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What you may not know about members of Congress

[Note: This is the first in an occasional series, Remedial Civics, which provides information on what you should have learned in school—but probably didn’t—about how the U.S. government works (or doesn’t).] The Congress of the United States is a bicameral legislature, which means that it is made up of two chambers, or houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. Continue Reading...

Remedial civics for the rest of us

[Note: This is the introduction to an occasional series that provides information on what you should have learned in school—but probably didn’t—about how the U.S. government works (or why it doesn’t).] For most of my adult life I thought I knew how laws were made. Continue Reading...

When was the original Good Friday?

Embed from Getty Images   Today is Good Friday*, the religious holiday that commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Christians have celebrated the event for over two millennia. Continue Reading...

What is the money multiplier?

Note: This is post #118 in a weekly video series on basic economics. What happens when you deposit money in a bank? Because of government requirements, the bank must keep some but it allowed to lend out the rest. Continue Reading...