Understanding the Schools of Economics

From Austrian Theory to Marxism, there are many schools of thought on economics.
What is economics? It is the science that studies human action. Economists have one crucial job:… Continue Reading

What Was the Nixon Shock?

Nixon shocked the economy 50 years ago – and it hasn’t been the same since.
Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon forever changed the United States and international financial systems. U.S.… Continue Reading

The Spill: A Border Farmer’s Trouble

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“My Bad” a Farmer Relocates French/Belgium Border The border between France and Belgium was agreed upon… Continue Reading

Mother’s Day: The Anti-War Efforts Turned Holiday

How Mother’s Day began.
Mother’s Day – It comes every year in America on the second Sunday of May, but… Continue Reading

Understanding the World of Cryptocurrency

What is cryptocurrency, and are they all the same?
Bitcoin became the fastest asset to reach $1 trillion in value. Ethereum is now worth more… Continue Reading

Columbia: The First American Lady

Long before Uncle Sam or Lady Liberty inspired Americans, Lady Columbia was here.
Before the iconic figure of Uncle Sam with his white hair and top hat encouraging men… Continue Reading

The Spill: A Long Hike and Amazing Views

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Portugal’s Heart-Pounding Pedestrian Suspension Bridge It’s 1,693 feet long, has a footpath wide enough for two… Continue Reading

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexico’s Victory in Puebla

This festival is often confused with Mexican independence day.
Today is Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May – a holiday of Mexican origin.… Continue Reading

Can Advanced Math Be Racist?

Will Virginia's new program bring students' math skills up or down?
Does advanced math discriminate? That’s what people in Virginia are asking after the state’s education department… Continue Reading

The Spanish-American War and the Media’s Instigation

Newspaper owners William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer helped push America into war with Spain.
The press has a lot of influence over the United States. In fact, the media exercises… Continue Reading

Yellow Journalism: A Legacy of Sensationalism

Sensationalism sells – but it can also do great harm.
Journalism is supposed to be one of the most honorable professions. In fact, the First Amendment… Continue Reading

A Primer on Republics

People often call the U.S. a democracy … it isn’t.
A republic is a government being ruled by representatives voted for and elected by the citizens.… Continue Reading

The Spill: 3-D David

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Michelangelo's David By 3-D Printer? One of the most recognizable works of art in the world,… Continue Reading

The Sixth Amendment: A Person’s Rights in Court

The Sixth Amendment protects the rights to speedy trial, representation, and a fair trial by impartial jury.
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects important rights for people who are accused of… Continue Reading

Jim Crow: Racial Inequality by Law

Long after slavery was ended, black Americans remained forced into poverty by law.
After the American Civil War ended and slavery was abolished, black Americans were finally able to… Continue Reading

Watergate: Eroding Public Trust in the System

Watergate was so influential all government scandals now end in gate.
From Beachgate to Russiagate, every government scandal now ends with a "gate" suffix. This comes from… Continue Reading

The Spill: An Olympic Question of Style

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2021 Olympic Uniforms Spark Discussion The new uniforms for the U.S. and Canadian teams have been… Continue Reading

What Is Court-Packing?

Will Joe Biden and the Democrats try to pack the court?
Article III of the Constitution created the United States Supreme Court, but it didn’t give much… Continue Reading

Thurgood Marshall: A Civil Rights Icon

Thurgood Marshal spent his life fighting for civil rights.
Thurgood Marshall made history as the first African American to join the U.S. Supreme Court –… Continue Reading

Bay Of Pigs: The CIA’s Failed Plan to Oust Castro

The CIA had a plan to get Castro out of Cuba – but it fell apart immediately.
The Bay of Pigs invasion remains one of the darkest marks on American foreign policy. The… Continue Reading

The Spill: MLB Moves to the Rockies

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Georgia Strikes Out With MLB Major League Baseball (MLB) was scheduled to hold its traditional All-Star… Continue Reading

FDR: The Four-Term President

FDR won four back-to-back presidential elections – the only president to serve more than two terms.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), or FDR, was the 32nd president of the United States and the… Continue Reading

Martha Washington: An American Businesswoman

America’s first First Lady was the wealthiest woman in Virginia.
Martha Washington was an educated woman, skilled business manager, a clever hostess, and the only woman… Continue Reading

The Age of Enlightenment: What Would America Be Without It?

We give the Founding Fathers a lot of credit – but they were inspired by others in the Age of Reason.
The Western world became a beacon of justice, freedom, and prosperity because of the ideas in… Continue Reading

The Fifth Amendment: Guaranteeing the Rights of the Accused

Even those accused of crimes have rights, guilty or innocent.
The Fifth Amendment is one of the most important parts of the U.S. Constitution. It was… Continue Reading

The Lunar Ark: A Living Backup

Can the lunar ark act as a backup in case life is wiped off the earth?
The earth is a dangerous place to live. From time to time, our planet is hit… Continue Reading

Sen. Edward Brooke: A Role Model for Young African Americans

Brooke spent his entire adult life – from the Army to the Senate – fighting corruption.
Senator Edward W. Brooke is an icon in black history, especially when it comes to the… Continue Reading

The Purpose and Power of the British Monarchy Today

Does the royal family still have any power?
When the thirteen colonies of British America declared their independence from King George III, it sparked… Continue Reading

Easter Traditions: Ever Wonder Why We Hide Eggs?

Some of the most common Easter traditions have ancient origins.
Happy Easter! This Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Christ two days after his crucifixion. Traditions… Continue Reading

The Bison: On the Brink of Extinction

The bison was hunted almost to extinction, but thanks to conservation efforts, they’re making a comeback.
The Bald Eagle has been a symbol of America’s freedom and liberty since 1782 when it… Continue Reading

Good Friday: Christ Carried Sin to the Grave – And Left It There

Jesus took the sin of the world upon himself, paying the price no one else could.
For Christians, Good Friday is one of the most important holidays of the year because it… Continue Reading

Third Amendment: A Response to Housing British Soldiers

The colonists resented having to shelter British troops under the Quartering Act.
The Third Amendment states that “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any… Continue Reading

Understanding the Legislative Process

Congress has to work together to make bills – and even more so if the president doesn’t support them.
The legislative branch, as one of the three branches of the federal government, is the group… Continue Reading

How the Senate Works

What makes the Senate different from the House?
Both houses of Congress – the House of Representatives and the Senate – have similar jobs.… Continue Reading

Herbert Hoover: The Geologist President

Unlike his predecessors, Hoover didn’t study law.
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), the 31st president of the United States, was not a popular president at… Continue Reading

Understanding the House of Representatives

What does a representative do?
The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate both make up the legislative branch of the… Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day: Bringing Christianity to Ireland

This holiday celebrates Ireland – but how did it begin?
When we think of St. Patrick’s Day, we imagine wearing green, leprechauns looking for their pot… Continue Reading

The Cuban Missile Crisis: How Close Was Nuclear War?

No nuclear weapon has been used in war since World War II – but the crisis in Cuba nearly changed that.
The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 was one of the most dangerous incidents the United States… Continue Reading

The Spill: Fukushima Anniversary

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Fukushima’s Ten-Year Mark The Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 was the worst in 30 years. After… Continue Reading

Calvin Coolidge: Silent Cal

Calvin Coolidge was a polite man, but a no-nonsense administrator.
Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933) became the thirtieth president of the United States after President Warren… Continue Reading

HUD: Making It Easier for Americans to Own Homes

It isn’t the most discussed department, but it’s one of the most important for many people.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is one of the least discussed agencies in… Continue Reading

The Great Depression: Understanding What Happened – and May Again

Could COVID push the economic downturn into another depression?
The Great Depression is perhaps the most studied and talked about economic event in the nation's… Continue Reading

Understanding the Executive Branch

The executive branch plays an important role in running the nation.
The executive branch of the United States federal government is one of three responsible for governing… Continue Reading

Ancient Dog Bone Changes Human Migration Timeline

Testing an ancient dog bone changed what we thought we knew of the first people to come to America.
When we think we know all we need to know about the first people in America,… Continue Reading

The Spill: Back to Business – and School

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We’re Back In Business Well, it’s not the new normal that people believed would come. It’s… Continue Reading

Gettysburg: The Beginning of the End for the Confederacy

Gettysburg was the Confederacy’s last chance to win foreign support.
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,… Continue Reading

America’s Forgotten Depression of 1920-1921

Everyone remembers the Great Depression, but what about the Forgotten Depression?
In two decades, the United States suffered two economic depressions. While most people are aware of… Continue Reading

The History of American Economic Depressions

Could another economic depression be coming?
The last time the United States suffered an economic depression was in the 1930s. Since the… Continue Reading

Secretary of the Treasury: Chief Financial Officer of the US

It’s the Treasury secretary’s job to make sure the country’s economy runs smoothly.
The secretary of the Treasury is another key member of the president’s cabinet. The Treasury oversees… Continue Reading

Warren G. Harding: The Nation’s Greatest Landslide

Harding won the presidency with the greatest landslide the nation had seen.
Warren G Harding was born November 2, 1865, on a farm in Ohio. He graduated from… Continue Reading

Jackie Robinson: MLB’s First Black Player

Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play Major League Baseball.
Jackie Robinson is one of the most important figures of the Civil Rights movement, especially when… Continue Reading

The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag Behind the Anthem

It was this flag that Francis Scott Key saw by the dawn’s early light.
The Star-Spangled Banner is not just the name of our National Anthem, it is also the… Continue Reading

The Spill: The Star-Spangled Mavericks

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Star-Spangled Banner in Sports The national anthem has been protested in sports for a long time,… Continue Reading

President of the United States: A Complicated Job

The president has a lot of power – and a lot of limits.
The president of the United States is head of the Executive Branch and the most well-known… Continue Reading

This Presidents’ Day, Let’s Remember the Weird

For those thinking the 2020 election was bad, here’s blast from the past.
It’s Presidents’ Day, a time to remember and honor past and present commanders in chief. In… Continue Reading

The Star-Spangled Banner: An Anthem Inspired by War

Francis Scott Key was so impressed that Fort McHenry survived the British attack that he wrote the Star-Spangled Banner.
The Star-Spangled Banner is a symbol of liberty for Americans and a reminder of what our… Continue Reading

Secretary of Defense: Sixth in Line to be President

The defense secretary is the sixth person in the line of succession if a president dies in office.
The secretary of defense is a part of the president’s cabinet and is typically one of… Continue Reading

Understanding the United Nations

The UN was built for world peace, but can it deliver?
The beginnings of the United Nations came in January 1942, when representatives of 26 nations at… Continue Reading

Segregation: With or Without Slavery, There Was No Equality

Even after slavery ended, black people were kept out of white society.
Segregation means keeping things or people apart. In United States history, it means the laws and… Continue Reading

The Spill: Literally Literacy

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Handwriting Is Literally Important for Literacy – And Other Things! Writing is something that we do… Continue Reading

Woodrow Wilson: A War-Torn President

President Wilson tried to keep America out of World War I during his first term – but asked for war in his second.
The 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, was born December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia. He studied law… Continue Reading

Wall Street v GameStop: How Millennials Broke the Market

Thanks to social media, young investors are changing how the stock market works.
In January, GameStop shares rose more than 1,600% to a little more than $300 a share.… Continue Reading

Secretary of State: What Does the Job Entail?

Secretary of state keeps our foreign relations going.
Diplomacy and foreign affairs are essential parts of running a developed country like the United States.… Continue Reading

The Spill: A Whale of a Tale

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A New Whale? Wow Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe they have found… Continue Reading

Martin Luther King: An Icon of Equal Rights

A powerful voice for non-violence, King was a key figure in the Civil Rights movement.
Martin Luther King Jr. is a name most Americans are familiar with, but who was the… Continue Reading

Filibuster: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Some senators have talked for hours about random things – one even read a phonebook!
The filibuster is a tactic used in the U.S. Senate to delay decisions on a bill… Continue Reading

America and the Paris Climate Accord

The U.S. is back in the Paris Climate Accord – but does that mean?
President Joe Biden brought the United States back into the Paris Climate Agreement as one of… Continue Reading

Understanding Executive Orders: The What and How

Every president has issued at least one.
One of the most common “presidential” documents in our modern government is the executive order. Every… Continue Reading

The Spill: National Guard Gets the Boot?

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The National Guard and the New Administration National Guard troops were ordered to leave the Capitol… Continue Reading

COVID Vaccine Update

There are many COVID vaccines in the works; here’s an update on how they’re doing.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed nearly 100 million people, crashed the economy, and given us a… Continue Reading

Biden Sworn-In as New US President

Joe Biden is now the 46th president of the United States.
On January 20, 2021, the U.S. inaugurated its 46th president – Joe Biden. Biden took the… Continue Reading

The Spill: New COVID Strains Causing Trouble

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What About the Latest COVID Discoveries? Just as the vaccine for COVID-19 begins to be distributed,… Continue Reading

Inaugurating a New President

Inauguration Day is when a new president officially takes control.
Inauguration Day is the time set to swear in and welcome the new president and vice… Continue Reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: A Holiday That Almost Never Was

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day wasn’t honored nationally until 18 years after his death.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of America's most recognized historical figures. Through his work… Continue Reading

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

A civil rights icon is recognized today.
When thinking about the American Civil Rights Movement, no name stands out more than Martin Luther… Continue Reading

Understanding the 25th Amendment

When can the Cabinet and Congress remove a president?
The Constitution was designed to address a variety of different issues that could arise in the… Continue Reading

William Taft: From President to Chief Justice

Though Taft had been president, he always believed leading the Supreme Court was his highest honor.
William Taft (1857-1930) was the 27th president of the United States. He was the only president… Continue Reading

President Trump Impeached – Twice

Why has President Trump been impeached again?
On January 13, 2021, President Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. The… Continue Reading

The Federal Impeachment Process Explained

There’s a lot of confusion about impeachment.
A lot of people don’t really understand the process of impeachment. It is a simple legal… Continue Reading

A Free Press for a Free People

A free press helps keep Americans free – when it operates without bias.
A free press is important to the United States and its citizens. When journalists do their… Continue Reading

NATO: Understanding the Alliance

What purpose did NATO serve, and do we still need it?
The first half of the 1900s saw a lot of war – including both World War… Continue Reading

The Liberty Bell: America’s Iconic Symbol of Liberty

The bell may be cracked, but it is still tapped in honor of those who fought for freedom.
The Liberty Bell is one of America’s iconic symbols of liberty. Commission of the bell was… Continue Reading

Democrats Come Out on Top

The Democrats will control both chambers of Congress and the White House.
The final results of the November 3, 2020, general election have finally been settled, after months… Continue Reading

Presidential Pardons: What Are They and Who Gets Them?

The president has the power of the pardon – but what does that mean?
American presidents can issue pardons to anyone who has been convicted of a federal crime, even… Continue Reading

Biden To Be the Next US President

Congress confirms Joe Biden as the 46th president.
On January 6, Congress certified the vote to make Joe Biden the next president of the… Continue Reading

Protesters Storm Congress

Congress has to stop counting votes - because protesters broke in.
January 6 was set to be a big day for American politics, and that turned out… Continue Reading

The Spill: Nashville Bombing – Why Did It Happen?

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Nashville Bombing Sparks Questions Christmas morning in Nashville, TN, began with a warning: “Evacuate now. There… Continue Reading

What Happens If the Electoral College Results Are Disputed?

Congressional Republicans plan to challenge the electoral vote – but how?
Now that the electoral college has chosen former Vice President Joe Biden as winner of the… Continue Reading

Will California Become Two States?

Is New California the solution to political division?
Over the years, many people have wanted their states to secede from the Union, meaning leave… Continue Reading

The Changing Way We Elect Presidents

The process for electing a president might sound simple – but it is the result of years of work.
Every four years, the United States goes through another presidential election. Most of the time, it… Continue Reading

New Year Resolutions: They Aren’t As Easy As They Sound

Most people make resolutions, but less than 10% keep them.
Welcoming in a new year is a good time to get a fresh start, and that… Continue Reading

Auld Lang Syne: The Song Nobody Knows

What is Auld Lang Syne about, anyway?
There are a lot of Christmas carols, but there’s only one New Year’s song: “Auld Lang… Continue Reading

New Year Celebrations Across the Planet

Traditions for welcoming the new year.
As we say goodbye to 2020, a strange year with a novel virus, giant murder hornets,… Continue Reading

This Year’s Festivus Report Released

The annual Festivus report looks at government waste.
Politicians engage in billions of dollars of waste. The people have accepted this frivolous spending because… Continue Reading

The Electoral College: Has It Outlived Its Usefulness?

Has the time come to scrap the Electoral College entirely, or do we still need it?
Since the United States Constitution was ratified, the president has been chosen by a group of… Continue Reading

Boxing Day – A British Perspective

Is this day of giving still relevant?
December 26 seems a very English tradition. Its roots go back to the days of Lords… Continue Reading

The History of Christmas In Poetry

Our Christmas traditions may not be as old as you think.
Christmas is an old and a young holiday – Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus… Continue Reading

Understanding the Christmas Tree

This holiday tradition has a long and interesting history.
Just about everyone who celebrates Christmas these days have at least one Christmas tree. The tree… Continue Reading

What Churches are Doing This Christmas

In the midst of a pandemic, how are churches keeping the Christmas spirit alive?
The COVID pandemic hit the country hard. Businesses have shut down, and people have lost their… Continue Reading

Who Was the Man Behind the Legend of Santa Claus?

Saint Nicholas of Myra was so well known for his generosity he inspired the legend of Santa Claus.
Every Christmas, millions of children are expecting presents from Santa Claus. But who is he? Today’s… Continue Reading

The Mystery of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

Who really wrote this classic verse?
It may come as a surprise that one of the most delightful Christmas traditions is surrounded… Continue Reading

The Roots of Christmas

Many Christmas traditions have been around longer than Christianity.
Today, Christmas is considered a Christian holiday. It’s a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.… Continue Reading

Could Christmas Caroling Cure Mental Illnesses?

Science shows that singing together in a group improves mental health.
‘Tis the season for Christmas caroling with loved ones. According to a study out of the University of… Continue Reading

Understanding the Symbols of Christmas

What do these symbols mean, and how did they become associated with Christmas?
Christmastime is filled with holiday traditions and shiny decorations. Certain symbols are present everywhere, reminding us… Continue Reading

Electoral College: Who Picks the President and Why?

Many Americans are confused by the Electoral College and why we have it.
The Electoral College is one of America’s top political discussion topics, as well as how we… Continue Reading

The Third Amendment: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Is the Third Amendment still important now that the Revolution is over?
When we talk about the Bill of Rights, the Third Amendment rarely comes up. So, what… Continue Reading

The Herodium: Israel Opens Herod’s Palace

Herod is best known for his attempt to kill Jesus as a baby – but his great palace is his legacy to archaeologists.
Just in time for Christmas, Israeli authorities are getting ready to open parts of King Herod… Continue Reading

Does America Have a Black National Anthem?

Why do some call this song the “black national anthem”?
A piece of American history received national attention again during the opening of Michigan’s electoral vote… Continue Reading

Electoral College Votes for Joe Biden

The electors voted for Biden to be president - is that the end of it?
The Electoral College voted on Monday, December 14, to declare Joe Biden the winner of the… Continue Reading

Capitalism v Socialism: Which Is Best?

Capitalism is the only system that has actually pulled people out of poverty.
Capitalism has been raising the worldwide standard of living for years. Before the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed the planet,… Continue Reading

The Spill: Mount Everest Just Got Taller

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Mount Everest Stands Even Taller The tallest mountain above sea level, Mount Everest, sits on the… Continue Reading

Christmas – A Dangerous Time of Year in Some Places

In many places in the world, Christianity is criminal.
No matter what your religious beliefs are, the holiday season in America is a time for… Continue Reading

The US Constitution: Living or Fixed?

Is the Constitution a living document or should we keep its original meaning?
One discussion that comes around near elections is the U.S. Constitution and whether it is a… Continue Reading

The Spill: Immunity Passports

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COVID Passports – For Real? America suffers from a pandemic that has altered the freedoms we… Continue Reading

California Schools Banning Books?

Is banning books the best way to get rid of bad ideas?
A big part of every student’s journey through school is reading the great novels of American… Continue Reading

Theodore Roosevelt: The Rough Rider

Roosevelt became a national hero after his service in the Spanish-American War.
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States – but that hadn’t been… Continue Reading

Black Friday: So Much More Than Just Shopping Madness!

There’s more to Black Friday than you probably expect.
For years, Black Friday has been the informal name for the Friday following Thanksgiving. It has… Continue Reading

Poems for Thanksgiving

A sample of Thanksgiving verse.
One of the overlooked aspects of Thanksgiving is that the holiday has produced some remarkable writing.… Continue Reading

The Evolution of Thanksgiving

From the Pilgrims to the Mother of Thanksgiving, and beyond.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with friends and family. While eating that extra piece of… Continue Reading

Turkey for Thanksgiving – But Why?

What makes the Thanksgiving turkey so special?
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and with that knowledge comes thoughts of big family dinners with a golden… Continue Reading

Gratitude: The Secret to Happiness

Gratitude can be the ultimate stress reliever – but you have to share it.
One of the biggest tragedies in American society isn’t just the lack of gratitude felt, but… Continue Reading

Gratitude Is Good for You – So Don’t Forget to Be Thankful

Gratitude is a great way to boost mental and physical health – so go ahead, be thankful!
Gratitude just doesn’t get as much attention as it used to. How do we know this?… Continue Reading

The Political Roots of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in America has a rich history.
The Pilgrims and Native Americans did not invent Thanksgiving, but they embraced the concept and made… Continue Reading

Solving Election Dilemmas

A lot of things can go wrong during an election – but how do we fix them?
Even though Election Day 2020 has come and gone, there are still many questions about who… Continue Reading

The Cabinet: Advisers to the President

The various departments of the executive branch help run the country, and their heads report directly to the president.
As the head of the executive branch, the president must enforce legislation and, in some cases,… Continue Reading

Foreign Policy Throughout History

President Trump had a unique way of dealing with other nations – but how did his predecessors handle it?
While foreign policy wasn’t a big campaign issue in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, President Donald… Continue Reading

What is Social Media Doing to Our Society?

Can we cure the hate or is it already too late?
A Pew Research poll shows that most Americans believe social media has damaged our politics and… Continue Reading

Is a COVID Vaccine On the Way?

Pfizer announced that it has a successful inoculation.
Nearly a year after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in China, have scientists made a… Continue Reading

American Elections: A History of Controversy

The 2020 election isn’t going very smoothly – but that’s nothing new.
Usually, presidential elections go smoothly, with a winner being declared immediately after Election Day. But, as… Continue Reading

Veterans Day: Famous Figures

Did you realize these famous figures are veterans?
Veterans Day is a time to honor and remember military personnel who have served to protect… Continue Reading

Biden or Trump – Who Won?

While many have declared Joe Biden the winner, the totals aren’t actually in yet.
A few days after the November 3 election, many have declared Joe Biden to be the… Continue Reading

What Is Voter Turnout and Why Does It Matter?

Most American adults have the right to vote, so why doesn’t everyone use it?
The number of registered voters who actually cast votes in elections is called voter turnout –… Continue Reading

Confusion Over Election Count

Is America in for weeks of challenges and disagreements?
Election Day may have been November 3rd, but a few days later, the winner still hasn’t… Continue Reading

Election Day 2020: Who Will America Choose?

Biden versus Trump: America goes to the polls.
November 3, 2020 is Election Day in the United States. For the first time in four… Continue Reading

State Politics During Presidential Elections

What are the blue states, red states, and swing states we hear so much about?
Around election time, states are usually called "blue" or "red." On electoral maps, states are organized… Continue Reading

Trump v Biden: What Benefits Do They Bring?

Who do you want to win: Biden, Trump, or a third-party candidate?
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are competing to become the next president of the United States… Continue Reading

The Story Behind Halloween

The ancient Celts thought spirits and ghosts roamed the land on this day.
Halloween wasn’t always the fun, carefree event it is today. The holiday originated with the Celtic… Continue Reading

Halloween Around the World: It Isn’t Just Costumes and Candy

Traditions this spooky time of year vary from place to place.
When you think of Halloween, you probably imagine spooky costumes, bobbing for apples, and trick-or-treating. While… Continue Reading

The Spill: America’s Voting Early

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A Horde of Voters This has been a strange year. Americans suddenly found themselves self-quarantined in… Continue Reading

Is the White House Haunted?

Many people have claimed to see the ghosts of former White House residents.
“My dear Clara, it seems that the White House is haunted.” These words were written by… Continue Reading

Halloween in the Age of Coronavirus

Whether kids go out trick-or-treating or not, Halloween is very much alive.
Is it going to be a bone-chilling Halloween for retailers, or a frightful season of riches?… Continue Reading

Amy Coney Barrett: The Newest Supreme Court Justice

Who is President Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, and what does she believe?
Soon after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on September 18, 2020, President Donald Trump… Continue Reading

Salem Witch Trials: When Being Called a Witch Meant Death

Being a witch for Halloween can be fun – but there was a time when that was a label to avoid.
Dressing up as a witch for Halloween is popular among kids and adults as they take… Continue Reading

Presidential Debates: Big Moments Can Cause Big Changes

Big presidential debate moments can be the deciding factor for undecided voters.
Presidential debates can often help undecided voters decide who to pick on Election Day. Throughout the… Continue Reading

Is the Youth of America Moving Farther Left?

A new study finds that young people prefer socialism over capitalism – but is this really anything new?
It has been said that if you are not a socialist before you are 25, you… Continue Reading

How Economics Has Shaped Elections

What effect did the economy have on the elections of the 21st century so far?
Come Election Day, the economy always plays an important role in voters’ choices. From tax cuts… Continue Reading

Student Questions Professor’s Bias

Is education about telling students what to think or letting them form their own opinions?
Are universities and schools politically biased? There is more and more concern that educators have become… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Could Trump Now Be Immune?

Twitter didn’t like it when Trump said he was now immune to COVID-19 – but science says he might be.
President Donald Trump recently tweeted that he was immune to COVID-19. Twitter attached a warning saying… Continue Reading

Voting in America: A Right with Rules

If you plan to vote, make sure you know the rules.
Voting is a right – and according to many, a duty for Americans. But voting has… Continue Reading

A Shocking Number of Students Support Use of Violence to Silence

More college students are growing comfortable with the idea of violently suppressing speech they don’t agree with.
A poll by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Real Clear Education, and College Pulse… Continue Reading

The Nobel Prize in Economics

The Nobel Econ Prize has awarded a diverse group of financial scientists.
In recent years, the young generation has shown a huge interest in the field of economics.… Continue Reading

Presidential Debates: What Is the Moderator’s Job?

A good moderator helps the candidates give voters the information they need.
Before an election, the nominees for president for the Democrats and Republicans usually go head-to-head in… Continue Reading

Christopher Columbus: He Searched for India but Found America

Columbus hoped to sail around the world to India, but he didn’t know about the continents in the way.
Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492, but it was all by chance – a… Continue Reading

Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Some people say we should recognize the indigenous people – not the Europeans who displaced them.
Columbus Day is celebrated each year on the second Monday in October. It is in honor… Continue Reading

Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Some people say we should recognize the indigenous people – not the Europeans who displaced them.
Columbus Day is celebrated each year on the second Monday in October. It is in honor… Continue Reading

How Voting Works Across America

How many ways to vote do we need?
Voting is considered a basic right for a citizen of any representative democracy or constitutional republic,… Continue Reading

The Statue of Liberty: A Symbol of American Freedom

A symbol of friendship between France and America.
As the Civil War neared its end around 1865, Edouard de Laboulaye, a French historian, suggested… Continue Reading

The Spill: Cooking After COVID

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The COVID Cooking Renaissance The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot about how we are used… Continue Reading

The Supreme Court – What it Does

The Constitution sets up the Supreme Court in Article III.
The United States Supreme Court is the ultimate decision-maker for legal disputes in the United States.… Continue Reading

The Scoop on U.S. Elections

The U.S. holds elections every two years – it’s not all about choosing the president.
Every four years, America holds a presidential election. Political ads and voter registration efforts dominate the… Continue Reading

President Trump in Hospital With COVID

The president has Coronavirus, and the country reacts.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania have both tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came… Continue Reading

Cancel Culture: From Exposing Wrongs to Silencing Dissent

Cancel culture was once about exposing wrongs – so when did it become about silencing those who hold other views?
Cancel culture is a form of online shaming. It has become the ultimate form of public… Continue Reading

Could There be Life on Venus?

Scientists may have discovered evidence of life on Venus.
Scientists are hoping to return to the moon and colonize Mars in the next few years… Continue Reading

Most Americans Don’t Trust the Election Process Anymore

Can elections ever go back to normal?
A recent survey reveals some alarming attitudes among Americans regarding the 2020 election: According to a… Continue Reading

Presidential Debates – Going for the Undecided Votes

What can we expect from the 2020 presidential debate?
Debate History Today, we see presidential debates as a big part of the election process. However,… Continue Reading

Survey Says: Millennials and Gen Z Just Don’t Know the Holocaust

Why aren’t today’s youth being taught this history?
Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany, German-occupied Europe, and collaborators killed six million Jews. The Second… Continue Reading

The Spill: Wildfires and Woodpeckers

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Woodpeckers and Wildfires: A Necessary Combination The wildfires that have been burning up the West Coast… Continue Reading

Free Speech Has Always Been a Game of Life or Death

It takes real courage to speak the truth when powerful foes would rather see it silenced.
While some would argue that we can create a more civil society through regulating speech, it… Continue Reading

The US Government: Three Co-Equal Branches

The three branches of government keep each other in check.
Our federal government consists of three branches: the legislative, executive, and judicial. They are all described… Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Fighting for Equality Between the Sexes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg became notorious as a champion of women’s rights in the 1960s and 70s.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at 87 years old from pancreatic cancer. Chief Justice… Continue Reading

The Spill: West Coast Wildfires

The whole West Coast seems to be on fire.
West Coast Wildfires The West Coast seems to be on fire. Smoke hangs over California, Oregon,… Continue Reading

Inflation: What Is It, and How Bad Is It?

Inflation is set to rise in the United States – but is that good or bad?
After the Coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, Congress passed stimulus and relief packages that cost… Continue Reading

The 20th Amendment: Taking a Little More Power From the Lame Ducks

With a shortened lame duck period, fewer changes can be made by politicians who don’t have voters to answer to.
The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution might seem like no big deal, as it just… Continue Reading

Polls – How Reliable Are They?

Polling has become an important part of elections – but why?
For a long time, people have believed that the major polls indicated who was going to… Continue Reading

Today’s Protesters Should Learn From MLK

The civil rights leader of the past pushed for peace, not violence.
We’ve had a lot of protests lately, and in many of them, the cry has been… Continue Reading

9/11 Then and Now: What Changed?

Almost 20 years later, we’ve gone from patriots to violent protesters.
On September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers went up in flames in a terrorist attack… Continue Reading

China v Hollywood: Money or Freedom?

Hollywood is self-censoring for fear of losing Chinese money.
How far is America willing to take political correctness and refrain from saying or doing anything… Continue Reading

Building Societies – What Does it Take?

What does it take to build a successful society? The history of Athens shows how hard it is.
America has seen many protests, and there are people eager to “tear down” the system –… Continue Reading

Mail-In Voting and the 2020 Election

Will the 2020 election be full of fraudulent votes?
The country has been trying to figure out how to hold the 2020 election in the… Continue Reading

Stock Splits Explained

What is a stock split, and why are Apple and Tesla doing it?
Six months can make a huge difference in the stock market. After the Coronavirus outbreak, the… Continue Reading

Who Should We Thank for Labor Day?

How Labour Day was invented.
For many Americans, Labor Day is a welcome three-day weekend, and a sign that the end… Continue Reading

Has the Media Made America More Divided?

Thanks to media bias and fake news, Americans just don’t trust the press anymore.
The folks at Gallup are saying 86% of respondents to a recent “American Views” survey believe… Continue Reading

The Spill: The Violence Keeps Growing

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The Violence Keeps Growing For the past several months, our nation has become a battleground for… Continue Reading

Antifa and Black Lives Matter: The New Red Guard?

What do Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the Chinese Communist Red Guard have in common?
Throughout history, tyrannies have been built on a passionate youth searching for meaning through violence and… Continue Reading

Slavery: An Ancient Evil That Still Exists Today

Slavery still hasn’t been removed from the world.
From the earliest civilizations, people have taken others as slaves. Most people in the Western world… Continue Reading

Trump v Biden: Two Speeches Reveal Very Different Candidates

Each candidate spoke of the future of America – but which one will the people choose?
Everyone knew it would end up this way, but now it’s official. Donald Trump is the… Continue Reading

The Story Behind the Israel-Palestine Conflict

There has been fighting in the Middle East since Israel declared its independence – but why?
President Donald Trump recently announced a peace agreement with Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).… Continue Reading

Hillary’s Advice for Biden: Don’t Ever Concede

What happens if a losing candidate doesn’t concede?
Hillary Clinton told Joe Biden, the Democrat candidate for president, that he “should not concede under… Continue Reading

Do Black Americans Really Want to Defund the Police?

A new survey shows the truth about the left’s latest anti-cop narrative.
The media and the left in general tell us that black Americans want to “defund the… Continue Reading

The Vice Presidency: So Much More Than It Once Was

The role of the vice president has come a long way since Adams complained of its uselessness.
“I am Vice President. In this I am nothing, but I may be everything” – John… Continue Reading

The Spill: RNC Week

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Republican National Convention Supports Trump August 27 is the last day of the Republican National Convention.… Continue Reading

War, Peace, and School Bullies

Some wars just create more conflict, but can others lead to peace?
History is full of war all over the world. Often, one war leads to another, but… Continue Reading

The Importance of Political National Conventions

What goes on at national conventions?
Every four years, the major political parties in the United States – the Republicans and the… Continue Reading

Is It Finally Time to Go Back to School?

So far, the debate has been ruled by panic – but not everyone has come to the same answers.
Like most things in this Coronavirus pandemic, school closures have become a political topic of debate.… Continue Reading

Prohibition: The Failed Attempt to Outlaw Drunkenness

The government tried to make people behave better, but it just didn’t work.
Alcohol is highly regulated in the United States today, but did you know it was once… Continue Reading

Lewis and Clark: Blazing the Trail West

After the Lewis and Clark expedition, thousands of people headed west to settle.
When the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803, it nearly doubled the… Continue Reading

Kamala Harris’ Economic Ideas

What would be in store for the economy if Kamala Harris became president?
If Joe Biden wins the presidential election in November, will he serve out his full four-year… Continue Reading

Churchill Vs. Hitler: Standing Up for Europe

World War Two presents the textbook schoolyard bully scenario.
During the years leading up to the most terrible conflict in history, one man stood alone.… Continue Reading

The Spill: Death Valley Heat

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Death Valley Could Set Global Heat Record California is catching a lot of heat lately …… Continue Reading

Athens, Rome, and Jerusalem: Where Western Civilization Began

From logic and science to democracy and universal rights, these three cities created the West.
Did you know that “democracy” comes from Greek and means people’s rule? Also, did you know… Continue Reading

Susan B. Anthony: A Women’s Pioneer Pardoned

“The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” - Susan B. Anthony
August 18 marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to… Continue Reading

How One Man From Tennessee Saved Suffrage

Harry T. Burn cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, all thanks to a letter from his mother.
In the United States, the right to vote is shared by men and women – but… Continue Reading