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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Kavanaugh Update Recently, btw brought you a closer look at Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s most recent Supreme Court nominee, and the challenges he faced as he began his week of Senate confirmation hearings. Now that those hearings are finished, however, Congress, as well as the American public, are more divided than ever over Kavanaugh’s nomination. Related […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Deadly Earthquake in Japan Last Thursday, a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck Hokkaido, Japan. It lasted for almost a minute, causing roads to collapse, and leading to deadly landslides that killed at least nine people. An additional seven people died of heart attacks as a result of the earthquake. More than 150 people were injured, and in […]

Who is Maria Butina?

Who is Maria Butina?

Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

It sounds like something from a movie: Two weeks ago, the Justice Department announced the arrest of a 29-year-old Russian spy named Maria Butina. But this is no movie. Within the overall investigation of the Russian meddling within the United States election, her story is a very important one. Here, btw takes a closer look […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

New Cycle of Russian Hacking Begins With the 2018 midterm elections less than 100 days away, many people have started wondering about the possibility of another Russian hacking attempt. Now there is new evidence to prove that this is indeed a threat. Claire McCaskill, a Democratic senator from Missouri, is up for reelection this fall. […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Trouble at the UN? Last week, the United States butted heads with Russia and China at the United Nations Security Council. The reason? A disagreement over the Council’s policies toward North Korea. A week earlier, the United States submitted a complaint to the Security Council, saying that North Korea had imported more than three times […]

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 […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

A Bridge of Love in Northern Africa In a world where it often seems like everyone is at war, the neighboring North African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea have finally made peace. Once upon a time, these two countries were actually the same nation. But twenty years ago, Eritrea declared its independence from Ethiopia. Soon […]

A Look at Vladimir Putin

A Look at Vladimir Putin

Posted by on Mar 6, 2018 in World | No Comments

Last week, Russian president Vladimir Putin–who is up for re-election later this month–gave a fiery annual address to his country. In it, he talked a lot about domestic policy: improving living standards, cutting the poverty rate in half, emphasizing technology and business growth, and growing the economy. But that’s not what earned his speech international […]

New Charges Brought in Russia Case

New Charges Brought in Russia Case

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site details new developments in Special Prosecutors Robert Mueller’s investigation of the people and events surrounding the Russian election interference. In the past few weeks, national news headlines have been dominated by school shootings, immigration reform, and the federal budget. But in the meantime, special counsel […]

Year in Review 2017: National News

Year in Review 2017: National News

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Year in Review | No Comments

Here, btw takes a look at some of the stories that dominated national headlines in 2017. A New President The year began with the swearing in of the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, on January 20, immediately followed by the historic Million Women March the next day. The new president began stirring up controversy almost […]