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The Spill: House Witnesses

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By:  |  November 24, 2019  |    328 Words

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Impeachment Testimonies: Could They Cost Trump the 2020 Election?

The U.S. House of Representatives is trying to impeach President Donald Trump. House Democrats believe that during a phone call with newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked for a personal favor that would benefit him politically.

Whistleblowers are people who tell on the government – or “blow the whistle” – when they think the government is doing wrong. An anonymous whistleblower suggested in a letter that Trump had asked for a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s connections with a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma Holdings.

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

Ten years ago, Zimbabwe stopped printing its own money because the currency had lost its value. The situation was so bad that people carried wheelbarrows of Zimbabwe dollars to buy a loaf of bread. Now, for the first time since 2009, Zimbabwe is printing its own money again.

Inflation is a normal process seen in all countries – this is when prices rise over time. For example, a candy bar or comic book is more expensive today than it was 50 years ago. Because inflation happens over such a long period of time, people can get used to its effects. However, Zimbabwe was suffering from hyperinflation, a faster, out-of-control version of inflation. Money lost value so fast, prices doubled or even tripled in a day.

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Red Tide: No Fun in the Florida Sun

Karenia brevis algae – commonly called “red tide” because its colorful blooms turn coastal water scarlet – is making its grand entrance up and down Florida’s western shoreline, and it’s not pretty. Aside from the smell of death, red tide triggers many negative consequences.

Sea creatures suffocate and die because the algae bloom chokes off the oxygen in the water. The toxins released by the massive algae population are troublesome for humans, as well.

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