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Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

February 21, 2017
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Republican Replacement for Obamacare Taking Shape

An observer sums it up in one sentence. She said the Republican plan for health reform would take money from the poor and give it to the rich. That is a lot easier than taking money from the rich and …

Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

February 20, 2017
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Plain Talk on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

What is so different about Canada? Their Prime Minister came to see President Trump. There were no fireworks. Trump did not threaten Trudeau with tariffs and taxes. He has threatened Mexico. NAFTA includes Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. The same …

Israelis and Palestinians are at a Crossroads

February 17, 2017
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Israelis and Palestinians are at a Crossroads

 

For almost thirty years, the U.S. was for a “two-state solution” for the Middle East. One state would be for Palestinians. The other state would be for Israelis. There was an agreement reached in Oslo, Norway in 1993 between …

North Korea and Russia Testing Trump

February 16, 2017
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North Korea and Russia Testing Trump

America’s enemies are probing the new president.

North Korea is building a missile that can reach the United States. The missile could carry a nuclear warhead. The test violates U.N. resolutions. It is not the first time North Korea challenged …

Iranians Fear U.S. Moving Closer to War

February 10, 2017
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Iranians Fear U.S. Moving Closer to War

This matter would be of interest if this were a computer game. It is not.  America and Iran are enemies.  In 1979, Iranian religious leaders threw the U.S. backed Shah of Iran out of office. They created a theocracy. They …

China’s Railroad Investments Changing Africa

February 9, 2017
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China’s Railroad Investments Changing Africa

China believes in rails. The U.S. believes in walls.

The Chinese are spending billions of dollars on rail lines in Africa. A train line linking Djibouti and Ethiopia just opened. The new line is the first electric railway between two …

The Damage Trump Can Do to the American Economy

February 8, 2017
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The Damage Trump Can Do to the American Economy

Donald Trump won by making promises. He said he could stop the flow of jobs as they move around the world. One way is to start trade wars. He said this would bring factories back to towns where they had …

Updating the News: Gambia, Colombia, Myanmar

February 7, 2017
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Updating the News: Gambia, Colombia, Myanmar

Gambia and Gay People

The president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, is gone. He ruled Gambia for twenty-two years. He lost an election. Still, he held on to the office. Troops from other countries surrounded the country. African leaders convinced him …

Trump’s First Commander in Chief Action Fails

February 6, 2017
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Trump’s First Commander in Chief Action Fails

Yemen is a key place to gather intelligence on Al Qaeda. It is a country in distress. Its government is not in charge. It is a dangerous place. Houthi rebels control much of the country. They are allies of Al …

The Awful Plight of the Rohingya People

February 2, 2017
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The Awful Plight of the Rohingya People

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group. Their home is Myanmar (also called Burma). Even though they live in Myanmar, they are not Myanmar citizens. The U.N. says they are the world’s most persecuted minority group.

The Myanmar government invade …

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Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

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Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

VaccinationsParents should have their infants vaccinated. Vaccinations...

Breast Feeding More Important

Breastfeeding is a good idea. Only about a quarter of mothers breastfed forty years ago. Now, more than three-quarters do.  Breastfed infants enjoy greater...

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