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With the midterm elections in the books and the results mostly contended, except for Florida, we can look into the outcomes and try to draw some conclusions. The Senate was mostly successful for the GOP. The only other thing to note from the Senate side is the election of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) to the United States Senate from Utah. His voice can be very helpful to the GOP and the nation as a whole as I wrote about last year.
New Jersey does not have the best reputation in the eyes of our country. Between the “Jersey Shore,” pollution, aggressive drivers and mafia bosses, it is no wonder the phrase “Armpit of America” gets thrown around. It does not help that our state has also been known for corrupt politicians. So why am I bringing this up? It is not to call for a rebranding effort from the New Jersey Tourism Board. It is because tomorrow, New Jersey has a chance to stand up for itself and show the world we are not all slimy corrupt disgraces. We can do that by rejecting Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Much ink has been spilled on Rutgers’ decision to invite, then disinvite, then apologize and re-invite journalist Lisa Daftari. The Daily Targum has written two editorials on the matter and there have been numerous commentaries written about this incident. I will not retread the arguments made in this specific case as others have argued it strongly. I want to bring up the most dangerous idea that has been bandied about in this debate — namely, that speech is violence. This idea is the so illiberal and so perilous to liberal democratic society that it demands a response.
Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 by the United States Senate to be an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court on Saturday. He was sworn in later that day by the man he clerked for, former Justice Anthony Kennedy. This ended what is widely considered to be the most contentious nomination fight in our nation’s history. After Justice Kavanaugh was accused of attempted sexual assault an already partisan battle imploded into a national disgrace. What lessons can we learn from this debacle?
The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) implemented a brand new system for granting parking permits and issuing parking tickets this year. Basically, the new system has done away with physical parking passes, or hang tags, as well as physical parking tickets. It now relies on an electronic system that recognizes vehicles registered by scanning their license plates.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley made headlines last week after she got into a flap with the White House. On Sunday, April 15, Haley announced new sanctions against Russia before President Donald J. Trump appeared to change his mind on the issue. A White House official blamed Haley for announcing the sanctions too early but she stood her ground. This forced Larry Kudlow, the president’s economics advisor, to apologize. Haley being in the news is as good a time as any to tell you why I think she should and will be the first female president of the United States.
President Donald J. Trump announced in a tweet that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) John Bolton would replace General H.R McMaster as his National Security Advisor (NSA). The tweet hit me like a ton of bricks, but not in the usual way a tweet from the president hits me. Usually I feel confusion and a slight sense of nausea when the president tweets. But, after reading this one I was excited and in complete agreement with it. I was so excited, because the selection could portend Trump turning his back on his isolationist tendency and the return to a serious foreign policy not seen from the U.S. since former President George W. Bush.
Since the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 teachers and students, the nation has embarked on a debate over guns, the Second Amendment and school safety. In the course of this national debate, some of the most heated criticisms have been thrown toward the National Rifle Association (NRA). Members of the NRA have been accused of buying politicians, have been called murderers and have seen businesses cut ties with them. I understand that politics gets heated especially in the wake of such an unimaginable tragedy, and no one wins an award for politeness. My complaint is not with criticizing the NRA, but rather with the reason the Left is criticizing it. In short, the NRA has been worsening as an organization, but not for the reasons gun control activists argue.
My colleague Brittany Gibson published an opinions column in Wednesday’s edition of this fine newspaper arguing that the newly revived conservative campus news outlet The Centurion was bound to fail. In the grand tradition of healthy debate I’d like to mount a defense of this new conservative publication and argue why conservatives, moderates and yes even liberals should at least give it a chance.
Last Thursday, former Massachusetts governor and one time GOP nominee for President Mitt Romney tweeted that he was “Looking forward to making an announcement on February 15th about the Utah Senate race”. All signs point to him announcing his candidacy for the Senate seat that will be vacant with the retirement of Orrin Hatch. So I’ll take this time to explain why a Senator Romney would be good for America and for the Republican Party.
Saturday marked the one year anniversary of President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, so let us take a look at his presidency from a conservative perspective — though please note, I did not vote for Trump.