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 […]

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

Delicioso needs no translation. Miramar tequila cocktail at José Andrés' Oyamel Restaurant. Courtesy: @fulfordhe

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 […]