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Can I please be 22?

    Twenty-two is the hardest age I’ve experienced so far in my “adult life.”   I’m a strong believer that 13 years of age is by far the cruddiest age that exists in adolescence. The combination of middle school drama, puberty and coming into oneself is absolutely chaotic. Seventeen is pretty awful too. You’re…

CDC releases new guidelines for women

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an announcement on Tuesday Feb. 2 advising women who are not on birth control to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.   The report references an increase of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome diagnosis in American infants. The disease occurs when a woman drinks too much alcohol while…

Cosby’s motion to dismiss charges denied

  Judge Steven O’Neill ruled last week that the sexual assault case against entertainer Bill Cosby will move forward. O’Neill rejected Cosby’s motion to dismiss charges of aggravated indecent assault relating to a 2004 encounter with ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, according to NBC News.   During the two-day hearing, Cosby’s lawyers argued that the…

Shkreli faces down Congress in price gouging scandal

  Martin Shkreli, who earned the ire of many in America for his price gouging of pharmaceuticals, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House of Representatives to answer questions concerning his price manipulation of the HIV drug Daraprim.   According to Forbes Magazine, the hearing lasted only 15 minutes and…

Obama proposes 10 dollar oil tax

  President Barack Obama is set to reveal a plan that would provide for a 21st century clean energy transportation system, according to Politico. This comes as Obama is preparing to deliver a new federal budget to Congress next week.   The proposal, which would be phased in over a five year span and apply…

Hillary Clinton emails ruled top secret by FBI

    More information regarding the Hillary Clinton email scandal was released Friday Jan. 22. According to CBS News, the Obama administration came forward, stating that the home server Clinton had been using for emails, during her time as Secretary of State, was not only unsecured, but contained 22 emails including information that is now…

Zika virus infects many in South America

  The mosquito-borne Zika virus is sweeping through the southern Americas, namely Brazil, and has been shown to be linked to the rare birth defect microcephaly, a condition that causes newborns to be born with shrunken heads and severe disabilities, according to PBS Newshour. The World Health Organization said on Thursday, Jan. 28, that the…

Three percent

  The Iowa Caucus has come and gone. All of the debates, town hall meetings and news coverage have finally reached the moment it has been leading up toward. If you are a political junkie like me, then you probably have noticed several themes that have run through almost all the debates, like gun control,…

Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton win in Iowa caucus

      The first primary elections of the 2016 presidential election are over. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas won the Republican ticket, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just barely pulled out the win against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, for the Democratic Party. Clinton only won the caucus by four delegates, according to…

Iranian president visit Italy, Vatican City

    As with many significant and historical events, the Iranian president’s visit to Italy and the Vatican City is marked with controversy. The visit from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is a historic one; this is the first time in nearly two decades that an Iranian president has met with a Roman Catholic Pope.  …

In praise of Barbie

Mattel, the company responsible for the production of the Barbie toy line, recently released new designs for the dolls. In what is largely being considered the biggest change to the dolls in 57 years, Barbie will now come in seven different skin colors and, in what’s really making headlines, three different body types—tall, petite and…

Obama reforms solitary confinement for juveniles

  About 10,000 inmates in United States federal prisons could be facing the direct consequences of President Barack Obama’s reforms on solitary confinement. Obama announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday Jan. 25. Obama’s reforms also include the ban on solitary confinement for low-level infractions,…

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…

SCOTUS to review immigration reform

  Adding another highly contentious case to their 2016 docket, the United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday, Jan. 19 that they will review United States v. Texas, assessing the legality of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform orders.   Fourteen months ago, President Obama proposed to make it easier for the millions of people living in…

Senate fails to pass vote pausing refugees

  The United States Senate failed to pass legislation on Wednesday. Jan. 20 regarding further screening requirements for Iraqi and Syrian refugees.  The proposal would have put more background checks in place and would have required individual sign-offs from three high-ranking federal officials before any refugee from Syria or Iraq could come to the United…

Presidential candidates take aim at Iowa Caucus

  Both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are focusing their efforts on challenging their opponents as the Iowa caucus approaches, which is considered the official start of the presidential nomination race, according to the Chicago Sun Times. On Feb. 1, registered party voters across the state will cast their ballots for their preferred candidate.…

Islamic State destroys ancient Christian monastery

Satellite footage obtained by The Associated Press on Jan. 20 documented the destruction of Saint Elijah’s monastery, a 1,400 year old Christian landmark located in Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic State terrorist group, also known by the Arabic word Daesh, claimed responsibility for the temple’s razing. It is believed that these actions took place in the…

Citizens demand answers as Flint water Crisis worsens

Michigan governor Rick Snyder is facing harsh criticism and accusations of ignoring the present water crisis in the city of Flint, Michigan, located nearly 70 miles northwest of Detroit. The 100,000 citizens of Flint have been unable to drink the city’s water due to extremely high levels of lead.   Although this issue has just…

Transportation bill passes Congress

    Congressional leaders have finally passed a bill  that addresses a pressing issue among many Americans: the country’s crumbling infrastructure. Assuring the measure that was passed on Tuesday Dec. 2 will remedy many of the ailing bridges and roads, Congressional leaders are convinced the anatomy of the bill was suitably orchestrated. The bill passed…

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…

Pentagon allows women to fight in all combat roles

All U.S. military combat positions are being opened up to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday, Dec. 3. According to The Associated Press, the decision allows women to fill about 220,000 jobs that are currently limited to men, including infantry, armor, reconnaissance and some special operations units.   According to The Washington Post, Carter…

Making time

  German supermarket Edeka released a Christmas commercial last week, and it went viral after being posted online. If you have not seen it as of yet, I recommend you go watch it, but I’ll give you the short version.   The ad opens with an elderly man listening to a voicemail from his adult…

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…

Terror in Paris: The City of Lights experiences its deadliest massacre since World War II

    The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks that shook Paris on Friday, Nov. 13. CNN reported that three teams of armed assailants carried out attacks on various locations in the French capital, killing at least 129 and injuring more than 350 others. At least 99 people are reported…