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U.S. Launches Missile Strike Against Syrian Regime

US Missile Strike on Syrian RegimePresident Donald Trump launched a missile strike April 6 against Syrian weapon bases controlled by the Bashar al-Assad regime in response to their use of chemical weapons on civilians.

The attack consisted of 60 missiles, with only 59 actually hitting the target, going against the al-Shayrat air base, where the chemical weapons were set off to hit the town of Khan Sheikoun.

Trump briefed journalists hours after the attack and stated, “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”

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Monmouth School of Education Hosts 'Special Education Reconsidered' as Part of MU Lecture Series

Special Education Reconsidered Lecture SeriesMonmouth hosted special education lawyer Lori Gaines of Barger & Gaines on Thursday, April 6 in the Wilson Hall Auditorium.

The goal of the lecture was to lead a timely conversation surrounding the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District as part of its lecture series called “Special Education Reconsidered.” The event was hosted by the Department of Education and was moderated by Dr. Stacy Lauderdale, Department Chair and assistant professor.

Dr. John Henning, the Dean of the School of Education, said, “The School of Education is split into four departments, with special education being one of those departments.”

This event was just one of numerous ways that the department recognizes special education. They have also taken part of programs such as the Autism MVP Associate and Autism Awareness month.

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Conservative Health Care Reform in Jeopardy

Conservative Health Reform JeopardyAfter deciding to pull the bill that aimed to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration on Mar. 24, President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders have reintroduced the American Health Care Act.

“Obamacare” is considered to be one of the Obama administration’s most memorable domestic accomplishments, and one that Trump, during his campaign, would be easy to repeal. However, the bill lacked the votes it needed to pass, as it was opposed by the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

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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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Nation: Divided on Trump

Nation Divided on TrumpThe Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from March 2 to 5, 2017 with 801 adults in the United States. The results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.

Click here to see the poll infographic.

INFOGRAPHIC CREATED by Matthew Aquino

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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Secretary Of Defense:

Gen. James Mattis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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