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Exploring Events & Issues in the News

Recent topics... (see archived posts)

Russia & Ukraine Conflict

February 2022

News and information about the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, subsequent events, and related topics:

You can also explore related materials in our library system catalog (RCLS):

New Space Telescope

January 2022

James Webb Space Telescope - learn about this exciting new mission to explore the universe as never before!

Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

Visit our Coronavirus information guide for information about the pandemic.

Election 2020

July 2020

Our Election 2020 information guide continues to be updated with key information about candidates, voting, and other topics.


October 31, 2019

UPDATED: December 11, 2019

As the topic of impeachment finds frequent mention in the news lately, we've assembled a variety of resources below to help you learn more about the process, who and what it involves, how it proceeds, and more.

Update: Articles of Impeachment references have been added below.

Articles of Impeachment - Official Information & Related Media Coverage

Government Information
See also:

Related Media Coverage:

Impeachment - General Resources, Hearings, & Related Media Coverage

Government Information
Related Media Coverage:
Other Websites:

Library System (RCLS) Materials (books, DVDs, etc.):

Net Neutrality Update

October 2019

Our Network Neutrality information guide has been updated with recent news involving this topic at State and Federal Government levels.

Election 2020 Guide

June 2019

We invite you to visit our Election 2020 information guide to learn about elections, current and past U.S. presidential candidates, voting, voter registration, and more.

Our guide will be updated as necessary.

The Mueller Report

April 2019

A redacted version of the The Mueller Report has been released to the public.

For more information, and the report (PDF), please see our Government Information blog.

Algorithms + Artificial Intelligence (AI)

December 2017

As "intelligent" computers are an increasing part of daily life, it is important to be aware of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and to learn how the many algorithms already out there are influencing our world in subtle or surprising ways.

To help you keep pace with these concepts and technologies, we have established an online informational guide with in-depth media coverage.

Please follow this link to explore this new guide.

Our guide will be updated as necessary.

Fighting Fake News

+ Seeking Truth

Updated: November 16, 2017

The unfortunate phenomenon known as "Fake News" continues to plague the world well beyond the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

A number of news media outlets, universities, and others have studied how false headlines and stories quickly spread online and make the search for truth ever more difficult.

One of the most recent studies to be published comes from PEN America, a long-time international advocacy group for writers and freedom of expression. On October 12, 2017, they published a report: From their press release:

"Warning that the spread of 'fake news' is reaching a crisis point, Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth evaluates the array of strategies that Facebook, Google, Twitter, newsrooms, and civil society are undertaking to address the problem, stressing solutions that empower news consumers while vigilantly avoiding new infringements on free speech."

Here are some other recent studies and reports concerning Fake News:
Just a glance at those headlines verifies this is neither a temporary problem nor one which will resolve itself.

Ultimately, this means we must become ever more aware and personally proactive when confronted with information of any kind. We must consider what is being stated or claimed or intentionally implied, consider the sources, move beyond "click bait" and hype, seek out more reliable information providers and data, and delve for deeper truths not easily found online or in any one medium.

In hopes of assisting you in this essential effort, we have compiled a directory of potentially useful resources:
We also invite you to take advantage of another free online service we provide, one which can prepare you to begin to ask critical questions and analyze information on your own:
Yes, it might seem like a lot of work, to get at the truth, but is worth it!

Especially in such questionable times, your public library is a friend and ally, enabling you to access information in all its forms and empowering you to make better choices and conclusions on your own.

We encourage you to full advantage of free access to in-depth article databases and encyclopedias, entire reference works online, online information guides, and the ability to search an entire library system in seconds or ask a librarian a question.

You also have the ability to learn on your own, right through our website, as a member of our library.

If, by chance, you're a member of another library or have not recently visited your nearest public library, we urge you to do so and inquire about the possibility of getting a free library card.

Stand with libraries, and join us in ongoing quest to preserve culture, freedom, equal access to all information, history, all the arts and sciences, government information, the prospect of personal and professional enrichment - and the truth!

Net Neutrality

December 14, 2017

On December 14, 2017, the FCC voted to repeal Network Neutrality regulations.

You can read about this development and learn more about this topic through our Network Neutrality information guide.

Earlier this year, on July 12, 2017, as part of an "Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality," individuals, companies, and organizations around the world" voiced their collective concern and support for network neutrality.

The debate over "Net Neutrality" has persisted well over a decade, and deliberation concerning earlier and broader telecommunication and telephone carrier regulations go back even further.

Paris Climate Accord Update

June 1, 2017

The White House has announced a new decision regarding U.S. participation in the Paris Climate Accord.

Please visit our Environment blog to read more about this and to learn more about the Accord.

Debates, Hearings, & Reports
on U.S. Cybersecurity & Russia

January 6, 2017

The following websites present information about the current Congressional debates and inquries into national cyber security issues and related questions concerning Russia.
Official U.S. Government Sources
Related News Media Coverage

The United Kingdom Referendum

June 24, 2016

After the recent historic vote in the United Kingdom concerning the EU (European Union) Referendum, there are many questions as to why the Referendum came about and what the "Brexit" vote means.

To help you begin to explore this news, as it develops, we have assembled some select links below for your consideration:

About "Brexit"
News Coverage

Network Neutrality Update

June 15, 2016

Our Network Neutrality information guide has been updated to reflect recent news in this topic.

Common Core Curriculum (NYS)

December 14, 2015

The News section of our Common Core Curriculum in New York State blog post has been updated to include information from NYS Governor Cuomo and a new report from the Common Core Task Force.

2015 Nobel Prize Winners

October 9, 2015

The 2015 Nobel Prizes have been awarded.

You can follow the links below to learn about the current award recipients and their works:

Europe: Immigration & Refugee Crisis

Updated Sept. 21, 2015

The following sources explore the international crisis of increased migrations into European countries by those fleeing difficult conditions especially in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Other Websites

For Further Exploration...
Library Items (books, etc.) in the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) - subject searches:

Databases - Full Text Articles:
(available at Thrall and to members of Thrall who log in these article databases with their library card numbers): For an even more in-depth and historically-based exploration of immigration and related topics/issues, please also consider:

China's Economy

Posted August 27, 2015

You can use the following resources and news links to learn more about recent developments with China's economy and currency:
About China
About China's Economy
News & Special Coverage

Iran Agreement

Posted July 14, 2015

On July 14, 2015, President Obama announced a historic agreement had been reached with Iran.

Please follow this link for the full details in our Government Information blog:

Greek Debt Crisis - Updates

Updated July 13, 2015

Please follow this link:

Nepal Earthquakes

Posted April 27, 2015

Updated April 30, 2015

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Nepal experienced a devastating series of earthquakes.

The following resources provided information on this situation and the country.
About the Earthquakes
About the Country - Nepal
Government Information
Other Information

California Drought

Posted April 10, 2015

Updated April 14, 2015

The following news and information resources cover the state of California's extensive drought conditions as well as related topics.
California - Official News & Information

Climate & Drought Conditions - Current & Historic


Other Resources

Network Neutrality

Updated October 27, 2015

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals published their opinion on the case between Verizon and the FCC concerning network neutrality.

You can follow the links below to read the official opinion (and responses to it), and to learn more about the overall network neutrality debate.

About Network Neutrality
Decision from the U.S Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit:
From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):
From Verizon Corporate:
News & Media Coverage (2014-2015):

Other + Earlier Special Coverage
For more information, please visit our Network Neutrality information guide.

Ebola Virus

Updated March 23, 2015

Please visit our Health & Wellness blog for information, news, and related resources about the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus.

World War I Centennial Guide

Posted August 19, 2014

A century ago the world witnessed the beginning of "the war to end all wars," a global conflict of unprecedented scale and devastation.

In the interests of commemorating this historic period, we have prepared an online guide to educational resources for your exploration.

Common Core Curriculum

Posted July 14, 2014

(News Section Updated December 14, 2015)

Changes in New York State Learning Standards

From the New York State Education Department: "In January 2011, the NYS Board of Regents adopted the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which include the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a small amount of additional standards uniquely added by New York State. The New York State P-12 CCLS were implemented in New York State schools at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year." (source)

To help parents, students, and teachers explore changes enacted through New York State's adoption of Common Core curriculum standards (and the larger debate surrounding these changes), we have assembled a directory of relevant resources below.

For related items in the Library System Catalog, please follow this link:

For even more educational resources online, please see this link.

About the Common Core

Curriculum Standards


See also News Media and Local Coverage below.


Common Core in the News

News Media & Other Coverage (2015-)

News Media & Other Coverage (to 2014)

Network Neutrality

Please follow this link for our 2015 update or explore our Network Neutrality information guide.

Crimea, Ukraine, & Russia

Updated April 24, 2014

News, resources, and documents concerning recent Russian activities involving Crimea and Ukraine.
About the Regions: Crimea, Ukraine, & Russia


Items in the Library System Catalog (RCLS):

News Media Coverage

Official Information - Documents, News, & Statements

Gun Control

Gun Rights, Laws, & Related Topics

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The Fiscal Cliff

Deficit Reduction, Sequestration, the Economy, & Related Topics

Archived Post:

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Hurricane Sandy

Emergency Resources, News, Advisories

Archived Post:

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Supreme Court Opinion on Health Care Law

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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Archived Post:

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Situation in Syria

Archived Post:

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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

& Protect IP Act (PIPA)

Archived Post:

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U.S. Presidential Election 2012

News & Information

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Hurricane Irene

News & Emergency Information

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U.S. Debt Crisis

Debt Ceiling (Debt Limit),
National Deficit Debates,
S&P U.S. Credit Downgrade,
Related News & Resources

Updated: August 24, 2011

Archived Post:

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Events in Libya

(March 2011)

First posted: March 21, 2011

Updated: June 29, 2011

Archived Post:

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Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

(March 2011)

First posted: March 11, 2011

Updated: March 21, 2011

Archived Post:

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Current Events in Egypt

(January - February 2011)

First posted: February 3, 2011

Updated: February 18, 2011

Archived Post:

Please click here to read this topic.

Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking")
& Natural Gas Extraction

Updated: July 16, 2012

Archived Post:

Please click here to read this topic.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

July 2, 2010

(Guide Updated: September 21, 2010)

Archived Post:

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Greek Debt Crisis & Europe

Archived Post:

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Gulf Oil Spill Resources

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill of April 2010

May 1, 2010

Updated July 2, 2010

Archived Post:

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Iceland Volcano & Eruptions

April 16, 2010

Updated April 19, 2010

Archived Post:

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Updated: Network Neutrality Guide

April 8, 2010

Archived Post:

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Updated: Bees & Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) Guide

March 30, 2010

Archived Post:

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Floods Guide Updated

March 18, 2010

Archived Post:

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New York State Budget

March 5, 2010

Archived Post:

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Chile Earthquake Resources

March 3, 2010

Updated March 11, 2010

Archived Post:

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Special Coverage Center 2.0

March 1, 2010

Archived Post:

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