Criticizing the First Family: The Importance of Separating the Personal from the Political

From being a real estate developer and television personality to the president of the United States, Donald Trump can accredit much of his newfound attention to the media. The wall-to-wall coverage throughout the election, the real-time fact-checking and the countless editorials surely created a name for Donald Trump in the political world. Of course, not all of this attention was positive, as is usual for a presidential candidate. What is unusual is the ongoing political sparring between the media and President Trump long after the election. Continue reading “Criticizing the First Family: The Importance of Separating the Personal from the Political”

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Education in Danger

Devos’ lack of experience is troubling

Artwork by Eli Canter: Betsy Devos has claimed that guns in schools will help protect students against grizzly bears.

The future of America relies heavily on our education system. For decades, public schools have provided a relatively accessible form of education. While our education system may be flawed, the elimination of public school is far from the solution. Continue reading “Education in Danger”

America’s Melting Pot: Travel Ban Boycott

Since colonization, America has been a place where different cultures come together and blend into a single society. It has been dubbed the “Melting Pot” and “Land of Opportunity.” It has been a home for those who had no home, a refuge that welcomed all, a place to build a new life. That is why President Trump’s refugee ban has saddened many people. One of the most disturbing changes is the fading of empathy in our country, which, if unchecked, may spread to the rest of the world. The immigration ban violates the founding principles of our country. Continue reading “America’s Melting Pot: Travel Ban Boycott”

The Devastation of Deportation

Artwork by Eli Canter: Trump’s first few months have created a lot of controversy throughout the country.

Guadalupe García de Rayos, married and a mother of two U.S. citizens, has been living in Arizona since she was fourteen. She is an undocumented citizen and was arrested in 2008 for using a fake Social Security number to work at a water park. However, García de Rayos has been allowed to live in the United States as long as she checked in with the officials at the Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) each year. Continue reading “The Devastation of Deportation”

The Comedic Truth

Why SNL should continue to parody the Trump administration

“And live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” yells Melissa McCarthy as she flies off the screen on her podium in her Sean Spicer outfit. A new hit on SNL, Melissa McCarthy effortlessly mocks the performance of the White House Press Secretary. Why does it seem so effortless to successfully make fun of a high ranking politician? Politics can be pretty serious; over 300 million people’s lives depend on the actions of very few. What could these few high ranking, extremely important, professionals be doing week after week that makes the majority Americans laugh harder and harder? Continue reading “The Comedic Truth”

Why We Need Judge Gorsuch

The case for the conservative court

From the chaos of the new Trump administration, amid court challenges and nose diving approval ratings, an incredibly smart and well-informed nominee has emerged. No, I’m not talking about “Mad Dog” Mattis or even Guns’n Grizzlies Devos. I speak of Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. In the name of preserving the rule of law and protecting the Constitution, Democrats should join the Republican majority in Congress and confirm Gorsuch with the full sixty votes. Continue reading “Why We Need Judge Gorsuch”

The Importance of Truth

Why it is essential to fact-check Trump’s statements

Artwork by Eli Canter: Trump has accused many news companies of “fake news.”

A recent tweet from Donald Trump reads, “The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!” Even though this is far from the truth, as the majority of the protests are grassroot movements by unpaid citizens, Trump’s message has been accepted by his supporters. This has been a common theme over the last few years. In 140 characters or less, Trump has the ability to influence his legions of followers with the click of a button. Continue reading “The Importance of Truth”

President Trump Orders Resurrection of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo courtesy of Inquisitor.com: Protesters of the pipeline suffered a disheartening blow when Trump recently ordered the construction to continue.

Over the past year, an intense political battle has been waged between Dakota Access, LLC and the Sioux Native American tribe in the Dakotas over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a 1,172 mile oil pipeline that would be used to transport almost two million gallons of oil across the country each day. Continue reading “President Trump Orders Resurrection of the Dakota Access Pipeline”

Travel Ban Causes Unrest Among Americans

On January 27th, Donald Trump signed an executive order which has been coined the travel ban. The order terminated all immigration from seven “high risk” countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. These are the only countries affected by the travel ban, meaning that people from these countries are prevented from entering the U.S. This has been a central part of President Trump’s plan for America since he began his Presidential campaign back in 2015. The travel ban has caused mixed feelings around the country. Continue reading “Travel Ban Causes Unrest Among Americans”

Devos Appointment Causes Controversy

Americans express concern about the new Secretary of Education

Photo courtesy of NBC News: Critics of Betsy Devos’ policies are concerned about her confirmation as Secretary of Education. 

By now, most people in our country know of Betsy Devos. She was confirmed as our new Secretary of Education in a historic vote, where the Vice President was needed to break a tie for the first time in United States history. Many people do not support her, as she has never had any experience public schooling and in her senate hearings showed that she does not really know what she is doing. But others feel that she can help all of our public schools through her beliefs in vouchers for school choice and charter schools. Continue reading “Devos Appointment Causes Controversy”

“Cyberterrorism” Taking Its Hold

Who is to blame for the cyber hacks, lies, and confusion plaguing U.S. politics?

The recent election cycle has been a whirlwind of accusations, rumors, hateful comments and fear mongering. As the country emerges from the polls with newly selected leaders, it is coming to the government’s attention that some of those accusations and rumors may have been deliberately planted to alter the election in some way. Though most of the information is highly classified, and there is no complete certainty about what the intent was, the FBI, CIA, DNI and NSA all agree that Russia was active in the elections. Continue reading ““Cyberterrorism” Taking Its Hold”

Global Warming De- bate is Heating Up

t’s hard to disagree with someone when they tell you the sky is blue. A quick Internet search can prove it. But what if they told you Planet Earth was melting? That’s a bit harder to see, even though most people know it’s happening. Anyone who does not believe in climate change and other environmental problems is out of touch with reality. Continue reading “Global Warming De- bate is Heating Up”

Trump Fills Cabinet With Wealthy Business Executives

Photo courtesy of Rodenfondenten.com: Rex Tillerson being questioned at a hearing

President Donald J. Trump has chosen nearly all his Cabinet nominees for Senate confirmation.

His Cabinet is shaping up to be a mixture of insiders and outsiders, right-wing conservatives and mainstream Republicans, with no uniform political ideology. A number of them may be intended to disrupt–or even to undermine–the departments they are slated to manage. Continue reading “Trump Fills Cabinet With Wealthy Business Executives”

Poll Finds Students Widely in Favor of Clinton

A poll of 400 MHS students, which asked respondents to state who they support for President and where they stand on a handful of major issues, found that the majority of the high school supports Hillary Clinton in her campaign to be the next president of the United States. Continue reading “Poll Finds Students Widely in Favor of Clinton”

American Party Breakup

Artwork courtesy of Eli Cantor: “The unity of America’s major political parties has been tested this election cycle”

The modern American political parties aren’t looking too stable nowadays. There is disorder in Washington DC, and the disorder is based in the fall of political unity. There have always been lines cut deep between the Democrats and Republicans, but recently those lines have been even more defined. The forces that tear these parties apart from one another, also divide the party internally. Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are in states of internal chaos, for unique and most-likely unresolvable reasons. Continue reading “American Party Breakup”

A Lack of Validity in the 2016 Race

Artwork by Eli Canter

This year’s presidential election has revealed a lot about America. Looking at the left end of the spectrum, it has revealed that the progressive movement is stronger than ever, and that a significant amount of Americans still desire liberal ideas, like healthcare and educational reform. On the right, it has revealed a deepseated anger against the advent of so called “PC culture” and continuing illegal immigration from Latin America. Continue reading “A Lack of Validity in the 2016 Race”

Polarization Ruins the “Melting Pot”

It was June 16th, 1858. Abraham Lincoln, at a convention of 1,000 delegates, gave a speech in which he uttered one of his most famous sayings: “A house divided cannot stand.” This phrase was a warning relevant to the times; the country was intensely divided between the Republican North and the Democratic South on the issue of slavery. Continue reading “Polarization Ruins the “Melting Pot””

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Case for Kasich

By Sam Mollin

Here in Westchester County, New York, we all live in a bastion of liberalism. From this publication’s own political poll, it can be seen that the majority of the school would vote democrat. But for those holdouts who are still voting republican, Governor Kasich of Ohio is the best choice for a fiscally conservative, socially liberal voter. Continue reading “WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Case for Kasich”

Former AP Government Student Takes on Iowa Caucus

By Hannah Lachow

Moderately informed Americans take away a couple of numbers and perhaps a few sound bites from the extensive media coverage of the Iowa Caucus. The intricacies of the first
formal voting event remain a mystery hidden behind headlines, but they are actually quite significant. This year, former Advanced Placement Government student Sonia Storck ’15 was in Iowa to experience a Democratic caucus firsthand.

Continue reading “Former AP Government Student Takes on Iowa Caucus”

Hereditary Affiliation

Too many high-schoolers are relying on their parents for political views

By Lily Ransom

If I were to ask everyone I know whom they’re going to vote for in the upcoming election, none of the responses would be backed by facts. Of course, there are many people who know what they’re talking about when it comes to politics, but most people I know would just answer with some Democrat’s name and leave it at that. I want to know the reason behind these confident, yet so undereducated, answers.