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Mobile agriculture lab teaches Wingate kids about farming

Agriculture is vital to Pennsylvania's economy and to this region. That's why teachers say it's important to teach children from a young age about farming and agricultural science. The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab does just that. At Wingate Elementary, the 40-foot mobile lab is parked just outside the classrooms. On Tuesday, children shuffle in for about 20 minutes to learn about agriculture through wall decorations hung all throughout the lab about various types of food and livestock.

After Iowa: Scrap The Caucuses & Adopt Ranked-Choice Voting

To say that Monday evening in Iowa was a dumpster fire is an understatement. Firstly, caucuses are ineffective, antiquated, and must be replaced with primaries. And, secondly, our current electoral rules have some issues: a growing candidate pool renders the “first-past-the-post” system increasingly problematic and multiple rounds of voting are way too time-consuming. Can we just adopt ranked-choice voting already?

Guatemala Presidential Candidate Gloria Álvarez And Her Hope for Her Country: A Conversation

Guatemala is one of many Latin American countries that have struggled throughout history to maintain a fair democracy, societal stability, and a buoyant economy. June will see Guatemalans seize the voting booths and elect a new President off a lengthy menu featuring over 25 candidates. One of those candidates is the self-described “anti-populist” Gloria Álvarez.

An Interview With Venezuelan Leader Jorge Jraissati: What’s Next For Venezuela?

In recent weeks, more than 60 countries have come to recognize President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela, following the U.S.’s initial recognition of Guaidó. This weekend, I corresponded with Jorge Jraissati about this topic. He is one of the most influential young political leaders of Venezuela. As President of Venezuelan Alliance, Jorge has been crucial in organizing the international community and its efforts to achieve a political change in Venezuela.

Memes: A Political Force

Internet memes have become a force, politically and culturally. They are not only a device and a medium for political discourse, but they also impact the offline world in a variety of ways. It was during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election that memes began to arguably impact politics offline. N.Y.U. alumnus Calvin Tran, who is the founder and head of the media outlet NODEHAUS Media, has thoughts on memes and their growing influence on politics and culture.

Dems Now Control Albany: This is What to Expect

Since 2011, a coalition of Republicans and breakaway conservative Democrats in the New York State Senate has stymied much of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s left-leaning legislative agenda. Now, Gov. Cuomo has near-complete control over the legislative agenda, since the Democrats, having seized the State Senate in last Tuesday’s midterm elections, now run the entire state government. An important question we should ask, then, is: What will happen to New York State now that it is under one-party rule?

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