Contributed by Cindi Sternfeld.  October 21st It’s three weeks and two days before the midterm elections. I’m working at a canvass launch site and we’ve just sent out a bunch of canvassers to go knock on doors and spread the word about people who are running for office.  More than half of the people we’ve sent off this morning have never canvassed before, and if you’d asked them two years ...
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Contributed by Olga Vanucci.  Just the Facts: There are about 20 million veterans in the U.S., 7% of the population, and 1 out of 10 are women. 4 million veterans served since 2001, and 17% of those veterans are women. 9 million veterans are 65+ years old. 7 million veterans aged 18-64 are in the labor force, and they have higher annual incomes than non-veterans. 4-5 million veterans have a ...
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Contributed by Amara Willey.  It has been clear from the outset that we are playing a long game in the realm of healthy democracy. With the current president in the news every day with new and distasteful messages, it may be difficult to maintain optimism about our Republic and the fail-safes the founding fathers created to protect it. If nothing else, however, the last two years have motivated people to ...
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Contributed by Terry Rice.  In just a few days, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a war in which 65 million soldiers from 30 nations fought for four years resulting in the deaths of over 20 million people.  Hostilities ended at 11 AM on November 11th, 1918 following the signing of an armistice between the Allied powers and Germany.  The anniversary of that ...
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Contributed by Paige Barnett.  The largest healthcare system in the U.S., the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) System, provides a wide range of services to those who have served in the military. As a taxpayer-funded endeavor, it is often subject to scrutiny by the media as well as political fodder for either party or agenda. Due to its size, complexity and needs of patients, the VA health care network has its ...
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Contributed by Lisa Bergson.  WHEN ALI HAJAJI’S SON FELL ILL with diarrhea and vomiting, the desperate father turned to extreme measures. Following the advice of village elders, he pushed the red-hot tip of a burning stick into Shaher’s chest, a folk remedy to drain the “black blood” from his son. “People said burn him in the body and it will be O.K.,” Mr. Hajaji said. “When you have no money, ...
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