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The tenure of President Donald J. Trump administration’s Department of Education has been marked by sporadic flurries of negative news coverage and national scrutiny. From Senate confirmation hearings to over two years in the position, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has represented the worst of corporate capitalism and its undemocratic, un-American crusade against public education.
At a time where the sensible world is waiting for some director to say the word “Cut!”, we still live in some denial that this is all a television show, and our reality star President Donald J. Trump is simply attempting to put the Kardashians' ratings to shame. In our most recent episode, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation — a recurring theme throughout our past two seasons — came to a disappointing conclusion for many. What Democrats do not seem to realize, though, is that they now have a chance to end the show. But they are not taking it.
Last summer, I interned at a Republican congressional office and every day I would take calls from people who were genuinely angry that President Donald J. Trump had colluded with Russia. These people, in their bones, believed that Trump was a traitor. Why? Because the media told them so.
I grew up in a town of "haves" and "have-nots." Those with the "haves" were simply placed higher up on the trivial social ladder than the "have-nots." Even beginning in the early days of elementary school, this distinction was clear.
On March 22, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the findings of his investigation of possible collusion between the President Donald J. Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General Bill Barr. Mueller said that, while there were efforts by Russian agents such as the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and the Russian government itself, “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
This past July, Forbes called Kylie Jenner “self-made.” And despite even Dictionary.com mocking that claim, Kylie Jenner still cannot seem to let that title go. Just last week, when speaking with Interview, Kylie Jenner said: “There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth.”
Saturday evening in Pittsburgh, one of the most notable events in Rutgers Athletics history took place as wrestlers Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault both stood atop their respective weight classes as the best in the NCAA. The wins are the first in wrestling for the school but have a much larger impact on the program than just two trophies in a case.
Over spring break, I intended to let my brain rest as much as possible. After two months of constant assignments and exams, it was time to relax. There were two rules I imposed upon myself: do not do homework of any kind and do not do anything stressful.
In perhaps the greatest known college admissions cheating scandal, big names like Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and several CEOs have been implicated and indicted with federal charges. This entire scam was orchestrated by William Singer, CEO of the college admissions preparatory company The Key.
A national reckoning, an awakening of the American consciousness, a reconciling of our exceptionalist image and an end to an America that ignores not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present: We must have a debate on reparations.
March has been a month to celebrate notable women leaders, our own personal heroines and even women in our families. The whole purpose of this month is to celebrate the vital role women have had in forming history. This is the time to reflect upon our women leaders and the silent operators that do not get recognition for their hand at making a difference.
On March 13, Vanity Fair published an 8,800-word cover story glossed with a portrait of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: his brown-gray hair tussled over his forehead, bucolic Texas landscape in the background and door of his Toyota Tundra ajar. The piece profiles him in detail, covering everything from his penchant for punk rock to his presidential ambitions. “Man, I'm just born to be in it,” he said.
Giving is about more than just making a donation — it is about making a difference. I have learned how to make a difference with the Teaching Annual Giving (TAG) Team at Rutgers. I joined the TAG Team three years ago and quickly learned how important it was to our success as students.
Let us consider the fundamental values of countries such as China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt or Somalia. Think for a second. What comes to mind? Is it democracy? Human rights maybe? I did not think so. Well, at least I would certainly hope not. If we were to add the U.S. onto this authoritarian cocktail of a list, nobody would blame you for picturing them as sitting at the head of a table, scolding the rest for their bad behavior. Unfortunately, this time the U.S. is here to join the party rather than stop it.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), in recent weeks, has been harshly criticized for tweets she made regarding how lawmakers were influenced by the pro-Israeli lobby. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) threatened punishment against Omar for criticizing Israel. Omar responded to this by tweeting a Puff Daddy lyric, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” When she was asked on Twitter who she believes is paying Americans to be pro-Israel she tweeted “AIPAC!”
Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department began the prosecutorial process of the largest college cheating scheme in department history. Fifty people were charged nationwide with cheating on college admissions exams and securing admission to elite colleges through bribery and conspiracy. This is by no means simply a case of a few bad apples, but rather it is a glimpse into the veiled rotting of a broken ecosystem of inequality, bribery and disillusion.
When we went to vote for president in 2016 we were left with three options: Vote now President Donald J. Trump, vote Hillary Clinton or vote for a third party that has no chance at winning the election. The only problem was that Trump and Clinton were two of the most hated candidates in modern U.S. election history.
“Terrorism is the propaganda of the deed, and the terrorist is always as interested in his audience as his victim … But social media makes this vector much more powerful. We become host to the virus, and we accelerate its spread,” said Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist and consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Nobody wants to work, but capitalism is an ugly beast,” East Bay artist Rayana Jay proclaimed to Pacific Standard two weeks ago. Her words, although simple, are straightforward and just about sum up the majority of the working middle-class mentality. Does anyone honestly really want to work? Probably not. If given the opportunity to retire and still remain well-off at an early age I am almost positive there would be a large amount of individuals jumping at the opportunity. But, we live in 21st-century America and no one seems to be offering handouts any time soon.
I am a neoliberal. Yes, that philosophy everyone Left, Right and center seems to despise actually has a small but growing number of adherents. While the term is one of the most popular punching bags in American politics, particularly after the 2016 election, most of what you know about it is probably wrong. It will be impossible to address, point-by-point, the unfair attacks leveled at this political viewpoint, but it is deserving of at least a philosophical defense.