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People wave American flags at an event. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

10 July Fourth facts to impress your friends

07/02/15 04:27PM

This weekend, millions of families will fire up their grills as America prepares to celebrate Independence Day with neighborhood block parties, firework spectacles and parades commemorating the nation's birth. Here's 10 facts you need to know to be a July Fourth rock star. read more

Recording artist Taylor Swift performs during The 1989 World Tour live at Heinz Field on June 6, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty for TAS)

Shake it off with this news quiz and test your knowledge

06/26/15 03:43PM

President Obama's signature health care law won a victory at the Supreme Court, Taylor Swift came out on top in a fight with Apple and states in the South took action against the Confederate battle flag. Test your knowledge of these big stories and more with this week's news quiz. read more

A parade goer waves a flag during 43rd annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration & Parade June 30, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty)

msnbc Pride: The 'G' quiz

06/18/15 10:20AM

During the month of June, America celebrates Gay Pride Month, four weeks that commemorate the brutal police raids against LGBT patrons at New York City’s landmark gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. It was on June 28, 1969, that a courageous group of LGBT men and women stood up for the first time against a police force that for years had been physically... read more

Geography of Poverty (Photo by Matt Black)

Quiz: What is the state of poverty in the US?

06/08/15 03:01PM

[embed:render:node:612966:full]There are two different versions of the federal poverty measure: the poverty guidelines and the poverty thresholds. The thresholds are statistical: they make it possible to calculate how many people are in poverty. The guidelines are administrative: they make it possible to determine an individual’s financial... read more