The Challenges of Assmilation, A Father and Daughter Talk Finances, Costs of a City-Wide Lockdown

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Social and Economic Costs of a Lockdown | An Inconvenient Truth: Mounting Evidence Syria Crossed "Red Line" | Small Retailers Pushback on Proposed Online Sales Tax | Immigrants Share Their Experiences of Assimilating | Fitting in: Immigrant Children and Assimilation | Is My Generation Screwed?: A Father and Daughter Talk Finance

The Social and Economic Costs of a Lockdown

Last Friday, the city of Boston and its surrounding areas were put on lockdown as authorities searched for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The subways no longer ran, residents were asked to stay inside, and 9000 police, military and swat personnel descended on the city. In the end, the suspect was apprehended, but what were the costs - psychologically and economically - to Boston and the nation? And were those costs worth it?

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An Inconvenient Truth: Mounting Evidence Syria Crossed 'Red Line'

There are now three nations saying they have evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. Israel's senior military intelligence analyst said the regime used chemical weapons "repeatedly" last month and France and Britain also wrote confidential letters to the United Nations with physical proof behind this claim.

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Immigrant Shares Her Experiences Assimilating

Immigrating to the US can be especially painful for youth, who have to go to schools where they are surrounded by people they don’t know, and who might treat them as a foreigner. Zuhur Ahmed, the host of the Somali Community Link at KFAI in Twin Cities, Minnesota, immigrated here when she was 13. She shares her experience assimilating to American culture.

 

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Small Retailers Push Back on Proposed Online Sales Tax

The Senate remains poised to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes that could add an estimated 11 billion dollars of currently uncollected sales tax revenue. The bill exempts retailers who have under $1 million in Internet sales, but plenty of small online retailers who will be subject to this new law say it's creates an impossible burden for them.

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Fitting in: Immigrant Children and Assimilation

Fifteen percent of the U.S. immigrant population is between the ages of five and seventeen. Immigrant children often face a number of barriers to integration or assimilation: many arrive speaking only their native language, and many have witnesses serious violence in their homelands. Whether the Tsanaev brothers had difficulties integrating into American society as young immigrants is unknown, but the Tsarnaev case does highlight the issues many immigrant children face in the United States.

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Is My Generation Screwed?: A Father and Daughter Talk Finance

Their parents might have been I investing in 401(k)s and becoming home owners when they were in their 20s, but for many 20-somethings today, those conventions don't seem possible. But what financial advice should they be learning from their parents' generation? And, is that advice still lucrative given our changing economic climate?

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