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Venezuela Heads Down the Dark Road to Dictatorship

August 2, 2017
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Venezuela Heads Down the Dark Road to Dictatorship

A rigged referendum is all it takes. Some Venezuelans went to the polls last Sunday. They voted for a national assembly to rewrite the constitution. The new constitution would give absolute power to the president. If this sounds like Turkey’s

Without Papers: Life in America

July 19, 2017
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Without Papers: Life in America

What should a country do? There are millions of people in America who are here without legal documents. This means that at any time, for any reason, they can find themselves detained and deported.

Do not look to the federal

Is President Trump Good For Business?

July 17, 2017
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Is President Trump Good For Business?

Most of what you read about President Trump and business is about trade and jobs. He wants trade agreements that favor America. He wants American companies to stay in the U.S. and not send jobs to other countries.

These ideas …

Change Comes to America

July 5, 2017
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Change Comes to America

Immigrants change countries. They do this in two ways. As new arrivals, they bring different ways and they have babies.

The babies the new arrivals have will determine the future. They are having more children than the people who have …

Looking at Hong Kong on America’s Fourth of July

July 3, 2017
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Looking at Hong Kong on America’s Fourth of July

It was 241 years ago that the thirteen colonies declared their “independence” from Great Britain. Twenty years ago, Great Britain “handed” Hong Kong over to China.

In a recent speech, President Xi Jinping of China made some things clear. He …

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

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 …

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 …

Is Trump Unraveling?

May 18, 2017
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Is Trump Unraveling?

Three big events make many people think Trump is unraveling.

The firing of James Comey

The job of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) is law enforcement. Its oversight includes the federal government. James. Comey was the head of the …

Domestic Abuse American Government Style

May 2, 2017
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Domestic Abuse American Government Style

One way to judge a nation is by its legal system. That is the police, the courts and the people who work for and at those places.

America is a country of laws. In general, it is a system that …

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