School Choice: America’s Proposed Education Solution

Is school choice America’s chance at education equality for the future?
What Is ‘School Choice’? School choice refers to the right… Continue Reading

The New Investor Trends in the Post-Coronavirus Economy

Thanks to the pandemic, millions more are investing.
For a lot of millennials, it has been hard getting… Continue Reading

The Spill: Kanye for President?

Weekly news you can use.
Kanye West for President? The next presidential election is coming… Continue Reading

Montana: An Ironically Named State

Montana means “mountainous region,” but it has the lowest elevation of any Rocky Mountain state.
Montana entered the Union as the 41st state on November… Continue Reading

Grover Cleveland: The Guardian President

Cleveland used his veto power more than any other president in history aside from FDR.
Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837 – 1908) was the 22nd president… Continue Reading

Police Reform: A Last-Minute Buzzword for the 2020 Election

Will members of Congress work together to fix policing – or vilify each other for votes?
Americans on both sides of the aisle demand solutions in… Continue Reading

The Declaration of Independence You Probably Never Knew

There was so much more to the idea of a free America than the final draft shows.
When the leaders of the British colonies in America decided… Continue Reading

Independence Day: A Few Lesser-Known Historical Details

The dispute over the date, the Liberty Bell custom, and more.
In April 1775, clashes between colonial militiamen and British troops… Continue Reading

DACA Dilemma: The Pawn in Immigration Reform

How Dreamers became America’s most significant immigration concern.
How Did It Begin? One of the most significant parts… Continue Reading

What Kinds of Protest are Protected in the U.S.?

In light of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, what does our right to assemble ultimately cover?
The right to assemble is one of our most treasured… Continue Reading

USMCA Trade Pact is Born

North America set to enforce agreement three years in the making.
President Donald Trump has delivered on a campaign promise to… Continue Reading

Missouri: Home of Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was inspired by Twain’s time as a river boat pilot on the Mississippi.
Missouri, the “Show Me State,” was named after the tribe… Continue Reading

Chester A. Arthur: From Distrusted to Respected

“No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted, and no one ever retired … more generally respected.”
Chester A. Arthur (1829 – 1886) became the 21st president… Continue Reading

Attacking Statues: Trump Vs Protesters

Monument vandals: Are they protesters or criminals?
Recent unrest has spun from Black Lives Matter protests to police… Continue Reading

The Legacy of Confederate Statues: Should we Keep Them?

Debate about their value and importance goes further than intended.
It is impossible to separate the death of George Floyd… Continue Reading

The Trump-Biden Battleground: Domestic and Overseas

With the election around the corner, what do the candidates stand for?
The 2020 contest between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden… Continue Reading

The Spill: Dream City

Weekly news you can use.
President Trump Goes On the Road The Coronavirus pandemic has… Continue Reading

Mississippi: Ground Zero of the Civil Rights Movement

A black boy killed in Mississippi sparked a civil rights revolution.
Mississippi joined the Union in 1817, becoming the 20th state.… Continue Reading

Billions of Earths? New Exoplanets Discovered in the Milky Way

New research shows we might not be alone in the universe.
The Milky Way galaxy is estimated to be about 100,000… Continue Reading

The National Guard: What You Should Know

The National Guard grew out of the old militias, with Massachusetts regiments dating back to 1636.
The National Guard has been in the news regularly over… Continue Reading

Father’s Day: More Than Just a Day for Ties

Father’s Day has honored fatherhood as a national holiday since 1972.
Today is Father’s Day: the one time a year set… Continue Reading

Antifa: Paving the Road to Book Burning

Antifa and BLM show by destroying history that they have learned nothing from it.
The destruction of culture and history is running rampant in… Continue Reading

Defund the Police Surveys – Who Are You Going to Believe?

Do Americans want to defund police departments across America?
Do Americans want to defund police departments across the country?… Continue Reading

Defund the Police – The Latest Crusade in America

What does it mean to defund the police?
Tens of thousands of Americans are marching on the streets… Continue Reading

Trump Signs Police Reform Executive Order

The president takes the first step toward changing how America’s police do their jobs.
Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of… Continue Reading

Police Powers – When Can the Police Stop Us?

Find out what powers the police have when dealing with the public.
Police officers carry a large amount of power and wide… Continue Reading

The Secret Code of Political Colors

Are we being pushed towards a political echo chamber via secret codes?
There are symbols and signs – some open, some coded… Continue Reading

CHAZ: A New Country in America?

Activists took over their own territory inside the U.S. – but can they keep it?
A group of protesters have taken over a six-block area… Continue Reading

The Scoop on Black Lives Matter

What is BLM, exactly?
In the weeks following the tragic death of George Floyd,… Continue Reading

Beware The Antifa Martyrs

There are some who demand devastating optics.
American cities burn and violence is rampant – all in… Continue Reading

DNA Testing Reveals America’s Oldest Ancestry

No one can trace their American heritage back quite as far as Dusty Crawford’s 17,000 years!
How far back can you trace your family? Do you… Continue Reading

Civil Unrest: The Building Blocks of a Nation

The rioting after the death of George Floyd may be shocking to some, but it’s nothing new.
In 1866, abolitionist Frederick Douglass penned an essay for The… Continue Reading

Lockdown Vs. Protests

Which is more important, social distancing or protesting?
Protests have continued following the terrible death of George Floyd… Continue Reading

Marion Robert Goff: A Profile in Courage on D-Day

This soldier's little sister, Mona, remembers her hero: big brother.
Mona Goff was the younger sister of the only hero… Continue Reading

Trump Vs. Governors: Power During a Crisis

How much power should the president have when everything goes wrong?
The year 2020 has become one of crisis – first… Continue Reading

What Is Antifa?

This group claims to fight fascists – but does it really?
During the riots that recently swept the nation, President Donald… Continue Reading

Power Struggles: Radical Riots vs Peaceful Protests

Both the left and the right protest – but they do so differently and for different reasons.
Americans understand “the right of the people peaceably to assemble,… Continue Reading

The Self-Defeating Voice of the Riot

Rioting is not only futile but counterproductive. MLK knew this, so why haven’t today’s radicals figured it out?
The surrealism of emerging from one crisis only to wake… Continue Reading

Protests and Riots Erupt Across America

The death of George Floyd sparked anger in over 100 cities.
Scenes of protest are erupting in cities across America after… Continue Reading

Did Scientists Find Proof of a Parallel Universe?

The media was abuzz over the discovery of evidence there might be another universe – but scientists aren’t so sure.
The concept of a parallel universe – an existing universe… Continue Reading

Memorial Day: A Tribute to Those Who Sacrificed

Remembering those who fell fighting for freedom.
Memorial Day is a day set aside each year for… Continue Reading

Sanctuary City: California Town Takes Back Its Independence

Atwater, California is defying the state's continued authoritarian lockdown.
The term “sanctuary city” just took on a whole new… Continue Reading

VA Gov. Ralph Northam Vs The Church – And The DOJ

Did Virginia single out a church with police action? The DOJ seems to think so.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is facing a legal battle over… Continue Reading

Young Entrepreneurs Take Some of the Sting out of COVID-19

In the face of Coronavirus, these young entrepreneurs are making life a little bit easier.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of life and… Continue Reading

The Spill: Secret Space Plane

Weekly news you can use.
Space Force Launches Secret Mission On May 15, President Donald… Continue Reading

Why Are We Dumping Milk in the Middle of a Pandemic?

Destroying food and dumping milk in the Coronavirus economy.
In the middle of this pandemic, milk is poured down… Continue Reading

CBS – Fake News Or Artistic License?

A line full of fake patients pretend to get tested for Coronavirus – how is that not fake news?
Is it fake news to stage a scene in order… Continue Reading

Quarantine: A History of Success

A look at history shows that quarantine can save lives – but it must be done right.
If we look at the history of pandemics and fighting… Continue Reading

Coronavirus and the Immune System

Our bodies aren’t as defenseless as you might think.
The Coronavirus pandemic has a lot of people worried about… Continue Reading

To Open Or Not To Open: The College Campus Conundrum

Colleges propose a variety of plans for reopening campuses.
States across the nation have been making announcements on when… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Lockdown: The Positive Side Effects

Climate change theories aside, there’s no denying that nature is enjoying the relative absence of human activity.
While humans are shutting themselves indoors to avoid the Coronavirus,… Continue Reading

Everything You Wanted to Know About Venezuela

Venezuela was once a thriving nation – then socialism happened.
Venezuela, the nation located at the northern tip of South… Continue Reading

Viruses: All the Facts You Need to Know

Taking the mystery out of the Coronavirus.
When we get sick, it is often because a microbe… Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day: This Year, Let’s Celebrate the Fighting Mamas

The shutdown can be hard on moms this year, but remember the mothers who stand up for what they believe.
Did you know Mother’s Day was originally intended celebrate just… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Blues: A Tale Of Two Sacrifices – Part I

Do we even understand what real sacrifice is anymore?
The word sacrifice is loaded with power. And with media… Continue Reading

The Quiet Celebrations of VE Day

With no parades or street parties, how will we mark this important anniversary?
This May 8, 2020, marks 75 years since Victory in… Continue Reading

The Spill: Battle of Puebla Day

Weekly news you can use.
Mexicans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo, which translates… Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About North Korea

From Japanese control to the Kim family.
There are few countries more mysterious today than North Korea.… Continue Reading

Historic First Live Broadcast From the Supreme Court

COVID-19 has altered many aspects of life, but will this change remain once the pandemic is over?
The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United… Continue Reading

US May Already Be Heading Toward Herd Immunity

The pandemic is rapidly burning itself out, but the elderly should remain isolated.
A renowned German epidemiologist is calling for an end to… Continue Reading

Are Southern States Going It Alone in Coronavirus Wrap-Up?

Independently or in coordination, states are lifting some lockdown restrictions.
America is finally beginning to open back up, and Governors… Continue Reading

A Joe Biden Biography: Climbing the Political Ladder

Tragedy, controversy, leadership, ambition – Biden’s life has had it all.
It looks like Joe Biden will be the man to… Continue Reading

Trump Cuts Immigration for 60 Days to Give US Workers a Chance

The president doesn’t feel American workers should compete with immigrants during the Coronavirus crisis.
President Trump has signed a proclamation declaring that certain types of immigration… Continue Reading

Universal Basic Income in The Time of Coronavirus

Is universal basic income justified in a post-Coronavirus world?
The idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is becoming… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Did The Swedish Strategy Work?

Is a lockdown actually necessary to deal with COVID-19?
The European country of Sweden has been heavily criticized for… Continue Reading

The Spill: Student Sabotage

Weekly news you can use.
Students Sabotage Study Apps COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Lockdown Meets Growing Protest

Americans resist shutdown rules in midst of Coronavirus pandemic.
The Coronavirus lockdown orders have lasted about a month, for… Continue Reading

America’s Bird: The Life and Times of the Bald Eagle

The eagle is an impressive predator.
The Bald Eagle, America’s symbol of freedom and democracy, is… Continue Reading

Trump Withholds Funds To WHO Over “So Much Death”

The president stops funds to World Health Organization, accusing it of “dangerous and costly decisions.”
President Donald Trump has ordered his administration to suspend funding… Continue Reading

Leave It To The Experts: Just Another Form Of Tyranny

Is America trading liberty for the illusion of security?
Leave it to the experts: That’s what folks are telling… Continue Reading

Is Joe Biden Set To Compete in the Next Election?

Bernie Sanders endorses the former vice president.
Who will be the next president of the United States?… Continue Reading

There’s A Gap In Coronavirus Data – Can Rapid Testing Fill It?

Only aggressive testing can give us better data.
Researchers from all over the world have been racing to… Continue Reading

Easter Traditions: From Rabbits to Egg Jarping

Easter is a celebration of the Risen Lord, but many classic traditions have little to do with the resurrection.
Happy Easter. This year will be quite a bit different… Continue Reading

Good Friday: When Jesus Paid the Price No One Else Could

Only Christ, who lived without sin, could pay that debt for the world.
For Christians, Good Friday is one of the most important… Continue Reading

The Spill: Bernie Drops Out

Weekly news you can use.
Bernie Sanders Suspends Presidential Campaign It’s only April, but 2020… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Pandemic Makes Orange Juice Great Again

Never mind that fear of sugar – people want their vitamin C!
Orange juice is back on the table in American households.… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Cures: What Treatments or Vaccines Are Coming Soon?

Researchers race toward anything that can combat COVID-19.
As the number of Coronavirus cases and deaths continues to… Continue Reading

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 distancing… Continue 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

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 indigenous… Continue 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

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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