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Morocco Says No to Making or Selling Burqas

January 17, 2017
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Morocco Says No to Making or Selling Burqas

About ten years ago, France banned the wearing of all religious symbols in schools. Two years ago, France banned clothing that hides the face. Last year, a few French beaches banned the wearing of burkinas (burqa swimsuits). The people in …

India Ends ‘Black Money’

January 3, 2017
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India Ends ‘Black Money’

A way of life in India has changed. Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India. In November he made an announcement. He told the Indian people they would not be able to use their 500 and 1,000 cash rupee …

Is This How America Will Pay for its Future?

January 2, 2017
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Is This How America Will Pay for its Future?

Republicans and Democrats do agree on something. They agree that the U.S. has to invest in rebuilding itself. Things get old. Tunnels that carry water get old. Buildings that house people get old. You name it. Most things that are …

Wall Street is Becoming Europe’s Landlord

December 27, 2016
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Wall Street is Becoming Europe’s Landlord

Smart people sat down in New York City about eight years ago. Not sitting in one room, rather sitting at different companies. The companies were famous firms. Goldman Sachs and Blackstone were two of the biggest. Their job was to …

When Showing Your Eyes is Illegal 

December 26, 2016
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When Showing Your Eyes is Illegal 

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The dress code for women in Mosul was absolute. They must cover every part of their body in black. That includes their eyes.

The jihadists took over Mosul in 2014.  This story comes from women who fled the city while …

The Coming Battle Over the Undocumented

December 23, 2016
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The Coming Battle Over the Undocumented

There are millions of foreign-born people in the U.S. who do not have a legal right to be here. Still, they call America home. Most crossed the border from Mexico. Many came on visas and did not leave when their …

U.S. Elections are Rigged — to Favor the Candidate Who Gets the Most Votes

October 19, 2016
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U.S. Elections are Rigged — to Favor the Candidate Who Gets the Most Votes

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Essay

In the United States, the states are in charge of elections. Every state has a Board of Elections. Usually, a secretary of state is in charge. Her job is to make sure the ballots are cast and counted in …

Keep Your Eye on This Immigration Case in Brooklyn

October 14, 2016
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Keep Your Eye on This Immigration Case in Brooklyn

A federal judge in Texas said “no” to President Obama. The president was trying to make it easier for undocumented people to get legal status. That would allow millions to go to school and work.

The judge said Obama’s new …

Inside an Immigration Courtroom and Inside the Judge’s Head 

October 6, 2016
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Inside an Immigration Courtroom and Inside the Judge’s Head 

 

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The action takes place in the courtroom. Asylum seekers wait to find out if they can stay in the United States. Some will have to go back to their home country.

Their fate takes about fifteen minutes to decide …

What Does America Owe Black Americans?

September 30, 2016
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What Does America Owe Black Americans?

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A new report by the United Nations says America owes black Americans a lot. It took a U.N. committee more than a decade to make its findings.

To begin with, the report says that the slave trade was a crime …

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bedtime snackMany people enjoy eating before going to...

Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

Acid refluxAcid-reflux is epidemic. Studies show as...

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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