Category Archives: Politics

Women’s Equality Day – Earning, Saving, and Investing Challenges for Women

Money and success – just how far have women come? Women’s Equality Day is celebrated every August 26th. Starting in 1971, it’s meant to observe the certification of the 19th Amendment, passed on August 26, 1920. The Amendment gave women the right … Continue reading

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Labor Department Says Economy Created 280000 New Jobs in May

The economy appears to be in better shape than many economists had thought. The Department of Labor released the monthly jobs report which featured strong numbers for May. The report showed US businesses added 280,000 new positions for the month, … Continue reading

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Seattle Finds Free Ping Pong in the Park Reduces Crime

If you were serving on a task force to reduce crime in your community, you would probably hear plenty of ideas that are common. Hiring more police officers could help reduce crime, as could placing motion video cameras around high-crime … Continue reading

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How A Strong US Dollar Impacts Your Investments

Since 2008, the stock market has been on a tear, more than doubling in just 6 short years. The worst year, 2011, still saw the S&P 500 Index return a positive 2%. During this time, the US Dollar has also … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders Enters Presidential Race with $1.5 Million Haul in First 24 Hours

Socialism is a word that seems to strike fear into the hearts of politicians and citizens from across the political spectrum. Properly defined, socialism is an economic and social system in which “social ownership of the means of production and … Continue reading

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Pacific Ocean Warm Blob May Cause California Drought

At best, this year’s weather has been called “odd.” During the East Coast winter, it seemed to snow massive amounts each week and when it wasn’t snowing, the weather proved bone-chillingly cold. The West Coast has instead been “warm and … Continue reading

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March Gives Disappointing Job Growth Numbers with Only 126000 Created

Since 2014, news of job growth seemed to dominate the news. Surely some economists and commentators voiced their concerns about the lack of wage growth; however, at the very least, it seemed employers continued to add jobs each month. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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President Obama Announces 75000 Job Solar Initiative for Military Veterans

There’s some good news for veterans wanting good quality jobs when they leave the military. President Obama announced a new initiative to drive growth in solar energy by training 75,000 military veterans for jobs in the clean-energy sector. The initiative … Continue reading

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Indiana Paying A Financial Price for Signing Religious Freedom Restoration Act

On Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. Many claim the law would allow corporations or individuals to use their religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. Opponents of … Continue reading

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Limiting Global Warming to 2 Degrees Celsius Is “Utterly Inadequate”

In October of last year, scientists David G. Victor and Charles F. Kennel wrote in an article for the journal Nature that for nearly a decade, international diplomacy has set a goal of “stopping global warming at 2 degrees celsius above … Continue reading

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WHO Report Finds Monsanto Roundup Weed Killer a Probable Cancer Risk

Monsanto Company is an American multinational agricultural corporation headquartered in Missouri. In 1974, the company invented glyphosate, the active ingredient of its herbicide, Roundup. In the mid-1990s, Monsanto introduced genetically engineered crops such as corn and soybeans, which were resistant … Continue reading

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Climate Change Denier Wei-Hock Soon Took Over $1 Million from the Oil Industry

There is an ongoing debate about how humans are affecting the global climate and subsequently, what governments and policy makers should do to stem the effects of climate change. According to Wikipedia, no scientific body disagrees with the view that … Continue reading

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NASA Warns US Southwest Facing a Long Term MegaDrought

There are those who strongly believe that man-made climate change will destroy the earth — and others who just as strongly deny such claims. Regardless of your own views about this debate, it is clear that places in the United … Continue reading

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What Are the US National Holidays for 2015?

Here’s a question to ponder. What are the United States national holidays? If you answered any holiday which came to mind, your answer would have been incorrect. That’s because there is no such thing as a US national holiday. When … Continue reading

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US Economy Adds 257,000 New Jobs in January, 1 Million in Three Months

Last month, approximately 257,000 new jobs were created in both high- and low-paying industries according to a report from the Labor Department on Friday. The past three months have now seen the addition of 1 million jobs and thus represents … Continue reading

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New Study Links Under Water Volcano Activity to Climate Change

A new study from scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University has uncovered novel information about seafloor volcanoes, namely that these structures are not the “gentle giants of the planet.” Instead, these seafloor volcanoes can erupt at fairly … Continue reading

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CDC Says One in Four Nonsmokers Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

The good news is those exposed to secondhand smoke from smokers has declined by more than half over the past decade, but the bad news is 25 percent of nonsmokers are still exposed to secondhand smoke despite the improvements. The … Continue reading

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California Considers Raising the Legal Smoking Age to 21

In America, there are a number of activities individuals are allowed to partake in once they’ve turned 18. These include voting, serving in the armed forces, purchasing a lottery ticket and in some states, marrying another person without parental consent. … Continue reading

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New England Patriots Seattle Seahawks Free 2015 Printable Football Squares Chart

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, it’s common for people to begin getting ready for the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. One of the questions which often arises is, “How do you play Super … Continue reading

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Oxfam: Richest 1% Will Control More than Half of Global Wealth as Early as 2016

It often seems as though economic turmoil has plagued every country, company and individual until we have all inoculated ourselves from bad economic news. But a recent report by the charity Oxfam (aptly named Wealth: Having it all and wanting more) suggests … Continue reading

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