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Stuff YOU Should Know
Sep 21, 2017

Stuff YOU Should Know

Equi-Hack You may have heard of Equifax. It’s one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the country. It has collected the information of more than 800 million individual consumers and 88 million businesses worldwide. And last week, it got hacked. A security flaw in the Equifax system allowed hackers to gain access […]

Goodbye Cassini
Sep 20, 2017

Goodbye Cassini

After 20 years in space, and 13 years orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft’s mission ended dramatically last Friday. Here, btw takes a look at why the spacecraft was important, some of its key discoveries, and why it’s so hard to say goodbye. A Spacecraft is Born Cassini was launched on October 15, 1997. Named for […]

Happy Constitution Day!
Sep 18, 2017

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 […]

Celebrate Constitution Week
Sep 17, 2017

Celebrate Constitution Week

On September 17, the United States celebrates an important anniversary. On that date in 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention added their signature to a document that would become the “supreme law of the land”—the U.S. Constitution. James Wilson, a delegate from Philadelphia, proudly stated that “it is the best form of government which has ever […]

The American Dreamer
Sep 15, 2017

The American Dreamer

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story explains the Trump administration’s announcment to end the DACA immigration program in six months. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was established by President Obama in 2012. Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Sep 14, 2017

Stuff YOU Should Know

Facebook, Twitter, and Russian Hackers Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner is leading the Senate’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election. Senator Warner has long believed that Russians used Facebook and Twitter to influence Americans during the election. It turns out that he was right. On Wednesday, Facebook admitted that it […]

Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall
Sep 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall

As Houston and south Texas struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey just two weeks ago, a second and more powerful hurricane, Irma, crashed into the Caribbean on Thursday on its way to South Florida and the Florida Keys. Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, left behind […]

A 9/11 Tale of Hope
Sep 11, 2017

A 9/11 Tale of Hope

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 annual remembrance of that historically sad day, let us hear and think about a positive story, in which a group of American travelers […]

The CFPB Comes Under Fire
Sep 10, 2017

The CFPB Comes Under Fire

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story takes a look at the operations of the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. Imagine this: Your family is receiving harassing phone calls from a collection agency, demanding that you pay an overdue medical bill which you have already paid. Is there anyone who can help […]

Missile Launch Raises Questions
Sep 8, 2017

Missile Launch Raises Questions

Last week, North Korea fired an intermediate range missile over Japan. The Hwasong-12 missile, which is designed to carry a nuclear warhead, traveled about 1,700 miles in fourteen minutes before crashing into the Pacific Ocean 575 miles east of Japan. This isn’t the first time that North Korea has launched an object into the skies […]