Articles by Samuel Lane

Americans held prisoners by Iran return home

What can one do in the span of 781 days?  Maybe achieve a difficult task. Perhaps learn a new language or merely take up the time for travel. For Shane Bauer, his fiancée Sarah Shourd, and their friend Joshua  Fattal, their 781 days  in Iranian prison were anything but joyous, but rather a fight to…

Obama proposes $3.5 trillion deficit reduction plan

In his speech to the nation two weeks ago, President Obama tried to make his message clear: he was going to turn around the  downward trend of the economy. Monday,  he laid down his plan to cut the looming federal deficit, which reached $1.23 trillion last week. A week after proposing a $477 billion jobs…

Republican hopefuls square off in debate

As the 2012 election cycle continues to  get under way, so has the presence of the Republican candidates. Seven of them greeted each other Monday at the Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., getting ready to debate the issues of the upcoming election. While the final goal of these seven may be to represent…

Perry overtakes Romney in race for 2012 GOP nomination

For what has so far been the Republican campaign for the presidency, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney seemed to be the favorite for the GOP’s nomination. Numerous competitors for the nomination seemed unable to thwart his lead.  No matter the passion, energy, and sheer discontent others have shown with the policies of President Obama, Mitt…

Bin Laden killed in U.S. raid

He had been a figurehead for nearly two decades. To his supporters, he was an idealist and idol, one who fought for what he believed in. To his opponents, he was a mad man, the mass murderer responsible for the deaths of thousands. Regardless of his stature, there is no doubt that when Osama bin…

Shutdown averted in final hour

The worst appeared imminent. By last Friday, a deal had not been struck as the White House and Congress struggled to figure out the budget. For millions of Americans, the memories of the 1995 government shutdown loomed overhead in their minds. As the day progressed however, the possibility of a shutdown was finally averted with…

U.S. government shutdown imminent

As the federal government continues to decide on the current federal budget, a pivotal week in the budget battle approaches. With the White House and Congress divided on how much must be cut from the budget, the threat of a government shutdown continues to remain on the horizon. The biggest controversy has stemmed from the…

Yemen political chaos continues, U.S. remains cautious in making decision on what to do

As the epidemic of revolution spreads across the Arab world, Yemen finds itself the next victim. Political turmoil and disputes between radicals and non-radicals alike are splintering the Arab nation. Much of the initial and primary focus has been centered on President Abdullah Saleh. In office since 1978, President Saleh has found himself a victim…