Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

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

Japanese Birth Rate Falling When you think of Japan, do you picture the crowded streets and skyscrapers of Tokyo? Just outside the city, the number of abandoned homes–called “ghost houses”—continues to rise, as the population of Japan continues to fall. Japan has been keeping records of its number of births since 1899. Last year was […]

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 […]

The Battle Over School Vouchers

The Battle Over School Vouchers

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Education | No Comments

The argument over private school choice has received a lot of attention in the media lately, with both President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing full support for the idea. Just in time for the end of the school year, btw takes a look at the fight over private school vouchers in Indiana, the […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

You Decide! Is the 100 Days Metric Useful? For decades, it has become tradition to measure a new president’s effectiveness at governing by his or her first 100 days in office. This practice began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who, during his first 100 days, managed to sign 76 bills into law, declare (and then […]

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 […]

Build the Wall

Build the Wall

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the focus is on newly submitted border wall proposals–and what needs to happen next to turn these designs into reality. President Trump’s plan to build a wall along the entire 2,000-mile southern border of the United States has provoked fierce debate–and quite a lot of jokes […]

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 […]

Year in Review: National News

Year in Review: National News

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Year in Review | No Comments

As another year winds down, btw takes a look at the national news stories that dominated headlines in 2016. Presidential Election Of course, the main national story this year was the presidential election in November. btw and Election Central were with you every step of the contentious election season, from ongoing disagreements over voting rights to […]