Quarantine Stinks – But It Isn’t As Bad As It Once Was

Think you have it rough? They didn’t have TV or the internet during the Spanish Flu 100 years ago.
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced people to practice social distancingContinue Reading

The Spill: COVID-19 Changes

Weekly news you can use.
New Coronavirus Laws – An Overview The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: It Isn’t Over Yet

President Trump has extended the call for social distancing to April 30.
Acting on the advice of the experts, President Donald Trump… Continue Reading

School’s Out: Education in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond

Many schools are transitioning to online classes to slow the spread of COVID-19 – Is this the new norm for education?
Social distancing and closing of schools during the Coronavirus outbreak… Continue Reading

Personal Hygiene in the Spotlight

If nothing else good comes of Coronavirus, at least people are paying attention to cleanliness.
The Coronavirus has had one positive impact: It has made… Continue Reading

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the US Economy

Thanks to the fear of catching COVID-19, businesses are closed and consumers are spending less.
What started as a promising year quickly turned into an… Continue Reading

Fear and Loathing in the Political Divide

Are people who disagree over politics evil?
Political differences haven’t always caused such division between Americans. There… Continue Reading

Pandemics: A Historical Perspective

In the 21st century, we are both lucky and unlucky when it comes to pandemics.
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of confusion and… Continue Reading

The Spread of Coronavirus: How It Works

The Wuhan Coronavirus is harmless to most, but the mild symptoms and rapid spread are the problem.
All around the world, people are worried about the Wuhan… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Not Just for the Elderly

While elderly people are more susceptible to most illnesses, that doesn’t mean young people can’t get sick too.
There has been a lot of talk about Coronavirus and… Continue Reading

Epidemic vs Pandemic: What’s the Difference?

The Coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world – an epidemic doesn’t go quite so far.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a lot of anxiety around… Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About Black Monday 2020

The stock market generated some historic heartburn: the grim details.
Black Monday 2020, March 9, could be described in many… Continue Reading

The Spill: Students Stuck at Home

Weekly news you can use.
School Canceled over COVID-19 Government bodies around the U.S. have… Continue Reading

The Republican Party: The Anti-Slave Coalition

The Republican Party began as a coalition of Whigs, Free-Soilers, and anti-slave Democrats.
Often called the Grand Old Party or the GOP, the… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: What It Is and How Not to Get It

The Coronavirus pandemic is making its way across America, but the right precautions can help you stay safe.
What is Coronavirus and what risks are associated with the… Continue Reading

Forced Closing of Businesses: Prudence or Alarmism?

The Coronavirus has been declared an emergency in the U.S., but does that justify shutting down small businesses?
President Donald Trump addressed the United States Friday, March 13,… Continue Reading

White House Acts on Coronavirus

The president takes action against virus with travel ban, science, and help for businesses.
President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday, March 11, to… Continue Reading

The Democratic Party: From Jefferson to Today

The oldest political party in the world continues to evolve.
The Democratic Party, one of the two major contemporary political… Continue Reading

Minnesota: Sky-Tinted Water

This state boasts over 11,000 lakes.
Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the Union on… Continue Reading

Why Socialism Failed: Soviet Union

Gulags, Stalin, and the Cold War dominate Soviet Union history, but what about economics?
Scenes of food shortages, long lines, and fed up Russians… Continue Reading

James A. Garfield: A Moderate Amongst Stalwarts and Half-Breeds

The new Republican Party was made up of the Stalwarts and the Half-Breeds, and Garfield struggled to appease both.
James A. Garfield (1831–1881) was the 20th president of the… Continue Reading

Greta And Naomi: A Tale Of Two Activists

Can a calmer voice prevail?
Young Greta Thunberg has praised by many for her views… Continue Reading

Clearing the Confusion on Impeachment

Many people misunderstand the meaning of impeachment.
Recent events in American politics have sewn confusion in the… Continue Reading

The Spill: Pandemic Panic

Weekly news you can use.
Coronavirus Panic: Should People Worry? The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused… Continue Reading

Michigan: Heart of the Motor Revolution

This state has a story steeped in Native Americans and cars.
Michigan became the 26th state to join the Union in… Continue Reading

America Votes: Who Donates to Political Campaigns?

Where does the money come from to fund politicians?
You cannot escape politics. From the films you watch to… Continue Reading

Washington State Voters Livid Over Lack Of Privacy

Do the primary ballot requirements violate voters’ rights?
The Washington presidential primary is set for March 10. The… Continue Reading

Super Tuesday: The Day the Parties Pick Their Candidates

Generally, the candidates who win on Super Tuesday become the nominees for their parties.
Since 1988, whoever won the presidential primaries and caucuses held… Continue Reading

Coal To Natural Gas: A Switch That Saves Lives?

Shifting to natural gas may save lives, but coal power is far from dead.
A new study published in Nature Sustainability has calculated that… Continue Reading

The Cost of Candidacy: How Much Are 2020 Democrats Spending?

Follow the money? A look at how the Democratic candidates are managing their finances.
The 2020 election is coming up, and the Democratic Party… Continue Reading

The Great Leap Year Forward

Humans have always been concerned with keeping track of time, and sometimes that means making corrections to our calendars.
Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was a memorable day in the… 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, or a… Continue Reading

Meteors Are Headed for Earth – But Don’t Panic!

One day, a giant rock will come hurtling toward Earth. Fortunately, we can stop it.
Today there are scary stories about climate change on the… Continue Reading

The Spill: Namaste Trump

Weekly news you can use.
Sanders Wins Nevada Caucus The state of Nevada saw plenty… Continue Reading

Is Complex Life in the Universe Common or Impossible?

Is the earth’s perfection proof that complex life in the Universe is common or impossible?
Are we alone in the universe, or is there intelligent… Continue Reading

Massachusetts: The Birthplace of Rebellion

From the Boston Tea Party to the first battles of the Revolutionary War.
On Feb. 6, 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to… Continue Reading

Campaign Funds: The Rules of Spending

The rules of campaign spending might surprise you.
Following their disappointing performances in the Iowa Caucus and New… Continue Reading

Why We Have A Helium Crisis

Where is helium when you need it?
Next to hydrogen, helium is the most abundant atomic element… Continue Reading

Modern Slavery: Legal in about Half of the World’s Nations

The U.S. abolished slavery in 1865, but that doesn’t mean it simply stopped worldwide.
For thousands of years, slavery has been an evil that… Continue Reading

Nevada Caucus: Concerns Arise after the Iowa Mess

Voters are beginning to doubt the Democratic Party controlled caucuses.
This week, all eyes are trained on Nevada as Democrats… Continue Reading

Maryland: The Old Line State

George Washington called the Maryland troops his Old Line, giving the state its nickname.
Maryland became the seventh state to join the Union on… Continue Reading

Buy Low, Sell High! What is the Stock Market?

Wall Street is the most famous place in finance - but what goes on there?
One of the most exciting places to be in this… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Pandemic Or Dud?

New technology may make pandemics rarer and less lethal.
The Coronavirus is in a limbo state: Media treat it… Continue Reading

Presidents Of The United States: Did You Know…?

Odd, interesting, and shocking facts about U.S. presidents.
On this President’s Day, an occasion of celebration for the… Continue Reading

The Costs and Benefits of Fracking

Oil benefits us all, and fracking will allow Americans to enjoy these advantages for decades to come.
Every day, you use oil products that make your life… Continue Reading

Ulysses S. Grant: A Life of Scandal and Failed Adventures

Ulysses S. Grant may have been a general and the 18th president, but none of his other endeavors ever took off.
Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) was the 18th president of the… Continue Reading

No Love for Valentine’s Day in the East

Many Eastern nations discourage or even ban the celebration of Valentine’s Day.
February 14 has long been celebrated as a day of… Continue Reading

Poetry for Valentine’s Day

People have used poems to express their feelings for centuries.
For thousands of years, the 14th of February has been… Continue Reading

Delegates and Superdelegates Explained

Delegates play a key role in nominating a presidential candidate – but who are they and what do they do?
The road to becoming a nominee for president of the… Continue Reading

Maine: An Anti-Slavery State

Maine joined the Union as a free state in the Missouri Compromise.
Maine became the 23rd state to join the Union on… Continue Reading

Money of the Future? A Primer on Digital Currencies 

Should all money be issued by governments?
By now, you may have learned about the success of… Continue Reading

Most Climate Models Tripped Up By Tropical Weather Patterns

The most potent natural cooling mechanism on earth is overlooked by climate models.
If you have ever been on a tropical island, you… Continue Reading

Andrew Johnson: The Slave Owning Union Loyalist

When Tennessee seceded, Johnson was the only senator in the state who remained loyal to the Union.
Andrew Johnson (1808–1875) was the 17th president of the United… Continue Reading

The Bald Eagle: America’s Bird, Despite Franklin’s Best Efforts

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the bird that symbolizes freedom – But Washington got his way instead.
The American symbol of freedom could have been a Turkey… Continue Reading

Supply and Demand: The Basis for the Economy

Understanding the law of supply and demand is key to understanding the economy.
Have you walked through a supermarket and wondered why oranges,… Continue Reading

Iowa Caucus: A Fail of Epic Proportions

Technical difficulties caused confusion and chaos in Iowa – but a little due diligence could probably have prevented the fiasco.
What happens when the app designed to report voting results… Continue Reading

Louisiana: A Spanish and French Heritage

Louisiana was first explored by the Spanish, but it was the French who settled it.
Louisiana became the 18th state to join the Union on… Continue Reading

Howard Zinn and the Radicalization of American Academia

Has American schooling been taken over by socialism?
Written by Alison Nichols, M. Div. Socialism came to America… Continue Reading

Abraham Lincoln: Honest Abe

Lincoln once challenged his own men to combat for trying to shoot a wandering Native American they thought was a spy.
Perhaps one of the most famous of all presidents is… Continue Reading

Brexit – The Facts and the Future

After decades of campaigning, Britain finally leaves the European Union.
On January 31 at 11 p.m., Britain will leave the… Continue Reading

Political Action Committees: Funding Politics Since 1944

Political Action Committees have been around since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s re-election campaign.
The world of politics can be rather complex, especially when… Continue Reading

Senators Show Confirmation Bias, Not Critical Thinking

Senators prove they are not objective on impeaching Trump.
A new and thankfully brief phase of the Senate impeachment… Continue Reading

Politics & Money – Does Spending Equal Electoral Success?

A lot of money gets poured into each national election – do you have to be rich to win?
The U.S. political system today is not what the Founding… Continue Reading

The Spill: 2019-nCoV

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

Kentucky: On the Border of North and South

This state was the genesis of the Confederacy and the Union during the Civil War.
Indigenous people roamed this area long before it became known… Continue Reading

Kobe – Gone but Not Forgotten

The nation mourns the passing of a man who reached the pinnacle of professional sports.
In news that shocked America and the athletic world, basketball… Continue Reading

James Buchanan: Straddling the Fence on Slavery

Buchanan tried to appease both the North and the South in the slavery issue.
James Buchanan was the 15th president of the United States.… Continue Reading

Wind Power: Not So Green After All?

Wind turbines may cause regional warming. Perhaps they are not such a good idea, after all.
A new Harvard study concludes that wind turbines cause regional… Continue Reading

Baseball Illustrates Economics With Each Game: Part II

How can baseball teach us basic economic principles?
There is a lot that baseball can teach us about… Continue Reading

Baseball Illustrates Economics With Each Game: Part I

How can baseball teach us basic economic principles?
Legendary baseball manager Tommy Lasorda wrote, “No matter how good… Continue Reading

Kansas: The State That Started the Civil War?

“Bleeding Kansas” was born amid disputes over slavery.
Before Kansas was Kansas, it was populated by the indigenousContinue Reading

Bubblemania: Understanding Bubbles and Their Consequences

Americans are living in an economic bubble right now – but what happens when it pops?
Congratulations. You are living through one of the most prosperous… Continue Reading

The Primary and Caucus Process Explained

Before we vote on who takes the White House, we need to narrow it down to just one candidate per party.
From February to June 2020, the registered voters across the… Continue Reading

Martin Luther King, Jr. – A Giant Among Men

Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated as a champion of equal rights for all.
No name is more synonymous with the American Civil Rights… Continue Reading

The Long and Expensive Road to the White House

Running for president is a difficult and expensive endeavor.
The road to becoming the president of the United States… Continue Reading

Lifting Cows’ Moooods – Bovine Virtual Reality?

Do animals have the intelligence and imagination to use computer simulations?
Virtual reality has been a science fiction dream for decades,… Continue Reading

What is Interest and How Does it Work?

When money is borrowed, interest is charged.
Everybody is a borrower and a lender in today’s economy.… Continue Reading

The Spill: De-Escalation

Weekly news you can use.
Iran De-Escalation and Plane Crash Relations between Iran and the… Continue Reading

Australian Wildfires: Is the Government Partly to Blame?

A lethal combination of public policy and arson appears to be the primary cause of the Australian wildfires.
As fires have ravaged large parts of the Australian wilderness,… Continue Reading

US vs Iran: A Long History of Conflict

The U.S. and Iran have been hostile toward each other for a long time.
The relationship between the United States and Iran has been… Continue Reading

Franklin Pierce: The Bleeding Kansas President

Pierce supported slavery and the notorious Kansas-Nebraska Act. It proved his downfall.
Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on… Continue Reading

Miranda Warning: The Right to Be Informed

Even suspected criminals have rights, and thanks to the Miranda v Arizona case, the police have to read those rights when arresting someone.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say… Continue Reading

What is Credit? Dangers, Benefits, and More

Credit can be a great tool if you understand it, but dangerous if handled poorly.
It seems like everything is put on credit these days.… Continue Reading

Iowa: The Hawkeye State

From the Effigy Moundbuilders to Chief Black Hawk, Iowa has a rich indigenous story.
Iowa, also known as the Hawkeye State, became the 29th… Continue Reading

Trump Earns Praise For Contributions To Native Americans

The president and Congress addressed several issues facing Native Americans in 2019.
In a tweet on December 27, President Donald Trump wrote:… Continue Reading

Millard Fillmore: The President Who Gambled on Slavery – and Lost

Fillmore thought compromise on the slavery issue was politically expedient, and it cost him the White House.
Millard Fillmore (1800 – 1874) was the 13th president of… Continue Reading

What Was the Great Recession of 2008?

What happened during the economic crisis, and what caused it?
It has been more than a decade since the Great… Continue Reading

The Spill: Year End Drama

Weekly news you can use.
New Year’s Firework Controversies Countries across the globe celebrate the… Continue Reading

The United States: A Republic, not Direct Democracy

Folks often talk about democracy, but the United States is a Republic.
In the early 1800s the chief justice of the U.S.… Continue Reading

The Political Machinations Of New Years

New Year's Day isn't as fixed as people assume.
It may appear obvious to many in modern times that… Continue Reading

Indiana: Home of the Hoosiers

Though there are a few theories, no one is really sure why people from Indiana are called Hoosiers.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to… Continue Reading

New Year Resolutions: An Ancient Tradition

Promising to do better in the new year dates back to the Roman days.
Welcoming in a new year is a good time to… Continue Reading

National Debt: Should We Be Worried?

The national debt is over $23 trillion – but can we afford it?
You have probably heard by now that the national debt… Continue Reading

Trump And Congress Agree: Welcome Home, Liberians

The NDAA and Trump offer a pathway to citizenship for thousands of Liberian immigrants.
Slipped neatly, and without much fanfare, inside the $738 billion… Continue Reading

Zachary Taylor: A Reformed Slave Owner

Though Zachary Taylor owned slaves, his time in the military changed his perspective.
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was the 12th president of the United… Continue Reading

The Spill: Seven Contenders

Weekly news you can use.
President Trump Impeached The House of Representatives has impeached President… Continue Reading

Poems To Warm The Heart And Home At Christmas

Before TV, the magic of Christmas was expressed through the written word.
We all have our favorite Christmas movies and songs, but… Continue Reading

Illinois: Home of the Mound People

The indigenous folk who used to live in Illinois are often called the Mound People for the giant mounds they built.
Illinois is known as the Prairie State or Land of… Continue Reading

Christmas Traditions Across the Globe Share Common Themes

While Christmas is celebrated differently around the world, many traditions are shockingly similar.
In America, we have many different Christmas traditions, but most… Continue Reading

US Troops Soldier on Through Christmas

While we travel across the nation to visit family and friends, many of our soldiers serve in war zones away from home.
Last year at Christmas time, the U.S. had 1.3 million… Continue Reading

Space Force: The President Gets His Sixth Military Branch

President Trump wanted a new branch of the military in case of war from space. Now he has it.
A historic defense legislation is now officially in the books… Continue Reading

James Polk: Napoleon of the Stump

A master orator, James Polk was as impressive as Napoleon when he spoke on campaign.
James Polk (1795-1849) was the 11th president of the United… Continue Reading

From Ancient China to King and Queens: The Story of Gingerbread

The cookies were made into various shapes to tell the news of the day.
The holiday tradition of little gingerbread men and fancy decorated… Continue Reading

Idaho: The Land of the Nez Perce and Shoshone

The Nez Perce tribe lived in the north of what is now Idaho, and the Shoshone in the south.
Idaho became the 43rd state to join the Union on… Continue Reading

John Tyler: His Accidency

John Tyler became president after William Henry Harrison died in office.
John Tyler (1790-1862) became the tenth president of the United… Continue Reading

The Spill: Abuse of Power?

Weekly news you can use.
Articles of Impeachment Called Against President Trump Over the last… Continue Reading

Hawaii: The Loveliest Fleet of Islands

Mark Twain fell in love with Hawaii, and he’s not alone. It has long been a tourist favorite.
Hawaii is a very unique state. It is made up… Continue Reading

The Importance of History: Learning from the Mistakes of the Past

As George Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Do you ever wonder why we study history, why learning… Continue Reading

Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Move the Japanese Would Regret

Not only did the attack on Pearl Harbor result in Japan’s defeat in World War II, it led the United States to becoming a global superpower.
It was a date that, as promised by President Franklin… Continue Reading

William Henry Harrison: The One-Month President

William Henry Harrison refused to wear a coat for his long inaugural address – and died of pneumonia four weeks later.
William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) was the ninth president of the… Continue Reading

Trump Threatens Tariffs on Brazil and Argentina

The Trump Doctrine: Tariffs and Currency Wars
President Donald Trump once again caught global financial markets off… Continue Reading

Frozen Puppy Confuses Dog Evolution Theories

How did dogs become man’s best friend, anyway?
It’s a bird, it’s a plane … or is it… Continue Reading

Mars Mystery May Complicate Earth Climate Science

Strange weather on Mars suggests we lack a fundamental understanding of Earth’s climate.
Mars is a simple planet compared to Earth. There is… Continue Reading

Georgia: The Colony that Almost Wasn’t a State

When it came time to declare independence from Britain, the Georgia colony almost didn’t.
On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to… Continue Reading

Dresden’s Green Vault: The Heist of the Century?

Did thieves just pull off the robbery of the century in one of Germany’s oldest art museums?
Some news stories sound more like blockbuster action films than… Continue Reading

Martin Van Buren: The Antislavery Democrat

Martin Van Buren helped form the Democratic Party, but his antislavery views eventually led him to help create the Free Soil Party.
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the eighth president and the… Continue Reading

Trump’s Secret Thanksgiving Troop Visit Went off Without a Hitch

The trip was so well concealed, Newsweek had to scramble to rewrite an article about Trump’s Thanksgiving golfing!
President Donald Trump surprised American troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving,… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving: A Day for Appreciation

After a long campaign, Thanksgiving finally became a national holiday.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with friends and family,… Continue Reading

Pro-Democracy Candidates Win Landslide Victory In Hong Kong Election

The people of Hong Kong send an unambiguous message to China that they want democracy.
Pro-democracy protests have been going on in Hong Kong for… Continue Reading

Florida: The Original Battleground State

The Spanish and French fought over Florida for years before it joined the United States.
Florida, with its usually mild climate and sandy beaches, is… Continue Reading

Share Blessings this Thanksgiving

Not everyone is as blessed as some of us. Taking time to help those less fortunate can be a great Thanksgiving celebration.
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the many… Continue Reading

Student Perspectives Change on Smartphones

Could you go for seven days without your phone?
A group of students at New York’s Adelphi University recently… Continue Reading

The Spill: Wheelbarrows of Dollars

Weekly news you can use.
Impeachment Testimonies Test Trump The U.S. House of Representatives is… Continue Reading

Impeachment Testimonies Test Trump

How will President Trump fare after this latest impeachment attempt?
The U.S. House of Representatives is attempting to impeach President… Continue Reading

Capitalism: The Race to the Middle

Competition makes everyone more equal.
Some say that capitalism leads to a greater gap between… Continue Reading

Zimbabwe and Inflation: A Cautionary Tale

African country to print its own money for the first time in ten years – could the U.S. face the same problem one day?
Ten years ago, Zimbabwe was home to the world’s poorest… Continue Reading

Delaware: Home of the Blue Hen Chicks

Delaware’s soldiers in the Revolutionary War earned the nickname Blue Hen Chicks for their fierceness in battle.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution in… Continue Reading

Red Tide: A Plague on the Sea

Red Tide kills wherever it goes – and there’s no way to predict when or where it will strike next.
“Mom, can we go to the beach?” Increasingly, the answer… Continue Reading

The Spill: Mural Madness

Weekly news you can use.
Bolivian President Resigns After Election Scandal Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales,… Continue Reading

Andrew Jackson: The President Called King

Andrew Jackson was so fond of using his veto power, he earned the nickname King Andrew I.
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United… Continue Reading

Bolivian President Resigns After Election Scandal

It seems Evo Morales might have won the election unfairly – and the people of Bolivia didn’t stand by and allow it.
Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, recently resigned. His resignation signals the… Continue Reading

Satellite Tech Reveals Mysteries of Tell Brak

New technology provides insights into one of the world’s oldest cities.
Technology has come a long way, but sometimes new inventions… Continue Reading

Greta Mural Sparks Controversy

Huge portrait of Greta Thunberg now stares down at San Francisco streets.
The Swedish teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has made quite… Continue Reading

Connecticut: The Provision State

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Connecticut was one of the first 13 colonies established in… Continue Reading

Space: The New Frontier for Investors

Is outer space where the next generations will make money?
With space exploration and off-world technology creating headlines every day,… Continue Reading

Humanoid Species Discovered

New findings raise questions about the origins of mankind.
In 2013, anthropologists discovered a new species of ancient humans… Continue Reading

What Is an ETF?

Exchange-traded funds: Pros and cons of investing.
Today, there are about 6,500 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) worldwide, holding… Continue Reading

Football Fairness: Should Lopsided Scoring Be Allowed?

Is the lopsided score rule actually helping anyone?
A high school football coach in Nassau County, New York,… Continue Reading

Denver: A City Built by Rail

While the “Pike’s Peak or Bust” gold rush brought many to Denver, the railroad was the city’s greatest success.
Denver is the state capital of Colorado and is known… Continue Reading

Veterans Day: A Tribute to all Who Fought

Veterans Day has been an American holiday since 1954, but it had been Armistice Day since shortly after World War I.
Veteran’s Day is the day we honor and celebrate our… Continue Reading

John Quincy Adams: Old Man Eloquent

John Quincy Adams passionately supported freedom of speech and was strongly against the “peculiar institution” of slavery.
John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) was the sixth president of the… Continue Reading

Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist: The Creation of the Constitution

The fierce debate that resulted in the creation of America’s founding documents.
The United States Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights,… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers: Impeaching Trump and Beyond

Is there secret information that could remove the president, and what is a whistleblower anyway?
There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately… Continue Reading

Colorado: The Mysterious Anasazi

A state of extremes.
Colorado is sometimes referred to as the “Centennial State” in… Continue Reading

Keystone Pipeline Erupts in North Dakota

Approximately 380,000 gallons of crude oil has spilled.
An oil spill last week in the small town of… Continue Reading

Oil Giant Saudi Aramco to Go Public

Saudi Aramco is selling shares of the company to investors – foreign and domestic.
The world’s most profitable company is going public. Saudi Aramco,… Continue Reading

What is GDP? The Pros and Cons

Is gross domestic product a useful metric?
The U.S. government recently reported that the gross domestic product… Continue Reading

California Wildfires: Thousands of Acres Are Burning

California always had wildfires – but it has seemed worse these last few years.
As Smokey the Bear used to say, “Only YOU can… Continue Reading

Sacramento: Gold Rush Boom Town

Sacramento began as a small colony of Swiss settlers and American pioneers. Then someone struck gold!
Sacramento is the capital city of California, but it wasn’t… Continue Reading

House Impeachment Inquiry: The Investigation Continues

House Democrats have been investigating President Trump since he first took office – but now they have to share what they find.
The House of Representatives voted to approve an impeachment inquiry… Continue Reading

James Monroe: The Good Feelings President

A growing economy and the victory over the British in the War of 1812 earned Monroe’s term the title of “Era of Good Feelings.”
James Monroe (1758-1831) was the fifth president of the United… Continue Reading

The Meaning of Monsters

Monsters teach us important lessons about the human condition.
In recent years, political correctness has reduced the diversity of… Continue Reading

First Amendment: Empowering the Press

The First Amendment ensures journalists are free to report on anything.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,… Continue Reading

Halloween: What’s It All About?

What started as a way to honor the dead has changed into the modern fun we now have.
Halloween wasn’t always the fun, carefree event it is today.… Continue Reading

Teens banned from Trick-or-Treating!?

City bans teenagers from Halloween activity.
Are you or your friends too old to go trick-or-treating?… Continue Reading

What is Outsourcing? Pros and Cons

Should businesses send their work elsewhere?
Congress recently passed a bill that would make companies traded… Continue Reading

California: A Disputed Land

The U.S. was not the first country to claim California.
California, the Golden State, was the 31st state to be… Continue Reading

Ghosts of the White House

Over the years, many former residents have allegedly been seen haunting their old home.
“My dear Clara, it seems that the White House is… Continue Reading

Isolationism vs. Non-Intervention – What is the Difference?

U.S. foreign policy has often meddled in other nations’ affairs.
Former President George W. Bush recently opened a debate on… Continue Reading

Be on the Lookout for a Bit of Blue This Halloween

Blue candy buckets can make Halloween more enjoyable for autistic kids.
All Hallows Eve is a time of fun that kids… Continue Reading

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The Caliph Is No More

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi led ISIS through its meteoric rise to power – and its fall.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the leader of a terrorist organization… Continue Reading

Just in Time for Halloween, Mummies Found in Egypt

Popular scary movies might show mummies as ancient monsters from Egypt, but in reality, mummification was just the lavish way the wealthy wanted to be preserved.
Just in time for Halloween, archaeologists in Egypt found 30… Continue Reading

James Madison: An Advocate for Religious Liberty

James Madison believed the state should not meddle in religion.
James Madison (1751–1836) was the fourth president of the United… Continue Reading

School Lunch Debt: No Donations Allowed

The Cherry Hill school district in New Jersey has a problem with unpaid lunch debt – but they won’t allow any donations to pay for it.
School meals are a very important part of any student’s… Continue Reading

First Amendment: Protecting the Right to Disagree

Without freedom of speech, the government could punish anyone for saying anything.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,… Continue Reading

Turkey vs. Syria: Is Peace on the Horizon?

Could the temporary ceasefire turn into permanent peace?
Over the past week, there have been some new developments… Continue Reading

Arkansas: The Downstream Place

The US purchased this state from the French.
The Territory of Arkansas became the 25th state of the… Continue Reading

Spain Faces Catalan Protests

Separatist demonstrators take to the streets in outrage.
The fight for independence is not a new concept; peoples… Continue Reading

America’s Middle Class is Among the Richest in the World

Compared to other nations, average families in the US are thriving.
Where would you prefer to be middle-class: The United States… Continue Reading

Canada Votes 2019: Justin Trudeau Wins

Trudeau will continue as Canada’s PM, this time in a minority government.
Prior to the 2019 Canadian election, the pollsters had predicted… Continue Reading

Censuring Officials: How is it Done?

Members of Congress and presidents who have been publicly shamed for their behavior.
Recently, Republicans in the House of Representatives tried to censure… Continue Reading

What is a Union? Pros and Cons

Unions are back in the news again after General Motors employees walked off the job and went on strike last in September.
For more than a month, nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers… Continue Reading

Phoenix: A City Risen from the Ruins of Another Civilization

Phoenix was built upon the remains of an older Native American civilization.
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, and it is aptly… Continue Reading

UN Human Rights Council full of Alleged Human Rights Abusers

How do Libya, Sudan, Venezuela, and Mauritania deserve a spot on the council?
The United Nations recently held a secret ballot vote to… Continue Reading

Thomas Jefferson: The Conflicted Architect of Freedom

Thomas Jefferson helped define American freedom – but he didn’t grant that freedom to all.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was America’s third president and… Continue Reading

First Amendment: Keeping the State Out of the Church

The Founders knew that for liberty to thrive, the government must not legislate religion.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,… Continue Reading

Hurricane: A Fine Canine Recognized for a Job Well Done

Secret Service dog Hurricane is recognized for a job well done.
Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “What counts is… Continue Reading

Moving Out Part 2: How Does Renting Work?

Practical insight into renting a property for the first time.
In Part One, we looked at whether renting is a… Continue Reading

Arizona: The Home of the Hopi

Arizona is the ancestral home to many tribes, and today has more reservation land than any other state.
Arizona was the 48th state admitted into the Union; however,… Continue Reading

The NBA Caves to China

China didn’t like what a team owner had to say, so they took it out on the league.
The National Basketball Association has been in the news lately… Continue Reading

Moving Out Part 1: Is Renting Realistic?

More and more young adults are choosing generational living.
Young people over the past few decades have expected to… Continue Reading

Juneau: A City Built on Gold

Alaska’s capital city was founded during a gold rush.
Alaska, the 49th state, is known as the last frontier.… Continue Reading

Columbus Day, Indigenous People’s Day – What’s in a Name?

Some call it Columbus Day, but many prefer to recognize the natives who were here when he arrived.
Columbus Day is celebrated each year on the second Monday… Continue Reading

John Adams: The Second President and So Much More

John Adams was instrumental in creating the United States – well beyond just serving as second president.
John Adams (1735 – 1826) has the distinction of being… Continue Reading

What’s the Deal With Ukraine?

The country’s background and its role in the Trump-Biden scandal.
The country of Ukraine has been in the news quite… Continue Reading

What is Automation? Pros and Cons

Will machines steal our jobs or help our businesses in the future?
If you have been to a McDonald’s location lately, you… Continue Reading

Alaska: Seward’s Folly Paid Off

Many thought that Alaska was worthless, but for only $7.2 million, America struck gold.
Alaska, the last frontier, was one of the newest states… Continue Reading

Japan Leaves the IWC – And Whaling Is Legal Again

After more than 30 years, commercial whaling is legal in Japan once again.
The age-old tradition of whaling has just been reinstated in… Continue Reading

A Newly Discovered Planet Drives Change in Scientific Theory

Astronomers are continuously surprised by unexpected discoveries.
Astronomers keep discovering alien planets they don’t understand. Recently, they… Continue Reading

Montgomery: Confederates, Protests, and the First Flights

Alabama’s state capital has had a tumultuous history.
Montgomery, Alabama: The Early Years Montgomery, the capital city of… Continue Reading

The New Rule in Scotland: No More Spanking

Scottish Parliament has banned physical discipline, considering it assault against children.
In a landmark decision of international interest, the Scottish parliament… Continue Reading

The Spill: SA Opens

Weekly news you can use.
Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the… Continue Reading

George Washington: From Farmer to First President

The first president didn’t want to lead, but he loved his country.
The country’s first president, George Washington, was born on February… Continue Reading

What is the Federal Budget? (Part 1: Surplus)

What does the government do with the money it collects?
The United States budget is the federal government’s revenue (the money it… Continue Reading

Ellis Island and America’s First Immigrant

The story of an Irish girl who became America’s first official migrant.
Immigration is a hot topic in today’s world where Americans… Continue Reading

Modern Saudi Arabia to Welcome Tourists

Islamic country opens up to foreigners.
Saudi Arabia has finally opened its doors to allow tourists… Continue Reading

Alabama: From Indian Territory to State

Alabama had a long road from the land of thicket clearers to the state as we know it today.
Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819. Known… Continue Reading

Stores Launch Gender Neutral Toys

The toy business tackles social issues.
A recent trend shows some toy manufacturers following along with… Continue Reading