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Trump lashes out with government shutdown

Trump lashes out with government shutdown

January 25, 2019

Usually, when a child doesn’t get what they want, they throw a tantrum. Their parent reprimands them, and hopefully they learn. But, the issue arises when our president acts in the same manner: like a child who doesn’t get their way. He refuses to hear criticism and remains fixated on his idea for...

Politicians use America’s surveillance agencies to spy on opponents, Trump is among the victims

Former President George W. Bush shakes hands with Senator Jay Rockefeller after signing the FISA on July 10, 2008.

Will Dean

January 25, 2019

There used to be a bipartisan consensus that the weaponization of America’s surveillance agencies to target political opponents was wrong. This is no longer the case. During the 2016 election season, Donald Trump and his campaign were among the first victims of this new government process. In ...

Trump’s Iran deal decision proves wise

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with President Trump in Washington, D.C. in March 2018.

Will Dean

June 15, 2018

This past April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the world that the Iranian government lied. The Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, had obtained over 100,000 documents from a secret facility in Iran, according to Business Insider. “These files conclusively prove that Iran ...

Celebrities in Washington: Stay in Hollywood or get political experience

There has been speculation that Oprah is considering running for presidential election in 2022.

Vaughn Battista

March 2, 2018

As 2020 nears, more and more articles like Politico’s “The Serious Case for Oprah 2020” arise. Donald Trump’s approval ratings are at an all-time low, leading some to suggest replacements for the current president in the 2020 election. People have pushed celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Kanye West...

Political division builds tension in school, nation

EICs Izzy Cavazzoni and Courtney Kushnir look back on their time with The Inkblot.

January 12, 2018

Nov. 9, 2016. Months of heated debate and speculation over the election culminated in one morning, a frenzy of students crying and friends consoling each other - or in sharp contrast - congratulating one another. Few faces seemed cheerful or content. As an outsider looking in, it appeared a terrible...

Comedians get political

Donald Trump is one of the politicians recently imitated on SNL.

Kaitlyn Hammond

September 15, 2017

Since President Donald Trump’s election, many late-night TV shows, such as “The Late Night Show With Stephen Colbert” have seen an increase in ratings.  Studies show it’s the use of political commentary by the hosts of these shows. Business Insider magazine and website compared the average viewe...

Students would reap the benefits of school choice

U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos at the 2017 Political Action Conference.

Will Dean

May 8, 2017

Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Trump’s Secretary of Education on Feb. 7 in a 51-50 Senate vote. DeVos is an avid proponent of school choice, a controversial topic which focuses on how money for education should be allocated. The closeness of the vote shows just how divided America is on the t...

Activists utilize social media to bring change

About 470,000 people participated in the Women's March in Washington D.C. on January 21.

Sally Ehlers

April 20, 2017

Activism has been prevalent since the start of the United States and is still a common occurrence in 2017. As the times and technology have changed since the American Revolution, many utilize social media as an outlet for political advocacy. Political activists can be defined as people who promote certain...

Hollywood can use films to spread politic ideas

Photo obtained from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, through Creative Commons.

Vaughn Battista

April 19, 2017

With such a controversial president, it seems that Hollywood has become increasingly political, especially through award shows. From Jimmy Fallon’s Trump one-liners to Meryl Streep’s six minute speech criticizing the president at the Golden Globes, it seems that actors and filmmakers all across Holly...

Twitternation: politicians work social media into political platforms

Photograph by Gage Skidmore, obtained through Creative Commons.

Lara Graney

April 19, 2017

The hashtags. The likes. The retweets. For some social media users, Twitter is just that. But for the modern-day politician, the versatile 140-character message can be a powerful weapon, self-endorsement or even a soapbox speech. And our current president – also known as the “Commander-in-Tweet”...

Obama’s legacy is filled with failures and lies

With his family by his side, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

Will Dean

March 13, 2017

The day is Jan. 20, 2009. Barack Obama has just been sworn in as president, making history as the first African American to do so. Americans and people across the world are filled with hope and excitement for change. This feeling was short-lived, as nearly every promise Obama made was broken soon af...

Russian hacking affected the US election

Russian hacking could have potentially had an effect on the US Presidential Election.

Colin Martin

March 6, 2017

The United States Director of National Intelligence released a report concluding that Russia had interfered with the 2016 presidential election in the United States on Jan. 6, 2017. The report states that Russian hackers, who were likely affiliated with their government, deliberately hacked and leake...

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