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Trump’s Budget Proposal
Feb 23, 2018

Trump’s Budget Proposal

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site explains the numbers behind the Trump administration’s federal budget proposal. Two weeks ago, the federal government shut down for a night as lawmakers struggled to reach a compromise over a new two-year spending bill. The one that Trump finally signed, which reopened the government, asked […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 22, 2018

Stuff YOU Should Know

Immigration Debate Fails Last week, the Senate opened the floor to debate over the recent immigration bill. Senator Majority Leader McConnell promised a fair and open debate, which was supposed to last up to a week. Instead, it lasted just over an hour. And by the end of it, no compromise bill had been reached. […]

Tragedy Strikes Florida
Feb 21, 2018

Tragedy Strikes Florida

On Valentine’s Day, 17 people were killed and another 14 seriously injured during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. What Happened? The suspected gunman, nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student. Cruz entered the school just after 2:00pm on Wednesday. He pulled fire alarms all over the school to […]

Government Shutdown: The Sequel
Feb 16, 2018

Government Shutdown: The Sequel

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site explains the latest funding disagreement that almost led to another shutdown of the federal government. Just three weeks after the federal government shut down for five days, it shut down again. This time, though, you may have missed it: it shut down at 12:01am last […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 15, 2018

Stuff YOU Should Know

Reversal in Bermuda In May 2016, Bermuda’s Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage to be legal. Now, only nine months later, the island has banned it. Here’s what happened. Last year, residents voted against same-sex marriage in a referendum. Then came the Supreme Court ruling, which legalized it. Bermuda’s legislature responded by drafting a bill which […]

Stock Market Plummets: Crisis or Capitalism?
Feb 14, 2018

Stock Market Plummets: Crisis or Capitalism?

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 1,500 points (more than 6%). This was the worst fall in six years, and at one point, the biggest one-day drop in history. So should we panic? What Caused the Plunge? The drop wasn’t caused by any one fundamental thing. Instead, there were a number […]

Trump’s State of the Union
Feb 9, 2018

Trump’s State of the Union

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site summarizes President Trump’s first State of the Union address. On January 30, President Trump gave his annual State of the Union address. It was the third-longest such speech in history: one hour and twenty minutes long. In general, it was well-received. According to some polls, […]

YOU DECIDE: Guaranteed Basic Income
Feb 8, 2018

YOU DECIDE: Guaranteed Basic Income

The city of Stockton, California is trying a new program to help out some of its poorest residents. It’s called Guaranteed Basic Income, or GBI. Stockton will be the first U.S. city to try it. Here’s how it works: a few dozen of the poorest households in Stockton will receive a check for $500 each […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Feb 7, 2018

Stuff YOU Should Know

Puerto Rican Aid Continues Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that as of January 31, it would no longer be sending aid to Puerto Rico. Ever since Hurricane Maria devastated the island four months ago, FEMA has provided essential food, water, medicine, and other supplies. In fact, FEMA estimates that it has […]

Protests in Iran
Feb 2, 2018

Protests in Iran

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines the series of protests that occurred in Iran at the end of 2017 and speculates on whether this signals bigger changes occuring in the nation. On December 28, 2017, there was a small street protest in the city of Mashhad over high prices. This protest […]