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A Solution In News

Founder Jenna Lee delivers speech on why SmartHER News matters.

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Every 8 seconds in America, a baby is born. Here's the first baby of the SmartHER Era!

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3 Things to Know About Maternity Leave in America ~ Plus, what’s next at SmartHER News!

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3 Things To Know About Deportations in America Today

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VENEZUELA

The latest news from Venezuela: long gas lines, dying crops, and failing infrastructure.

It wasn’t always this way.

3 generations of native Venezuelans tell us what every American should know about one of the worst humanitarian crisises in the world.

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Current Situation

“It’s really hard to think of a human tragedy of this scale outside civil war. This will be a touchstone of disastrous policies for decades to come.”

Former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and current Harvard professor, Kenneth Rogoff, on the current crisis in Venezuela.
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PERSPECTIVE

“It was a free Venezuela. It was paradise.”

Edilia was born in 1936 and raised her family in Venezuela. Her husband worked for a major oil company during a "boom" time in the Venezuelan economy. Venezuela once had the richest economy in South America. Venezuela now produces nearly 70% less oil than it did from its high in the 1970s.
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“Last time I went to Venezuela in 2015, I wanted to cry, because grocery stores were near empty. Shelves were lined of vinegar and almost nothing else. For basic foods like rice, eggs and milk, people had to stand in long lines…”

Zaira, 57, grew up in Venezuela, where the minimum wage now earns the equivalent *monthly* salary of $6.70. Lines for basic goods can stretch for more than a half a mile.
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“It’s complete misery. Even for those who have the means to buy food and basic necessities like soap and toilet paper, it’s a nightmare, because there’s a shortage of these items. That’s why people are fleeing to nearby countries like Colombia.”

Zaira. The U.N. says more than 4M Venezuelans have left their country, most of them fleeing to Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and beyond. Last year, 5,000 Venezuelans left every day.
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“We are such a wealthy country, and yet there is no food, some days there is no currency in circulation. It’s quite ironic.”

Zuly, 60, on her home country. Although Venezuela has the world’s largest known oil reserves, citizens face 20+ hour lines for fuel. Despite the potential for wealth, recurring power outages disrupt daily life due to collapsing and unmaintained power lines. Power will often go out for days, causing life or death stakes for those receiving medical care.
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Negotiations between current Venezuelan leadership (Nicolás Maduro's gov't) & the opposition (led by Juan Guaidó) are currently underway, looking for a political path forward. Read more on how Venezuela got to this current state.

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July 4th

Special Report

Part II: Saving the Star-Spangled Banner

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Listen to both interviews on our source page. Happy July 4th!

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July 4th

Special Report

Part I: The making of the Star-Spangled Banner

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Week In Review

 

Five Facts On Immigration Everyone Should Know

June 24-28, 2019

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June 6, 1944

Why D-Day Matters

 

 

 

 

 

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Why D-Day Matters:

Turned the tide of World War II

  • Strategy: Invade German-occupied France by air & sea, weaken the Nazis, and take back Europe.
  • Results: Through brutal fighting, “the Allies” successfully invaded into enemy territory, a catalyst for the beginning of the end for the Germans (at no small cost).
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Largest Air, Land, Sea Military Operation Ever

  • More than 2.8M soldiers fought to liberate Europe at that time, about half were Americans.
  • “Allies” = America, UK, Canada, joined by Australian, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, New Zealand, Norwegian, Rhodesian & Polish forces.
  • 150,000+ soldiers participated in the D-Day invasion.

 

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Why “Utah” & “Omaha”?

  • Invasion took place on 5 Normandy beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno & Sword; Americans took Utah & Omaha; Brits & Canadians the rest.
  • Germans had superior fire power, experience, & position, but the Allies convinced the Nazis to hold back some resources for another invasion elsewhere which never occurred.
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“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you…We will accept nothing less than full Victory! “

Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, June 6, 1944
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D-Day invasion took about 6 months to plan and Germany surrendered less than a year later. Gen. Eisenhower wrote his wife before the invasion, explaining why he might be out of touch. Here's his letter to her:

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D-Day: The Soldiers

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Why “D-Day”?

  • “D-Day” doesn’t refer to “death” or “destruction” despite the many wounded & killed in action.
  • The military uses generic “D-Day” for the day an operation launches.
  • Total # of Allies killed in action in one day remains a mystery: est = 4,400 (est. 2,500 U.S. fatalities).
  • Context: 2,400+ Americans have died serving in America’s nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan.
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“Here in a jumbled row for mile on mile are soldiers’ packs. Here are socks and shoe polish, sewing kits, diaries, Bibles and hand grenades. Here are the latest letters from home… Here are toothbrushes and razors, and snapshots of families back home staring up at you from the sand. Here are pocketbooks, metal mirrors, extra trousers and bloody, abandoned shoes.”

Ernie Pyle, U.S. war correspondent, writing the morning after the invasion.
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With fighting still taking place, war correspondents had to share their work with the military before publishing. For many soldiers, D-Day was just the beginning of a long string of battles that eventually led to the liberation of Europe, forever altering its future.

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Special Report…
On A Special Appearance

Two years after being named “special counsel”, former FBI Director Robert Mueller steps-forward, speaking for the first time publicly about the investigation:

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See the Special Counsel's statement before the press in full text & video.

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A Personal Reflection

 

 

Memorial Day

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