Trump’s Budget Proposal

Trump’s Budget Proposal

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

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 […]

Stock Market Plummets: Crisis or Capitalism?

Stock Market Plummets: Crisis or Capitalism?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Economics | No Comments

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 […]

YOU DECIDE: Guaranteed Basic Income

YOU DECIDE: Guaranteed Basic Income

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in You Decide! | No Comments

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

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Big Plans for Apple in the U.S. Chances are, you own an Apple product . . . or two. But despite its popularity, Apple has also faced a lot of criticism, mostly for outsourcing its manufacturing to Asia, where workers complain of mistreatment and poor conditions. This is obviously bad for Asian workers, but it […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Net Neutrality Ends In November, Election Central examined the issue of net neutrality, and what it could mean for consumers like you if the Federal Communication Commission, or FCC, voted to eliminate it. Last week, despite intense opposition from the public and consumer groups, the FCC voted to end net neutrality with the so-called Restoring […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

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 […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

International Cyberattack: What Happened? Almost 100 countries were affected last week by a worldwide cyberattack. Computer systems in Britain, Russia, the United States, Spain, Japan, the Philippines, Turkey, and Vietnam were targeted, among others. Earlier this year, a group calling themselves the Shadow Brokers stole ransomware from the U.S. National Security Agency and leaked it […]

Careers: Social Media Specialist

Careers: Social Media Specialist

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Careers | No Comments

Have you ever wondered what you are going to do with the education that you are acquiring in school? Do you know what types of jobs even exist out there that you might be interested in pursuing? And what are the education and skills needed to get hired in these job fields, anyway? btw’s new, recurring […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

February Jobs Report Shows Steady Growth Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its jobs report for February. The report shows strong economic growth. The unemployment rate fell one tenth of a percent from 4.8 to 4.7, and 235,000 new jobs were added. The average hourly earnings were also up 2.8 percent from this […]