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Latest Developments in the Trump Jr. Meeting
Jul 24, 2017

Latest Developments in the Trump Jr. Meeting

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story describes what has been reveals in  the most recent days about the Donald Trump, Jr. meetings with Russian representatives last summer. In June 2016, Trump, Jr. received an email from Rob Goldstone, one of President Trump’s former Russian business partners. In this email Goldstone […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jul 20, 2017

Stuff YOU Should Know

Wildfires Rage Across the West As summer heats up across the United States, the effects in some areas could be deadly. In the West, exceptionally hot and dry conditions, paired with high winds, have led to an outbreak of wildfires. As of last Thursday, 43 fires were considered out of control in the western United […]

You Decide: Cell Phone Towers at Schools
Jul 19, 2017

You Decide: Cell Phone Towers at Schools

Turns out, bake sales just aren’t cutting it anymore. As many school districts around the country face budget and funding cuts, many are struggling to make ends meet. In a lot of places, this means looking for alternative sources of revenue generation. Recently, some districts have made deals with telecom companies, allowing them to build […]

Illinois Overcomes Budget Stalemate
Jul 17, 2017

Illinois Overcomes Budget Stalemate

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story is the progress that the state of Illinois made in passing its state government budget. Last Thursday, the state of Illinois passed its budget. Why is this a newsworthy event? Because Illinois hasn’t passed a budget in two years: the longest such stalemate […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jul 14, 2017

Stuff YOU Should Know

Cholera Outbreak in Yemen The impoverished country of Yemen is facing a terrifying cholera outbreak. Since late April, at least 269,608 people have become infected with the disease, and at least 1,614 have died of it. In other words, there have been more cholera deaths in Yemen in the past 2 ½ months than there […]

G20 Summit: Success or Failure?
Jul 13, 2017

G20 Summit: Success or Failure?

Last week, Donald Trump met with other world leaders at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Here, btw takes a look at the history of the summit and how this year’s summit stacked up against past G20 conferences.  What Is the G20 Summit? The 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg was the twelfth meeting of the […]

New Leader to Oversee U.S. Census
Jul 11, 2017

New Leader to Oversee U.S. Census

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story looks at the change in leadership in the Commerce Department as the government prepares for the upcoming 2020 census. John Thompson, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is retiring from his post. Ron Jarmin will take his place as acting director until President […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Jul 10, 2017

Stuff YOU Should Know

Chinese Drought Continues Northern China, especially Inner Mongolia, is facing its worst drought in history. The intense temperature and lack of rainfall over the past few months are causing more and more of the region to be taken over by desert in a process known as desertification. As of late May, roughly 120,000 people and […]

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!
Jul 7, 2017

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Last weekend, our neighbor to the north turned 150, celebrating with huge parades and festivals all over the country. Here, btw takes a brief look at the history of Canada. Origins Like the United States, Canada was once populated by tribes of Aboriginal people who were eventually displaced by European explorers. In 1534, French explorer […]

We the People
Jul 4, 2017

We the People

We live in a country where it is easy to take our freedom for granted. But the concept that the government must answer to its citizens is a very complicated idea. Despite the challenges and the shortcomings that are a reality in our very complicated nation, the basic foundation of our democracy remains a model […]