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Sanders Introduces Medicare for All

Sanders Medicare For AllSenator Bernie Sanders introduced his “Medicare for All” bill on September 13th and plans to go state-to-state in order to promote his bill—his first stop was in San Francisco at the “California Nurses Convention” on Sept. 22.

In 1965, then-President Johnson established the Medicare program in order to provide healthcare to Americans 65-and-older. Eligibility for the program’s benefits was extended to Americans with certain disabilities in 1972. The program provides a variety of covered medical treatments at certain prices, and subsequently reimburses doctors and hospitals whenever a beneficiary uses those services.

The Medicare “trust-fund” is dependent on its enrollment, and how many medical services recipients use. Sanders hopes to significantly increase the program’s enrollment by expanding it to every American, which would render most Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges obsolete.

According to Sanders, his plan would eventually lower prices of healthcare because of the single-payer system’s simplicity. However, getting subsidy for the program would require reducing doctors’ salaries and/or the number of professionals in hospitals, as well as eliminating some medical treatments that are currently offered. Sanders also suggests cutting spending in pharmaceuticals to save expenses. However, doing so could potentially limit access to new, and otherwise expensive, treatments—as well as reduce investments in new technologies. Moreover, “the perks of staying in an American hospital, such as having a private patient room” could be jeopardized—the Times reports.

Many countries have single-payer healthcare systems, yet all of them pay substantially less for healthcare than the U.S. would. This is because Sanders’ plan would cover extensively more than usual insurance plans do in both the U.S. and abroad. According to research from The Urban Institute, Sanders’ healthcare plan would cost double than what his 2016 campaign initially estimated.

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Justice Dept. Sides With Baker in Supreme Court Case

Justice Dept Baker Supreme CourtThe Department of Justice made its support for Colorado baker Jack Phillips apparent, by filing a brief in support of his case that his religious beliefs prevent him from making cakes for same-sex couples on Sept. 7.

What started as a dispute of discrimination and intolerance back in 2012 when Phillips refused to create a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins has now turned into a nationwide spectacle as the case heads for the Supreme Court to be heard before the end of its 2017 term. As this five-year case reaches an ultimate conclusion this year, it falls upon the people to determine what effects this historical ruling will have.

This decision comes on the coattail of Obergefell v Hodges, which rulted that “those who adhere to religious doctrines may continue to advocate...that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned” according the The Economist.

“Part of the marriage equality ruling is how it fits into society”, says Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, a professor of Political Science. “Many different specific cases can arise from one issue, so sometimes we need more clarification from the Supreme Court.”

Dr. Mitchell views the issue as a sociological one, and is a byproduct of the original 2014 case that made same-sex marriage legal in the first place.

“It’s past precedent, in a way”, he adds, “If you want marriage equality to be strengthened, it has to be tested.”

This goes both ways; this will not only affect the rulings and particulars of marriage equality, but religious freedom in the U.S. as well. This will be a landmark case for either side, with the ruling determining the future of both issues.

“You’ve kind of got to kick a law to see how strong it is” Mitchell said.

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Unanimous Vote to Impose Sanctions on North Korea

Unanimous Vote Sanctions North KoreaThe United Nations (UN) Security Council voted to enforce new sanctions against North Korea on Monday, Sept. 11th.

President Trump’s top diplomat, Ambassador Nikki Haley, said these are “by far the strongest measures ever imposed [on North Korea].”

“This will cut deep,” Ambassador Nikki Haley said after a unanimous vote to impose new sanctions on North Korea, following their latest nuclear test, the Washington Examiner reported.

The package of sanctions targets North Korea’s imports of oil and textiles, as well as its ability to profit from forced laborers overseas. The Security Council has imposed limits on inbound oil supplies and more comprehensive inspections of cargo-ships going in and out of North Korean ports.

These measures will deprive North Korea $1.3 billion annually, according to Ambassador Haley. In addition, she reminds the regime and its allies—such as Russia and China—the U.S. government has no intent to overthrow North Korea.

 “We are not looking for war,” Haley stressed, “The North Korean regime has not yet passed the point of no return.

If it agrees to stop its nuclear program, it can reclaim its future. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it. On the other hand, if North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with future pressures. The choice is theirs.”

“The [North Korean] regime is not suicidal,” Dr. DeRosa, a Monmouth professor, states. “It wants very badly to survive. The USA and its allies can continue to contain [the regime] even as it acquires more nuclear weapons.”

“[The sanctions] are worth a try,” DeRosa says, “but [Kim Jung-un’s] regime believes having nuclear weapons will make it more secure, and they will do their best to continue their program despite sanctions.”

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University President and Professors Take Stand Against Hatred and Bigotry

Dear students, friends and colleagues:

Our shared commitment to building a community of mutual caring and respect, diversity, and integrity does not stop when classes are finished, or take a pause before the new academic year begins.

The sad and shocking events in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend are a stark reminder that our educational mission is vi-tal, and perhaps more important than ever, to extinguish bigotry and violence, and to affect positive change in the world.

As an academic enterprise based on exploration of diverse thought, we must balance freedom of expression with an active commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for every individual, without exception.

As we prepare to come together on campus in just a few short weeks, I know you will join me in condemning hatred, bigotry, and violence in all forms as well as offering support to those who may be feeling vulnerable. I look forward to working with all of you to ensure a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus for all.


Grey J. Dimenna, Esq. President

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Faculty Tweets Go Viral Following Charlottesville Protests

Faculty Tweets 1The Dean of Monmouth University’s Honors School, Dr. Walter Greason, wrote a series of tweets following the protests in Charlottesville, VA on Aug. 12, that immediately went viral, attracting the attention of several news outlets.

The New York Times reports that the tragedy ensued after the white supremacist-led “Unite the Right” rally that took place in Charlottesville during the second week of August. After city officials announced that they would remove a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee, white supremacists gathered and were met by counter protesters. The tensions escalated between the two groups, and one of the “Unite the Right” attendees James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car through the counter protesters, killing one woman. Between the clashes themselves and the car attack, 34 other protesters were injured.

“[The statue] was basically a rallying point for white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and neo-Confederate forces,” said Greason, “[The rally] wasn’t just about the statue, but it was about the principles of white supremacy being defended and reasserted in the United States.”

In the day following the live coverage of the violence, Greason decided to analyze the situation by explaining the underlying reasons why a horror like this would occur. He noted that many were quick to reject the “Unite the Right” movement and distance themselves from it online, and took issue with the fact that events like what happened in Charlottesville are all too common in the US.

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Jeff Sessions Announces DACA Reconsideration

Jeff Sessions DACA ReconsiderationAttorney-General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump will be rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order established under the Obama Administration, on September 5th. 

In 2012, former President Barack Obama announced that he would be temporarily providing the renewable two-year grace period to individuals who have entered the country illegally as minors, typically through their parents. 

Much contention already surrounded DACA prior to President Trump’s rescission.

In November 2014, former-President Obama attempted to expand DACA and establish the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Texas, along with 25 other states, sued the United States federal government in response soon thereafter. 

In 2015, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked then-President Obama’s series of executive orders with a 2-1 vote in Texas v. United States— sustaining a lower court’s injunction against the two programs, The Atlantic reported. In response to these rulings, the United States Department of Homeland Security rescinded the DACA expansion on June 16, 2017.

Many still questioned the prospect of DACA if it were to be appealed to the United States Supreme Court, considering the precariousness of the executive order. 

Much of the criticism surrounding DACA—both when it was established and today—was not so much what former-President Obama did, but rather how he did it. Presidential executive orders can sometimes stir controversy.

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“And so the Adventure Begins...” | Jasmine Ramos' Senior Goodbye

If my 15-year-old self saw how far I have gotten in my college career, and just knew what was ahead, she would not believe it. To be honest, my 19 year old Jasmine would believe this life belonged to someone else.

Although I have a semester left before graduation, getting this far has been a huge accomplishment for me. There were times when the dream became distant, and I still have moments where they still exist. However, I have had such a strong support team helping me that I will never know how to thank you for putting up with me. But that will not stop me from trying now.

Mom and Dad: I want to thank you for doing everything you could for me. Only God knows of all the sacrifices you two have committed to give me such a bright future. Mom, without you making sure I would get to school on time with you only having minutes to get to work to making sure my homework got done even if you didn’t understand. You are my wonder woman, and I will forever be grateful. You are the strongest person I know, and I hope I gain at least half of that. Thank you, Dad, for making sure I was happy and being my shoulder to cry on when times would get tough, which we all know have been many. I hope I gain the qualities you guys have and instill them into my kids one day.

EOF Program: Without you, I would have never experienced the life I did here at Monmouth. You were a blessing in disguise for my family and I. You rook a weight of my shoulder and sixty of theirs. I know I may have acted ungrateful but without this program, I would have never been able to grow as a person.

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“I’ll Make it to the Moon if I Have to Crawl” | Brendan Greve's Senior Goodbye

The end of my career at Monmouth University and the Outlook is approaching, leaving me scratching my head and wondering where time goes. This is my senior goodbye and thank you to The Outlook, an organization that has helped me accomplish many goals both inside and outside of the classroom during my time at Monmouth. As I reflect on my life and where it is today, I can’t help but think about where it was four years ago before I joined The Outlook.

I remember this one weekend about four years ago I was sitting in the back of my friend’s car and the topic of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” came up in conversation. I had asked myself that question countless times, never coming up with an answer. I said, “I think it would be cool to be a lawyer.” My friend looked at me like I had two heads and said, “Have you ever thought about doing anything else?”

I understood his skepticism. We were parked outside of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. I was staying with a friend of mine from the meetings who would let me sleep on his couch. The only thing I had going for me was a job bussing tables. I was suspended from school at the time, unsure of whether I’d be allowed back, and was doing a pretty good job at tarnishing my opportunity of getting an education at Monmouth University. It made sense that someone would think that I wouldn’t make much of my life.

Unlike many successful Monmouth students, I didn’t care much for the opportunities that our school provided when I first arrived. I planned on skating by like I did in high school but the habits I used to get away with came back to hurt me. It took me to almost lose my chance of graduating and taking advantage of those opportunities to realize how important they really are. After that night, I didn’t want to be told that I can’t or that I’m not allowed to do something ever again.

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Sean Spicer Makes Controversial Comments

Sean Spicer Controversial CommentsWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer, in an attempt to criticize Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attack, said that even Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II.

Despite the fact that Hitler killed millions of Jews using gas chambers, Spicer said during a briefing on April 11, “We had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

When a reporter gave him the opportunity to clarify during the briefing on Tuesday, Spicer defended his remarks by differentiating Hitler’s and Assad’s actions, according to The New York Times.

“I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no, he (Hitler) was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said. “He brought them into the Holocaust center I understand that. What I am saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent, into the middle of towns, it was brought – so the use of it. And I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.”

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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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