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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 …

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 …

Alarm bells are ringing

Russian Style Politics at the White House

January 31, 2017
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Russian Style Politics at the White House

The man’s name is Stephen Bannon. Donald Trump hired him during the campaign. He has far right wing views. He is a nationalist, and he is anti-immigrant. Most of what Trump has done that has made headlines comes from Bannon’s …

Affirmative Consent, New Way of Sexual Behavior

January 28, 2017
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Affirmative Consent, New Way of Sexual Behavior

A rite of passage for teens is changing. Older people remember themselves as boys and girls testing the world of intimacy. Kissing, touching and “going further” was like Kabuki Theater. Words, movements, starts, and stops were dramatic actions.

Not anymore. …

Immigrants: Trump Turns the Heat Up

January 27, 2017
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Immigrants: Trump Turns the Heat Up

President Trump is making good on what he said during the campaign.

He said, “Build the wall” on the U.S. Mexican border. It is easier to say that than it is to build it. For one thing, there is a …

The Bully Takes Over the Pulpit

January 20, 2017
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The Bully Takes Over the Pulpit

ESSAY

The American presidency is the “bully pulpit.” Today, a bully takes over the pulpit.

The schoolyard is not a place where a panel of experts ponders what is true and what is false. It is about who wins the …

Getting Ready for Friday

January 19, 2017
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Getting Ready for Friday

ESSAY

Donald Trump is about to become president. Do not expect him to change his behavior. It works for him and the mobs that cheer him on.

Above all, he needs the adoration of the crowd. He gets it by …

A good teacher

The Evil Man Who Made Trump, Trump

January 18, 2017
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The Evil Man Who Made Trump, Trump

Donald Trump came from a family of builders. That does not explain how he became the person he is today.

He is a bully. He insults people. He lies. When challenged, he repeated his lies. He tells supporters what they …

In Brief

Like a Bedtime Snack? What to Eat

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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