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American School Wars (1)

March 16, 2017
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American School Wars (1)

Where America is Now.

Kids go to school to learn how to succeed in life. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are the basic skills they need. That is the easy part to describe.

The background. For many years, the states oversaw …

Millions will lose health insurance, but...

Republican Health Care Plan Saves Money

March 15, 2017
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Republican Health Care Plan Saves Money

Everyone waited for the CBO report on the cost of the Republican’s American Health Plan. It came out Monday. It showed that over time the plan would save money. Saving money is big news. Republicans welcomed the finding.

There was …

Voting him in

Turkey Headed to Authoritarian Government

March 14, 2017
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Turkey Headed to Authoritarian Government

Turks will go to the polls on April 16, 2017. They are voting on a referendum. The referendum would change the Constitution of Turkey. It would give the Turkish president much more power than he has now.

The president is …

Impact of the Great Scandal in South Korea

March 13, 2017
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Impact of the Great Scandal in South Korea

The highest court in South Korea found President Park Geun-hye guilty of crimes. She was the first woman president of the country. She is the first president forced out of power. She had to leave the office.

The charge against …

Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

March 10, 2017
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Republican Health Care for Lower-Income People

The Medicaid program pays for health care for poor people in every state. Federal and state governments pay for the program.

The Affordable Care Act

(ACA, Obamacare) expanded the Medicaid program. It made more people eligible for the program. Medicaid …

Republicans Roll Out Obamacare Repeal

March 9, 2017
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Republicans Roll Out Obamacare Repeal

Financing Health Insurance

 

Health care is not a right in the U.S. That is, unless you are sixty-five years of age or older. At that age, you go on Medicare. With Medicare, the federal government pays most of your …

Presidential Election Chaos – In France!

March 8, 2017
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Presidential Election Chaos – In France!

An election for a new president of France takes place on April 23, 2017. To win, the candidate must get more than half the votes. If no one wins, the two top candidates will go to the second round on …

‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

March 7, 2017
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‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

Elections have a way of changing things. Take Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. Its two main political parties are the Catholic Sinn Fein and the Protestant Democratic Unionists.

In a scandal, the top Sinn …

The Undocumented: Confusion and Fear

March 6, 2017
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The Undocumented: Confusion and Fear

A man crossed the border from Mexico. That is all he did. He was never detained for any reason. He never got a false social security card. He just worked at jobs where no one asked questions. If he stays …

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

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