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Comparing Trump and Obama's Initial White House Websites

January 25, 2017 As is customary, immediately after the transition of power between former US president Barack Obama and new US president Donald Trump, the government’s main executive-branch website, whitehouse.gov, was updated to reflect the new administration. Given the political distance between the two presidents, it isn’t surprising that the main topics highlighted...

Trump’s Plan for the H-1B Visa Rules Would Keep the Poor Out of America

January 15, 2017 Every year, about 300,000 people are awarded a visa allowing them to work in the U.S.; over half get to the country holding an highly coveted H-1B visa. By definition, the H-1B visa is for a “temporary worker of distinguished merit and ability performing services other than as a registered...

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A Unique USCIS Visa Lottery Is at Risk Of Being Killed Under Immigration Reform

October 28, 2016 In the span of about a month between early October and early November, about 14 million people around the world will have applied for a “diversity immigrant visa” to the US. Only 0.3% of them will be successful. Those might seem thin odds for a visa, but they’re decent for...

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A Case Study in How Men Interrupt Women in Professional Situations

September 27, 2016 There is a unwritten rule in presidential debates—and general conversation—that people should not interrupt each other. All too often in professional situations, men interrupt women. The first US presidential debate in history to feature a woman a candidate has proven to be a textbook example of this practice. In 90...

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The Habit That Gets In the Way of Success – And How Olympians Avoid It

August 15, 2016 There are more than 11,000 athletes competing at the Olympics in Rio. Only a handful get the recognition of Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, only a few dozen take home a medal, and the majority have almost no real shot at standing on the Olympic podium. All of these athletes...

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Family Friends Say Hillary Clinton May Ask Chelsea, not Bill, to Do the Boring Parts of Being First Lady

August 4, 2016 Now that Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic candidate for the president of the United States, former president Bill Clinton is the closest that anyone has ever been to becoming the first gentleman (or first husband, if you prefer). It remains to be seen what he’ll make of that role....

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Always Stay For the After Party: Tips from the Negotiation Bible For World Leaders

July 22, 2016 Negotiating is hard enough when your livelihood is on the line, imagine how difficult it is to negotiate when the future of the world is at stake. Even top diplomats need guidance. To ensure that agendas are addressed and conflicts resolved, the United Nations has created its own primer for...

New York Will Start Treating Pads and Tampons as Necessities Rather Than Luxury Items

June 23, 2016 On top of all the physical inconveniences of having a period, there also is a financial toll. The cost for tampons and pads, which arguably can be categorized as necessities, amounts to a regressive tax on women around the world. The issue has been gaining awareness, prompting—and prompted by—international movements...

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Most People Are Actually Pretty Happy at Work

May 31, 2016 Everyone knows about the Monday back-to-work blues—it is common knowledge that working is, for most people, miserable. Except that might not be true: employees are alright, according to the Endred-Ipsos 2016 Barometer, a yearly survey of well-being at work. The survey looked at 14,400 people in 15 countries across different...

US Navy’s Next-Gen Comms System Frozen in the Italian Courts

May 5, 2016 PALERMO, ITALY—Where there was once a cork forest, there is now just barren land. Nothing grows behind the tall fences that mark the 410-acre perimeter around the U.S. Navy area in Niscemi, Sicily. Behind the fences, atop the only hill, three huge satellite dishes dominate the panorama, standing 60 feet...