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Is Venezuela Going the Way of Cuba?

June 26, 2017
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Is Venezuela Going the Way of Cuba?

Democracy looks like this. The people elect the representatives and leaders. Sometimes the vote does not turn out too well. Almost twenty years ago the people of Venezuela elected Hugo Chávez. He won by a landslide.

Chavez said he would …

President Trump, Inc., a Lawful Business?

June 19, 2017
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President Trump, Inc., a Lawful Business?

An emolument is a gift. The U.S. Constitution says:

                         “no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from

Tough Talk, Little Action on “Vetting” Visa Applicants

June 14, 2017
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Tough Talk, Little Action on “Vetting” Visa Applicants

President Trump worries about terrorists coming to the United States.

He signed two travel bans naming only some Muslim majority countries. The reason for the bans? Trump says it was too dangerous to let people from those countries into the …

James Comey’s America

June 12, 2017
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James Comey’s America

Most countries have their own FBI. These agencies deal with criminals and spies in the homeland.

James A. Comey was head of the FBI until his recent firing by President Trump. He was looking into charges that Russia interfered with …

Arab States Break Ties with Qatar, an Arab State

June 7, 2017
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Arab States Break Ties with Qatar, an Arab State

There is an old story.

A scorpion asks a camel to give him a ride on its back across the Jordan River. The camel says, “If I do that you will sting me and we will both drown.” The scorpion …

Venezuela Gets a Payday Loan

June 5, 2017
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Venezuela Gets a Payday Loan

You know how payday loans work. You borrow money because you think you will be able to pay it back with your next paycheck. The interest rate is high, but you can manage it if you pay the loan back …

The Undocumented are Easy Targets

May 31, 2017
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The Undocumented are Easy Targets

In the United States, voters decide elections. Two groups of people are easy to dismiss. They are those who do not vote and those who cannot vote.

The undocumented are in the group that cannot vote.

Politicians in the state …

A Trump Abroad

May 25, 2017
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A Trump Abroad

The headline of this article is a word play on the title of a book written by Mark Twain. He is one of the most famous American writers. Twain wrote “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn.” He also wrote “A Tramp …

Turkey Blames U.S. for Riot in D.C.

May 23, 2017
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Turkey Blames U.S. for Riot in D.C.

They say elections matter. Was it the Turkish people who voted to give a new president powers that could kill the democracy? Or was the election itself a fraud? The vote gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the mandate to rule …

Does Brazil Have More Crises than America?

May 22, 2017
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Does Brazil Have More Crises than America?

The future of Brazil was on the line. The government wanted the kind of reform that economic markets like and the people do not.

Brazilian President Michel Temer wanted to reduce pensions. He wanted to make the age of …

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How Well Does Your Pet See?

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New Danger: The Bottom of Your Shoes

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New Research: What it Means to Become a Mother

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An Immigrant Artist in America

Nari Ward is an artist from Jamaica. He lives and works in a former Harlem fire station.

Nari Ward takes everyday objects – most...

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