Ghost stories part of the White House’s legacy

October 31st, 2013|

The White House is the best-known residence in the nation, and a few of its famous residents are rumored to be long-term tenants. Ghost stories have been part of the executive mansion’s heritage for over a century, and as we approach Halloween, let’s take a look at the top stories passed down from people who [...]

JFI Receives 100K Grant from Parsons Foundation

October 30th, 2013|

The Joe Foss Institute (JFI) recently a $100,000 grant from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will help promote civics education in select urban Phoenix schools through a unique partnership between JFI and Elevate Phoenix. Funds will help expand the reach of the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism program to 10,000 Phoenix students, provide curriculum resources for [...]

U.S Supreme Court – What to expect in the new term.

October 7th, 2013|

Yes, it’s the first Monday in October, and the Supreme Court has started hearing arguments in new cases. And there are a few high-profile ones in front of the Justices immediately, including a big case involving campaign financing. And the Justices will likely add a few more cases to their schedule that haven’t been granted [...]

Teachers – Lesson Plans for Columbus Day

October 2nd, 2013|

As American holidays go, Columbus Day is unique. Unlike our other civic celebrations, Columbus Day commemorates an event that occurred centuries before the United States was even a nation. With the holiday just two weeks away, explore a free ebook from with stories, speeches, and songs about Columbus—and the themes of exploration, immigration, and the New World. [...]

Constitution Check: Can the Federal Government Close?

October 1st, 2013|

When the founding generation was debating how to create a new national government, it was well aware of the hazards—at home and abroad—of having a government that was unable to function. That was the well-remembered legacy of the Articles of Confederation, which the founders were about to discard. It is thus almost a certainty that [...]