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From day one of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Obama
has made it publicly clear that he does not and will not accept
donations from lobbyists. On the surface, it looks like he has kept
that promise. Obama makes his records of top campaign financiers
available to the public, and none of the names appearing in those
records belong to registered lobbyists.
Bobby Montoya is a transgender child who, like most little
girls, wanted to join the Girl Scouts. When Montoya’s mother took
her to see a troop leader about signing up, though, the leader
denied her, citing the fact that Montoya had “boy parts” and was
therefore not a girl. Luckily, though, the Girl Scouts of Colorado
have since decided that denying Montoya was a mistake, and the
organization has extended membership to her.
Voters in Mississippi will be faced with amendment 26 come Nov.
8. If passed, the amendment would grant legal personhood to a
fertilized human egg. This would effectively make abortion in any
case, including rape and incest, into murder. Some forms of birth
control, like the Plan B pill, would also become murder under the
amendment. This sort of pro-life reform has a wider scope than
anything else that Americans have seen to date, and that is exactly
The relationship between the New Brunswick Police Department and
the residents of the city is tense these days, in the wake of last
month’s highly contested shooting of Barry Deloatch. In order to
repair that strained relationship, University alumnus and New
Brunswick community organizer Charlie Kratovil has suggested an
amendment to the city’s ordinances, which would place a residency
requirement on all city police officers.
The It Gets Better Project has been a major name in
anti-bullying movements since its inception in 2010. During all
that time, not a single Republican elected official has
participated in the campaign — until now. Ten members of New
Jersey’s congressional delegation have teamed up to release and
video for the project, and three of the members are Republicans,
making this the first time that GOP-backed officials have joined
the It Gets Better project to condemn bullying.
In elections, there are winners and losers. That’s just a fact
of democracy. Some of those losers, however, turn out to be sore
losers. Perhaps the sorest of all is former Rep. Steve Driehaus,
D-Ohio. After serving one term in Congress, Driehaus lost his bid
at re-election. Rather than accepting his fate, Driehaus decided to
take the matter to court. Driehaus is suing the Susan B. Anthony
List, a pro-life group that publicly identified him as a traitor to
the pro-life cause during the 2010 election on the grounds that he
voted in favor of President Barack Obama’s health care reform.
It’s rather common for a politician to pen a memoir or two at
some point in his career. Less common, though, is the federal
government spending tens of thousands of dollars on those memoirs.
The U.S. Department of State spent more than $70,000 on copies of
President Barack Obama’s books, mostly on “Dreams from My Father.”
An analysis of the department’s financial records shows that this
is not something the State Department does for every president.
Way back in 2008, when Barack Obama was running for president on
his platform of “Change we can believe in,” one of the many avenues
of progress he touted was the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
Three years later, he’s finally delivering on that promise. Obama
announced Friday that every one of our soldiers would be out of
Iraq at the end of the year, after nine long years of war.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Barack Obama’s 2008
presidential campaign was the way his team utilized the Internet to
garner supporters, specifically through Facebook. It was truly the
first time that social media had such a massive impact on America.
Now, Obama’s 2012 campaign is set to advance the state of social
media in politics yet again with the introduction of the official
Obama 2012 Tumblr page.
Following 42 years of tyrannical rule, Moammar Gadhafi is dead.
While it’s a cause of joy for the Libyan people and their
supporters across the world, Gadhafi’s death is not without
controversy. His capture by rebel forces is documented in extremely
graphic cellphone videos, which show the former ruler bloodied and
beaten. The United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for
Human Rights and human rights groups have raised concerns over this
Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow’s new book, “Ten Letters,”
is more interesting than you would probably expect a book about
letters presidents read to be. That is because of one small bit of
information contained within the book’s pages. According to
Saslow’s account, President Barack Obama admitted to sending
personal checks to troubled citizens whose letters moved him.
For the past 80 years, The FBI has operated with an dangerously
narrow definition of rape, which limited the act to “the carnal
knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” Such a faulty
conceptualization of the crime excludes a plethora of other
horrifying atrocities from being legally handled as rapes —
including nonconsensual anal or oral sex, rape committed with an
object and cases where the victims were men or transgender.
As students of a public university, we have all witnessed
firsthand and, in some senses, been victims of the seemingly
endless budget cuts with which schools across the United States
have been inflicted since the recession began in 2008. These cuts
always seem to hit where it hurts the students most — in the
faculty, educational resources, basic services, etc.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Facebook was good for
nothing but procrastination. For most of the website’s existence,
that was precisely the case. Now, however, things are changing —
Facebook is becoming productive, thanks to the establishment of the
Social Jobs Partnership. A collaboration between the U.S.
Department of Labor and Facebook, the partnership will create a
Facebook page that presents users with a conglomeration of
job-search services all in one easy to access place.
As the 2012 elections creeps up on the American public,
President Barack Obama is in a strange position. Not only is he the
current president, but he is also a presidential candidate, hoping
to ensure four more years in office for himself. It is inevitable,
then, that there were will be some tension between Obama’s
presidential duties and his presidential campaign duties. Such a
contest arose earlier this week, when Obama set off on a three-day
bus trip that the White House claims is official business.
While the New Brunswick campus may have a reputation as the
University’s main campus, the Newark and Camden campuses are just
as much a part of the University and its traditions as the College
Avenue, Busch, Livingston, Cook and Douglass campuses. According to
some suggestions made by the Gov. Chris Christie’s Task Force on
Higher Education, though, the University may one day lose the
Camden campus entirely.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is trying rather hard to become
the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. Unfortunately for her,
she just cannot help shooting herself in the foot, so to speak.
Bachmann’s latest slip-up is geographical in nature. Expressing
discontent with President Barack Obama’s decision to send 100 U.S.
troops to Uganda, Bachmann asserted, “the president, he put us in
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for children, a time to
dress up and, for once, safely accept candy from strangers. In
order to ensure the safety of these young trick-or-treaters — i.e.,
make sure taking candy from strangers remains a viable option for
the holiday — legislators of Riverside County in California are
considering a measure that would effectively shut sex offenders out
of Halloween festivities altogether.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every year
during this month, we find ourselves inundated by tons of brand new
awareness campaigns — which is a good thing, because breast cancer
is a serious threat, and people need to be educated on the subject.
However, a side effect of the annual rush for newer and more
relevant campaigns is that, inevitably, some of these campaigns
miss their mark.
As technology matures — which it seems to be doing constantly
these days — our way of life changes. Sometimes, these changes are
radical, or at least potentially so. For example, meet Siri, the
artificial intelligence (AI) program built into Apple’s new iPhone
4S. Siri is essentially a personal assistant. Users speak to it, it
interprets their words using speech recognition technology, and
then it attends to their requests.