still don’t understand what deportation actually entails, […]

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Flexible Spending Account (FSA): Limits, Expenses & FAQ



FSA, also known as Flexible Spending Account, can be used to pay for copayments, deductibles, prescription drugs, and other healthcare expenses. Setting up an FSA can reduce your payroll taxes, but in most instances, you need to get one through your job and meet some minimum requirements.   What Is An FSA A Flexible Spending […]

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Census 2020: Everything You Need To Know Before You Say No



Let me start with the most important part of the article: responding to the census is required by the constitution. Not doing the census and/or refusing to talk to a census taker is against the law and you could get fined. And if you think, “Yeah, sure, but they wouldn’t enforce it. That’d be ridiculous.” […]

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What To Expect With An IRA: Traditional, Roth, SEP, & SIMPLE



An IRA is an Individual Retirement Account. It’s similar to a 401K, except that you can get one even if your employer doesn’t offer it. This is particularly great if you’re self-employed or a small business owner! But, even if you have a 401(K), you can still get an IRA. And we’ll discuss later whether […]

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Outdated & Weird Laws You Can Still Be Charged With



Don’t kill bigfoot, keep an “adequate supply” of TP in coal mines, and – whatever you do – don’t make gross cheese. If you’re wondering what weird laws your state has, don’t worry. We broke down the weirdest laws in every state below.   Alabama: No Dominoes On Sunday In Alabama, it’s illegal to pretend […]

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401(K) Types, Loans, Contribution Limits, & Benefits



401(K)s can seem unnecessarily complex when you’re first looking into them. But the gist is that a 401(K) is a saving account you can’t touch until you retire. And – the biggest perk – is that any money you put in comes out before taxes come out. But, like all money, it’s going to get […]

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Right To Know Law: Everything You Need To Know



The Right To Know Law isn’t a single law. It’s a group of laws. These laws cover a variety of rights. From your rights during police encounters to workplace safety to personal information. And they’re typically different for every state. However, there are some laws – such as the right to know workplace laws – […]

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FAQ About The Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)



If you’ve heard about FOIA but don’t know what it is, let me give you a quick rundown. FOIA is a set of laws that gives you the right to request records from any federal agency. Under this act, federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested unless it falls under one of the […]

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W-4: What It Is, Who They’re For, & How To Fill It Out



They sound and look complicated, but they’re not that bad, I promise. A W-4 is a tax form used by employers to withhold the correct amount of taxes from your paychecks. If you don’t fill out this form, or don’t fill it out correctly, you may end up having to pay additional taxes when you […]

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Martial Law: Everything You Need To Know In 2020



There’s been a lot of talk about martial law recently, particularly in the news. There’s no playbook for what we’re seeing happening in the US right now – never mind the world. So, what exactly is martial law, what are the rules, and what can we expect to see if this does happen? Technically there […]

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W-9s: What It Is, Who They’re For, & How To Fill It Out



A W-9 is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form. If you’re on the receiving end of a W-9, rest assured that it’s just for verification purposes. In order for the company that’s paying you to issue you a 1099 and pay their own taxes, they need to first verify your TIN (or your Taxpayer […]

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Marijuana: Recreational, Grow, & Medical Laws By State 2020



Each state has its own laws regarding the recreational use of marijuana, concentrates, paraphernalia, medicinal use, and cultivation. As of now, a total of 11 states have laws that make recreational use of marijuana legal. However, in some of these states, recreational use and growing are legal, but paraphernalia is still a felony. In 17 […]

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Economic Recession VS Depression: Similarities & Differences



Recession and depression are often used interchangeably to describe the economy. Though they can also describe the job, housing, or manufacturing markets. Among other things. But are a recession and a depression the same thing? Spoiler: no, they’re not. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) officially declares when we’re in a recession or depression. […]

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Brexit Explained For Those Who Don’t Live In The UK



“Brexit” is short for British Exit, coined for the British deciding to leave the European Union. Their exit from the union became official as of Jan. 31, 2020. But Brexit started on June 23, 2016, and the repercussions from this move are far from over.  But before we get into that, and even more importantly […]

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Imperialism Definition, Laws, & History: From Rome To Now



Imperialism involves nations enforcing their authority over other nations. Usually through unprovoked military force, but it could be through political power plays as well. Since it’s an old practice that’s frowned upon in modern days, the word ‘imperialism’ is often used to criticize a nation’s foreign policies.    Whether that’s warranted or not, I’ll leave […]

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Is It A Monopoly? Everything You Ever Wanted To Know



We love the word monopoly. It’s super fun to say, for one. And two, they seem to be everywhere. From your cellphone company to your favorite social media platform. But what is a monopoly and why are we so fascinated with the idea? A true monopoly is when a single person or company is the […]

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Breach Of Contract: What It Is, Types, Examples, & Resolving Them



A breach of contract is a failure to meet the expectations in the contract. Pretty simple stuff, right? But, of course, contracts are rarely simple – and they’re far from foolproof. Breaches of contracts span from trade secrets being released and it financially ruining you to something as insignificant as the size of your logo. […]

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Plausible Deniability Definition, Examples, & Laws



Plausible deniability is defined by the dictionary. But it’s not technically a legal term or defined in any legal documents. Which makes it a much looser term than it sounds. On top of that, plausible doesn’t mean trustworthy, possible, or even likely. Plausible means you could conclude that something might or might not be possible. […]

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