President Helps Unauthorized Immigrants

November 23, 2014
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President Helps Unauthorized Immigrants

President Obama finally did what he said he would do. He gave about five million unauthorized migrants a chance to stay in the U.S.

The executive order is good news for some immigrants. It also set off a political firestorm.

What is in the order?

The order covers the undocumented parents of children who are American citizens or who are here legally.

The parent must:

  •  be in the U.S. more than five years,
  •  register with...

Enrollment in Health Insurance is Easy, or is it?

November 23, 2014
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Enrollment in Health Insurance is Easy, or is it?

Millions of Americans enrolled with private health insurers last year as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most enrollees are getting federal subsidies to help pay for their premiums.

Do you have to re-enroll? No, if you are satisfied with your plan you will...

Part-Time Work – Part-Time or Permanent?

November 23, 2014
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Part-time work

For many people, part-time work is a good thing. They do not want to work full-time.

For many people who hold two or three part-time jobs, it is not a good thing.

The recession of 2008 changed the landscape for workers. Observers...

Political War Over Immigration Just Ahead

November 16, 2014
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Political War Over Immigration Just Ahead

President Obama is set to announce changes in the nation’s immigration rules.

He will make the changes by executive order. That means without the approval of Congress. The order will...

Labor, Management Breakthrough at VW U.S. Plant

November 16, 2014
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Labor, Management Breakthrough at VW U.S. Plant

VW did not have a works council in its only U.S. plant, located in Chattanooga, Tenn.

For years, the United Auto Workers (U.A.W.) has been trying to organize workers at...

Star College Football Player Allowed to Walk Away From Hit and Run

November 16, 2014
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Star College Football Player Allowed to Walk Away From Hit and Run

On the football field, hitting and running is allowed. On the highway, it is not.

P.J. Williams is a star cornerback for Florida State University. His car crashed into another...

Immigration Number One Domestic Issue for President

November 9, 2014
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Immigration Number One Domestic Issue for President

Executive orders are rules that are issued by the president. He does not need the approval of Congress for such orders. They allow him to tell federal agencies how...

Republicans Take Control of the Congress

November 9, 2014
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Republicans Take Control of the Congress

Barack Obama is still President. He will be in office until January 20, 2017. Republicans now control both the Senate and the House of Representatives. These bodies are where...

New Ways to Think About Treating ADHD

November 9, 2014
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New Ways to Think About Treating ADHD

New studies show many people with ADHD are drawn to new and exciting experiences. They can be very impatient and restless with routine activities.

This research states that if you...

In Brief

Texting to Improve the Language Skills of Children

Children from middle-class homes do better in school than children from lower-income homes. The differences in children’s experiences start early. Some parents read a...

Children Swallowing Soap That Looks Like Candy

Those cute packages of soap contain poison. Soap companies are selling pods of laundry and dishwasher products. They package them to make them attractive...

Turning to Banks and Businesses to Raise Incomes

Income inequality is the difference between those who earn the most money and those who earn the least money. The gap has been slowly...

Common Sense on Acid-Reflux

Acid-reflux is epidemic. Studies show as many as 40 percent of Americans suffer from it. Reflux symptoms may include heartburn, indigestion, postnasal drip, hoarseness,...

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