VIDEO: Putin Pressure on Obama and the GOP. On MSNBC

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The Ukrainian Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the escalating situation that, if not plunging us back into a Cold War, has certainly broken the so-called reset button between the U.S. and Russia. What happens there has big repercussions here: the debilitating situation has ratcheted up the pressure […]

Education Wednesday: Preparing Girls to Lead in STEM

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Pioneers such as Ellen Ochoa, who became the first Latina astronaut in 1991, set the bar high for all that women can achieve in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Grooming more girls to follow in these footsteps is now more important than ever, particularly as America‘s economy continues to become more STEM-focused. This March (and all […]

From Stress to Success in the City: 4 Tips For Achieving Success When Moving

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In American culture, most young people idealize the thought of picking up our life and moving to our “dream” destination. This is especially true for those who have recently graduated from college and are ready to start life on their own. Once the initial excitement of moving wears away, navigating life in a new city […]

Education Wednesday: Aundrea’s Project Debt Down Student Loan Repayment Update

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At the beginning of the year I resolved to reduce my student loan debt. Three months later, Project Debt Down (as I named my loan repayment effort) is in full effect! With a totally new mindset about money management, I am excited to share the tricks that are helping me pay down my student loan debt.  You might be waiting for that […]

Restaurant Review: ¿Did Someone Say Ham-Infused Tequila?

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As I walked through the door into Oyamel restaurant , I left the streets of Washington, D.C. behind and was enveloped in a cultural experience infused with the biodiversity of the Monarch Butterfly and the urban touch of Mexico City street markets. The icy chill left itself at the door as the Spanish trio band and unique cocktails warmed […]

VIDEO: Federal Minimum Wage Hike–Solution or Problem on MSNBC

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How best to preserve our eroding middle class and grow it in the near future so more Americans can have opportunities to succeed? This question is at the heart of a decades long Washington political battle between Republicans and Democrats. At least since the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama has been referring to growing the middle class […]

Education Wednesday: Mentoring Towards Academic Achievement

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In education policy, metrics such as academic benchmarks and graduation rates define student success. Raising academic standards and implementing new learning models are indeed important to improving education for students and closing achievement gaps. However, mentoring, being a positive role model, and providing support that builds strong relationships with students is paramount to achieving better […]

VIDEO: What does the Ukraine & Venezuela Violence Say About Putin and Obama? On MSNBC

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Polls confirm what media executive’s assertions that Americans don’t have an appetite for foreign news. This justifies closing international bureaus in favor of “parachute reporting” during a crisis as well as and scaled back international coverage in favor of, for example, increased weather coverage. Measured by the remote, this may be true. But another measure […]