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Nevertheless, She Persisted. Georgi's Senior Goodbye

Nevertheless 1I transferred to Monmouth in the fall of 2019, and I honestly wish I came here sooner. I never knew the home that I was missing, that being The Outlook and the whole Communication Department. 

I always had a love and passion for writing, but never knew what I could do with it, until I came to Monmouth. My time here has truly shown me how capable I am, and I have cherished every lesson learned here. I wish my time was not so limited, but everything I have learned during my two years here will stay with me forever.

Writing for the politics section has been such an amazing learning experience for me as a writer and as a journalist. Politics is such a complex area, and to write about it has been so fun to learn more about it. I am so thankful for all of the professors and students who have contributed to this section and made it as successful as it was. I am also very thankful for my writers who wrote articles for this section every week. You all did a fantastic job, and I hope you all continue with this section in the future. 

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Biden's New Infrastructure Plan

Bidens Infrastructure PlanPresident Biden has a plan of funding and improving infrastructure throughout the United States. Biden’s program will not only cover ‘traditional’ infrastructure like federal funding for bridges and roads but will also focus on additional issues like climate change and investing in green energy.

President Biden has already signed a COVID-19 economic relief bill which granted Americans a stimulus check of $1,400. Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, Senate, and Presidency, a term known as “united government,” yet there have been some concerns that moderates like Senators Tester, Sinema, Manchin, etc. will stop more “progressive” leaning bills from passing.

The infrastructure plan has been met with criticism from Congressional Republicans; they have argued the bill is mostly “pork spending,” saying it does not focus on important issues concerning national infrastructure. There has also been criticism for the bill’s estimated price of two trillion dollars. The White House in response has offered to make a compromise to a lower at a price of 800 billion dollars.

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Biden to Withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan

Biden WithdrawOn Apr. 14, President Joe Biden announced his administration will be withdrawing the combat troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 of this year, ending the war that has lasted 20 years. The withdraw will begin on May 1. 

“It is time to end America’s longest war. It is time for American troops to come home,” he said during his address to the nation.

Biden noted that we cannot expect different results by using the same method for the last 20 years. The war that began after the deadly attacks on 9/11 has been passed on to four different presidential administration, starting with President George W. Bush in Oct. 2001.

Biden spoke to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and said that the U.S. will continue to “support the Afghan people through development, humanitarian and security assistance.” Ghani later stated on Twitter, “We will work with our U.S. parties to ensure a smooth transition.” 

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Arrests Still Happening Months After Capitol Riots

ArrestsOn the afternoon of Jan. 6, rioters stormed the Capitol building as electoral college votes were being counted in the House of Representatives chamber. Three months later, arrests are still being made.

Many of the Capitol rioters came directly from former President Donald Trump’s “Save America Rally” that began hours earlier on the Ellipse, a park near the White House. Trump spoke for more than an hour at this protest, urging attendees to walk to the Capitol afterward, “We fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore. So, we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue—and we are going to the Capitol.”

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Georgia's New Voting Law

GeorgiaRepublican Governor Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s 98-page election law at the end of March, according to CBS News. This new voting law has caused a debate between both republican and democratic parties. 

The new voting law in Georgia will contain the following: ID must be required for in-person voting and mail-in voting, there will be at least 17 days of early voting, new rules for absentee ballots require shorter time frame for requesting and returning mail ballots, the results of the election will be made much faster, food and drink being distributed to voters by non-poll workers is now banned, and the state election board now has power. 

According to USA Today, President Joe Biden called the new law “un-American” and said that it is a “blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscious.”

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Faculty Discuss Biden Border Policy as Undocumented Arrivals Spike

Faculty Discuss 1The Biden Administration has been criticized for a wave of new migrant arrivals on the United States-Mexican border. This recent influx has been the largest spike of undocumented arrivals since 2019, many being unaccompanied minors, according to NPR.

In April 2020, the numbers of immigrants had fallen due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, since February, the numbers have been increasing to nearly 100,000 immigrants, according to Pew Research Center. Some of the immigrant restrictions, that were put in place by former president Donald Trump, are being reversed by The Biden Administration. Pew Research Center reported that the Remain in Mexico Policy was included in this.

“The message is quite clear: Do not come,” noted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

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The Beginning Trial of Derek Chauvin

The Beginning TrialIt was the video seen around the world: a police officer with his knee on a man’s neck, who uttered the words, “I can’t breathe.” That man was George Floyd, and the officer, Derek Chauvin, is now on trial for second-degree murder, third degree-murder, and manslaughter. The other four officers that were surrounding him during the incident were all fired and charged with murder, according to The Washington Post.

As of Friday, the trial was reported to be ahead of schedule, and Friday was filled with testimonies of several police officers who spoke against Chauvin.

 After May 25, 2020, protests began   across the US in outrage against police brutality towards African Americans. America has seen this level of protesting and activism before, most notably during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. But at its basic level, how big of a role does activism and protesting play in producing actual political and lawful change, like in this trial of Mr. Chauvin?

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Biden Calls for Stronger Gun Control

BidenPresident Biden has urged stronger gun control laws after the recent shootings that occurred in Boulder, CO on March 22. Biden has been urging Congress to pass expanding background checks and banning assault-type weapons, like the one the Boulder shooter used.

According to the White House and the New York Times, Biden said that strengthening background checks would be “common sense steps that will save lives in the future.” He also said, “This is not and should not be a partisan issue—it is an American issue. We have to act.” 

Nicholas Sewitch, J.D. Department Chair and Specialist Professor of Criminal Justice, said politicians—especially the president, congressman, or senator—feel that it is their duty to protect the people.

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Kim Jo Yong Warns United States

Kim Jo YongWhile President Joe Biden prepares to release his Korean policy, the sister North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jung, warned the United States to not “cause a stink,” on Tuesday, March 16.

The state news agency KCNA has reported that Kim Yo Jong said, “If it wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step.” Kim Yo Jong has also criticized South Korea and the United States for running linked military exercises.

KCNA reported that the North Korean leader’s sister made a reference to gunpowder when she said that North Korea apparently took “this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off powder smell in our land.”

Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, said that Kim Yo Jong’s warning the U.S. not to cause a stink with North Korea emanates from decades of distrust toward the U.S., which North Korea views as “its biggest enemy.”

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Governor Cuomo Under Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Governor CuomoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), in his third term in office, is under fire following a recent slew of allegations of sexual misconduct.

In late December 2020, the New York Times reported that former gubernatorial aide and current Manhattan Borough Presidential Candidate Lindsey Boylan came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Cuomo . Boylan claimed initially that Cuomo had created a toxic work environment; she went on to explain how he allegedly forcibly kissed her in 2018 and, further, how he had tried to coerce her into having sex.

Since Boylan’s allegations arose, eight other women—Charlotte Bennett, Anna Ruch, Ana Liss, Karen Hinton, Jessica Bakeman, Valerie Bauman, Alyssa McGrath, and one anonymous complainant—have also levied allegations of misconduct on the part of Cuomo.

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Federal and Private Student Loan Debts Continue to Rise

Federal Debts 1Students in the United States borrowed a combined $1.67 trillion in federal and private student loan debt, according to the Federal Reserve’s most recent report. The total federal student loan debt is $1.54 trillion and the total private student loan debt is $131.81 billion.

Ken Michell, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology, explained that the problem isn’t about where people went to college. “Let’s be clear, whether its $10k or $50k in student loan debt relief, neither option is progressive nor conservative nor solves the problem. I personally do not support student loan relief because it does not address the real problem - universities simply charge too much money in tuition. The USA is the only country in the world that ‘punishes’ its young people (and their families) who succeed in making it out of high school with good grades.”

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