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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

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Congress passes spending bill to keep government funded until December

by PABLO ROA

After months of political bickering and threats of a shutdown from both sides of the aisle, Congress passed a short-term spending bill Wednesday night to keep the government running through the rest of 2015.

The stop-gap bill—which passed just hours before the midnight deadline that would’ve sent thousands of government employees home—postpones a government shutdown until at least December 11.

Continue reading Congress passes spending bill to keep government funded until December

Explore outside of College Park

By Jessica Marquez

The semester has officially started for the University of Maryland students. The College Park area is filled with many different restaurants like Chipotle, Potbelly, and Five Guys. Let’s not forget about Terrapin’s Turf and all the weekly specials that they have to offer.

While walking around campus may be fun for the first couple of weeks, you may find the urge to adventure out and discover what there is outside of the College Park area.

The DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area offers a variety of places with good food, good sites, and sometimes good entertainment.

Let’s start off at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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The United States capitol is located seven stops away from the College Park metro station if you get off at Union Station. Union station offers a big selection of restaurants within its vicinity. So if you’re craving Johnny Rockets, Bojangles’, Häagen-Dazs, or a salad from Chop’t, Union Station has something for you.

To the left side of the capitol, if you’re facing the National Mall, is the United States Botanic Garden.

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The Botanic Garden has been around since 1820. Admission to this garden is completely free. Staff members also offer 45-minute tours throughout the day. For temporary exhibits or special topics, check out the United States Botanic Garden online website http://www.usbg.gov/programs-and-events

Across the National Mall and on Pennsylvania Avenue…

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The White House! The nearest metro stations are Farragut West and McPherson Square. If you want to protest, take pictures, or wait outside and hope to see President Obama, the White House is a pretty good place to be.

Now, if you’re looking to catch a fun and enjoyable baseball game, Navy Yard Metro station is your stop.

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While in season, Nats Nation is live! For games and tickets check washington.nationals.mlb.com

Moving north from Navy Yard and into Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland…

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The downtown Silver Spring area offers a diversity of restaurants, shops, and events. Entertainment is a big part of Silver Spring. The Fillmore, Majestic Movie Theater, and Discovery Communications are all in the same area. The best part yet is that downtown Silver Spring is UM-Shuttle accessible.

Now let’s take it to Crystal City, Virginia.

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Crystal City…wow! It’s a growing area located about 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the Pentagon. Ronald Reagan National Airport is a close walk as well.

If you are considering a flight into the UMD area, Ronald Reagan Airport is your best choice since it is metro accessible and a couple minutes closer than BWI.

The DMV is a place to grow, learn, and discover. There are many opportunities for students, parents, staff, and friends. Just get out there and explore!

Good Guys, Bad Guys, and the Media (editorial)

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Courtesy: businessinsider.com

by DAN SCHWALB

The media may not use tanks or missiles, but they sure play a role in times of war. Over the past few months, American media has followed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. Russia is accused of invading Ukraine, using brute force to conquer an innocent nation.

Reasons for invasion are not exactly clear. The conflict started when Russian troops entered Crimea, a Ukrainian territory.  These troops claimed to be an independent group (known as separatists), having nothing to do with the Russian government. However, U.S. officials and media sources said that the Russians were funding these separatists, planning a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The American public grew wary of Russia as the media continued to show Ukraine being marched on. President Obama accused leader Vladimir Putin of being dishonest about Russia’s role in the matter. The United States declared trade sanctions against Russia, punishing them for their unjustified actions.

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Courtesy: frontpagemag.com

Russia may seem like bullies to the American public, but citizens of Russia see things differently. Over there, the Russian media describes Ukraine as a Fascist state. They claim that the Ukrainian government is abusing power and mistreating citizens. Thus, the Russian public sees this invasion as a fight for freedom. In their eyes, Ukrainian citizens need to be saved from an evil government.

Does this sound familiar?

Since the War on Terror began, the United States has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. Both times, our media informed us that these countries were under corrupt leadership. Americans were convinced that Afghani and Iraqi citizens needed our help. Meanwhile, other nations accused the U.S. of unfairly invading these regions. But our media insisted that American troops had a right to intervene.

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Courtesy: globalresearch.ca

As the situation in Ukraine heightens, which media source should be trusted? Is Russia the evil invader that our media portrays them as? Or is freedom being restored in Ukraine, as the Russian press insists? Questions like these won’t be answered on our television sets.

My Take: In times of war, heroes and villains are both determined by the press.

Burger King to Merge with Canadian Chain

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by DAN SCHWALB

“Have it your way,” Burger King has long insisted. But now it seems the fast-food chain will be having it their way. Burger King has announced their plans to merge with Tim Hortons, a Canadian-based doughnut chain. The reason for this merger has more to do with finances than with food.

If the deal goes through, Burger King will be allowed to move it’s corporate headquarters to Canada. Moving off of American soil will save BK millions in tax dollars, as Canadian fees are much lower. The burger chain plans to open many restaurants up north, while still keeping their U.S. locations in business.

With the merge, Burger King-Tim Hortons would become the third largest food chain in the world, running 18,000 stores and counting. There is still no word on how BK plans to integrate Tim Hortons into their menu. Some predict that Burger King may shut down Tim Hortons, having bought them out simply to avoid U.S. taxes.

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The United States has been losing many American-based companies to foreign nations. These corporations move off-shore not just for lower taxes, but because the cost of labor is cheaper elsewhere. With Burger King gone, Americans fear the day that all major corporations move their headquarters. President Obama has spoken out against these actions, saying that despite being legal, moving corporations offshore is “wrong”. Obama has called for “economic patriotism”, begging American companies to stay loyal to their homeland.

MY TAKE: Unless the U.S. gives incentives for corporations to stick around, we may see a mass exodus of American businesses.