By Ashlee Pitts
The antipathy for political correctness and the hunger for something new, even irrational or unpredictable, seemed to be the driving force behind the appeal of the new president-elect of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. His policy proposals regarding issues ranging from criminal justice reform, trade, climate change, reproductive rights and combating global terrorism changed about as often as his one-on-one feuds with other politicians, celebrities, foreign leaders, journalists and even Pope Francis. Despite his lengthy list of scandals and the unprecedented amount of negative international news coverage, it appears that Trump’s rather unconventional populist message was in fact the winning strategy to secure the White House.
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By Ashlee Pitts
As President Barack Obama approaches the final stretch of his second term in office he continues to make bold and in many cases controversial moves in order to push America forward, fulfill his political agenda and put his successor in the best position possible. In addition to being the Black president of the United States of America, his legacy will be associated with restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba after a fifty-five year conflict, implementing the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), initiating his Clean Power Plan, Osama Bin Laden’s assassination, nationwide economic prosperity and a low unemployment rate now in the mid-single digits. One significant and triumphant diplomatic event that would add to Obama’s list of Presidential achievements would be the passing of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The fate of the deal is still unclear.
So long and thanks for all the fish?
by Euan O’Neill
Whilst ancient astrologers used the position of the stars to tell the future and European explorers used the heavens to cross oceans and find ‘unknown’ territories, today we rely on signals from space to direct us to the nearest branch of Starbucks or to tell us the bus timetable. Read the rest of this entry »
Politicians across the American political spectrum have long advocated an energy policy that would ultimately lead to a so-called “energy independence”. Time and time again, this independence has been hailed as the solution to the average American paying high gas prices. During the last presidential campaign, Michelle Bachman and Newt Gingrich even announced specific amounts to which they would lower gas prices ($2 and $2.50 per gallon, respectively). Read the rest of this entry »