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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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Bernie Sanders Could Be The First Jewish President

Bernie Sanders JewishDr. Joseph Patten, Chair of the Political Science Department, said “not many people know that Bernie Sanders is Jewish.” Is this just a coincidence or is it more than that?

 It was only eight years ago when history was made in America with the election of the first African American, President Barack Obama. Now, for the upcoming 2016 presidential elections once again history can be made with either the first Female President, Hillary Clinton, or the first Jewish President, Bernie Sanders, who are both running for the democratic presidential nomination.

Both Jews and females have made giant strides politically in the U.S. throughout history, yet both have failed to get to the ultimate prize, the American presidency.

Joe Lieberman was the first Jewish person to run on a presidential ticket as Vice President for Al Gore in 2000 and then sought the presidential nomination in 2004, but failed and didn’t even end up running.

It’s important to note the role and inspiration these leaders display for African Americans and other minority groups in what they can achieve and accomplish.

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Donald Trump Threatens to Sue Ted Cruz Over Eligibility

Trump Sues CruzWith the 2016 election just around the corner, candidates from the Republican Party are suspending their campaigns and with only five candidates left, Trump has on numerous occasions gone after Ted Cruz for being born outside the United States. Trump has threatened to sue Cruz for running for President due to the issue of citizenship and eligibility. According to Trump, Cruz is automatically not a “natural born citizen”.

Considering Trumps definition of natural born citizen, Cruz would not be able to run for office due to Article two Section two of the United States Constitution.  It states “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.” The reason this requirement was put into the Constitution was to ensure that foreign influence would never impact or harm the American people. The debate and controversy with that part is with the term “Natural Born”.  Nowhere in the constitution does it define the exact terminology.

Professor Cathy Bartch of the Political Science Department shared some insight about the issue. She said, “As someone who has taught American Constitutional Development, I prefer to view the Constitution as a ‘living document’, one that can be interpreted according to the changing times. This does not mean the ‘original intent’ of the framers of the Constitution should be ignored, but I think their intent can be considered in the context of societal transformations and progress.”

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