What’s Next in the French Presidential Election?

What’s Next in the French Presidential Election?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in World | No Comments

Last weekend was the first round of voting in the French presidential election. The two candidates who earned the most votes–Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen–will now advance to the second round of voting, which will take place on May 7. How Does the French Electoral System Work? France has a multi-party political system, which […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Revising History On February 1, at an address honoring Black History Month, President Trump talked about several important African American figures in history, before saying something surprising that almost immediately drew widespread criticism: “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job, and that is being recognized more and more, I notice,” […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Self-Driving Chairs? Tired of waiting in long lines at restaurants, concerts, and amusement parks? Thanks to a Japanese car company, you may not have to some time in the future. Nissan has recently developed the ProPilot, a battery-operated chair that automatically follows another chair in front of it along a set path, maintaining a fixed […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Terrorist Attack in Nice Bastille Day, celebrated each year on July 14, is a French national holiday commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. Like our Independence Day, Bastille Day is celebrated with military parades and fireworks. This year, the day was marked with tragedy and bloodshed. In Nice, a city located in […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Congressional Hearing on Flint Earlier this year, btw brought you news of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. This month, the federal government held a Congressional hearing on the matter. The purpose of a Congressional hearing is for members of a committee to listen to testimony in an effort to solve a situation through legislation. […]

ISIS Strikes Beirut and Paris

ISIS Strikes Beirut and Paris

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Current Events, World | No Comments

Last Friday, November 13, terrorists conducted several attacks in Paris. There were also terrorist attacks the day before in Beirut, Lebanon. In both cases, the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) has assumed responsibility for targeting innocent bystanders in busy, public places. The terrorist group also officially claimed responsibility for the Russian airliner that had been […]

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Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Celebrating Bastille Day As you surely know, Independence Day (July 4th) is a holiday that celebrates the United States officially declaring its independence from England. Did you know that France celebrates a similar occasion just ten days later? Named for the prison that was stormed by the French people, Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of […]

White House Pays Tribute to France at State Dinner

White House Pays Tribute to France at State Dinner

Last week, President Obama hosted a state dinner, a formal affair thrown as part of a formal visit between the United States and another country. This event’s guest of honor was President Francois Hollande of France. Other guests included more than 300 politicians, influential businesspersons, celebrities and other notables. The décor for the evening was […]

National Holidays Around the World

National Holidays Around the World

How do you celebrate July 4th? You might display the Stars and Stripes on your front porch, or dress in red, white, and blue. You might march in a parade, attend a family picnic, or watch a spectacular fireworks display. People in other countries also celebrate important national holidays. Visit the Fourth of July topic […]

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Taliban Victim Returns to School In October, btw reported that a young educational activist named Malala Yousafzai had been shot by members of the Taliban in Pakistan. After five months of intense recovery and rehabilitation, she has returned to school. Malala, 15, was targeted by the extremist Islamic group because of her public opposition to […]