Trump versus Mueller

Trump versus Mueller

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story describes the spotlight recently thrown on Special counsel Robert Mueller. Last week, President Trump called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt,” and hinted that Mueller and his team–some of whom have donated to Democratic campaigns in the past–are motivated by partisan politics rather than actual evidence. Then, the […]

Careers: Urban and Regional Planner

Careers: Urban and Regional Planner

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Careers | No Comments

What Is It? Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs that help cities and communities grow. They help figure out how to deal with issues related to population growth, and also come up with ideas for how to revitalize areas that might be struggling. Urban and regional planners develop public transportation systems; gather data […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

John McCain Diagnosed with Cancer Senator John McCain has recently been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of cancer that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord. Last Friday, McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. During surgery, doctors confirmed the presence of […]

Latest Developments in the Trump Jr. Meeting

Latest Developments in the Trump Jr. Meeting

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

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

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

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

You Decide: Cell Phone Towers at Schools

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in You Decide! | No Comments

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

Illinois Overcomes Budget Stalemate

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

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

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

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?

G20 Summit: Success or Failure?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in World | No Comments

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

New Leader to Oversee U.S. Census

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

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 […]