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In recent days, the tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran have grown exponentially. This round of trouble began when — according to the U.S. Department of State — Iran attacked Saudi Arabia’s oil production. The U.S. has responded by sending additional troops to the region.
In the wake of the 2016 election and the subsequent three years of American politics, many have turned a jealous eye toward more polished countries such as Canada, France or Britain. In recent months, the Canadian government has been rocked with scandal, the streets of Paris were paralyzed with the so-called “yellow vest” protest and now finally our closest ally, Britain, has been trapped by the gordian knot of Brexit.
President Donald J. Trump again reignited the debate over Confederate memorials in recent days in a somewhat vain defense of his own words following the white supremecist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. But, there has been another monument debate brewing in the world of sports.
Another day another controversy around the new batch of radical Leftist freshman members of Congress. This time a video reemerged in which Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) described 9/11 “as some people who did something.” Omar is no stranger to controversy, as she had repeatedly made comments labeled as anti-Semitic. This controversy grew when Omar’s comments were criticized by freshman Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), The New York Post’s front page criticized her and President Donald J. Trump tweeted a video of her speech spliced over images of the 9/11 attack.
Last summer, I interned at a Republican congressional office and every day I would take calls from people who were genuinely angry that the president of the United States had colluded with Russia. These people, in their bones, believed that the president was a traitor — why? Because the media told them so.
Is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) trying to get President Donald J. Trump reelected? Because the way she is managing her caucus in the house makes it certainly appear so. The Democrats in the House are mistaking Trump's unpopularity with support of far-left socialism. This could be a disastrous strategy for them. Look, I would be very glad if they do blow their current advantage. It just seems odd that Pelosi, as wily a political operator as they come, would allow her caucus to run out of control like she is.
Everyone’s favorite 77-year-old senator from Vermont is running for president again. I am referring, of course, to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Last time around, even though he put the fear of God into Hillary Clinton, he did not ever really stand a chance. So, he never had people really look into his background fully. But, now that he seems to have a real shot at the Democratic nominee for president I think people ought to point out that Sanders is not a good man and his ideas are dangerous. On top of that, he is a hypocrite who does not live by the ideology that he would put the rest of us under.
If you have not noticed, the state of Virginia’s entire executive leadership apparatus is in turmoil after a series of revelations shocked the state. First was the release of a photo showing Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) either wearing blackface or dressed in a white robe as a Klansman — both extremely offensive and inexcusable for any American, let alone the governor of a large state. If that was not bad enough for Virginians, shortly after that, news broke that the Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-Va.) was accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
It is time for regime change in Venezuela, or more accurately, the regime has changed in Venezuela. On Jan. 23, the former leader of the Venezuelan congress, Juan Guaidó, in accordance with the Constitution, assumed the role of interim president. In turn, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the overwhelming majority of South American countries recognized his legitimacy.
In 1948, the then captain of the Yale University baseball team met Major League Baseball (MLB) legend Babe Ruth at a pre-game ceremony. If meeting Babe Ruth was the most remarkable thing to happen to you in your entire life, it would be a great story you could tell your grandkids about. But, for this young man, the meeting would only be a footnote in one of the most remarkable lives in United States history. That baseball captain was former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away late Saturday night at the age of 94.
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.