The Spill: A 639-Year Performance

Can you imagine a concert lasting 639 years!?
639-Year Project Do you like listening to music, going to concerts? How about being a part… Continue Reading

The 20th Amendment: Shortening the Lame Duck Period

Thanks to the 20th Amendment, power changes hands much faster than it once did.
The 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution might not seem very important. It just changes the… Continue Reading

All About Presidential Debates

A look at the history and importance of debates.
When elections are coming up these days, its common for the presidential candidates to debate each… Continue Reading

America Has Changed Since 9/11

Almost 20 years ago, Americans put aside their differences to get through a crisis. What changed?
On September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers in New York were destroyed in a terrorist attack… Continue Reading

Will Mail-In Voting Cause Electoral Fraud in 2020?

With all the mail-in ballots, can we trust the 2020 election?
The Coronavirus has made a lot of people worried about going out, especially in crowded areas.… Continue Reading

The Story of Labor Day

The first Labor Day.
Labor Day is a day that honors workers. America normally celebrates with a three-day weekend and… Continue Reading

The History of Slavery

People have been taking other people as slaves since the first cities and nations were built.… Continue Reading

Comparing Speeches: Trump v Biden

Both candidates gave speeches accepting their nominations. How do they compare?
Now that both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention are over, we know… Continue Reading

Why Israel and Palestine Fight

Why isn’t there peace in the Middle East?
President Donald Trump recently announced a peace deal with Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).… Continue Reading

The Vice Presidency and How It Has Changed

The vice presidency today is very different from the early days of the Republic.
“I am Vice President. In this I am nothing, but I may be everything.” – John… Continue Reading

Germany and the US: From War to Peace

Can the lessons of history help us deal with bullies?
History is full of war all over the world. Often, one war leads to another, but… Continue Reading

Should Schools Reopen?

Many schools across the nation are reopening now – but many aren’t.
When the Coronavirus pandemic began, schools closed to avoid spreading the illness. Some big cities, which… Continue Reading

Political National Conventions

What makes them so important?
Every four years, the Republican Party and Democratic Party hold their national conventions. This happens when… Continue Reading

Prohibition: When Alcohol Was Illegal

The government banned alcohol for 13 years, but it failed to end drunkenness.
Alcohol is highly regulated in the United States today, but did you know it was once… Continue Reading

Lewis and Clark: Exploring the New Land

After the Louisiana Purchase, someone had to explore the new territory.
The United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803, which doubled the size of… Continue Reading

From WW2 to Today: Dealing with Bullies

Only one man was brave enough to stand up to Hitler.
During the years leading up to the most terrible conflict in history, one man stood alone.… Continue Reading

The Spill: Gandhi’s Glasses

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Gandhi’s Historic Glasses Find New Life Imagine a pair of eyeglasses being worth nearly $20,000! If… Continue Reading

Western Civilization Began in Athens, Rome, and Jerusalem

Most of what it means to be western we can trace back to these three cities.
What does it mean to live in the West? It’s more a way of thinking than… Continue Reading

Susan B. Anthony Pardoned After a Century

“There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth.” - Susan B. Anthony
August 18 marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women the right to… Continue Reading

How Harry T. Burn Saved the 19th Amendment

Tennessee was the last state to ratify the 19th Amendment - but it was a close call.
Both men and women have the right to vote in the United States. But it wasn’t… Continue Reading

The 19th Amendment: Women Get the Right to Vote

Women couldn’t vote in the United States until the 19th Amendment.
“Everybody counts in applying democracy” – those were the words of Carrie Chapman Catt in 1917.… Continue Reading

V-J Day: 75 Years of Peace Came at a High Price

75 years ago today, Japan surrendered, ending World War II.
Today, August 15, marks 75 years since Japan surrendered, ending World War II. But the cost… Continue Reading

Kamala Harris – The Next VP?

Joe Biden wants Kamala Harris to be his vice president.
Joe Biden is hoping to run for president against Donald Trump, this November. But there’s another… Continue Reading

The Pluses and Minuses of ZOOM Learning

The awesome and awful about online classrooms.
You haven’t seen the inside of a classroom in months. And it’s not just summer –… Continue Reading

Who Will Joe Biden Pick for VP?

These ladies are the likely choices.
Joe Biden is running for president this year – he hopes to race against Donald Trump… Continue Reading

The Great Mask Debate

Should we all be wearing masks? Do the experts even know?
Then and Now When Coronavirus first hit America, there was a lot of misinformation and debate… Continue Reading

The Spill: Sniffing Out COVID

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Coronavirus Sniffer Dogs in Training Man’s best friend can play fetch, protect your home, take you… Continue Reading

Will President Trump Ban TikTok?

Do you use TikTok? The president is thinking about banning it.
Do you use TikTok? President Trump said he is thinking about banning the video app. The… Continue Reading

Trump Administration and Protesters Fight in Portland

The president sent federal agents to protect federal property in Portland, and the protesters weren’t happy about it.
Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, protests have spread across the United… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Is Bringing Back Some Good Habits

The family dinner and game night are making a comeback.
Not long ago, someone asked: “What is one good thing that has happened as a result… Continue Reading

The Spill: 3D-Printed Chicken

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KFC Introduces the Future of “Chicken”? From video games to rockets, the world of technology has… Continue Reading

Public or Private School?

Is one better than the other?
Who should run schools - the government, or other people? What is better - public schools… Continue Reading

Election Day Is Just 99 Days Away

Have the majority of Americans already decided who to vote for?
Election day is only 99 days away - on November 3, the American people will chose… Continue Reading

The Spill: Neowise

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Looking for the NEOWISE Comet Look up in the sky, what do you see? If you’re… Continue Reading

Nevada: The 36th State

Nevada joined the Union during the Civil War, in 1864.
Nevada became the 36th state of the Union on October 31, 1864. Abraham Lincoln was trying… Continue Reading

The Uighurs – What's Happening?

What's going on in Xinjiang, China?
China has taken action against three U.S. members of Congress: Representative Chris Smith from New Jersey,… Continue Reading

Trump Campaign Changes Managers

Can the change improve Trump’s polling?
The next election is coming up in November. The two people running for president, Donald Trump… Continue Reading

Garden of Heroes: Trump Plans to Raise Statues to more American Heroes

While protesters tear down statues, Trump plans to raise more.
President Trump signed the Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes on July… Continue Reading

William McKinley: The 25th president

McKinley won the 1896 election.
William McKinley (1843-1901) was the 25th president of the United States and the third to be… Continue Reading

Men on Mars: Elon Musk Dreams of the Stars

Elon Musk wants a base on the moon and a city on Mars.
Imagine living on the South Pole. It would be freezing, and you couldn’t go outside. Not… Continue Reading

Louisiana Purchase: How the West Was Won

The Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the United States and drove the westward push to the Pacific.
When Thomas Jefferson became the third U.S. president in 1801, the United States stretched from the… Continue Reading

Nebraska: The 37th State

Nebraska joined the Union in 1867.
Nebraska, the Cornhusker State, didn’t join the Union until two years after the Civil War. It became… Continue Reading

The Spill: Rare Super Mario

Weekly news you can use.
The Rare and the Bizarre on Sale Auctions are good places to find rare and strange… Continue Reading

Keeping the Government out of Religion

Without the separation of church and state, the government might be able to decide what you can believe.
Origins In the 1600s, thousands of English people who didn’t believe the same as the Church… Continue Reading

Benjamin Harrison: The 23rd President

Benjamin Harrison won the 1888 presidential election.
Benjamin Harrison (1833 – 1901) was the 23rd president of the United States. He was also… Continue Reading

Montana: The 41st State

Montana Joined the Union November 8, 1889.
Montana entered the Union as the 41st state on November 8, 1889. The first white explorers… Continue Reading

Grover Cleveland: The 22nd President

Cleveland was the first Democrat elected after the Civil War.
Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908) was the 22nd president of the United States. During the… Continue Reading

Will We Ever See Police Reform?

Can members of Congress stop fighting long enough to fix the problem?
Americans have been calling for solutions after the death of George Floyd’s death in police custody.… Continue Reading

The Declaration of Independence ‘Rough Draught’ Revealed

The Library of Congress has shared scans of the microfilm of Thomas Jefferson’s original thoughts on independence.
When the leaders of the British colonies in America couldn’t stand being ruled by England anymore,… Continue Reading

The History of Independence Day

From the Declaration of Independence to today.
In April 1775,  colonial militiamen and British troops fought in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, starting the… Continue Reading

The Spill: Mississippi Flag

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Changing the Mississippi Flag Slavery has always been a scar on American history. Before the Civil… Continue Reading

What Does the Right to Assemble Cover?

The First Amendment doesn’t protect violence.
The right to gather is one of the most important rights we have, and it’s protected… Continue Reading

North America’s New Trade Deal

The U.S., Mexico, and Canada agree to new rules for trade.
A new trade deal was made between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The rules in… Continue Reading

Missouri: The 24th State

Missouri joined the Union in 1821.
Missouri, the “Show Me State,” was named after the tribe Missouris. The first explorers showed up… Continue Reading

Chester A. Arthur: The 21st President

Chester A. Arthur became president after James Garfield was assassinated.
Chester A. Arthur (1829 – 1886) became the 21st president in 1881. History tells us he… Continue Reading

Protesters Take Down Statues

Can protesters destroy statues?
America has faced a lot of protests in the last few weeks. Protesters have started tearing down… Continue Reading

Trump and Biden: What Do They Want?

Two men want to be America’s next president – what do they stand for?
The 2020 election will take place in November. Two people will compete to become the next… Continue Reading

The Spill: Treasures Bold

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Treasure Discovered in Rocky Mountains Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? One lucky person claimed a… Continue Reading

Mississippi: The 20th State

Mississippi joined the United States in 1817 – only to leave again in 1861.
Mississippi joined the Union in 1817, becoming the 20th state. It’s also called “The Magnolia State”… Continue Reading

How Many Earth-Like Planets Are There?

A new study shows there could be as many as six billion in our own galaxy!
Scientists think the Milky Way galaxy is about 100,000 light-years across and 12 billion years old.… Continue Reading

The National Guard Explained

The Guard is used to protect citizens in many ways – and it has been around a lot longer than you might think.
The National Guard has been in the news a lot over the last 18 months, especially… Continue Reading

Father’s Day: A Day to Honor Dad

It’s Father’s Day, but it hasn’t always been celebrated as it is today.
Today is Father’s Day: the one time a year set aside to honor Dad. It wasn’t… Continue Reading

The Spill: Flag Day

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America Celebrates Flag Day On June 14, 2020, the United States flag turned 243 years old.… Continue Reading

Trump Makes Changes to Police

After protests, the president calls for better police training.
Recently, Americans have been questioning how the police do their work. Some people are worried about… Continue Reading

Police Powers Explained

The police have a lot of power, but they have to follow the rules.
Police officers have a lot of power, and a lot of freedom on how to use… Continue Reading

The Spill: Aten-Class Asteroid

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Asteroid Passes Nearby Earth This weekend, an asteroid flew close by our planet. Luckily, it passed… Continue Reading

DNA Testing Shows America’s Oldest Family History

According to his DNA test, Dusty Crawford’s ancestors have been in America for at least 17,000 years.
How far back can you trace your family? Most of us can trace our families back… Continue Reading

A History of American Protest

Protests and riots are nothing new in America.
Protests are not a new thing in America. Sadly, protests can turn violent. Riots have happened… Continue Reading

Is Protesting More Important Than Social Distancing?

People gather to protest – but what about social distancing?
People are still meeting in the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, and not… Continue Reading

D-Day: A Soldier's Story

D-Day was an important day in ending World War II.
Marion Robert Goff was a young man who went to fight in World War II. He… Continue Reading

D-Day: A Soldier’s Story

D-Day was an important day in ending World War II.
Marion Robert Goff was a young man who went to fight in World War II. He… Continue Reading

The Spill: Unicorn of the Ocean

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First Narwhal Sound Recordings Are there unicorns under the sea? Sure there are, but not the… Continue Reading

American Cities See Protests and Riots

George Floyd’s death has caused protests in over 100 cities – many of which turned to riots.
People are protesting in U.S. cities. They are protesting the death of a man called George… Continue Reading

The Spill: Helping Mahouts

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Finding Food for Elephants The Coronavirus pandemic has been hard for places that need tourists to… Continue Reading

Is There More Than One Universe?

Have scientists found a parallel universe?
Could there be more than one universe? How many different worlds could there be? Many scientists… Continue Reading

The Story of Memorial Day

A time to think of soldiers who fell to give us freedom.
Memorial Day is a day for Americans to honor and respect the military men and women… Continue Reading

California City Tries to Open Businesses

Atwater, California is now a sanctuary for businesses.
One city decided not to follow the lockdown rules in its state. The city council in… Continue Reading

Religious Freedom and Coronavirus

The governor of Virginia is being sued for violating the First Amendment.
Should people be allowed to go to church during the Coronavirus pandemic. In Virginia, the rules… Continue Reading

Three Teens Make Coronavirus Inventions

These three teens are making a difference.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life. It’s hard to deal with social distancing, but some young… Continue Reading

The Spill: USS Nevada

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Shipwreck of USS Nevada Discovered A relic from World War II was discovered beneath the Pacific… Continue Reading

The Immune System

How our body fights a virus.
The Coronavirus has a lot of people worried. It’s easy to get scared, but our bodies… Continue Reading

The Spill: An Old Favor

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Ireland Repays an Old Favor Ireland is helping Native Americans during the Coronavirus pandemic. They are… Continue Reading

Animals Roam Free During Lockdown

While people have been hiding in their homes from Coronavirus, nature has been refreshed.
While humans are staying at home to avoid Coronavirus, the animal kingdom is using the extra… Continue Reading

The Rise and Fall of Venezuela

Venezuela used to be a wealthy nation, but today the people are starving.
Venezuela is a country in South America. Once upon a time, it was rich because it… Continue Reading

Virus Fact File

What is a virus, anyway?
When we get sick, a microbe – like bacteria or a virus – gets inside our… Continue Reading

Mother’s Day in Lockdown

Let's think about what moms do for us - especially in a pandemic.
Did you know Mother’s Day was originally meant to celebrate just one person? In 1905, Anna… Continue Reading

Mother's Day in Lockdown

Let's think about what moms do for us - especially in a pandemic.
Did you know Mother’s Day was originally meant to celebrate just one person? In 1905, Anna… Continue Reading

Remembering VE Day

A day to remember World War II.
May 8 is the anniversary of V.E. Day. That stands for Victory in Europe Day. It… Continue Reading

The Spill: Social Distancing Hats

Weekly news you can use.
Chinese Students Use Hats to Social Distance After the Coronavirus lockdown, students in China headed back… Continue Reading

North Korea: What You Should Know

North and South Korea split after WWII.
North Korea is a very mysterious country. It has isolated itself from the rest of the… Continue Reading

America’s Bird: Bald Eagle Vs. Turkey

Which bird is a better symbol for the United States?
Today, the bald eagle is the national symbol of the United States – but was this… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments by Livestreamed Call

Social distancing prevents meeting in person – but the livestreamed call lets all Americans attend virtually.
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States. The nine judges (justices) of… Continue Reading

The Spill: Pentagon UFO Video

Weekly news you can use.
Government Declassifies Footage of a UFO? Are we alone? Are there aliens flying around in our… Continue Reading

The South Is Taking an Individual Approach to Reopening

Whether they work together or not, many states are beginning to reopen.
America is finally beginning to open back up. Many states across the nation are working together,… Continue Reading

Who is Joe Biden?

Could this longtime senator be the next president?
Joe Biden could be the man to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but… Continue Reading

President Trump Announces 60 Days of Limited Immigration

The president hopes to reopen the country soon, and he wants American workers back at work first.
For the next two months, immigration will be limited to people who are applying for a… Continue Reading

The Spill: World’s Longest Creature

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World’s Longest Animal Discovered Are there UFOs in the sea? Scientists seem to think so, or… Continue Reading

Americans Protest Coronavirus Lockdown

Has Coronavirus taken too much freedom from Americans?
The Coronavirus lockdown orders have lasted about a month, for most Americans. People are starting to… Continue Reading

The Life of a Bald Eagle

America’s bird is an interesting creature.
On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was chosen to be the emblem for the United… Continue Reading

The Spill: Caveman Discovery

Weekly news you can use.
Not So Primitive Neanderthals, fondly known as “cavemen,” are not commonly thought to be intelligent. They… Continue Reading

Trump: No More Money To WHO

The president stops sending money to World Health Organization.
President Donald Trump has stopped sending money to the World Health Organization (WHO). He accused the… Continue Reading

Could Joe Biden be the Next President?

Democrats give support to Biden.
Who will be the next president of the United States? With the election only a few… Continue Reading

The Origins of Easter Traditions

Where did we get the idea for our most common Easter traditions?
Happy Easter. Traditions for this holy day can differ depending on where a person lives, but… Continue Reading

Good Friday: The Day Jesus Died in Payment for Sin

Jesus sacrificed himself so that the world could know salvation.
For Christians, Good Friday is one of the most important holidays of the year because it… Continue Reading

The Spill: Social Distancing at Easter

Weekly news you can use.
Easter and Palm Sunday in the Year of Coronavirus With Easter around the corner, people are… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Brings Back Orange Juice

Many believe the vitamin C will help them avoid Coronavirus – even though the science doesn’t show that.
Orange juice is back on the table in American homes. Recently, many people have stopped drinking… Continue Reading

Can We End the Coronavirus Pandemic Soon?

What treatments or vaccines might finally stop Coronavirus?
As the number of Coronavirus cases rises, researchers look for a cure. While scientists try out… Continue Reading

Social Distancing is Boring, But It Used to Be Worse

Years ago, quarantine didn’t leave much of anything to pass the time.
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced people to practice social distancing to help stop the spread of… Continue Reading

The Spill: Autism Awareness

Weekly news you can use.
It’s Autism Awareness Week This week is Autism Awareness Week. It is a time for the… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: Social Distancing Must Last a Little Longer

The president believes we can begin recovery by June 1.
To help slow or stop the spread of Coronavirus, President Trump has advised Americans not to… Continue Reading

What Will School Look Like After Coronavirus?

Will students return to the classroom, or is online education the future?
Schools have closed because of the Coronavirus.  That means we get an experiment in different types… Continue Reading

The Evolution of Hygiene

Hygiene is crucial to avoiding Coronavirus and other illnesses.
Hygiene is the way we stay clean and healthy. Over time, hygiene and cleanliness have changed.… Continue Reading

The Spill: Little Foot

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An Evolutionary Discovery Nearly 3.7 million years ago, an Australopithecus (pronounced a-struh-luh-pi-thuh-kuhs) named Little Foot fell… Continue Reading

Pandemics in the U.S. – A History

Science is helping to stop the Coronavirus, but what about diseases of the past?
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of confusion as states order people to stay at… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: The Science

Many people don’t know they’re infected, and so the disease spreads much faster than most.
All around the world, people are worried about the Coronavirus that came from Wuhan, China. How… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: It’s Dangerous to Everyone

Even young, healthy people can get sick.
There has been a lot of talk about Coronavirus and how it may or may not… Continue Reading

What Are Epidemics and Pandemics?

The difference is a matter of scale.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a lot of worry around the world as more people become infected.… Continue Reading

The Spill: An Irish Day

Weekly news you can use.
A Quiet St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday, March 17, marked the Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.… Continue Reading

The Republican Party: How It Started and What It Means

The Republican Party was started to end slavery.
The Republican Party is one of two big political parties in the United States. It was… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: What Is It?

Coronavirus is a dangerous illness, but knowing a few facts will help you stay safe.
You have probably heard that a new disease sweeping the world - but what is the… Continue Reading

States Are Closing Businesses over Coronavirus

Can the government shut down private businesses? Should it?
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency over the Coronavirus pandemic. The emergency declaration gave… Continue Reading

Trump Versus Coronavirus

The president’s plan to stop COVID-19.
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday, March 11, to tell Americans what he is doing… Continue Reading

The Democratic Party: What is It?

Who are the Democrats?
The Democratic Party is one of the two main political parties in the United States today.… Continue Reading

The Spill: 2020 CD3 in Orbit

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Earth Gains a New Moon The Earth has a new moon, but it probably won’t hang… Continue Reading

Minnesota: The Gopher State

A state where the blue sky is reflected in many lakes.
Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union on May 11, 1858. Its nicknames are… Continue Reading

James A. Garfield: The 20th President

James A. Garfield was elected president in 1830.
James A. Garfield (1831–1881) was the 20th president of the United States. His term, and life,… Continue Reading

Greta And Naomi: Two Different Messages on Climate Change

The two activists disagree on climate change and have very different ways of getting their messages out.
Greta Thunberg has praised for her views on climate change. The 16-year-old has become famous speaking… Continue Reading

How Does Impeachment Work?

Let’s clear up the confusion about impeachment.
A lot of people don’t really understand what impeachment is. The recent case with President Donald… Continue Reading

The Spill: NY Plastic Bag Ban

Weekly news you can use.
NY Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags The state of New York has banned single-use plastic bags from… Continue Reading

Michigan: The Wolverine State

From the French and Indian War to the Model T.
Michigan became the 26th state to join the Union in January 1837. It's known by nicknames… Continue Reading

The Right to Voter Privacy in Washington

Washington is forcing voters to choose a political party on their primary ballots – and to do so publicly.
The Washington presidential primary is set for March 10. The ballots have already been mailed out,… Continue Reading

Super Tuesday: What Is It and Where Did It Come From?

More Americans vote on Super Tuesday than any other day before the general election in November.
Super Tuesday is a big day for presidential primaries. On Super Tuesday, lots of states vote… Continue Reading

Switching from Coal to Natural Gas

Is natural gas really saving lives?
How is electricity made? There are lots of different ways, from collecting solar power from the… Continue Reading

Rutherford B. Hayes: The 19th President

Rutherford B. Hayes was elected president in 1876 and saw the end of the Reconstruction period.
Rutherford B. Hayes (1822–1893) became the 19th president of the United States in 1877. He 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? Each generation has been given a name and… Continue Reading

Soon, We Will Be Able to Stop Meteorites

As we move farther into space, we’ll be able to move more objects to avoid hitting Earth.
In the past, meteorites have impacted Earth – and there are more objects out there headed… Continue Reading

The Spill: Pancake Day

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

Massachusetts: The Sixth State

Massachusetts joined the Union in 1788.
On Feb. 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to join the Union. The Bay State,… Continue Reading

What Happens to Leftover Campaign Funds?

The FEC has a series of rules for leftover campaign funds.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has outlined a series of rules pertaining to politicians’ leftover campaign… Continue Reading

The Helium Shortage: What Happened?

Why are we running out of Helium, and what can we do about it?
Next to hydrogen, helium is the most common element in the universe. But while there is… Continue Reading

Half of the World Still Accepts Slavery

Despite being illegal in most Western nations, slavery is still practiced in many parts of the world.
For thousands of years, slavery has been an evil that spread across the world. These days,… Continue Reading

Democratic Voters Are Worried about the Nevada Caucus

Was the mess in Iowa a sign that the party-run caucuses can’t be trusted?
This week, all eyes are on Nevada as Democrats gather in caucus venues to select a… Continue Reading

Maryland: The Seventh State

Maryland joined the Union in 1788.
Maryland became the seventh state to join the Union on April 28, 1788. The English King… Continue Reading

Can Science Beat the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus pandemic might not happen.
The Coronavirus is spreading around the world – but it isn’t moving as fast as past… Continue Reading

Fun Facts on President’s Day

How well do you know the U.S. presidents?
President’s Day is a day to celebrate the country’s commanders in chief. Here are some fun… Continue Reading

Fun Facts on President's Day

How well do you know the U.S. presidents?
President’s Day is a day to celebrate the country’s commanders in chief. Here are some fun… Continue Reading

What is Fracking?

Fracking makes once-blocked oil reserves available.
Every day, you use oil products that make your life better and easier. Thanks to advances… Continue Reading

Ulysses S. Grant: the 18th President

Ulysses S. Grant became the 18th president in 1868.
Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) was the 18th president of the United States. His life was fraught… Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Isn’t Welcome Everywhere

Some Eastern nations ban Valentine’s Day celebration.
February 14 has long been celebrated as a day of romantic love. To most of the… Continue Reading

Happy Valentine's Day

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

Happy Valentine’s Day

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

Who are Delegates?

Delegates help choose who can run for president.
The road to becoming a nominee for president of the United States involves a small group… Continue Reading

Maine: The 23rd State

This revolutionary colony joined the Union in 1820.
Maine became the 23rd state to join the Union on March 15, 1820. The native people… Continue Reading

The Spill: Ready to Compete

Weekly news you can use.
New Hampshire Primary The United States is choosing people to run in the next election, which… Continue Reading

What Are the Climate Models Missing?

The oceans are like big air conditioners for the planet – and the climate models don’t account for them.
If you have ever been on a tropical island, you may have experienced that as the… Continue Reading

Is Democracy Failing?

Will democracy continue to drop in popularity?
A recent study revealed that a growing number of citizens living in western nations are becoming… Continue Reading

Andrew Johnson: The 17th President

Andrew Johnson became president after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Andrew Johnson (1808–1875) was the 17th president of the United States and the first to ever… Continue Reading

What Is the Law of Supply and Demand?

It’s important to understand this basic economic principle.
Have you walked through a supermarket and wondered why oranges, beef, and a box of Oreo… Continue Reading

Iowa Caucus: Confusion and Chaos

A failed mobile app caused confusion and chaos at the Iowa caucus.
What happens when the app designed to report voting results fails? Tuesday’s Iowa’s caucus fiasco, of… Continue Reading

The Spill: State of the Union 2020

Weekly news you can use.
Technical Difficulties and Election Confusion in Iowa The Iowa caucus for the Democratic Party was expected… Continue Reading

Louisiana: The 18th State

On April 30, 1812, Louisiana joined the Union.
Louisiana became the 18th state to join the Union on April 30, 1812. For generations before… Continue Reading

Abraham Lincoln: The 16th President

Lincoln won the presidential election of 1860.
Perhaps one of the most famous of all presidents is the 16th, Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). Known… Continue Reading

Brexit: What’s it all About?

The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union - but what does that mean?
On January 31 at 11 p.m., Britain will leave the European Union (E.U.). After voting to… Continue Reading

Brexit: What's it all About?

The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union - but what does that mean?
On January 31 at 11 p.m., Britain will leave the European Union (E.U.). After voting to… Continue Reading

What Are Political Action Committees?

Just about every political cause has a PAC.
A Political Action Committee (PAC) is a group of people who raise money and spend it… Continue Reading

Why Do Elections Cost So Much?

Can votes be bought?
The U.S. political system today is not what the Founding Fathers had envisioned. It is important… Continue Reading

The Spill: Year of the Rat

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Trump Impeachment Trial Underway The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has started. The trial is… Continue Reading

Kentucky: The 15th State

Travelling the Wilderness Road.
The Woodland people first lived in the area, followed by the Fort Ancient people. These tribes… Continue Reading

Remembering Kobe

Kobe Bryant: Gone but not forgotten.
In news that shocked America, basketball player Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash. The accident… Continue Reading

James Buchanan: The 15th President

Buchanan left office right before the Civil War.
James Buchanan was the 15th president of the United States. He was born on April 23,… Continue Reading

How Good is Wind Power for the Environment?

Wind turbines come with a lot of problems. Wind power might not be as good an option as we once thought.
For years, wind turbines have been thought of as a good alternative to fossil fuels like… Continue Reading

Kansas: The 34th State

Kansas was in the Wild West.
Kansas was first populated by the native people known as the Paleo-Indians. The state got its… Continue Reading

The Spill: Veggies Vs. Pizza

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

What Is a Bubble?

Americans are enjoying an economic bubble on just about everything. But what does that mean?
Congratulations. You are living through one of the most prosperous times in American history. This is… Continue Reading

Primaries and Caucuses: How Do They Work?

Presidential candidates are chosen by primaries and caucuses, but what are those?
When America votes for a president on election day in November, they will be picking from… Continue Reading

It's Martin Luther King Day

Famous words from a man who cared about equal rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a famous leader of the American Civil Rights Movement during the… Continue Reading

It’s Martin Luther King Day

Famous words from a man who cared about equal rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a famous leader of the American Civil Rights Movement during the… Continue Reading

What Does it Take to Become President?

Becoming president isn’t easy.
The road to becoming the president of the United States is long and hard. Not every… Continue Reading

Animals and Virtual Reality

Can animals use virtual reality technology?
Virtual reality used to be science fiction, but now we can experience virtual universes in a… Continue Reading

The Spill: Living Robots

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Iran De-Escalation Relations between Iran and the U.S. calmed this week. Iran is a country in… Continue Reading

Australian Wildfires: What Are the Causes?

Why is Australia having a bushfire crisis?
What caused the fires that are burning in Australia? Some people suggest climate change is causing… Continue Reading

US vs Iran: Why Are We Fighting?

The U.S. and Iran have been hostile toward each other for a long time.
Current Conflict with Iran President Donald Trump recently approved an attack that killed Iranian General Qassem… Continue Reading

Franklin Pierce: the 14th President

Franklin Pierce took office in 1853.
Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on November 23, 1804. He was elected… Continue Reading

Why Do Police Give the Miranda Warning?

Police have to tell people their rights when they’re arrested.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against… Continue Reading

Iowa: The 29th State

Iowa joined the Union in 1846.
Iowa, also known as the Hawkeye State, became the 29th state added to the Union on… Continue Reading

The Spill: Smart Puffin

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Tensions with Iran The U.S. and the Middle Eastern country of Iran have been at odds… Continue Reading

Trump Signs Three Bills for Native Americans

Trump signed three bills, paying for lands lost, languages to be learned, and people to be protected.
In a tweet on December 27, President Donald Trump wrote: “Thank YOU Indian Country for being… Continue Reading

Millard Fillmore: The 13th President

Fillmore became president after Zachary Taylor died in office.
Millard Fillmore (1800 – 1874) was the 13th president of the United States and the last… Continue Reading

The Spill: Firework Fights

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New Year’s Firework Controversies Countries across the globe celebrate the New Year with fireworks celebrations at… Continue Reading

Republic vs Democracy: Which Do We Have?

Though often called a democracy, the United States is a republic.
A lot of people are confused about what type of government the United States has. The… Continue Reading

New Year’s Day: It Wasn’t Always January 1

Several dates have been used throughout history around the world.
It may seem obvious that January 1 should be the first day of the new year,… Continue Reading

Indiana: The 19th State

Indiana joined the Union in 1816.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. Before it became… Continue Reading

New Year Resolutions: Promising to Do Better

Many people promise to do better than before at the new year – but you can improve yourself any time.
The beginning of a new year is a good time to get a fresh start, and… Continue Reading

National Debt: What Is It?

The government owes debts to citizens, global investors, other governments, and even itself.
You have probably heard by now that the national debt is the biggest it has ever… Continue Reading

Trump Offers Citizenship to Thousands of Liberians

Liberian refugees have a chance at U.S. citizenship now.
President Trump and Congress made citizenship possible for thousands of Liberian immigrants living in the United… Continue Reading

Zachary Taylor: The 12th President

Zachary Taylor took office in 1849.
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was the 12th president of the United States. Born on Nov. 24, 1784… Continue Reading

The Spill: NSW Fires

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

Christmas Poems to Warm the Heart

Long before TV, Christmas poems helped spread holiday cheer.
We all have our favorite Christmas movies and songs, but before film and sound recordings were… Continue Reading

Illinois: The 21st State in the Union

Illinois became a state in 1818.
Illinois became the 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818. The first Europeans to visit the area… Continue Reading

Christmas Around the World

Not everyone celebrates Christmas in the same way.
Many of our favorite Christmas traditions came from ancestors who moved here from other countries. Different… Continue Reading

Christmas for the Troops: Many Won’t Be Home for the Holidays

Many Americans send Christmas to the soldiers who can’t come home.
Last year at Christmas time, the U.S. had 1.3 million troops on active duty, with more… Continue Reading

Space Force: The Sixth Branch of the Military

The Space Force has been approved and will be the newest branch of the U.S. military.
A historic defense legislation is now officially in the books with an addition of the sixth… Continue Reading

James Polk: The 11th President

James Polk took office in 1845 and served only one term, as he had promised during his campaign.
James Polk (1795-1849) was the 11th president of the United States. He promised to only serve… Continue Reading

The Story of Gingerbread

This delicious Christmas treat has a long history.
The holiday tradition of little gingerbread men and gingerbread houses comes from a long history. The… Continue Reading

The Spill: Two Deals

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Two Trade Deals – China and USMCA This week had big news on U.S. trade with… Continue Reading

Idaho: The 43rd State

Idaho joined the Union in 1809, becoming the 43rd state.
Idaho became the 43rd state to join the Union on July 3, 1890. Before the Europeans… Continue Reading

John Tyler: The Tenth President

John Tyler was the tenth president – but only after the ninth president died in office.
John Tyler (1790-1862) became the tenth president of the United States while serving as vice president… Continue Reading

The Spill: Whakaari Erupts

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

Hawaii: The Last State

Hawaii was the last of the 50 states to join the Union – so far.
Hawaii is made up of a group of volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean. Now,… Continue Reading

Why History Is Important

We learn about the past so we don’t repeat other people’s mistakes.
Do you ever wonder why we study history, why learning about the past is a requirement… Continue Reading

Japan’s Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor

Japan attacked the US Navy at Pearl Harbor without any warning.
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, located on the… Continue Reading

William Henry Harrison: The Ninth President

William Henry Harrison was the ninth president, and just one of many in a family of American leaders.
William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) was the ninth president of the United States. He took office on… Continue Reading

Scientists Find Ancient Puppy in Ice

Frozen puppy is a mystery to evolution.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane … or is it a puppy or a wolf?  That… Continue Reading

We Don’t Understand the Mars Climate – Do We Understand Ours?

Mars is a much simpler planet than Earth, but the climate doesn’t follow the rules we think it should.
Mars is a simple planet compared to Earth. Its climate should be very simple to model,… Continue Reading

Georgia: The Fourth State

Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the Constitution and join the Union.
On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to sign the Constitution and join the… Continue Reading

Dresden Castle Robbed of Jewels

Eleven artifacts were taken.
On Monday, November 25, thieves broke into a museum in Germany’s Dresden Castle. They stole 11… Continue Reading

The Spill: Chickenization

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President Trump’s Surprise Thanksgiving with the Troops Thanksgiving is a time to get together and celebrate… Continue Reading

Martin Van Buren: The Eighth President

Martin Van Buren was the eighth president – and the first in office to be born an American citizen.
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the eighth president and the first to take office who was… Continue Reading

President Trump’s Surprise Thanksgiving with the Troops

The president surprised American troops in Afghanistan by showing up to share a Thanksgiving meal with them.
Thanksgiving is a time to get together and celebrate as a family, but many American soldiers… Continue Reading