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The American Health Care “System” 

March 27, 2017
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The American Health Care “System” 

The word system is in quotes for a reason. There is no “system.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) did not create a system. It is a program to extend health insurance to people who do not have insurance.

There …

You may not need an army

China Out to Rule the World – With Influence and Money

March 23, 2017
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China Out to Rule the World – With Influence and Money

Influence in Australia

Australia is a long-time friend of the United States. America may not be the friend to Australia in the years ahead that it has been in the past. Some experts in Australia say the future is China. …

Words matter

Trump Foreign Policy Takes Shape – A Rough Start

March 21, 2017
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Trump Foreign Policy Takes Shape – A Rough Start

The new U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, went to South Korea and China. What did he change?

Here are some of the things he said and what they did or did not mean.

About North Korea

In South Korea, …

Voters Reject the “Dutch Trump”

March 20, 2017
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Voters Reject the “Dutch Trump”

People around the world watched the Dutch election. Geert Wilders was one candidate. He said the kinds of things Donald Trump said in his presidential campaign. He indicated that he loathed Muslims and immigrants. He wanted the Netherlands to leave …

American School Wars (2)

March 17, 2017
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American School Wars (2)

How we got here.

The last seventy years saw a lot of change in American education. The first great change came in 1954 from the U.S. Supreme Court. It was Brown vs. Board of Education. The Court ruled that “separate …

American School Wars (1)

March 16, 2017
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American School Wars (1)

Where America is Now.

Kids go to school to learn how to succeed in life. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are the basic skills they need. That is the easy part to describe.

The background. For many years, the states oversaw …

Millions will lose health insurance, but...

Republican Health Care Plan Saves Money

March 15, 2017
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Republican Health Care Plan Saves Money

Everyone waited for the CBO report on the cost of the Republican’s American Health Plan. It came out Monday. It showed that over time the plan would save money. Saving money is big news. Republicans welcomed the finding.

There was …

Voting him in

Turkey Headed to Authoritarian Government

March 14, 2017
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Turkey Headed to Authoritarian Government

Turks will go to the polls on April 16, 2017. They are voting on a referendum. The referendum would change the Constitution of Turkey. It would give the Turkish president much more power than he has now.

The president is …

Impact of the Great Scandal in South Korea

March 13, 2017
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Impact of the Great Scandal in South Korea

The highest court in South Korea found President Park Geun-hye guilty of crimes. She was the first woman president of the country. She is the first president forced out of power. She had to leave the office.

The charge against …

Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

March 10, 2017
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Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

The Medicaid program pays for health care for poor people in every state. Federal and state governments pay for the program.

The Affordable Care Act

(ACA, Obamacare) expanded the Medicaid program. It made more people eligible for the program. Medicaid …

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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