President Obama delivered the first of three commencement addresses Wednesday night at Arizona State University. He urged young people to “step up” and even mentioned the dust-up over his not receiving an honorary degree from the university. Next stops for the president: the University of Notre Dame and the United States Naval Academy.
Do you get your information from newspapers, on television, on the radio or online? Do you think everyone in your community has access to the networks they need (online or in-person) to find important information? How would you improve the quality of information available to the general public? Fascinating questions, huh? Even more fascinating when [...]
Today marks the 39th Earth Day. And even though the annual celebration on April 22nd began in the United States, it’s now a global celebration, with a billion people expected to participate this year. Here are some articles to read, ideas to ponder, ways to observe the day and a documentary to watch (or not [...]
Actually, since the staff here is made up of “Young Voices,” we haven’t seen this in our lifetime. But we digress. President Obama made a speech at the Summit of the Americas on Friday that called for a “new day” in U.S.-Cuba relations, and he has taken steps to lift restrictions for Cuban Americans on [...]
The First Dog, Bo, which the Obamas got for their daughters over the weekend, is not, we repeat, not, from a shelter. Guess they didn’t learn from the backlash over the Bidens’ pet pick. Animal rescue organizations are up in arms. In a statement on Friday, the Executive Director of Adopt-a-Pet.com called the Obama’s decision [...]
Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, when the state legislature voted to override the governor’s veto of a same-sex marriage bill. Such marriages can be performed in Vermont as early as September. On the same day, the D.C. Council voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The actions come [...]
Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and the third state in the country, along with Massachusetts and Connecticut, to legalize same-sex marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down a 1998 ban on same-sex marriage Friday. Same-sex marriages could begin in the Hawkeye State in three weeks. The opposition is outraged. The pundits [...]
First African American administrator of the EPA explains her views on environmental racism.
As we mentioned yesterday, it’s Women’s History Month. And today, President Obama signed an executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls. The council’s first year will be focused on the “economic status of women,” establishing a “balance between work and family,” preventing “violence against women, at home and abroad” and improving [...]
Just about everybody is scared these days. French consumer confidence is down. German business confidence is down. Consumer confidence is up in Canada and Italy. But consumer confidence is down in Mexico, and many foreign workers in Dubai just skipped town when they lost their jobs. In the United States, well, Americans are not very [...]