Social Distancing: It Isn’t Fun, but It’s Better Than It Once Was

It may be boring, but at least you have TV and the internet.
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced people to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of… Continue Reading

The Spill: Roaming Goats

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Goats Taking Over Town The Coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc across the globe as most people… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: Social Distancing Extended to April 30

The president hopes the road to recovery can begin soon.
Acting on the advice of the experts, President Donald Trump has extended “social distancing” guidelines until… Continue Reading

Is Online Education The Future?

As Americans sour on failing public schools, a new generation of digital natives may turn to online education.
Social distancing and closing of schools during the Coronavirus outbreak have forced many students to study… Continue Reading

Personal Hygiene: A Look Back

Hygiene is crucial to avoiding Coronavirus and other illnesses – but people haven’t always understood it.
The Coronavirus has had one positive impact: It has made everyone more aware of the importance… Continue Reading

The Economic Cost of COVID-19

Consumer spending accounts for 2/3 of the economy – and isolated Americans aren’t buying.
What started as a promising year quickly turned sour thanks to Coronavirus. Small businesses are losing… Continue Reading

Evil and The Political Divide

How can Americans heal the anger in politics today?
Political differences haven’t always caused such division between Americans. In recent history, Democrats and Republicans could… Continue Reading

The Spill: Aequinoctium

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The Astronomical Start of Spring If you’ve been stuck inside due to the Coronavirus, you may… Continue Reading

Pandemics in the 21st Century

How science and the modern lifestyle have impacted the spread of a virus.
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of confusion as state after state orders residents to… Continue Reading

A Scientific Look at COVID-19

The fact that the Coronavirus is so mild for most people who get it is exactly what makes it so dangerous.
All around the world, people are worried about the Wuhan Coronavirus. How dangerous is it? What… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: The Young Aren’t Invincible

Don’t believe that youth and good health is the same as immunity to the virus.
There has been a lot of talk about Coronavirus and how it may or may not… Continue Reading

Epidemic vs Pandemic: What Are They?

What’s the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a lot of anxiety around the world as more cases pop up… Continue Reading

The Spill: Closing Borders

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With the COVID-19 coronavirus now classified as a pandemic, many nations across the globe are imposing… Continue Reading

The Republican Party: The Grand Old Party

The Republican Party is often called the Grand Old Party, or the GOP.
Often called the Grand Old Party or the GOP, the Republican Party is one of two… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Just the Facts

Taking a few simple precautions can help you stay safe from Coronavirus.
What is Coronavirus and what risks are associated with the disease? How can you prevent contracting… Continue Reading

Should Businesses Be Closed over Coronavirus?

A good way to avoid Coronavirus is to avoid crowds – but should states be closing businesses?
President Donald Trump addressed the United States Friday, March 13, and declared a national emergency over… Continue Reading

Trump Takes Action on Coronavirus

The White House announces its COVID-19 strategy.
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday, March 11, to reassure Americans that everything is being… Continue Reading

The Democratic Party: Origins, Policies, and People

The Democratic Party: Origins, Policies, and People
The party traces its roots to 1792. Followers of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison created the… Continue Reading

The Spill: Perseverance For Mars

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Student Names Mars Rover How would you like to name NASA’s Mars Rover? One lucky student… Continue Reading

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 Lakes

Echoes of The Song of Hiawatha.
Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union on May 11, 1858. Its nicknames include… Continue Reading

The Soviet Union Shows Why Socialism Doesn’t Work

Socialism has never worked – and the fall of the Soviet Union shows why.
Like every other socialist experiment throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, price controls, production quotas, central… Continue Reading

James A. Garfield: The Last of the Log Cabin Presidents

As a self-made man, Garfield studied many subjects and worked a variety of jobs.
James A. Garfield (1831–1881) was the 20th president of the United States. Although his term, and… Continue Reading

Greta And Naomi: Can a Calmer Voice Prevail?

Naomi Seibt is the calm to Greta Thunberg’s chaos.
Young Greta Thunberg has praised by many for her views on climate change. The 16-year-old has… 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, and the recent case with… Continue Reading

The Spill: A Super Day

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Joe Biden Takes Super Tuesday This week saw real progress in deciding who will represent the… Continue Reading

Michigan: Water Winter Wonderland

This state is home to the Great Lakes, the Ford Quadricycle, and British conquests.
Michigan became the 26th state to join the Union in January 1837. Known by several nicknames… Continue Reading

Who Donates to Politicians?

Where do political campaigns get their money?
Political campaigns raise millions of dollars as people hope to help their preferred candidate elected –… Continue Reading

Washington State Voters Worried About Ballot Privacy

Do voters have a right to keep their party affiliation private?
The Washington presidential primary is set for March 10. The ballots have already been mailed out,… Continue Reading

Super Tuesday: The Biggest Day in Primary Voting

Super Tuesday is primary day for about a third of the nation’s population.
Since 1988, whoever won the presidential primaries and caucuses held on Super Tuesday in March (March… Continue Reading

Can Switching from Coal to Natural Gas Save Lives?

Natural gas is cleaner than the old coal processes, but coal can still be clean.
A new study published in Nature Sustainability has calculated that the recent shutdown of coal power… Continue Reading

What Does It Cost to Run for President?

Follow the money? Here’s what the remaining Democrats have spent on their presidential bids.
The 2020 election is coming up, and a field of over two dozen candidates for the… Continue Reading

Leap Year: There’s More to It Than Just Adding a Day

The leap year is just one part of fixing an imperfect calendar.
Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was a memorable day in the United Kingdom. The next day was… Continue Reading

What Does It Mean to Be Gen Z?

Gen Z: The generation raised on tech.
What does it mean to be Generation Z? Defining a group of like-aged people helps to… Continue Reading

Moving Meteors May Protect Us From Impact

Will we soon be able to stop meteorites from striking Earth?
Throughout history, meteorites have impacted Earth – and there are many more out there headed our… Continue Reading

The Spill: Caucus Race

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Sanders Wins Nevada Caucus The Democrat Party took another step toward the 2020 election this week.… Continue Reading

Does Intelligent Life Exist Elsewhere in the Universe?

Is our planet’s perfect formation proof that there’s more life out there, or that we’re alone?
Are we alone in the universe, or is there intelligent life out there, somewhere? As vast… Continue Reading

Massachusetts: The Bay State

The Massachusetts colony was the beginning of England’s settlements in America.
On Feb. 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to join the Union. The Bay State,… Continue Reading

Campaign Money: Where Does It Go After Election Day?

Campaign donations can’t be used for personal expenses – but they can be used for just about anything else.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has outlined a series of rules pertaining to politicians’ leftover campaign… Continue Reading

We’re Running Out of Helium – But Why?

Is the helium shortage a man-made problem?
Next to hydrogen, helium is the most common element in the universe. But while there is… Continue Reading

Slavery: Still Legal in about Half the World’s Nations

In many parts of the world, slavery is still not considered a crime.
For thousands of years, slavery has been an evil that spread across the world. These days,… Continue Reading

Nevada Caucus: Will It Work Out Better Than in Iowa?

There were issues in Iowa, and now the same tech is being used in Nevada.
This week, all eyes are trained on Nevada as Democrats gather in caucus venues to select… Continue Reading

Maryland: A New Start for Religious Freedom

Arriving in Maryland meant religious freedom for the colonists.
Maryland became the seventh state to join the Union on April 28, 1788. The English King… Continue Reading

What’s Up On Wall Street? Stock Market Explained

The stock market: Just one of many ways to influence the economy.
One of the most exciting places to be in this world is on a stock exchange.… Continue Reading

Is Coronavirus the Next Pandemic?

Thanks to new technology, pandemics could be far less dangerous than they once were.
Media treat the Coronavirus as a potential pandemic, but many experts regard it as not particularly… Continue Reading

Astounding Facts about U.S. Presidents

Celebrating President's Day.
On this President’s Day, an occasion of celebration for the country’s commanders in chief, we take… Continue Reading

Fracking: The Good and the Bad

Fracking for oil has led to energy independence – but there are downsides.
Every day, you use oil products that make your life better and easier. Thanks to advances… Continue Reading

Ulysses S. Grant: A Friend of Mark Twain

Ulysses S. Grant’s friendship with Mark Twain may have led to the eventual success of his memoirs – though not until after his death.
Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) was the 18th president of the United States. Unlike former commanders in… Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Banned in Iran

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is a crime in some places.
February 14 has long been celebrated as a day of romantic love. To most of the… Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Poems

Celebrating a day of love.
For thousands of years, the 14th of February has been celebrated as a day of love.… Continue Reading

Delegates and Superdelegates – What are They?

Delegates play a key role in nominating a presidential candidate.
The road to becoming a nominee for president of the United States involves a small group… Continue Reading

Maine: The Pine Tree State

This unforgiving land tested colonists to their limits.
Maine became the 23rd state to join the Union on March 15, 1820. Its history began… Continue Reading

The Spill: Solar Mission

Weekly news you can use.
New Hampshire Primary The United States is now in an election year, and the process of… Continue Reading

Are Digital Currencies the Money of the Future?

A primer on digital currencies.
By now, you may have learned about the success of bitcoin. There has been a lot… Continue Reading

Climate Models are Missing Something Big

Common climate models show the earth is warming – but they don’t account for the ocean.
If you have ever been on a tropical island, you may have experienced that as the… Continue Reading

Democracy Isn’t as Popular as it Once Was

A recent study shows that about half of the people living in democratic countries in the West aren’t happy with their government.
A recent study revealed that a growing number of citizens living in western nations are becoming… Continue Reading

Andrew Johnson: The First President to Be Impeached

In February 1868, the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Johnson.
Andrew Johnson (1808–1875) was the 17th president of the United States and the first to ever… Continue Reading

The Bald Eagle: America’s Bird Almost Went Extinct

The Bald Eagle has been revered as the national bird for decades – but it almost went extinct.
The American symbol of freedom could have been a Turkey – if Founding Father Benjamin Franklin… Continue Reading

Supply and Demand: It’s Basic Economics

The law of supply and demand is the basis of the economy.
Have you walked through a supermarket and wondered why oranges, beef, and a box of Oreo… Continue Reading

Iowa Caucus: Technical Difficulties and Caucus Confusion

Even without the results, several candidates still declared victory.
What happens when the app designed to report voting results fails? Tuesday’s Iowa’s caucus fiasco, of… Continue Reading

The Spill: YouTube’s New Election Policies

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Technical Difficulties and Election Confusion in Iowa The Iowa caucus for the Democratic Party was expected… Continue Reading

Louisiana: The Heart of One of America’s Best Deal

The U.S. bought the Louisiana territory from France for $15 million.
Louisiana became the 18th state to join the Union on April 30, 1812. For generations before… Continue Reading

Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator

Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation after the victory at the Battle of Antietam.
Perhaps one of the most famous of all presidents is the 16th, Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). Known… Continue Reading

Johnson Leads the UK out of the EU

Britain is leaving the European Union - but what is Brexit, anyway?
On January 31 at 11 p.m., Britain will leave the European Union (E.U.). Since voting to… Continue Reading

Political Action Committees: What Are They?

Political Action Committees try to get candidates elected who support their causes.
Several different types of groups push to have their goals accomplished. One of the most common… Continue Reading

Senators Show Confirmation Bias

No critical thinking in impeachment trial questions.
A brief phase of President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial began on Wednesday, January 29: The… Continue Reading

Political Spending: Does More Money Mean More Votes?

Does wealth buy votes?
The U.S. political system today is not what the Founding Fathers had envisioned. The concentration of… Continue Reading

The Spill: Lunar Cycle

Weekly news you can use.
Trump Impeachment Trial Underway The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is underway. The trial is being… Continue Reading

Kentucky: Through the Cumberland Gap

This land was difficult for settlers to reach.
Indigenous people roamed this area long before it became known as the state of Kentucky. For… Continue Reading

The World Mourns Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was a legend in his own time.
In news that shocked America and the athletic world, basketball great Kobe Bryant, 41, died January… Continue Reading

James Buchanan: A President for States’ Rights

Buchanan was personally against slavery, but he believed it was up to each state to decide.
James Buchanan was the 15th president of the United States. He was born on April 23,… Continue Reading

Wind May Not Be the Perfect Power Source

Could wind turbines be bad for the environment?
For years, wind turbines have been thought of as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels like… Continue Reading

Baseball and Economics: Part II

There’s more economics to baseball than you might have known.
There is a lot that baseball can teach us about economics. In part one, we looked… Continue Reading

Baseball and Economics: Part I

There’s more economics to baseball than you might have known.
Baseball is a game of failure; you are going to groundout, flyout, and strikeout more than… Continue Reading

Kansas: On the Trail West

This wild west state was known for cowboys, gunfights, and famous lawmen.
Before Kansas was Kansas, it was populated by the indigenous people known as the Paleo-Indians. The… Continue Reading

The Spill: China Deal

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Senate Trial Starting on Trump Impeachment A Senate trial of President Donald Trump begins this week.… Continue Reading

Bubblemania: The Great American Everything Bubble

We’re in an everything bubble, but how will the U.S. cope when the bubble bursts?
Congratulations. You are living through one of the most prosperous times in American history. This is… Continue Reading

The Primary and Caucus Process

It’s important to understand how the political parties select their candidates.
The majority of presidential contenders are members of two dominant political parties in America: The Republican… 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

Winning the Presidency Isn’t as Easy as it Might Sound

Most Americans over 35 could run for president, but very few could actually win.
The road to becoming the president of the United States is long and difficult – and… Continue Reading

Virtual Reality for Animals – Can it Work?

Scientists test computer simulations on animals.
Virtual reality has been a science fiction dream for decades, and now we can experience these… Continue Reading

What is Interest?

Interest is charged on borrowed money – but how does it work?
Everybody is a borrower and a lender in today’s economy. Every time a person uses a… Continue Reading

The Spill: Racing to be President

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Iran De-Escalation and Plane Crash Relations between Iran and the U.S. calmed this week. Iran is… Continue Reading

Australian Wildfires: It Isn’t About Climate Change

Australia isn’t abnormally dry or hot, so let’s not blame climate change.
As fires have ravaged large parts of the Australian wilderness, many have blamed manmade climate change.… Continue Reading

US vs Iran: The Conflict is Far from Over

Iran might have other plans for the United States.
The relationship between the United States and Iran has been rough for decades. With the recent… Continue Reading

Franklin Pierce: A President Ruined by Slavery

Like many pro-slavery politicians, President Pierce’s support for the institution killed his political career.
Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on November 23, 1804. He was elected… Continue Reading

Miranda Warning: What Is It?

When arresting someone, police have to inform them of their rights before any interrogation.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against… Continue Reading

What Is Credit and How Is It Used?

Understanding credit is important in today’s economy.
It seems like everything is put on credit these days. From lunch and movie tickets to… Continue Reading

Iowa: From Conflict to Corn Belt

Although the state was populated by so many indigenous tribes, it has only one reservation today.
Iowa, also known as the Hawkeye State, became the 29th state admitted to the Union on… Continue Reading

This Spill: CA Poké Hunters

Weekly news you can use.
Tensions with Iran Relations between the U.S. and the Middle Eastern country of Iran have been… Continue Reading

Trump’s Work for Native Americans in 2019

Native Americans have often been ignored, politically, but not in 2019.
In a tweet on December 27, President Donald Trump wrote: “Thank YOU Indian Country for being… Continue Reading

Millard Fillmore: The Last Whig President

Fillmore was the last president to not be either a Republican or a Democrat.
Millard Fillmore (1800 – 1874) was the 13th president of the United States and the last… Continue Reading

The Spill: America’s Most Admired

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New Year’s Firework Controversies Countries across the globe celebrate the coming of the New Year with… Continue Reading

The Republic: A Representative Democracy

The United States is a republic, which is a representative, or indirect democracy.
A lot of people are confused about what type of government the United States has. In… Continue Reading

New Year’s Day: Just as Political as Anything Else

What day people celebrate the beginning of the new year depends on their religion and their politics.
It may appear obvious to many in modern times that January 1 marks the start of… Continue Reading

Indiana: Land of the Indians

The Indians fought so fiercely to keep their land that the state was named for them.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. Like many other… 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

National Debt: Will It Continue to Grow?

The national debt is the biggest it has ever been, and it’s only growing bigger.
You have probably heard by now that the national debt is the biggest it has ever… Continue Reading

Trump And Congress Say Welcome Liberians Home

The NDAA gives Liberian refugees a path to citizenship in the U.S.
Slipped neatly inside the $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a pathway to citizenship… Continue Reading

Zachary Taylor: Old Rough and Ready

As a military leader, Zachary Taylor didn’t mind getting his boots dirty with his men.
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was the 12th president of the United States. Born on Nov. 24, 1784… Continue Reading

The Spill: The Third Time

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President Trump Impeached The House of Representatives has impeached President Trump. After a day of debate,… Continue Reading

A Few Poems to Warm the Heart at Christmas

Before TV, Christmas cheer was expressed in writing.
We all have our favorite Christmas movies and songs, but before film and sound recordings were… Continue Reading

Illinois: The Land of the Illini

Illini is the Algonquin word meaning men or warriors – and the French used that word to name the area.
Illinois became the 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818. Long before the Europeans came to the… Continue Reading

Christmas Traditions of the World

Different cultures celebrate Christmas differently, but many traditions have similarities around the world.
Many of our favorite Christmas traditions came from ancestors who moved here from other countries. Different… Continue Reading

Christmas for the Troops Who Can’t Come Home

Thousands of American Soldiers serve away from home each Christmas.
Last year at Christmas time, the U.S. had 1.3 million troops on active duty, with more… Continue Reading

Space Force: The Military Goes to Space

The American military will soon have a presence in space.
A historic defense legislation is now officially in the books with an addition of the sixth… Continue Reading

James Polk: Young Hickory

James Polk’s politics followed that of his mentor, Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson.
James Polk (1795-1849) was the 11th president of the United States. He vowed to only serve… Continue Reading

Gingerbread: A Holiday Tradition and Much More

The world’s biggest gingerbread house is the size of a tennis court.
The holiday tradition of little gingerbread men and fancy decorated gingerbread houses comes from a long… Continue Reading

Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains

The name Idaho is believed to come from a Shoshone phrase that means “gem of the mountains.”
Idaho became the 43rd state to join the Union on July 3, 1890. Before the Europeans… Continue Reading

The Spill: International Foot

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Two Trade Deals – China and USMCA This week saw big news in terms of U.S.… Continue Reading

John Tyler: The First President to Not Be Elected

John Tyler was the first vice president to take over after a president’s death.
John Tyler (1790-1862) became the tenth president of the United States while serving as vice president… Continue Reading

The Spill: Heist… Again!?

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Articles of Impeachment Called Against President Trump Over the last several weeks, the House of Representatives… Continue Reading

Hawaii: A Land of Volcanoes

Unlike any other state, Hawaii is made up of a string of volcanic islands.
Hawaii is a very unique state. It is made up of a group of volcanic islands… Continue Reading

The Importance of History: The Past Is the Key to the Future

Understanding the past can save us from repeating mistakes.
Do you ever wonder why we study history, why learning about the past is a requirement… Continue Reading

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Bringing America into World War II

The United States was staying out of the war – until Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor.
It was a date that, as promised by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), lives on in… Continue Reading

William Henry Harrison: The Indian-Fighter

William Henry Harrison’s reputation as an Indian fighter helped his political career.
William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) was the ninth president of the United States. He took the office… Continue Reading

Trump’s New Tariffs

What is a tariff, and why does the president use them?
President Donald Trump suddenly tweeted this week that he would be putting tariffs on steel and… Continue Reading

Frozen Puppy Baffles Scientists

Part dog, part wolf?
It’s a bird, it’s a plane … or is it a puppy or a wolf?  That… Continue Reading

Mysterious Mars Weather: Just How Well Do We Understand Climate?

The mysteries of weather on Mars might mean we don’t understand Earth as well as we think.
Mars is a simple planet compared to Earth. There is almost no atmosphere, there are no… Continue Reading

Georgia: A Refuge for Debtors and the Poor

James Oglethorpe originally founded the Georgia colony to free up prison space in England.
On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution and join the… Continue Reading

German Police Hunt for Dresden Jewel Thieves

At least four thieves made off with priceless artifacts from Dresden’s Green Vault museum.
Some news stories sound more like action films than reality. The robbery of a castle in… Continue Reading

The Spill: Pro-Democracy Win

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Thanksgiving Surprise: Trump’s Secret Trip to Visit the Troops President Donald Trump surprised American troops in… Continue Reading

Martin Van Buren: The Little Magician

Martin Van Buren was known as the Little Magician by his supporters – and the Fox by his enemies.
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the eighth president and the first to take office who was… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Surprise: Trump’s Secret Trip to Visit the Troops

President Trump’s secret trip took a lot of planning, but he pulled it off.
President Donald Trump surprised American troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving. He secretly left the United States… 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

A Pro-Democracy Win In Hong Kong Election

The people of Hong Kong support their protesters.
Pro-democracy protests have been going on in Hong Kong for several months. Student demonstrations continue against… Continue Reading

Florida: A Contested Land

The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore Florida – but the French weren’t far behind.
The first written records of Europeans in the area that became known as Florida began in… Continue Reading

This Thanksgiving, Consider Helping the Less Fortunate

Thanksgiving is a hard time of year for many people – but perhaps you can help.
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the many ways you might have been blessed… Continue Reading

Smartphone Ban and Chickenization

Students join experiments to see if they can live without phones.
A group of students at New York’s Adelphi University recently got a taste of smartphone-free life.… Continue Reading

The Spill: House Witnesses

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Impeachment Testimonies: Could They Cost Trump the 2020 Election? The U.S. House of Representatives is trying… Continue Reading

Impeachment Testimonies: Could They Cost Trump the 2020 Election?

Could the impeachment attempt cost Trump vital votes even if it otherwise fails?
The U.S. House of Representatives is trying to impeach President Donald Trump. House Democrats believe that… Continue Reading

Capitalism: Making People More Equal

As the competition in any industry changes, so do profits.
Some say that capitalism leads to a greater gap between the rich and the poor, but… Continue Reading

Zimbabwe and Inflation: Can New Money Solve the Country’s Problems?

Zimbabwe stopped printing its own money because the currency was practically worthless.
Ten years ago, Zimbabwe stopped printing its own money because the currency had lost its value.… Continue Reading

Delaware: A Little State with a Big History

Delaware is the second smallest state in the Union, but as the first state, it has a rich history.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787, making it the first state… Continue Reading

Red Tide: No Fun in the Florida Sun

Toxic Red Tide is driving tourists out of Florida.
Karenia brevis algae – commonly called “red tide” because its colorful blooms turn coastal water scarlet… Continue Reading

The Spill: Morales Runs

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Bolivia’s Citizens Remove Socialist President Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, recently resigned and moved to Mexico. His… Continue Reading

Andrew Jackson: The First Democrat

Andrew Jackson was one of the founders of the Democratic Party, and its first president.
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United States. He was born on March… Continue Reading

Bolivia’s Citizens Remove Socialist President

Evo Morales has resigned in the face of protests.
Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, recently resigned and moved to Mexico. His resignation signals the end of… Continue Reading

Tell Brak: The World’s Most Ancient City?

Satellites reveal new information on ancient site.
Technology has come a long way, but sometimes new inventions can tell us even more about… Continue Reading

First Amendment: The Right to Petition the Government

U.S. Citizens can appeal directly to the government for change.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;… Continue Reading

Artist Paints Huge Mural of Greta Thunberg

Climate change activist is honored in art – but not everyone agrees.
The Swedish teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has made quite a name for herself as she… Continue Reading

Connecticut: War, Trade, and Fundamental Orders

The Provision State has its share of fascinating stories.
Connecticut was one of the first 13 colonies established in the New World, and it has… Continue Reading

Ancient Human Species Discovered

How many human species have there been?
A new species of ancient human has been found, exciting paleontologists and scientists, and changing perceptions… Continue Reading

Football Fairness: Can a Team Play Too Well?

Why can’t two undefeated teams just play the game?
A high school football coach in Nassau County, New York, was suspended for one game for… Continue Reading

Denver: The Mile High City

When measured from the 15th step of the city hall, Denver is one mile above sea level.
Denver is the state capital of Colorado and is known as “the Mile High City.” It… Continue Reading

Veteran’s Day: A Day to Honor Those Who Served

What began as a day to honor the survivors of WWI became a day for all veterans.
Veteran’s Day is the day we honor and celebrate our heroes, the military men and women… Continue Reading

The Spill: Leaking Secrets

Weekly news you can use.
Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week. Whistleblowers: Revealing Secret… Continue Reading

John Quincy Adams: The Federalists who Abandoned the Party

John Quincy Adams was a federalist, but he eventually grew tired of party politics.
John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) was the sixth president of the United States. He was born on… Continue Reading

First Amendment: The Right to Assemble

The Bill of Rights makes sure Americans can gather in public.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;… Continue Reading

Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist: A Fierce Debate and the Birth of a Nation

A strong central government or powerful states – the dispute of the Founding Fathers.
The United States Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights, is the founding legal document upon… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers: Revealing Secret Information

Will Trump be impeached because of a whistleblower?
There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about President Donald Trump, Ukraine, and… Continue Reading

Colorado: Pikes Peak or Bust

From mysterious ancient buildings to a gold rush.
Colorado is sometimes referred to as the “Centennial State” in honor of the one-hundredth year of… Continue Reading

North Dakota Pipeline Spill: Not a Public Health Threat

No drinking water or animals seem to be affected and cleanup is under way.
Last week, the Keystone Pipeline ruptured in Edinburg, North Dakota. About 9,120 barrels – 380,000 gallons… Continue Reading

What is GDP?

How countries measure their wealth.
The U.S. government recently reported that the gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.9% from July to… Continue Reading

California Wildfires: What Is Causing the Fires?

People seem to be responsible for most of these fires, in one way or another.
As Smokey the Bear used to say, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires,” and the evidence… Continue Reading

Sacramento: The River City

The Sacramento River was a blessing for the area – but frequent flooding was its curse.
Sacramento is the capital city of California, but it wasn’t the first. There were several other… Continue Reading

Impeaching Trump: A Partisan Issue?

The House of Representatives voted to officially investigate Trump – but two Democrats and all the Republicans voted against it.
The House of Representatives voted for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct in relation… Continue Reading

The Spill: Mummies Discovered

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James Monroe: Opposing the Federalists

Monroe, Madison, and Jefferson founded the Democratic-Republicans in 1792.
James Monroe (1758-1831) was the fifth president of the United States. His presidency saw a lot… Continue Reading

First Amendment: Protecting a Free Press

The First Amendment makes sure that people know what the government is doing.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;… 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

Are You Too Old To Go Trick-Or-Treating?

City bans teens from Halloween activity.
Are you or your friends too old to go trick-or-treating? According to Chesapeake, Virginia and other… Continue Reading

What is Outsourcing?

Is it a good idea for businesses?
Congress recently passed a bill that would make companies reveal how many workers they have outside… Continue Reading

California: A US State and a Mythical Island

This state was thought to be a legendary place.
California, the Golden State, was the 31st state to be added to the Union. It is… 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

Isolationism vs. Non-Intervention

How should the U.S. act on the world stage?
Former President George W. Bush recently opened a debate on the difference between non-interventionism and isolationism.… Continue Reading

Look out for the Blue Pumpkin

Blue pumpkin candy buckets can be a subtle sign that the trick-or-treater is autistic.
Halloween is a time of fun that kids and adults look forward to each autumn. Costumes… Continue Reading

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: ISIS Leader Is Gone

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been hiding since losing his main compounds – but he couldn’t hide forever.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the leader of a terrorist organization called the Islamic State. The group… Continue Reading

Little Rock: Home of the People of the South

The Little Rock area was home to the Quapaw, who were called the Arkansea, or people of the south.
Before Europeans started exploring the Little Rock area, the land was inhabited by the Quapaw, who… Continue Reading

Mummies Discovered in Egypt – But That’s Nothing to Fear

Unlike what is shown in some scary movies, mummification was just a way of preserving the dead.
Just in time for Halloween, archaeologists in Egypt found 30 coffins with perfectly preserved mummies inside.… Continue Reading

Capitalism vs Socialism: How Much Should the Government Control?

More government involvement or less – which is better for the people?
Right now, debate rages across the United States between people who favor socialism and those who… Continue Reading

The Spill: Peace In Syria?

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James Madison: The Father of the Constitution

James Madison contributed to Virginia’s Statute of Religious Freedom, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
James Madison was the fourth president of the United States. He helped secure our religious liberty… Continue Reading

School Lunch Debt: How to Solve the Problem?

School lunch debt is becoming a problem across the nation, but what can be done about it?
School meals are a very important part of any student’s education. Feeding students, however, is not… Continue Reading

First Amendment: Protecting More than Just Words

The term “speech” can be used to describe nearly all ways of communicating thoughts.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;… Continue Reading

Turkey vs. Syria: Is Peace Possible?

What will happen next?
Last week, Turkey informed the White House of plans to invade northern Syria to attack terrorists… Continue Reading

Arkansas: The People State

Arkansas is home to the World's Championship Duck Calling Contest.
The Territory of Arkansas became the 25th state of the Union on June 15, 1836. “Arkansas”… Continue Reading

Protests in Spain Over Catalan Independence

Barcelona faces unrest as separatist leaders are jailed.
The fight for independence is not a new concept; peoples from all over the world have… Continue Reading

America’s Middle Class is the Best in the World?

How average living in the US compares to other countries.
Where would you prefer to be middle-class: The United States or Japan? Would you choose to… Continue Reading

Justin Trudeau Wins Canadian Election

Canada has chosen its next Prime Minister.
The people of Canada went out on October 21 to vote for the next leader of… Continue Reading

Censuring: A Way of Punishing Elected Officials

Bad behavior in office can be publicly shamed.
Recently, Republicans in the House of Representatives tried to censure Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA). To censure… Continue Reading

Phoenix: Home of the Hohokam

The Hohokam people lived in the Phoenix area for almost 1000 years – then disappeared.
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, and it is aptly named. When the mythical phoenix dies,… Continue Reading

UN Puts Countries with Poor Records on Human Rights Council

Why did Libya, Sudan, Venezuela, and Mauritania make the council?
The United Nations (UN) recently held a secret ballot vote to let 14 countries join the… Continue Reading

The Spill: NBA Anger

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Elevator to the Moon: Can We Build It?

An elevator from Earth to the moon: Do we have the tech today?
How exciting would it be to be able to go to the moon, especially if you… Continue Reading

Thomas Jefferson: The Author of Independence

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was America’s third president and the author of our Declaration of… Continue Reading

First Amendment: The Freedom from Religious Persecution

Many colonists came to America to flee religious persecution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;… Continue Reading

Hurricane: A Canine Hero Rewarded for His Service

A Secret Service dog named Hurricane is recognized for his service.
Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “What counts is not necessarily the size of the… Continue Reading

Arizona: The Grand Canyon State

Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which spans 227 miles and stretches as far as 18 miles wide.
Arizona was the 48th state admitted into the United States, but its history spans many thousands… Continue Reading

The NBA Gives in to China’s Pressure

An NBA team owner offended China, and the nation threatened to stop broadcasting games.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has been in the news lately because of a controversy over… Continue Reading

Nobel Prize: What Does it Mean?

Every year, the Nobel Prize rewards whoever seems to have done the greatest good for humanity that year.
The Nobel Peace Prize is a well-known award given to people or organizations that have demonstrated… Continue Reading

Juneau: A City of Three Names

There was some controversy over what to call Alaska’s capital.
Alaska, the 49th state, is known as the last frontier. Its capital, Juneau, has a rich… 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

The Spill: Punishment Banned

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John Adams: A Stubborn but Dedicated Leader

John Adams wasn’t always a popular president, thanks to his stubbornness and some unpopular decisions.
John Adams was the first vice president and the second president of the United States. He… Continue Reading

What’s Up With Ukraine?

More information on the country everyone’s talking about.
The Eastern European country of Ukraine has been in the news lately. The country has become… Continue Reading

Alaska: The Last Frontier

Alaska is often called the last frontier and was the second to last state in the Union.
Alaska, the last frontier, was the 49th state to join the Union in 1959. In its… Continue Reading

Japan Leaves the IWC and Returns to Commercial Whaling

A group of nations banned hunting whales around the world, but Japan left the group and hunts once more.
The age-old tradition of whaling has just been reinstated in Japan after being banned for more… Continue Reading

A New Planet Was Discovered – And Old Theories Must Change

Sometimes new discoveries show us that we didn’t understand the science as well as we thought.
Astronomers keep discovering new planets they don’t understand. Recently, they found a huge planet around a… Continue Reading

The Story of Montgomery

Alabama’s state capital and its rocky history.
Montgomery, Alabama: The Early Years Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama, wasn’t always the bustling city… Continue Reading

Scotland Outlaws Parents Spanking Children

Scottish Parliament considers spanking children assault, and has banned all physical punishment.
The Scottish parliament voted 84 to 29 to ban all physical punishment in the country –… Continue Reading

The Spill: Goodbye, Trump?

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Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week. Saudi Arabia Opens… Continue Reading

George Washington: The Father of the United States

As the first president, Washington is often called the father of the country.
The country’s first president, George Washington, was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia. At this… Continue Reading

Annie Moore: America’s First Immigrant

The tale of Ellis Island’s first official migrant.
Immigration is a hot topic in today’s world where Americans are conflicted over whether the nation… Continue Reading

Saudi Arabia Opens to Tourists

People from around the world will be allowed to visit the Islamic country.
In September 2019, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia started a new visa program that will allow… Continue Reading

Alabama: The Heart of Dixie

Alabama is called the Heart of Dixie because it’s deep in the South.
Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819. It gained the nickname “Heart of Dixie”… Continue Reading

The Black Patriots and Freedom in America

The end of slavery in the United States began in the Revolutionary War.
The Revolutionary War changed the course of history in many ways. When the American colonies decided… Continue Reading

Will President Trump Be Impeached?

Trump’s opponents have tried to impeach him before. Will they succeed this time?
There has been a lot of talk in the news of impeaching President Donald Trump. Democrats… Continue Reading

The History of Impeachment

Three presidents have been impeached, but Donald Trump might be number four.
What is impeachment and how is it used? What happens when a president is impeached? Although… Continue Reading

The Spill: From Many, One

All the hot news this week.
Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week. GM Employees on… Continue Reading

GM Employees on Strike

Why are staff at General Motors refusing to work?
Employees at the large auto company General Motors are striking. Since September 15, employees at the… Continue Reading

Dollars and Cents: How Money is Made

How the US Treasury creates notes and coins.
Have you ever made money doing chores at home or by setting up a lemonade stand… Continue Reading

Climate Change Action: School Walkouts and UN Summits

Can student protests and UN summits unite the world behind climate change action?
Climate change is a divisive issue. Many believe manmade climate change will be the end of… Continue Reading

E Pluribus Unum and the Great Seal

What is the meaning behind the motto?
Have you ever wondered where we get the words and phrases on our money? “In God… Continue Reading

The Spill: A Young Holiday

All the hot news this week.
Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week. Constitution and Citizenship… Continue Reading

Student Wins Hearts with Shirt Design

Bullied pupil wins a place at his favorite school thanks to homemade logo.
Not every news story is about a major scientific discovery or national leader – some can… Continue Reading

Taxation: What is it?

A day does not go by where taxes are not in the news. This public policy… Continue Reading

North Korea Reaches Out to Trump for More Peace Talks

Can Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un reach an agreement that keeps the world safe from nuclear war?
The threat of nuclear war is too dangerous to ignore. That’s why world leaders got together… Continue Reading

Constitution and Citizenship Day

How September 17 became two national holidays celebrating America.
America celebrates independence on the Fourth of July. But while many consider this the nation’s birthday,… Continue Reading

In God We Trust: How it Started

How the US got its motto.
Have you ever wondered how America got its motto “In God We Trust”? It’s printed on… Continue Reading

The Spill: Moon Landing, 9/11, and Dino Discovery

All the hot news this week.
Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week. India’s Moon Landing… Continue Reading

New Dinosaur Discovered

Scientists find skeleton buried in Japan.
A new species of dinosaur has been discovered. A team of scientists found the fossils in… Continue Reading