We the People

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 […]

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in People and Culture, United States | No Comments

So you probably celebrated July 4th by engaging in one of the following activities—wearing red, white and/or blue; consuming vast amounts of cookout food; and, of course, fireworks. You know the general reason for the day, but btw is going to help out by filling in some more of the details. Celebration of a New […]

What is the Paris Climate Accord?

What is the Paris Climate Accord?

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Government, United States, World | No Comments

On June 1, President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the historic Paris Climate Accord. Here, we take a look at what the Paris Accord is, how it differs from other, past environmental treaties, and what impact Trump’s decision will have. What is the Paris Accord? The Paris Climate Accord (otherwise known as […]

Female Soldiers Make History in the United States

Female Soldiers Make History in the United States

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in United States | No Comments

In 2013, President Obama ordered the U.S. military to open all combat positions to women as well as men. Now, four years later, a group of 18 female soldiers has made history by graduating last Friday from United States Army infantry training. The Quest for Equality The move toward gender equality in the military began […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in United States | No Comments

For many of us, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer. However, there is more to this holiday than swimming pools, picnics, and backyard barbeques. Here, btw takes a look at how Memorial Day began and why it is still significant today. What Is It? Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for military […]

Tensions Escalate Between the U.S. and North Korea

Tensions Escalate Between the U.S. and North Korea

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in United States, World | No Comments

In what can only be described as a rapidly deteriorating situation, the United States and North Korea continue their diplomatic face-off while the rest of the world watches nervously, waiting to see what will happen next. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been escalating for quite some time. North Korea continues to test […]

The Senate Goes Nuclear

The Senate Goes Nuclear

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Government, United States | No Comments

Earlier this month, Election Central brought you a look at the Honorable Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court justice, and at some of the controversy surrounding his Senate confirmation hearings. Since then, Gorsuch has been confirmed and has been sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States. However, the […]

New Health Care Plan Scrapped

New Health Care Plan Scrapped

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

Two weeks ago, btw reported on the new health care plan proposed by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Congressional Republicans, called the American Health Care Plan (AHCA). The AHCA was introduced as a replacement for the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”). However, last Friday, the legislation was killed before […]

President Trump’s First Week

President Trump’s First Week

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Current Events, United States | No Comments

Maybe not surprisingly, President Trump had a busy–and controversial–first week in office. Here, we take a look at a few of his actions that are receiving the most attention. Affordable Care Act Just hours after being sworn in as president, Trump signed his first executive order, declaring that government agencies no longer have to enforce […]

A New President

A New President

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Current Events, United States | No Comments

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The day began with Trump attending service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, followed by tea with President Obama and both first ladies. Trump was sworn in around noon on the steps of the Capitol, followed by the […]