Welcome to Political Confessional, a column about the views that Americans are scared to share with their friends and neighbors. In an increasingly polarized political climate, adherence to party or ideological orthodoxy on the issues of the day seems de rigueur. Social media serves only to amplify that perception at times. But Americans’ political views are often idiosyncratic and sometimes offensive, and they rarely adhere neatly to any particular party line. In this column, we want to dig into Americans’ messy opinions on politics, morality and social mores. We hope that this exercise gives readers a glimpse into the minds of those with whom theyRead More →

If you’ve started your own company — or you’re considering the move — you’ve likely marveled at the logistics required to pull it off. How do taxes work now? What about health insurance? And when you become a business owner, your banking needs change. Since vetting banks probably isn’t how you want to spend your time when you’re self-employed, we did the leg work for you and found the five best banks for small business owners. Wait, How Did We Pick the 5 Best Banks for Small Businesses? There are several angles you could take to determine the best bank offers, depending on the businessRead More →

Starting a personal business can be both fulfilling and challenging at the same time. In some cases, you might be relying on your finances to start your business. However, failing to plan for your investments carefully can have detrimental effects on your business plan. It is essential that you have an elaborate financial plan that will set you on the path of success. Instances of business credit card misuse can curve you open, leaving you exposed to debts and all kinds of lawsuits from your lenders and banks. Well, if you’re looking forward to starting a personal business endeavor, here are some of the commonRead More →

If the door for contention out in the Western Conference swung wide open this week after a pair of brutal Golden State injuries, it appears that the Lakers just walked right through it. Los Angeles, vying to make the most of LeBron James’s remaining window, agreed to a deal Saturday that would land them Pelicans star Anthony Davis in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 in Thursday’s draft. The haul was significant from several standpoints: Aside from giving James his first real star running mate out in L.A. (the Lakers will undoubtedly go for oneRead More →

It’s no secret that the cost of education has skyrocketed in America and continues to be a core issue with which politicians, educators, activists and students grapple. The average total tuition and fees plus room-and-board charges in 2018-19 for an in-state, public four-year college was $21,370, according to a College Board report. How are students paying for that? With student loans. Lots of student loans. Outstanding student loan debt rose to $1.46 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve. While we can advocate for change within and outside of the political system, we must play ball in the meantime —Read More →

By Min-Ling Li Min-Ling is a Program Coordinator at IEA and works most closely with our high school Apprenticeship Program, through which she meets and interacts with many gifted high school students. Before coming to IEA, she was a high school mathematics teacher. Going off to college is probably one of my best and most anxious memories. At that point in time, it seemed that all of my prior education was in preparation for this milestone. As a first-generation college student, the plethora of tasks to complete for college applications was overwhelming. I recall that my mom, who completed 6th grade in China before immediatelyRead More →

The satellite communications that ships, planes and the military use to connect to the internet are vulnerable to hackers that, in the worst-case scenario, could carry out “cyber-physical attacks”, turning satellite antennas into weapons that operate, essentially, like microwave ovens. According to research presented at the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, a number of popular satellite communication systems are vulnerable to the attacks, which could also leak information and hack connected devices. The attacks, which are merely a nuisance for the aviation sector, could pose a safety risk for military and maritime users, the research claims. Ruben Santamarta, a researcher for theRead More →