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Debate: Are Senate Republicans Wrong for Refusing to Give the President’s Supreme Court Nominee a Hearing? Negative

Merrick GarlandIt is a shame that both sides of the isle have turned the death of the great Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, into a political firestorm. However, with the possibility that the next Supreme Court justice can change the direction of the court and the meaning of law for the next quarter century– that firestorm is here.

Now that President Obama has made his choice in nominating Merrick Garland, the Senate will have the constitutional opportunity to deny his choice. Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and many conservatives have made it clear that they will take that opportunity. Conservatives have depended on Antonin Scalia’s constitutional decisions for many years and they do not trust Barrack Obama, who has not proven to be as fierce a defender of the Constitution as Scalia, to make such a consequential choice. That is why they have decided to take the political gamble and hold off on hearing Obama’s nomination and to let the next president in 2016— Democrat or Republican— make that decision.

Of course, Democrats are furious with the decision and are trying to shame them into submission, as if they haven’t been put in the same situation before. Democrats all over are interpreting the rules and making up precedents in their favor. President Barrack Obama said for the Republicans not to hear or vote for Judge Garland’s nomination would be “a betrayal of our best traditions and a betrayal of the vision of our founding documents.” He even said, “If you don’t, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty– it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair.”

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Debate Hawks Win 8 Awards At Western Championship

Debate Hawks Win 8 AwardsThe Monmouth University Debate Team won 8 team and individual awards at the Western National Debate Championship at Sacramento State University in California on the weekend of March 12-14, 2016.  Four of the six Monmouth teams competing in the tournament made it into the playoff rounds.  The MU team of Matthew Toto and Prachi Patel made it to the semi-final round (final four) and the teams of James Hawke and Sabrina Saenger with a record of 5-1 and Gregory Harpe and Emily Mastocola with a record of 4-2 made it into the quarterfinal (final 8).  Team captain Danielle Doud and Victoria Borges made it into the quarter-final round in the experienced division before losing a close decision to a University of Washington team.

The tournament included debaters from approximately 10 universities including the University of Washington, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State Northridge to name a few.   Each year a topic is picked to be debated at every tournament.  The topic for this year is: Resolved: The United States should significantly reduce its military presence in one or more of the following: the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, the Greater Horn of Africa, Northeast Asia. The Monmouth team researched and wrote three separate cases involving each of these three strategically important regions.

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President Obama First President to Visit Cuba in 9 Decades

Obama Cuba VisitPresident Barack Obama created history on March 20, by visiting Cuba for the first time any president has in over nine decades. He arrived with First lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha.

“I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas,” Obama said in a speech at the Havana’s Grand Theater, the same building where President Calvin Coolidge spoke 88 years ago.

But many have questioned his intentions on this trip. While there, he is going to be meeting with President Raul Castro, as well as Cuban dissidents. He will also attend a baseball game against the Cuban national team and Tampa Bay Rays, as well as do a television address for Cuban citizens.

The White House said that Obama will raise the problem of Human Right violations, while speaking to President Castro and have a separate meeting with human right activists.  

This is extremely historical for many since there has been a trade embargo on Cuba for almost half a century. The Obama administration has been trying to chip away at it for over a 15-month period, with more travel leeway, have access to direct mail, and more importantly, the U.S. struck Cuba from the “State Sponsors of Terror” list.

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Divides in The Republican Party Escalates

Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, shook up the GOP race for the presidential nomination in the March 15 primaries by winning the states of Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, and Florida. However, one factor of the race has stayed the same–the divide in the Republican Party between the “outsiders” and the “establishment.”

Chair of the Political Science department, Dr. Joseph Patten, said, “The rules of the party have changed were the [Republican] establishment and party elites have lost control.” That loss of control was evident last week as Mr. Trump rolled through the primaries, winning four of five state contests with the only exception being Ohio which was won by the state’s governor, John Kasich. Mr. Trump’s most significant win of the night was in Florida, who’s winner take all primary awarded him all 99 of the state’s delegates– and effectively knocked Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, out of the presidential race after suffering a crucial loss in his home state.

The loss of Mr. Rubio is significant to the establishment. According to Fredreka Schouten of USA Today, Senator Rubio’s Super Pac raised $25 million in the month before the March 15 Florida primary. Republican donors that prefer an alternative to Donald Trump, viewed Rubio as that viable alternative. For the past eleven months, Senator Rubio has tried to toe the line between establishment and anti-establishment, in hope that the voters would see him as the best alternative to Donald Trump and someone who can unify the party.

When he announced that he would be suspending his campaign, he said, “From a political standpoint, the easiest thing to have done in this campaign is to jump on all those anxieties I just talked about, to make people angrier, make people more frustrated. But I chose a different route and I’m proud of that” but then said, “That would have been -- in a year like this, that would have been the easiest way to win. But that is not what’s best for America. The politics of resentment against other people will not just leave us a fractured party, they are going to leave us a fractured nation.”

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Governor Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump for Republican Nomination

Christie TrumpN.J. Gov. Chris Christie, two years removed from being selected chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association by his peers, suspended his once-promising presidential campaign and endorsed his party’s frontrunner, Donald Trump, for the 2016 presidential nomination in quick succession last month.

For those who thought that Christie’s time spent campaigning out of state would diminish with his conciliation speech, Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump may seem like a bad dream. Critics of the Governor find a silver lining in this newest development. However, the endorsement drew fire from within Christie’s own party for being short-sighted and opportunistic. 

“Showtime is over. We are not electing an entertainer-in-chief,” said Christie during a campaign event in New Hampshire in January.

“Showmanship is fun, but it is not the kind of leadership that will truly change America,” said Christie.

While Christie is now an outspoken supporter of Trump, the entertainment factor won’t seemingly diminish as quickly as his presidential aspirations.

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Latest MU Polls of Crucial Upcoming Primary States

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In Memory of Nancy Reagan

July 6,1921-March 6,2016


Nancy Reagan

While first lady of California from 1967 of 1975, Nancy spent many hours helping Vietnam veterans, the elderly, and the emotionally and physically handicapped. She also led the Foster Grandparents program, which paired senior citizens with special-needs children.

•As first lady of the United States, she campaigned against drug and alcohol abuse among youth, acting as a spokeswoman for the “Just Say No” campaign.

•In 1985, she hosted the first ladies of 17 countries in an international conference on youth drug abuse.

•She launched the Nancy Reagan Foundation to support after-school drug prevention program

“There’s a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It’s exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don’t cheat yourselves out of this promise.”

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Former Chief Justice of New Jersey Pays Visit to MU

Chief Justice NJMonmouth University had the honor of hosting a meet-and-greet with Deborah Poritz, the former Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, on Feb. 21. Justice Poritz is the Public Servant in Residence at the University and was asked to give a lecture for the Political Science department.

Prospective law students watched her speak, regarding her success as the first woman Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, how her gender has impacted her decision-making, and the reputation she established for herself in a male-dominated workforce, as well as shedding some light on the evolution of the same-sex marriage case.

Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Justice Poritz graduated from James Madison High School in 1954 and then went on to graduate from Brooklyn College in 1958. She chose to continue her education at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Justice Poritz made New Jersey history when she became the first female Attorney General of New Jersey in 1994, where she served until 1996. Defying the odds yet again, she became the first woman Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court in 1996, where she served until 2006. Becoming the first woman to hold two of the most prestigious positions in NJ politics, she has inspired thousands of women to break the gender barrier that surrounds politics.

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A Nomination for the Books

Hayden PrattPresident Obama has made a nomination for a lifetime government position— not for a Supreme Court Justice— but for the Librarian of Congress. The New York Times reported that President Obama nominated Dr. Carla Hayden on Feb. 24. According to Nicholas Fandos of The New York Times, not only would she be the fourteenth person in America’s history to hold the position, but also the first woman and African American to be the Librarian of Congress.

The White House has released President Obama’s nomination, “Michelle and I have known Dr. Carla Hayden for a long time, since her days working at the Chicago Public Library, and I am proud to nominate her to lead our nation’s oldest federal institution as our 14th Librarian of Congress,” he said

“Dr. Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture. She has the proven experience, dedication, and deep knowledge of our nation’s libraries to serve our country well and that’s why I look forward to working with her in the months ahead.”

Dr. Hayden still needs to go through the confirmation process, but President Obama said, “If confirmed, Dr. Hayden would be the first woman and the first African American to hold the position – both of which are long overdue.”

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What’s Coming Up After Super Tuesday?

Presidential Primary ScheduleRepublicans


March 1- Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia

March 5- Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine

March 6- Puerto Rico

March 8- Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi

March 12- District of Columbia

March 15- Florida, Illinoise, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Northern Mariana Islands

March 22- Arizona, Utah

Democrats


March 1-8- <>Democrats Abroad

March 1- Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont Virginia

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MU Debaters Strive to Make a Difference

Debate Team PictureTen Monmouth debaters— who in addition to preparing for college debate tournaments— have been busy coaching Asbury Park high school students every Thursday after school and accompanying them to debate tournaments affiliated with the Urban Debate League.  On the weekend of February 8th, the MU debaters coached the Asbury debaters at a tournament at the Institute for Collaborative Education in the South Bronx and February 12th to the 14th. MU debaters took the students to a tournament at Harvard University.  The team won several individual speaking awards at both tournaments.  The Asbury debaters met with the 2015 New York City Policy debate champion Dante de Blasio, son of the city’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio.

The Asbury Park debate team gives special thanks to MU Debaters captain Danielle Doud, Angela Ryan, Kaitlin Allsopp, Prachi Patel, Abdullah Rashid, Kevin Ospina, Emely Diaz, Angel Soto, Marasia Laster, and Victoria Borges. 

In his 2012 State of the State address New Jersey Governor Chris Christie highlighted o Asbury Park High School as one of the state’s lowest performing high schools.

While New Jersey had a comparatively high graduation rate in 2014 —88.6 percent—, Asbury Park high school remained an outlier; graduating only 49 percent of its student body, making it one of the few high schools in the state that had more students’ drop-out of it rather than graduating.             

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