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Should Newspapers Endorse Political Candidates?

A newspaper's job is to report a story based on the facts and what the pulse of the community is. However, more and more newspapers are beginning to endorse political candidates. Does this affect their credibility?

This past New Jersey campaign season, the Star Ledger made two different endorsements. The endorsement for the Senatorial Special Election was made for Cory Booker, whom now we refer to as Senator Booker. With overwhelming support for the success that Booker has had with his mayor career, according to the Editorial Board at the Star Ledger felt he would be the best candidate to represent New Jersey in the Senate.

They refer to his "economic development, reducing violent crime, building affordable house and parks" to a list of credibility that made Booker the best candidate for the Senate.

They also stressed his ability to "cross party lines" which is something they felt important for people in the government to be able to do successfully. Referring to him as sensible deals, hoping that with a candidate like Booker there could be some real discussion within the Senate on progressive change that would not have to be so highly influenced and rejected by political ideology.

However, the Star Ledger was not the only one to endorse Booker. During the election there were also endorsements for Booker from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier Post, and Asbury Park Press.

John Morano, Professor of Journalism and Advisor The Outlook, said, "There has certainly been a long tradition of newspapers endorsing political candidates. In fact, The Outlook has on occasion endorsed candidates for the University presidency. So, the short answer to your question is yes, it can be a useful practice, depending on a few conditions."

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New Jersey Special Election Results

Democratic Candidate Cory Booker won NJ Speical Election by 10 points


Booker: 54.6%

Lonegan: 44.4%

According to: Politico

U.S. and Iran Working Towards Diplomacy

For the first time in over 30 years, the leaders of two countries; the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, have spoken. President Barack Obama and President Hassan Rouhani, have broken the deafening silence which has been the trademark of the relationship with a phone call, according to Such steps forward has many spectators asking the same the question: is this a fresh start for the countries?

In 1953, the CIA supported a coup that overthrew the democratically elected leader of Iran for one friendlier to the US. This all changed in 1979 when, after over twenty years, Iranian leader Shah Mohammad Mossadeq was ousted and replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini. In a matter of days, the Kingdom of Iran transformed into the Islamic Republic of Iran. Weeks later, after Iranians stormed the American embassy, the workers were held hostage and America entered into the Iranian Hostage Crisis. After 444 days, when all the hostages were released, the U.S. formally cut all ties to Iran, according to

For over 30 years, the silence between the two have dominated any possible dialogue the countries could have.  The situation only became more tense when allegations of Uranium enrichment and the building of nuclear facilities came to light in 2002. Most recently it has become apparent that Iran is propping up one of it’s staunchest allies in the region, Bashar Al-Assad’ s government in the Syrian Civil War, according to CS

Dr. Saliba Sarsar, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, explained “Behind-the-scenes preparatory talks probably made the call possible.  It comes at a crucial time:  Iran has nuclear ambitions but suffers from major UN and non-UN-mandated sanctions.” He went on to say “The call is meant ‘to break the ice’ and defuse some of the tense conditions in the Middle East.

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Christie and Buono Step into the Ring for their First Gubernatorial Debate

Christie in the Lead; Buono Looks to Gain Ground Before Election on Nov. 5

According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Republican Governor Chris Christie has 62 percent of the votes over his Democrat opponent, Barbara Buono. Not even the debate on Tuesday, October 8, was able to change much of the direction in which the polls were going.

At their first debate, both candidates were clear to show that  they had opposite views, ranging  from education to gay marriage. Christie seemed to have walked away with victory, making him a possible candidate for the Republican nomination for president, while Buono used her time to get her points across.

“[The] debate was really the entire campaign encapsulated into 60 minutes,” explained Patrick Murray, Director of Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “Barbara Buono threw out a whole host of issues where she disagrees with Gov. Christie, but never fully developed a clear line of attack that would appeal to independent voters. Christie demonstrated how he is a master of turning attacks to his advantage.  In the end, this debate did nothing to change the race’s dynamics,” said Murray.

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Former President Jimmy Carter Hosts the 30th Annual “Carter Work Project”

MU Community Volunteers in Helping Hurricane Sandy Victims in Union Beach

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn showed their humanitarian efforts in Union Beach during a joint effort with Habitat for Humanity and the 30th annual Carter Work Project, to help build and repair homes ravaged by Superstorm Sandy almost one year ago.

Union Beach, like many other towns along New Jersey’s coastline, suffered significant damage as a result of the storm, the Habitat for Humanity website explains. Over 80 percent of the town’s homes were affected by flooding, while more than 50 were completely washed away during the storm and another 200 were leveled in the months that followed.

Today, 500 families still remain displaced and the entire town continues to struggle to move past the disaster, according to the website. The Carter’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization, began in 1984 when the 39th president led a work group to New York City to help renovate a six-story building with 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter.

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New Jersey State Superior Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage Starting Oct. 21

The Superior Court of New Jersey, located in Mercer County, made a “historic” decision in the case, Garden State Equality v. Dow where Head Judge Mary Jacobson ordered state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages as of Oct. 21, 2013.

This decision was 10 years in the making. Lamda Legal and Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization, represented six same-sex couples and their children. Lamda Legal and Garden State Equality claimed that their clients were harmed because of the unequal civil union system. They claimed that civil unions violate both the NJ Constitution and the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

After the landmark decision this past summer in U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. DOMA, a federal law, defined marriage as a union strictly between one man and one woman.

Judge Jacobson declared that the state government is violating New Jersey’s Constitution by denying federal benefits to the couples by not allowing them marry.

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Booker in the Lead of New Jersey Special Election

Only one week remains until the people of New Jersey head to the polls on Wednesday, Oct. 16 for a special election, to select the state's next U.S. Senator, filling the seat left vacant by the death of former Senator Frank Lautenberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is representing the Democratic Party and former Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Lonegan is the Republican candidate.

As of October 1, a Monmouth University poll showed Booker maintaining a 13 percentage point lead over Lonegan.

Booker’s presence on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook has increased. He also entered a burning home to rescue a woman who had been trapped amid flames and acrid smoke have gained him popularity over the last few years.

If elected to the Senate,  Booker vows to fight for continued improvements to the healthcare system, to bolster education, to continue advancing the causes of women's rights, to ensure marriage equality for same-sex couples, and to safeguard the long term health of the environment.

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“Essential” Government Employees Being Paid During Government Shutdown

As the shutdown of our government continues, now on its ninth day since congress failed to pass a budget on September 1st, 2013. Eight-hundred thousand federal workers have been furloughed, and the economic repercussions are still unknown, mostly depending on how long this shutdown lasts.

During the shutdown what our government calls, “non-essential” services are no longer funded. There are also “essential” government jobs that will be affected, like active duty servicemen, Department of Labor mine inspectors, and Secret Service agents but most will not receive pay. The constitution dictates that certain people must be paid, even during a shutdown.

As it stands our president and our legislators in the house and senate will still be receiving their paychecks. Congress’s salaries fall under what is called “mandatory funds”. Their paychecks do not fall under the umbrella of discretionary spending that is affected by an un-passed budget.

It has raised some eyebrows and created a few headlines as to why the Congress and President are paid when they are the ones who have resulted in the government shutdown.

As of Friday, September 27, one hundred and forty-four members of Congress have decided to give or refuse to take their earnings during the shutdown.

Questions of motive and ingenuousness followed congressional announcements of what they would do with their pay. Are they just making a political move or is this an honest decision that congress feels will relieve the burden of the government shutdown off the American people.

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What Are the Effects of the Government Shutdown?

Many Services Offered by the Federal Government Will Not Be Reinstated Until Deal is Made

On Tuesday October 1, 2013 at 12:01, the federal government could not reach an agreement on a budget and as a result, led to a government shutdown.

This is not a new thing the US Federal Government shut down in 1995 and 1996. It lasted 28 days and included putting non-essential government workers on furlough and the suspension of non-essential services. We should expect a similar result this time.

Professor of economics and finance, Dr. Steven Pressman, said that a shutdown could result in slower economic growth, “but it should not lead to any major economic catastrophe (assuming that the situation ends shortly after Oct. 1 because people are so upset with Congress).”

When the day came for the shutdown, there was not one major event but a chain of events. Most essential federally funded operations will remain untouched, like post offices, military personnel and coastal services. National Parks, Museums, and monuments will close, along with major delays the acquiring of federal loans, permits, and passports due to the shutdown.

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Dr. Aditi Dey Visits University from India

Dey Will be Guest Lecturer in Politics in India Classes at Undergraduate and Graduate Level

This month, the University welcomed a visiting international scholar, Dr. Aditi Dey, from Calcutta, India. Dey will be guest lecturing in the undergraduate course Politics in India, and the graduate course Public Policy in India.  She will be at the University until October 9.

Dr. Rekha Datta, professor of political science was the one to nominate to have Dr Dey come to campus. “I have known Dr. Aditi Dey for over three decades. I always knew that she loves teaching and has a wonderful rapport with her students. When I nominated Dr. Dey for the position of Visiting International Scholar, my hope was that she would interact with students, faculty, and campus constituents in such a way that there is a vibrant exchange of ideas and thoughts,” Datta said.

Dey received her Ph.D on Indira Gandhi’s leadership in India’s Democracy at Calcutta University. She has been teaching Politics in India, Public Administration, and Political Theory for 29 years at Shri Shikshyatan College.

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How Will Obamacare Affect Students?

The Affordable Health Care law, better known as Obamacare, will require everyone in America to have health care coverage or be faced with a fine by Jan. 1, 2014. The enrollment process for Obamacare will be provided on Oct. 2 until Mar. 31, 2014.

Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services, said that 80 to 85 percent of the student population has health insurance through their parents or employment so this law will only affect “15 to 20 percent of the student population tops.”

Maloney said having access to health insurance is important for many reasons. According to Maloney, it allows access to care without paying out of pocket. “Young adults never think they are going to get sick. They are at that age and stuff happens and it can be catastrophic and it can quickly bankrupt you.”

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services, said that healthier students lead to an overall better college experience. “The healthier students are and the healthier they stay, they are more likely to be successful in the classroom and anything else they do and if they are sick and can’t afford to pay out of pocket because they don’t have insurance, it forces them to miss class or miss work or involvement because they are sick; it’s not good.”

Nagy continued, “Whereas, if they are healthy, they can go to class, get their work done, do internships, and get involved, which is important for them being successful.”

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