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Politics

Deeper Look Into the Travel Ban

President Trump signed an executive order on immigration, banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States as well as citizens from seven Muslim majority countries, on Friday, Jan. 27.

The order prevented Syrian refugees from seeking asylum in the U.S. indefinitely. It also bans travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and withheld all refugee admissions for 120 days, according to the New York Times.

As a result of the ban, those traveling to the U.S. were stopped in airports both in the United States and abroad – legal residents as well as visitors and students in Cairo, Dubai, and Istanbul were blocked; others were sent back after arriving.

President Trump considers the immigration ban a success: “It’s working out very nicely” Trump said the Saturday following the executive order’s signing, reported CNN. “You see it at airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and we’re going to have a very, very strict ban.”

The Department of Homeland Security also agreed to impose the president’s executive order. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus assured green-card holders from the seven banned countries that they would be able to return to the United States.

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MU Community Responds to the Future of Education Following Secretary Appointment

MU Community Betsy DeVos 1The nomination of Betsy DeVos incited controversy following her appointment as Secretary of Education on Jan. 31. .

Some of the areas of disagreement between parties includes her stance on guns in schools, the legal rights of disabled students, questionable positions on LGBTQ+ rights, or the future of public schools.  

On Jan. 17, DeVos attended her senate confirmation hearing in which she was consistently interrogated by senator after senator with questions that ranged from her tax returns, which previously have never been an issue for other nominees in the past, to her possible conflicts of interest and the debate on proficiency versus growth.

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Celebrities Stand Together at Women’s March

Celebrities Womens March 1On Jan. 21, according to Vox, half a million women marched in Washington D.C alone, which was said to be the largest rally in years.

The Women’s March sent a strong and bold message to our new government, and to the rest of the world that women’s rights are important. Both women and men from all over the country marched to have their voices heard in the support of women’s rights, immigration reform, LGBT rights, racial justice, health care reform, among other issues.

The crowds were enormous and marches took place in Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago, and other cities around the world. Additionally, the terror and anger that came from President Donald Trump’s rise to presidency resounded protests all over the world in places like Paris and London.

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President Trump’s First Executive Orders in Office

Trump Executive OrdersSince taking office on Friday, President Donald Trump has been working hard to fulfill some of his promises to “Maker America Great Again” and signed several executive orders that affect both national and world wide situations.

The first 100 days of a new president’s term is crucial to the term. What the president does, or does not do, set the standard of how they are viewed by the public. Yes, first impressions do matter.

When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office, he reshaped the decline of America’s economy, passed 76 laws and 9 executive orders. Since then, ghost of “100 days” has lingered through all presidential terms.

The first executive on Trump’s agenda was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations, which was one of Obama’s signature trade deals. Although the trade deal had not been fully approved by Congress, the fact that President Trump scratched it off completely suggests that his administration is staying true to taking a more aggressive stance on foreign competitors.

President Trump heavily criticized the partnership several times during his campaigns last year and claimed it was a bad deal for American workers.

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45th President of the United States: Donald J. Trump

45th President TrumpAfter over a year and a half of hard fought political campaigning, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

The forecast called for rain. Thousands of people from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. on Friday morning, clad in rain jackets and rain boots. Vendors were selling plastic ponchos among their memorabilia inauguration merchandise. The weather did not bother the adamant supporters, who were determined to watch history – rain or shine.

Trump commented on the suspected rain the day before, welcoming the potential waterworks, “It may rain, it may not rain. It doesn’t matter. I don’t care. If it pours, that’s okay because people will realize it’s my real hair, and that’s okay. It might be a mess, but they’re going to see that it’s my real hair.”

A rather unusually warm day for the month of January, the weather seemed to hold up. During the swearing in of Vice President Mike Pence, rain drops began to drip down. The crowd didn’t seem to mind. Minutes later, Trump stepped up and then the rain suddenly began to stop.

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Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Passes Away At 90

Death Fidel Castro 1On Nov. 25, Cuba’s former president and one of the world’s longest-serving leaders, Fidel Castro, died at the age of 90.

Castro’s younger brother, Raul Castro, and successor announced to the world that the man that survived over 600 assassination attempts, had passed away of natural causes.

He ended his announcement with the revolutionary slogan that became the battle cry for most leftist movements across Latin America, “Towards victory, always!”

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Trump Secretary of State Pick Under Scrutiny

Trump Secretary State PickPresident-elect Donald Trump is in the process of choosing the members of his new administration but the process has not been without infighting and division among the Republican party and the members of his transition team.

The most highly contested position in the Trump’s transition process is for who will become the next Secretary of State, the most powerful foreign diplomat in the United States. Former GOP nominee for President in 2012 and outspoken critic of Trump during the Republican primaries for president, Mitt Romney, and former New York City Mayor and Trump loyalist, Rudy Giuliani, are viewed by many as the top two contenders for the position.

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FBI Special Agent, Alumnus Speaks to Hawks

FBI Special Agent Visits MUMonmouth University alumnus and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent Brian Cotter attracted over 60 students when he spoke at a Guardians Club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Magill Commons.

Cotter graduated from the FBI Academy this past February and now works for the Counterterrorism Task Force in New York City. He shared how his experiences at Monmouth prepared him for his future in the FBI.

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Monmouth Debate Team Wins Awards at Liberty University and MU Tournaments

MU Debate Team Wins LUThe Monmouth University Debate Team won awards at debate tournaments held at Liberty University last weekend (Nov 4-6) and again this weekend at Monmouth’s 6th annual Jersey Shore Invitational (Nov 12-13). At Liberty University, MU debaters Kaitlin Allsopp and Emely Diaz made it to the octa-final playoff round by compiling a four and two record in the preliminary rounds— before losing in a close decision to a team from James Madison.

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NJ Voters Make Choice on Election Day Ballot

Voters of New Jersey were asked to vote on two state-wide questions during the election. The questions dealt with casino gambling and the gas tax. The two yes or no questions were located on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

Question one on the ballot was about allowing casino gambling in two other New Jersey counties besides Atlantic County and 78 percent of the New Jersey voters chose no on this issue.

Over twenty groups were against the measure and based on the ballot it seems many New Jersey residents agreed. If this amendment was voted in, two more casino locations would be allowed to open in Northern New Jersey.

The amendment would take away a great deal of power that Atlantic City has had over the years. Many people note that this measure would halt the monopoly Atlantic City casinos have had in New Jersey since 1976. The amendment noted that the casinos would have to be at least seventy-two miles away from Atlantic City.

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Trump 'Towers’ Over Clinton: A Businessman Becomes President

President Trump 1Donald J. Trump has been elected as the 45th president of the United States of America on Nov. 8th 2016— performing a surprising victory as many polls and political pundits doubted his ability to gain the votes necessary to win the presidency.

This year, Trump was able to tap into the anger and frustration of the voters in a way that no candidate has been able to do in many years. Assistant Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University, Dr. Stephen Chapman, said, “In an increasingly polar political climate, he’s run a populist campaign that rings true to many Americans.”

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