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 […]

History of the Presidential Cabinet

History of the Presidential Cabinet

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Government, United States | No Comments

Part of the executive branch, the cabinet is made up of the president’s most private, trusted advisers. All members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Their role is to advise the president on any national or international issues. In fact, the cabinet is so crucial to the functioning of our government […]

U.S. Elections and the Peaceful Transition of Power

U.S. Elections and the Peaceful Transition of Power

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site we take a look at the role of last-minute breaking news in presidential campaigns. The third and final presidential debate took place on October 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada, between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Towards the end of the debate, moderator Chris […]

You Decide! Will Trump Refuse to Concede?

You Decide! Will Trump Refuse to Concede?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in You Decide! | No Comments

During the third and final presidential debates on October 19, Republican candidate Donald Trump suggested that he would not necessarily accept the results of the upcoming November 8 election. Since then, Republicans and Democrats alike have spoken out against Mr. Trump for expressing doubt in the validity of the U.S. election process, which many see as […]

Examining the “October Surprise”

Examining the “October Surprise”

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site we take a look at the role of last-minute breaking news in presidential campaigns. With Election Day traditionally held during the first few days of November, October becomes a crucial campaigning month in the United States. The term “October Surprise” refers to new events or scandals that […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Hurricane Matthew Slams U.S. Coast Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the U.S. late last week. It lingered along the coast for four days, bringing heavy rain and wind before finally heading back out to sea on Sunday, when it was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. Residents in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas all suffered […]

UPDATED! National Museum of African-American History and Culture

UPDATED! National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in People and Culture | No Comments

UPDATE! Watch this video showing President Obama’s speech at the opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. *** Original post *** This coming September 24, a new portion of the Smithsonian Institution will open on the National Mall. Named the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, this new wing of the Smithsonian […]

Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention. These delegates from several of the states had been meeting in Philadelphia. Initially they gathered to discuss ways to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, which was this nation’s first official governmental system. However, in the course of […]

A 9/11 Tale of Hope

A 9/11 Tale of Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Top Stories | No Comments

So many stories that originated from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are sad stories of loss. But there are also some stories of human kindness and changed hearts. Today, on the fifteenth anniversary of that historically sad day, let us hear and think about a positive story, in which a group of American travelers […]

You Decide: Georgetown University’s Slavery Past

You Decide: Georgetown University’s Slavery Past

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in You Decide! | No Comments

Georgetown University is a prestigious institution located in Washington, D.C. Many prominent politicians and lawmakers (including former President Bill Clinton) are graduates. Founded in 1789, Georgetown once relied heavily on the trade of enslaved workers to finance its operations. Heavily in debt by 1838, the university arranged the sale of 272 slaves to plantations in Louisiana, […]