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 […]

To Tax or Not to Tax

To Tax or Not to Tax

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines the growing economic tensions between the United States and China. The United States and China trade about $650 billion worth of goods and products every year. But earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would raise tariffs on more than a thousand imported […]

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 […]

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 […]

Year in Review 2017: World News

Year in Review 2017: World News

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Year in Review | No Comments

The U.S. and World Conflicts The deadly civil war in Syria continued to dominate the news throughout the early part of the year. In April, the United States conducted air strikes against the Syrian government, but with Russian support, the rebellion was largely destroyed. Meanwhile, the relationship between the United States and North Korea continued […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Mass Shooting at Texas Church Last Sunday, at least 26 people were killed and 20 more wounded when a lone gunman opened fire on a congregation at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Sutherland Springs is a small, close-knit community about 30 miles east of San Antonio. The shooter was Devin Patrick Kelley, […]

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

What So Proudly We Hail: A Look at Independence Day

Posted by 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 by on Jun 8, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Japanese Birth Rate Falling When you think of Japan, do you picture the crowded streets and skyscrapers of Tokyo? Just outside the city, the number of abandoned homes–called “ghost houses”—continues to rise, as the population of Japan continues to fall. Japan has been keeping records of its number of births since 1899. Last year was […]

What is the Paris Climate Accord?

What is the Paris Climate Accord?

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Government, United States, World | No Comments

On June 1, President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the historic Paris Climate Accord. Here, we take a look at what the Paris Accord is, how it differs from other, past environmental treaties, and what impact Trump’s decision will have. What is the Paris Accord? The Paris Climate Accord (otherwise known as […]

Female Soldiers Make History in the United States

Female Soldiers Make History in the United States

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in United States | No Comments

In 2013, President Obama ordered the U.S. military to open all combat positions to women as well as men. Now, four years later, a group of 18 female soldiers has made history by graduating last Friday from United States Army infantry training. The Quest for Equality The move toward gender equality in the military began […]