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Rigors of The Position of Vice President

The vice president’s job in the United States isn’t just representing the president and the nation at state dinners and funerals. The role is also called upon when the United States Senate has a tie. When there is a 50-50 tie in the Senate, the vice president has the duty of breaking the tie.

The Senate is now evenly split with 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. They recently vowed to share power peacefully. Then, a COVID-19 relief bill caused a tie.

Harris cast the tie-breaking vote, giving the Democrats a win and voting to send the bill forward.

With the Senate evenly split between two parties, the vice president may be called again to break a tied vote on new laws.

Handwriting Is Literally Important for Literacy – And Other Things!

Writing is something that we do every day to talk about our feelings, wants, and needs. These days, most young people are texting and typing on keyboards – but not learning to write by hand. And experts say it is time to get back to writing with a pen and paper.

Researchers in Australia found a trend that kids are entering into high school unable to write clearly. A study of students reveals that students’ writing skills have gotten worse since 2011.

Dr. Anabela Malpique, a professor, is asking kids to take a break from phones and other devices to focus on writing skills to “develop their hand and eye coordination.” Malpique also warns this is a problem worldwide – not just in Australia. The country has seen handwriting so bad that a new kind of tutoring has popped up: Handwriting coaches.

So, dust off that pencil box, pull out a piece of notebook paper, and practice, practice, practice.

Myanmar – What’s Going On?

Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is on the front page of international news. The military has taken over the nation’s elected government. The South-east Asian country held elections in November 2020. The National League for Democracy (NLD) won a victory over a military-backed party. In a country with many human rights problems, the result seemed to start a new democracy. But the military claimed there had been election fraud.

The military removed the new government and put its own leaders in charge. They called a national emergency.

A 25-year-old in the city of Rangoon showed what people are feeling: “Waking up to learn your world has been completely turned upside down overnight was not a new feeling, but a feeling that I thought that we had moved on from, and one that I never thought we’d be forced to feel again.”

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