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FUSION ENERGY

Nuclear Fusion reactions power the Sun and other stars. Many believe the ďholy grailĒ of clean energy lies in fusion technology because it produces electricity without creating any pollution or waste. A recent breakthrough in fusion energy research has, for the first time, produced more energy than that which was needed to start the reaction.

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RUSSIA/UKRAINE

This war has taken tens of thousands of lives on both sides, decimated the Russian Armed forces, and caused Europeís largest humanitarian and refugee crisis in 80 years, displacing 8 million Ukrainians. The war has also sparked a global food crisis, a spike in energy prices, and the fear of Russia resorting to the use nuclear weapons. Ukraine will face a massive rebuilding effort once this conflict is resolved.

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VOTER SUPPRESSION

In 2013, our Supreme Court invalidated the preclearance provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act which protected eligible voters from discriminatory voting laws, saying there is no longer a need for the protections of this provision. Proving the Court wrong, states immediately began passing restrictive voter laws that had been judged illegal before the Courtís ruling. At least 20 states have passed new voting laws that restrict the registration of voters, the time available to cast a ballot, and the type of identification needed to do so.

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POLICE MISCONDUCT

At least 10,000 civil rights complaints are filed for police misconduct each year, yet the total prevalence of this crime remains uncertain. Complaints of police brutality and abuse often arise from traffic stops and street encounters. Critics claim people of color experience the abuse of police power much more often than their peers.

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ABORTION SERVICES

The 2022 Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized women's constitutional right to abortion - a decision that will dramatically change life for millions of American women and exacerbate growing tensions in a deeply polarized country. This ruling restored the ability of states to ban abortion. Twenty-six states are either certain or considered likely to now ban abortion. Thirteen states have already enacted so-called trigger laws that ban abortion with Roe overturned. Since Dobbs, many states have enacted total abortion bans with no exceptions for rape, incest, the term of pregnancy, or the health of the mother.

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FIREARM BACKGROUND CHECKS

Most people think itís a good idea to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System has blocked more than 2 million gun purchases attempted by felons, dishonorably discharged veterans, domestic violence and stalking offenders, substance abusers, undocumented immigrants, the mentally ill and those who have renounced their citizenship. However, an estimated 40% of all gun transfers take place between private parties who are not required to perform background checks.

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