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2016’s First Republican Debate: Who Won?

by PABLO ROA

With less than three weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, the leading Republican presidential candidates met on the debate stage for the sixth time Thursday night.

The candidates discussed everything from fighting ISIS, to gun control, taxes and more as each individual made their case to the American people for why they should be their party’s next nominee.

Last night’s debate was the smallest GOP debate thus far, with just seven candidates on the stage: businessman Donald Trump, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and Governors Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich.

Here are five takeaways from last night’s debate: Continue reading 2016’s First Republican Debate: Who Won?

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President Obama Looks Forward In Final SOTU

by PABLO ROA

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. In the speech, the president reflected on his seven years in office and discussed his plans for the final year of his presidency and the future of the United States. Continue reading President Obama Looks Forward In Final SOTU

Angela Merkel Named Time ‘Person of the Year’

by EMILY KALLMYER

Time Magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the “Person of the Year,” marking the first time in 29 years a woman has received the title, which was called “Man of the Year” up until 1999.

Merkel was selected in large part because of her strong guidance throughout the European debt crises and her role in the ongoing refugee crisis. But some have expressed disapproval over the decision.

Most notably, Donald Trump, a runner-up for the award, shared his view on Thursday on “Fox & Friends”.

“I think they absolutely picked the wrong person,” Trump said.

He disparaged the chancellor, naming her as “the person that’s really done tremendous damage to Germany.” Continue reading Angela Merkel Named Time ‘Person of the Year’

Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

by KATIE BEMB

On Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016, a global climate implementation summit to be held on May 5 and 6 at the University of Maryland and downtown Washington D.C.

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Courtesy of the UN News Centre: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016.

According to UMD Right Now, Climate Action 2016 will focus on six key areas to “establish a sustained path towards global climate implementation.” These areas include:

  • City and sub-national implementation
  • Implementing resilience/adaptation
  • Energy
  • Climate-smart land use
  • Transport
  • Analysis and tools to support decision-making

This climate implementation summit will be structured as a follow-up of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) that is wrapping up right now in Paris. Continue reading Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

President Obama discusses terrorism in Oval Office address

by PABLO ROA

President Barack Obama addressed the American people from the Oval Office Sunday night to discuss the ongoing investigation of last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, and the general terrorism threat that the country faces on a daily basis.

The speech marked just the third time that Obama has used the Oval Office to address the American people during his presidency. Obama spoke from the Oval Office twice in 2010, first to discuss the B.P. oil spill and then to announce the end of the U.S.’ combat mission in Iraq.

“Tonight I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism and how we can keep our country safe,” Obama said.

The president began his address by discussing the tragedy in San Bernardino, where a man and his wife opened fire at the nonprofit Inland Regional Center, killing 14 people and injuring 21 others. Authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of terror.

“So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home,” Obama said. “But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West.”


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Trump May Transcend the Truth But He Doesn’t Transcend Stupidity (Opinion)

by KATIE BEMB

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has had a lot to say lately and a good chunk of it isn’t making any sense.

Trump recently stated if he is elected president, he wants mosques under surveillance in light of recent terrorist attacks by ISIS.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe a few weeks ago, Trump stated: “You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on in the mosques.”

In addition, Trump plans to force out Syrian refugees that have settled in the U.S., according to a speech he gave to voters during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. Continue reading Trump May Transcend the Truth But He Doesn’t Transcend Stupidity (Opinion)

Why is Ben Carson Trailing Donald Trump in the polls again?

by PABLO ROA

After a summer dominated by Donald Trump, Ben Carson came out of nowhere towards the end of October and, according to several national polls, took the lead from the seemingly unstoppable real estate mogul in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Unfortunately for Carson, his collapse may be even quicker than his unexpected rise to political fame.

Carson’s campaign has been hampered by a variety of P.R.-related issues in recent weeks, and the retired neurosurgeon has run into several problems — most of which were self-imposed — that could ultimately bring down his presidential campaign. Namely, Carson has received criticism for his lack of knowledge on increasingly important foreign policy issues. Many have also questioned the authenticity of his life story. Continue reading Why is Ben Carson Trailing Donald Trump in the polls again?

President Obama to Deliver Last State of the Union in January

by PABLO ROA

During his two terms in office, President Barack Obama has addressed the nation six times with his annual State of the Union address. On Jan. 12, he will deliver his final speech as Commander in Chief.

Paul Ryan (R-WI), the newly elected Speaker of the House, officially invited Obama to deliver the address Monday. While Obama is constitutionally obligated to address the nation each year, it is up to the Speaker to invite the president to deliver the speech before a joint session of Congress each year. Continue reading President Obama to Deliver Last State of the Union in January

5 takeaways from the second Democratic debate

by PABLO ROA

With the presidential election less than a year away, the race for the nomination is heating up on both sides of the aisle.

Republican candidates met on the debate stage last week for their fourth debate of the primary season. Last night, the three remaining Democratic candidates met at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for their second debate.

The race for the Democratic nomination has dwindled to three candidates since the last debate, as Senators Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee dropped out earlier this month. Now the battle for the nomination is between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, with all three meeting on the stage last night.

Without further ado, here are five takeaways from the second Democratic debate:


 1) Debate in the Shadow of Tragedy

Early in the day on Saturday, the last thing on the minds of many Americans was a presidential debate. The tragic events of Friday evening in Paris dominated the news worldwide on Saturday and captivated the hearts and minds of people around the planet.

While the debate went on as scheduled in spite of the attacks, the tragedy had a major impact on the structure and dynamic of the debate.  The candidates, moderators and spectators held a moment of silence for the victims prior to the debate. Candidates also offered their condolences in their opening statements.

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Meet the Mayor: Patrick Wojahn

by BREANA BACON

The city of College Park made history last week, electing its first ever openly-gay mayor after he’d served several years on the city council.

Patrick Wojahn won 1,267 of the 2,222 votes cast, beating fellow councilmember and mayor pro tem Denise Mitchell.

Wojahn’s election to the mayoral office came after years of being invested in a career in politics.

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