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MU Poll Finds More Trust in News Than Trump

MU poll trump graphic 1A new poll published by the Monmouth Polling Institute on Mar. 29 found that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, is less trusted than the media. The national poll that can be found on the Monmouth Polling Institute website titled “POTUS Less Trusted than Media, ‘Fake News’ comes from all Sources” compared trust in Trump with three major news outlets— ABC, MSNBC, and Fox.

This poll comes at a time when the state of politics in the country is one of division. Monmouth’s last national poll published on Mar. 22 said that 75 percent of Americans felt that the country is divided on “our most important values.” Three weeks later, this still seems to be the case despite unification efforts by the Trump administration.

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Israeli Journalist Visits University

Israeli Journalist Speaks to MUStudents, faculty, and community members had the opportunity to attend a presentation held in Pozycki Hall on the future of Israel-U.S. relations by a famous Israeli journalist and political analyst, Michael Tuchfeld on Mar. 22.

The first part of his presentation focused on the major points and issues between Israel and the United States of America, including the Iran Nuclear deal, the possibility of Israel’s nuclear capability, settlements, and financial deals between the governments of the U.S. and Israel. He highlighted former U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration’s poor or unfair treatment of the State of Israel from an Israeli point of view. He then discussed the differences and the treatment that can be seen so far between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Trump’s 2018 Budget Cuts Could End Federal Funding for Arts

Trump 2018 Cut Federal Arts FundingPresident Donald Trump recently unveiled his new 2018 budget proposal last Thursday.

Titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”, encourages hiring budgets spent on the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs. However, what people are worried about is what is being sacrificed in order for these budget increases.

While 15 agencies will lose part of their funding, such as Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, and Department of Education, others agencies would be eliminated in this proposal.

These agencies are mostly art related, for example, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The world of public broadcasting is at stake in this new proposal, with many stations in rural and urban areas would lose access to PBS, NPR, and others, according to Paula Kerger, the president and CEO of PBS.

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U.S. Welcomes The Senator Freshmen Class of 2017

U.S Welcomes Senator Freshmen 2017Due to the clamorous presidential election, not much attention was put on the senate election and its results. The election resulted in the Republican Party having continued control over of the house, defeating the Democrats 51-48.

“This defeat gives the Republican party control over all three branches of government, creating a unified government,” noted Stephen Chapman, an assistant professor of political science. “Usually when our government is unified more laws and bills are passed, but with a preference to the party in charge.”

Most senators were able to uphold their positions, but there are seven new intriguing senators who make up the 2017 freshmen class.

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Medicaid Cuts in GOP Health Bill Could Reduce Services for Elderly, Disabled

Medicaid Cuts Reduce Elderly ServiceVital health care services for more than 17 million of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens could be on the chopping block if the Republican health care bill becomes law.

If Medicaid home and community-based services are cut for children with special needs and adults and seniors with disabilities, many would end up in costly nursing homes, require more assistance from struggling family members or simply do without the care that allows them to live independently.

Many of these low-income patients are functionally and cognitively impaired. They require home health aides, personal care attendants and day care programs to help with basic activities like eating, dressing, bathing and mobility.

Medicaid, the state-national health care plan for poor people and those with disabilities, is the largest public provider of these nonmedical services, covering 30 percent of working-age adults with disabilities like cerebral palsy, mental illness, and traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Unlike coverage for nursing home care, which is mandatory under Medicaid, home care services for the elderly and people with disabilities are optional.

Patient advocates fear that states will trim those optional Medicaid services if the program faces the 10-year, $880 billion cut in federal funding that the GOP health care bill proposes.

If the legislation becomes law, and states roll back their home and community-based services, many Medicaid patients with special needs and disabilities will end up in nursing homes, said David Certner, legislative policy director at AARP.

“This really threatens the ability of people to live independently in their homes,” Certner said. “We can take care of three people at home for the cost of one person in a nursing home, so it’s bad policy and it’s bad in terms of what people prefer.”

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Riots Erupt in Sweden as Refugee Debate Escalates

Sweden Riots Refugee Debate 1Riots broke out in Rinkeby, a district within Stockholm, Sweden — is largely populated by immigrants, late Monday, Feb. 20.

Participants threw rocks at police officers and set several vehicles on fire, the Swedish police department said.

The violence succeeded police attempts to arrest a citizen of the area on drug charges.

Swedish police also accredited the riots to “increased pressure on criminals in the area.”

Christopher DeRosa, the Director of the History Program, also said a “dimension of the unrest that should not be ignored is that it was preceded by an increase in aggressive policing.”

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Trump Cabinet Members: Qualified or Not?

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Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Advisor

Michael Flynn ResignationNational Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials of the nature of his calls between the Russian ambassador to the United States on Monday, Feb. 13.

Flynn’s resignation surfaced less than a month after his tenure began when the Justice Department alerted President Donald Trump of Flynn’s innacurate recollection of his communication with the ambassador. The Justice Department also warned the administration that the former National Security Advisor was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.

In his resignation letter, Flynn wrote, “I inadvertently briefed the Vice President and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”

He continued, “I know with the strong leadership of President Trump and Vice President Pence and the superb team they are assembling, this team will go down in history as one of the greatest presidencies in U.S. history.”

According to CNN, Flynn’s resignation makes for one of the shortest-serving senior presidential advisors in modern history. Representative Devin Nunes, a California Republican and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said, “Washington, D.C., can be a rough town for honorable people, and Flynn — who has always been a soldier, not a politician — deserves America’s gratitude and respect.”

An administration official said of Trump’s reaction, “He’s moving on.”

However, the sudden departure of one of Trump’s closest and most senior advisors, who has assisted the President on issues of security and foreign policy since early in the presidential race, has been added to the list of tumultuous events in his first month in office.

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New Jersey: Highest Car Insurance Rates in the Country

NJ Car Insurance Rates 1For the fifth year in a row, vehicle drivers in New Jersey paid the highest amount of car insurance in the nation.

According the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the average New Jersey driver pays about $1,905 per car for auto insurance. Compared to the nation’s overall average of $907, New Jersey motorist pay nearly $1,000 more on car insurance than the average driver in the U.S.

Motorists in the state’s largest cities pay an average of $1,982, while those who live in more suburban areas pay an average of $1,304. Since 2014, the average cost of insurance in the state has gone up $642 according to the report.

New Jersey has infamously been known for being an expensive state, recently being ranked the 5th most expensive state to live in.

Along with auto insurance, the state also comes in first for highest property taxes, and also has one of the highest cost per pupil for public education as well.

Claude Taylor, Advisor-in-Residence for Academic Transition and Inclusion, believed that the cost of auto insurance in our state is “justifiable considering the volume of drivers and the number of accidents and claims filed.”

Considering that New Jersey has more people per square mile than any other state.

According to the World Bank Data’s World Development Indicators, “New Jersey’s 2008 population density of 1,168 people per square mile is more than ten times that of the country as a whole.”  More people results in more accidents.

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Betsy Devos Confirmed as Secretary of Education

After a 24-hour vigil held in the Senate that was dedicated to Democrat opposition and Vice President Mike Pence’s historic tiebreaking vote, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Trump’s Secretary of Education on Feb. 7 at 12:29 p.m.

This was the first time a vice president was called to break a tie in the Senate, which held firm at 50-50 with two Republican defections who denounced DeVos.

The Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska deemed DeVos unfit for the position due to her support of school vouchers and charter schools: “I have serious concerns about a nominee to be secretary of education who has been so involved in one side of the equation…that she may be unaware of what actually is successful within the public schools, and also what is broken and how to fix them,” Murkowski said at the time she announced her disapproval.

However, those who voted in her favor asserted that DeVos is first and foremost committed to what is best for children. In a New York Times report, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said that Democrats opposed the Secretary of Education simply due to her political affiliation.

On Feb. 10 several protestors prevented DeVos from entering Jefferson Middle School Academy. ABC 7 news reported that DeVos remained in her sport utility vehicle as she was heckled. One demonstrator threw a cardboard sign at her, while another yelled, “Go back! Shame, shame.” She eventually was escorted into the school and said, “It was really wonderful to visit this school, and I look forward to many visits of many great public schools.”

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President Trump Introduces Neil Gorsuch as Nominee for Supreme Court Vacancy

SCOTUS Neil GorsuchPresident Donald Trump announced on Tuesday, Jan. 31, that he will nominate Neil Gorsuch, Judge from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, to be the newest Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court.

The vacancy in the nation’s highest court came almost a year ago when Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on Feb. 13, 2016. Scalia, a conservative and strict constitutionalist, was a very consequential loss because it threatened the conservative tilt of the Supreme Court. Gorsuch, the 49 year-old Harvard and Columbia alumnus, has similar conservative leanings in his jurisprudence as Justice Scalia. Johanna Foster, Director of the Sociology Program, considers him to be “extremely qualified, with exceptional credentials.”

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