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Ellen Nordlund

Ellen Nordlund
Politics

Can We Completely Bury the Myth That Trump Is Playing Nine-Dimensional Chess Now?

The attempt at rationalizing and explaining both Trump’s victory and the President himself has been going on non-stop since his 2016 campaign. How could a man such as Trump win the Republican primary against so many seasoned candidates? How could he keep getting away with his absurd and completely false statements? How could he win? The subject of constant confusion; why does he act the way he does and how could he win? The explanations for

Politics

Tax Bill Could Allow Churches to Financially Endorse Political Candidates While Still Not Paying Taxes

Non-profits and religious organizations have previously been barred from partaking in political action by a 1954 law called the Johnsson Amendment. While religion has had a prominent position in American politics for a long time, the repeal of this law could transform churches into powerful and wealthy political players with the ability to act similarly to super PACs — but with less supervision and transparency. The rollback of this 1954 law, created by Lyndon B. Johnson to

Politics

Is the Promise of Tax-Cuts Enough to Get Unsure Republicans to Vote for Roy Moore?

Support for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been dwindling after several women accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were as young as 14. Many Republican senators have announced that they want him to drop out of the race and the Republican National Committee (RNC) has withdrawn their funding from his race, leaving Moore with little money and support. However, one person that has decided to take Roy Moore’s side is President Trump. He

Politics

The U.S. Is Not as Divided on Gun Control as Washington Makes It Seem

After the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, the gun control debate is set to begin once again. The issue of gun control is often painted as one of the most divisive issues in America, and to an extent it is, but the issue is definitely more divisive in Washington than it is in the rest of the country. One of the reasons that Congress keeps resisting expanding gun control is the fact that, while

Politics

Champion for Women’s Rights Ivanka Trump Supports the Removal of an Obama-era Equal Pay Policy

Ivanka Trump was supposed to be a moderating force on her father and a champion for women in the workforce that would bring women equal pay, empowerment and affordable childcare, but she has shown herself to be completely useless when it comes to doing any of those things.  Trump still withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, banned transgender people from serving in the military, signed a travel ban that would disproportionally hurt women and

Politics

Don’t Let the Russia Investigation Distract You From the Republicans Secretly Writing a New Terrible Health Care Bill

It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind that is the Russia investigation. From Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election to Trump’s many tweets to the recent testimonies from both former F.B.I. Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Washington seems to be completely engulfed in this scandal. However, there is another extremely important issue being silently worked on behind closed doors in the Capital: the Republican Healthcare reform. In a room on Capital

International

The Price of a T-Shirt Only Needs to Increase by 25-58 Cents to Give H&M’s Workers a Living Wage

There has been a lot of criticisms of fast fashion through the years. People know that the workers that make clothes for big companies like H&M aren’t paid enough, but what would be enough? How much more would clothes have to cost to ensure that the workers get a salary that they can live on? According to Sasja Beslik, who is head of sustainable finance at the Swedish Bank Nordea, the cost of a t-shirt would only

Politics

Trump Asked FBI Director Comey to Stop Investigating Michael Flynn

An associate of former F.B.I. Director Comey has described a memo to the New York Times written by Comey, which details how Trump asked Comey on Feb. 14, 2017, to end the investigation into Michael Flynn. The memo was written shortly after a meeting that Comey had with President Trump in the Oval Office in which Comey says that the Trump said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting

Politics, Uncategorized

Republicans Are Rushing To Vote On New Health Care Bill – Despite Uncertainty Over Coverage For People With Pre-existing Conditions

Republicans are pushing for a vote on healthcare as soon as possible even though there are some major uncertainties when it comes to the bill itself. Because the Republicans are so rushed to vote on the bill, it is unlikely that the House Republicans or the American people will know what the consequences of this bill will actually be. This is due to the fact that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which predicts the costs and

Politics

100 Days In and The Trump Administration Has Yet to Fill Hundreds of Government Jobs

Today marks the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. He promised an action-packed first 100 days during which he would repeal and replace Obamacare, reform taxes, label China as a currency manipulator, reform school choice and drain the swamp, just to name a few of his promises. With such an ambitious agenda, you would think that appointing qualified people to vital government jobs would be a priority for the Trump administration. That, however, doesn’t seem to be

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