Trump Declares National Emergency

Trump Declares National Emergency

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in Top Stories | No Comments

Last Friday marked the end of the negotiating period between the White House and Congress about funding for Trump’s border wall between the United States and Mexico. If no compromise was reached by Friday, the federal government would once again face a partial shutdown. In the days leading up to Friday, however, it looked like […]

A New Flag for Mississippi?

A New Flag for Mississippi?

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Current Events | No Comments

Mississippi’s state flag has long been a source of controversy. Why? Mississippi’s is the only U.S. state flag that still incorporates an image of the Confederate battle flag. (Georgia’s originally contained the Confederate flag as well, but the state adopted a new design in 2003.) While some argue that the flag honors the state’s history, […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Senator Warren’s DNA Test Controversy The ongoing feud between Donald Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren, a progressive Democrat from Massachusetts and perhaps a 2020 presidential rival, took an unusual turn last week. Warren has long claimed to have Native American heritage. Trump has repeatedly called her a liar for this, as well as giving her […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roy Moore and #MeToo

Roy Moore and #MeToo

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story focuses on the questions surrounding Alabama candidate Roy Moore’s run for the Senate–as well as new legislation to protect people from sexual misconduct in the federal government. Back in October, Election Central brought you the story of Roy Moore’s victory over “Big Luther” Strange in the […]

Pence Breaks Tie to Defund Planned Parenthood

Pence Breaks Tie to Defund Planned Parenthood

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

Last Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote on a bill which will allow states to withhold federal family planning money from Planned Parenthood and other organizations which provide abortions. The controversial legislation was opposed by all Senate Democrats, as well as two Republicans: Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

“Wiretapping” Scandal Intensifies On March 4, President Trump sent out a tweet accusing former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in the days leading up to the election. Since then, however, Trump has provided no evidence of his claim, and has avoided reporters’ questions about his accusation. President Obama denied any such activity. The FBI […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

Another Bathroom Bill? Last Thursday, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced the filing of a new bill that would require people in government buildings and public schools to use the bathroom that corresponds to the biological sex assigned to them on their birth certificates, rather than to their gender identity. The proposed “bathroom bill” is […]

Students Force Change at University of Missouri

Students Force Change at University of Missouri

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Education, Top Stories, United States | No Comments

It’s been more than a year since the shooting death of Michael Brown flared racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri and led to massive protests. Earlier this month, protestors nearly 120 miles away at the the University of Missouri banded together to raise awareness of many ongoing incidents of racism at the school, as well as growing […]