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Johnson seems unaware Syrian civil war centers around Aleppo

Libertarian party presidential candidate and former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson, shocked viewers during his interview with MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle. Barnicle asked a question regarding the situation in Aleppo, Syria. Johnson responded with, “and what is Aleppo?” Barnacle, shocked, quickly responded by asking if he was kidding. Johnson did not seem to be anywhere…

Trump sweeps five states, Clinton takes four

    Businessman Donald Trump scored another demanding victory in five different state primaries on Tuesday, April 26. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also had a strong night with four wins in states Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.   The states that voted were Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland. Trump was polling…

Trump: media made

  In 20 years, this election is going to be studied by political scientists. In their research, they are going to figure out how and why the Donald Trump phenomenon happened. There are a few things we already know. We know that people are angry and they are flocking to Donald Trump because he is…

Thanks for helping, but don’t forget to leave

    The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador has caused hundreds of deaths and thousands more injuries. The physical damage is beyond what one country can fix all on their own, queue all of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) like Red Cross or Catholic Relief Services to come in and help with the clean up. These…

Trump, Clinton win New York primary

  After a long string of loses from both businessman Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton, the two presidential nominee frontrunners won the New York primary, according to NBC News. Senator Bernie Sanders had won the last seven primary votes for the Democratic race, according to The New York Times. Senator Ted Cruz had won…

Kasich’s best chance was not to run at all

      As each day goes by, we hear more and more about the chance of a contested convention. The fact is that there will be a contested convention. As much as Donald Trump likes to say there won’t be, he is yet again just plain wrong. According to The Washington Post, Trump would…

We all agree people need help, so let’s help them

  Minimum wage is a hot button issue in this year’s election. The two main political parties have vastly different opinions on the issue, and for good reason. Liberals would say that it is impossible to survive on a wage of $7.25 an hour (which is around what a common minimum wage would be). Conservatives…

OurView: For the love of the game

As editor of the World News section and a Political Science major, most of my days are full of bad news. Currently, Donald Trump is leading in the polls, a report shows that there is corruption of massive proportions on the global scale, and not a day goes by where I don’t hear about a…

Campaign and chill

No matter what your political leanings are, we can all agree that this election has been unique. Some of us are bursting with excitement with some of the candidates in the running, while others are scared at the prospect of a particular candidate becoming the next president of the United States. No matter what your…

Scalia deserves more than more fighting

  “This could change everything.”   That was my first reaction to seeing the news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died. Now after some thought, I realized that that is not a respectable reaction to someone dying. This is a man who had been in the Supreme Court for almost thirty years, and…

Justice Antonin Scalia, leaves behind “originalist” legacy

  Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia died Saturday, Feb. 13 of natural causes at a ranch in West Texas, according to The New York Times. Scalia was married and had nine children. He was a devout Catholic and in regard to his children said, “Being a devout Catholic means you have children…

Time to start paying attention

  After months and months of putting off paying attention to the presidential race, the time has come to start paying attention. The Iowa caucuses are next Tuesday, and the New Hampshire primary is the next Tuesday. These are the first time real people will go to the polls and caucus centers to voice their…

Mass shooting in California causes Obama to address nation

Gunshots tore through San Bernardino, Calif. as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a company Christmas party on Wednesday Dec. 2. The shooting left 14 dead and 21 injured. The suspects were killed after a pursuit and firefight with the police.   Evidence showed the husband and wife team had planned the attack, and…

Do not be afraid

  There are a lot of things Obama has supported in his two terms as President that I disagree with. But in his speech on Dec. 6 to the nation on terrorism, there was one part that he and I can agree on.   The one thing President Obama is absolutely correct on is not…

British forces begin airstrikes against the Islamic State

The United Kingdom became the next country to join the war against the Islamic State group by voting on Wednesday Dec. 2 in Parliament to approve airstrikes in Syria, according to The New York Times. British lawmakers voted to go ahead with Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to launch an attack against the terrorist group…

Republican debate more substantive; sparks still fly

  Republican Presidential candidates gathered in Milwaukee to debate issues mainly pertaining to the economy, but with other topics mixed in the conversation as well. The debate stage was less crowded than it has been previously, with only eight people on stage. The debaters were Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich,…

Peace and force

The terrorist attacks in Paris this weekend changes things. The attacks change the way the world looks at the Islamic State  group and the constant threat of terrorism. The attacks change the 2016 presidential race in the United States. The attacks will forever change France in all things, just as 9/11 changed America. These atrocities…

Trump was too funny

  Like a lot of Americans, on Saturday night, I tuned in to NBC to watch Saturday Night Live. I have always been a fan of the show and watch when I want to, but I could not miss this past Saturday’s episode. As a fan of comedy and a self-described political junkie, this was…

Russian plane downed over Egypt, possible ISIS ties

  A Russian plane crashed 23 minutes after taking off over Egypt on Oct. 31 on it’s way to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have claimed they were the group behind the crash. According to Reuters, Egyptian investigators say they are “90-percent sure” a bomb was put on the plane…

Paul Ryan elected Speaker of the House

Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)was officially elected the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday Oct. 29. At 45 years old, Ryan is the youngest speaker to hold the position since the late 1860s as well as being the first speaker from Wisconsin. Ryan received 236 votes, a majority in the House and more…

McCarthy drops bid for Speaker of the House

The political world thought the Republican Party would have a viable nominee for a new Speaker of the House as of Oct. 8, 2015, but the lead candidate dropped out of the race at the last second. The presumed candidate was House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). House Republicans met last Thursday in a closed-door…

OurView: The Francis Effect

  It was about three weeks ago that I went with a group of John Carroll and Canisius students to go see Pope Francis in Philadelphia while he was visiting for the Meeting of Families, and I’m still on a “Pope high.”   We went down to Philly on Saturday and left Sunday. On Saturday…

Pope Francis speaks to Congress and United Nations

Pope Speaks to Congress   Igniting an avid reception, Pope Francis’ trip to the United States was highlighted by a speech to Congress, which millions watched. The occasion was momentous, as no previous Pope has ever addressed Congress.  Pope Francis’ speech extended to issues that divide Americans, but ultimately accentuated the staggering challenges not only…

Carson rises in the polls, becoming a Trump challenger

    Just two years ago, Ben Carson retired from his position as head of pedantic neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Now, he is in serious contention to be the next President of the United States.   Growing up in Detroit, Carson’s family was very poor. He was raised by his mother, who worked multiple low-wage…

The business tycoon ‘Trump’ing the other candidates

  During his announcement to run for president Donald Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” He stated his distaste for John McCain, a former presidential candidate and a famous prisoner of war, by stating, “He was a war hero because he was…