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Joanna Hou

Joanna Hou
Politics

Hello, Mr President: Joe Biden

Personal Background: Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20th, 1942. Biden was born to Catherine Biden, and Joe Biden Sr, an oil salesman and later, a used car salesman. Biden grew up in the middle class for most of his early life, double majoring in history and political science at the University of Delaware, and earning his BA. Biden continued on into law school at the Syracuse University College of Law. After

International

The Latest Extradition Bill Sparks Massive Public Outrage in Hong Kong

In the early hours of Sunday, thousands upon thousands of Hong Kong residents flocked to several areas in the city, protesting a recent “extradition bill” that could end their judicial independence. The protests lasted all through Sunday, and remained peaceful for most of those hours. However, there were some more violent riots, which were suppressed by police using pepper spray and batons. There currently are a total of seven arrests made, and its estimated that

International

Theresa May’s Resignation Could Mean Doom For Brexit Negotiations

In the waking hours of Friday, May 24, Theresa May stepped out in front of Ten Downing Street, and in a tearful speech, announced her resignation from the post she’s held since 2016. May, the second female British Prime Minister, has been repeatedly bashed for her position on Brexit. The British Parliament has arrived at a basic standstill, and May’s three bills have all been rejected. May’s resignation follows after around 50 members of her

Op-ed

Hitting 415: Rock Bottom or Launching Point?

Sorry pre-human times: we’ve broken your carbon emissions record. As of Saturday, the Mauna Loa Observatory showed that our emissions have generated over 415 parts per million of carbon. This record high emissions total has not been hit for over 3 million years and shows that we’ve now entered into an entirely new plane of our climate change fight. 415. You might think to yourself that that is not a very big percentage. After all,

Politics

Why Alabama’s Law Might Be The Start To Overturning Roe v. Wade

Alabama’s new abortion laws may be the start of overturning Roe v. Wade. The state is the latest to pass restrictive abortion laws, and currently the strictest of the batch. These new laws will outlaw abortion in every stage of pregnancy, even in the first trimester. On top of that, it outlaws the exceptions for pregnancy from rape and only gives permission when the mother’s health is in serious danger. There have been no guidelines

Real Life

For Poway, Synagogue Shooting Turns News Into Reality

On April 27th, 2019, the Chabad in Poway was just beginning its celebration of the final day of Passover, with an event that was supposed to last from 11 to night. The Synagogue’s Facebook Page announced the festivities that would occur, and all signs indicated that it would be an incredible day filled with festivities and celebration for the Jewish faith. But at 11:30 am, plans for the day to come changed, as a shooter

Politics

Hello, Madam President: Elizabeth Warren

Personal Background: Senator Elizabeth Warren was born on June 22nd, 1949 and is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She grew up in a lower class household, with both parents working odd jobs to try and bring in sufficient pay. A family tragedy left Warren working by age thirteen, and she attended George Washington University through a debate scholarship, but, shortly afterwards, transferred to the University of Houston (1970), gaining a degree in Speech Pathology. She worked

Politics

Hello, Mr President: Julian Castro

Personal Background: Julian Castro was born on September 16, 1974, in San Antonio, Texas. His parents both served as political activists, with his father being an educator and mother being a college administrator. He is of Mexican descent. Castro’s twin, Joaquin Castro, is also currently a notable politician. Castro attended Stanford University (Class of 1996: political science and communications major) and attained his law degree at Harvard Law School. He worked briefly in a law

Politics

Hello, Madam President: Amy Klobuchar

Personal Background: Senator Amy Jean Klobuchar was born on May 26th 1960 in Plymouth, Minnesota. Her father was a successful journalist, and her mother, an elementary school teacher. She is of both Slovene and Swiss descent. Klobuchar attended Yale University (Class of 1982: political science major) and proceeded to attain her law degree at the University of Chicago. Klobuchar published her first book, Uncovering the Dome, in 1986. She worked as a telecommunications attorney and

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