What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 in People and Culture, United States | No Comments

So you probably celebrated July 4th by engaging in one of the following activities—wearing red, white and/or blue; consuming vast amounts of cookout food; and, of course, fireworks. You know the general reason for the day, but btw is going to help out by filling in some more of the details. Celebration of a New […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Apple’s Tax Woes in Ireland Last month, the European Union ruled that Apple owes $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland. More specifically, the EU ruled that Ireland is responsible for ordering the technology giant to pay its back taxes. Modeling itself after Bermuda (a well-known tax haven for corporations), Ireland’s corporate tax rate is […]

Preparing for the First Debate

Preparing for the First Debate

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, we get you ready for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We also remind you about the Classroom Connection feature of Election Central, which lets you voice your thoughts on the political process that is happening. Last summer, Election Central was there to […]

You Decide: Georgetown University’s Slavery Past

You Decide: Georgetown University’s Slavery Past

Posted 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, […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Maker of EpiPen Faces Harsh Criticism Millions of Americans suffer from severe food allergies, many of them children. To combat a reaction that could lead to anaphylactic shock, many carrying an EpiPen. This is an “auto-injector” filled with the hormone epinephrine. While epinephrine itself is not considered an expensive drug, the single dose of a […]

The Largest Protected Area on Earth

The Largest Protected Area on Earth

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

There is a cluster of uninhabited islands and coral reefs located in the Pacific Ocean that collectively make up the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This land and the waters that surround it currently encompasses around 140,000 square miles. Last month, President Obama announced that he has signed legislation to expand its boundaries to the north […]

Information About the Clinton Foundation

Information About the Clinton Foundation

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Top Stories | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, we examine some information about the Clinton Foundation and how it has recently become a point of controversy in the 2016 presidential election. In 1997, while still president of the United States, Bill Clinton created a charitable organization. Its original purpose was to fund raise for […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Twitter’s War on Terrorism We live in a country that takes the freedom of expression and national security very seriously. That can make it can be hard to know where to draw a line between the two. Twitter, which has been responsible for providing a pivotal role in social movements such as Arab Spring, have […]

New Problems for “Obamacare”

New Problems for “Obamacare”

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 in Current Events | No Comments

Revisiting Obamacare The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as “Obamacare,” has been a contentious issue ever since President Obama made healthcare reform a major part of his campaign in the 2008 general election. Despite being signed into law in 2010, Congressional Republicans  have made several attempts since then to “defund” it. […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Chile Uses Labels to Combat Obesity Despite its reputation, the U.S. is not the only country struggling with obesity. The availability of highly-processed, convenient foods worldwide has significantly changed how its people all over the world eat. In Chile, an estimated 67 percent of adults are obese or overweight. This phenomenon affects those across geographic […]