Washington Monument Reopens Almost 3 Years After Earthquake Damage

May 12, 2014, 10:03 am EDT

On Monday, tourists will once again get a chance to climb the tallest building in Washington D.C. as the Washington Monument reopens.

The iconic obelisk, which had been encased in scaffolding for more than two years, has been closed since an earthquake damaged the structure in August 2011. The Washington Monument reopens with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tours of the famed landmark begin at 1 p.m., the Washington Post notes. Read 

Election 2016: Marco Rubio Says He’s Ready to Be President

May 12, 2014, 8:57 am EDT

During an interview on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos over the weekend, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio criticized Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, dismissed climate change concerns and addressed his own readiness to become president.

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Asked if he thought that he was prepared to hold the highest political office in the country, the Florida Republican said, “I do.” He added, “I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run.” Rubio is one of a number of GOP political leaders who are considered likely candidates for the Republican presidential nomination for election 2016, the New York Times notes. Read 

What Is Boko Haram?

May 9, 2014, 1:56 pm EDT

With the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls catching the world’s attention, many want to know more about Boko Haram.

Boko Haram is the group that has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of 276 girls in Nigeria. The group also recently attacked the town of Gamboru Ngala and killed at least 150 people, reports Time.

Here are a few thngs to know about Boko Haram, as listed by National Geographic. Read 

Mitt Romney Supports Minimum Wage Increase

May 9, 2014, 11:09 am EDT

Efforts to raise the federal minimum wage received support from a surprising source on Friday. Source: Wikipedia

During an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Mitt Romney said that the federal minimum wage should be raised. Mitt Romney noted that he supported a raise in the federal minimum wage “because, frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” the Los Angeles Times notes.

Mitt Romney — who was the GOP presidential candidate in 2012 — admitted that his backing of a federal minimum wage hike meant that he was breaking with “many of the conservatives of my party.” Read 

SAT Changes: 8 Things to Know About the Redesigned College Admissions Test

May 9, 2014, 9:30 am EDT

Sitting through the SAT exam is a rite of passage for most American high school students. Many colleges give considerable weight to SAT scores during the admissions process, making the test a stressful challenge for college-bound students. Now, the College Board, which develops and administers the SAT, has made some new changes to the decades-old test. Source: Flickr

Here are 8 things to know about the new SAT test, according to CBS News: Math will have a more prominent place under the SAT changes, comprising half of a student’s overall SAT score in the updated test, up from about a third under the current exam. Use of calculators will be banned during the entire math portion of the test under the SAT changes. The SAT changes include a new reading section featuring a series of questions, in which each subsequent question builds on the answer to the previous question. The new test will feature a maximum score of 1,600 once again. The SAT changes will also extend the time allotted for the test, from 225 minutes for the current version, to 230 minutes for the new exam. Under the new essay, students will have to draw on provided resources to answer a given question. The time allotted for the new essay will be expanded from 25 to 50 minutes. Students will face the revised SAT test in the spring of 2016.

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Monica Lewinksy: 16 Years After the Bill Clinton Sex Scandal

May 7, 2014, 12:02 pm EDT

Monica Lewinksy is back in the public eye 16 years after her sex scandal with Bill Clinton.

In 1998, Monica Lewinksy and Bill Clinton, who was President of the United States at the time, were accused of having an improper sexual relationship. The news got out due to Lewinksy telling a co-worker about the relationship, which included oral sex. Clinton denied the sexual relationship at first, but both of them later admitted to the act when a blue dress owned by Lewinksy was found to have a semen stain from Clinton on it.

Now Monica Lewinksy has come out in a VanityFair essay to talk about the scandal and the effects it had on her life. Here are a few highlights from the essay. Read 

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