Don’t Mess With Texas

Don’t Mess With Texas

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Government | No Comments

The 2018 election cycle is officially underway! Last week, Texas was the first state to hold its primary midterm elections, while political analysts from all over the country watched to see what could be learned from the results. Here, btw takes a look at some of the findings, and what they could mean for midterm […]

The Long Weekend: Federal Government Shutdown

The Long Weekend: Federal Government Shutdown

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Government | No Comments

Over the weekend, the federal government shut down. Though it officially reopened on Tuesday, the shutdown–which has only happened 18 times in all of American history–illustrates the deep divide that exists between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. It also lleaves many Americans feeling frustrated by a legislative branch that seems unwilling to compromise in order […]

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Government | No Comments

Early last Saturday morning, Senate Republicans passed a sweeping tax reform bill that will affect nearly every American. Here, btw takes a look at the story of how the bill passed, as well as some of the possible positive and negative outcomes. What Happened? The Senate tax reform bill, which was nearly 500 pages long, […]

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 […]

Republican Health Care Replacement Bill Passes House

Republican Health Care Replacement Bill Passes House

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Government, Health | No Comments

For the past seven years, House Republicans have been struggling to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the ACA or “Obamacare.” After many failed attempts, they finally succeeded on Thursday when they narrowly passed a bill that will repeal and replace large chunks of the ACA. What Does the New Plan Look Like? […]

A Look at the Filibuster

A Look at the Filibuster

While gun control has always been a hot topic, the debate is now reaching a new boiling point. Three days after the mass killings in Orlando on Sunday, June 12, Democratic members of the U.S. Senate staged a filibuster while reintroducing two gun control proposals: 1.) restricting those on terror and “no fly” watch lists from obtaining […]

Explaining the Panama Papers

Explaining the Panama Papers

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Government, Top Stories, World | No Comments

Earlier this month, confidential files from a law firm called Mossack Fonseca were made public. The documents, collectively called “the Panama Papers,” were leaked by an anonymous source to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), who shared them with various news organizations. This week, btw breaks down the basics, offers a comparison of other […]

Occupation in Oregon

Occupation in Oregon

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Current Events, Government, United States | No Comments

As the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by armed militia closes out another week, btw brings you news of what is happening and what both sides hope to accomplish in a standoff. Background Father and son ranchers, Dwight Hammond (73) and Steven (43), own about 12,000 acres of land located in […]

Obama’s Executive Action on Gun Control

Obama’s Executive Action on Gun Control

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Government, Top Stories, United States | No Comments

In his first weekly address of the New Year, President Obama announced that he would pursue Executive Action as a way to implement gun control legislation. It is a controversial measure because it is a controversial subject and also because he is going forward without the consent of Congress. What is an Executive Order? As btw […]

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Education, Government, United States | No Comments

At the start of the school year, btw brought you a story of this country’s history of education reform. Last week, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This legislation will replace the unpopular No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law that went into effect in 2001 (which was a reauthorization of […]