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Kasich wins Ohio, Rubio out after loss in Florida

The five Democratic and Republican primaries on March 15 brought with them a series of ups and downs, as well as some predictable wins.   One of the biggest shake-ups of the night was Ohio Governor John Kasich’s win in his home state, the first win in the Republican candidate’s entire race. In this victory,…

Planned priorities

  Several weeks ago, Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich signed a bill stripping Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities in the state of $1.3 million. He signed this despite a majority of Ohioans opposing this action, according to a poll by the Hart Research Associates.   I own up to being staunchly…

The Islamic State group leaks information on 22,000 people

  Confidential documents from the Islamic State group were leaked to Sky News on Thursday, March 10. On some of the documents were questions like, “What is your Sharia or religious level,” “Who recommended you,” “What is your previous jihad experience,” and “are you more of a fighter or a suicide attacker?”   Sky News…

North Korea fires missiles into sea

North Korea launched two ballistic missiles Thursday, March 10 around 5:20 a.m. Korea Time.  Each missile traveled about 310 miles from the country’s north shore into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula.  According to NBC News, the missiles are believed to be Scud-type missiles.   This is the third sort of test the country…

Trump wins in South Carolina GOP primary

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were named the winners in the respective Democratic Nevada caucus and Republican South Carolina primary on Saturday, Feb. 20.   Trump and Clinton won the popular vote in the respective states that night. Clinton won 52.6 percent of the Democratic vote, whereas Trump won 32.5 percent, of the Republican vote,…

Importance of being informed

    I’ve always been a bit addicted to the news. I’ve been watching Meet the Press for as long as I can remember, and early Sunday mornings as a small child were always spent sitting on my dad’s lap reading the newspaper with him and stealing sips of his bitter black coffee.   I…

Bombings kill 28 in Turkish capital

A car bomb was detonated in the city center of Ankara, the Turkish capital, on Wednesday Feb. 17, during rush hour. According to The New York Times, 28 people were killed and roughly 60 were injured in the attack. The attack targeted a military convoy as they passed through the city’s administrative district, which is…

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…

President Obama to visit Cuba

President Obama is poised to become the first sitting United States president to visit Cuba since 1928. After Obama announced the trip on Twitter, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes posted details about the trip on his Medium.com profile. It says Obama will be in Cuba on March 21 and 22 to meet with Cuban…

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…

Tensions rise between South Korea, North Korea

    Tension escalated on the Korean peninsula after a satellite launch in early February conducted by North Korea. The South Korean government has ordered the shut down of the industrial complex run by both the North and South Korean governments, according to The New York Times. North Korea retaliated by expelling South Korean workers…

SCOTUS Stalemate

  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on Feb. 13, reportedly from natural causes, which has sent us into a bit of frenzied political turmoil.   Now, before I launch into what I have to say, I want to venture off a bit. While, as a Democrat, I tended to disagree with Scalia’s…

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…

Bundy brothers standoff comes to an end in Oregon

    The Oregon standoff, which has dominated headlines since its inception on Saturday, Jan. 2, has officially come to an end with the last occupier, David Fry, surrendering to authorities, according to The New York Times. Fry, an Ohio native, like many of his fellow protesters traveled from across the country to participate in what…

Ohio bill to defund women’s clinics

  The Republican controlled Ohio Senate and House recently passed a bill on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to strip funding to Planned Parenthood and similar facilities. The bill now goes to Governor John Kasich and awaits his approval. Kasich is fresh off a successful outing in New Hampshire, where, according to CBS News, his more moderate…

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.  …