Celebrate Constitution Week

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 […]

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 […]

Anthems, Protests, and Football

Anthems, Protests, and Football

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Current Events, United States | No Comments

Last week, btw took a closer look at the grievance that professional football player Colin Kaepernick filed against the NFL, accusing teams of working together to refuse to give him a contract in order to punish him for performing peaceful protest (“taking a knee”) during the national anthem before games. (Kaepernick, a former quarterback for […]

Supreme Court Hearings Begin

Supreme Court Hearings Begin

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in United States | No Comments

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee holds four days (over 17 hours) of hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s most recent nomination for the Supreme Court. If confirmed, 53-year-old Kavanaugh would be the replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy, filling the vital “swing seat” that could tip the political balance of the Court for a generation to […]

Trouble in Helsinki

Trouble in Helsinki

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in United States, World | No Comments

On July 16, Donald Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The two hours of closed-door talks between the two leaders was followed by a news conference, which turned out to be one of the most troubling moments of Trump’s presidency so far. Here, btw takes a look at […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Shareable Scooters Hit the Road Move over, buses and subways and ride sharing. A new public transportation trend is hitting the streets: e-scooters. E-scooters, or shareable electric scooters, are stand-up, battery-powered personal transportation devices that are part of the growing micro-mobility trend in cities nationwide. Here’s how they work: you use an app on your […]

Students Walk Out

Students Walk Out

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

Wednesday, March 14 was the one-month anniversary of the school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of fourteen students and three teachers. In response–and inspired by the Parkland survivors who have come forward to demand improved gun safety laws–thousands of students nationwide chose to walk out of […]

Freebird!

Freebird!

Thanksgiving has been observed by some of America’s earliest leaders. In recent years, the president has received a turkey from a farmer who raises turkeys, but instead of eating the turkey, the president sets it free. This tradition is a fun way the president celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday. Bush Starts the Tradition In the past, […]

Trump’s Asia Tour

Trump’s Asia Tour

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in United States, World | No Comments

This week, President Trump and his wife Melania have been on a twelve-day, five-nation tour of Asia. This has been the president’s longest foreign trip to date. Included on the itinerary are stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Here, btw takes a look at some of the highlights of the visit. […]

#MeToo in California’s Capital

#MeToo in California’s Capital

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in United States | No Comments

You may have heard about Harvey Weinstein, the film producer and former film studio executive who is accused of sexually harassing and/or assaulting more than 50 women in Hollywood. The Weinstein scandal set off a tidal wave of women all over the country coming forward to share their own stories of harassment and assault, often […]