Obama Tries Backdoor to Immigration Reform

July 27, 2015
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Obama Tries Backdoor to Immigration Reform

A federal court told the president that he could not change immigration rules. He wanted to let the immigrant parents of children born in America stay in the country. The parents had crossed the border from Mexico to the U.S. They did not have the proper papers.

Another group of migrants came to America on tourist or student visas. They did not return home when the visas expired. They...

Global Challenges: Terrorists and Migrants

July 23, 2015
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Global Challenges: Terrorists and Migrants

The world of terrorism changed with the modern suicide bombing. There were very few suicide attacks during most of the cold war.  In the 1983, such attacks began with a truck driven into a U.S. Marine base in Lebanon. It caused the deaths of...

Child Poverty Dropping: Problems Persist

July 20, 2015
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Child Poverty Dropping: Problems Persist

The number of children living in poverty in the United States is dropping. About 14.7 million kids lived in poverty in 2013, down from 16.3 million in 2010, a ten percent reduction. That is good news.

The size of the decline is not the...

Iran Agreement Faces Hard Questions

July 16, 2015
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Iran Agreement Faces Hard Questions

Iran says it is not building a nuclear bomb. The U.S. and most of the rest of the world says it is.

Iran said, well, why not stop building...

Stores Can Keep Prices Low and Raise Wages

July 13, 2015
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Stores Can Keep Prices Low and Raise Wages

 Is there a future in working for a retail chain? More than 4.5 million Americans work for retail stores. They are among the lowest paid workers in...

Immigration in the News: Tough Times

July 13, 2015
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Immigration in the News: Tough Times

Two events about immigration were in the news this week. In the first, an undocumented man shot and killed a woman in San Francisco. He had been in...

China Going Dark in State Security and Stock Market

July 9, 2015
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China Going Dark in State Security and Stock Market

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is not a democracy. It is run by the Communist Party.

The government is authoritarian. A new law gives the party a stronger...

Children Consuming Electronic Media

July 9, 2015
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Children Consuming Electronic Media

Kids are spending far too much of their time looking at screens. They are playing video games. They are texting. And when they are not, they are watching television.

Obama Protecting Long-Time Undocumented Immigrants

July 6, 2015
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Obama Protecting Long-Time Undocumented Immigrants

The rules are changing at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The administration wants most undocumented migrants to feel safe in America.

New rules target three groups for deportation....

In Brief

Can You Make Up For Lost Sleep?

Experts say most people do not make up for hours of sleep lost during the week by sleeping more on weekends. They...

Is Walmart Becoming Patriotic?

Walmart got rich importing foreign-made goods. Now it says it wants to boost American business.

It is holding manufacturing summits. The purpose of the...

Less Use of Fetal Ultrasounds in Pregnancy Recommended

Ultrasounds have many uses. Health workers use them to view the heart, blood vessels, kidney, liver and other organs. Its most popular use is...

Painkiller Medications May Harm

Millions of Americans take Aleve, Motrin and Celebrex to relieve pain. Experts now say they should be used sparingly.

Studies have now linked their...

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