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Sarah McDarmont

Sarah McDarmont
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Government Shutdown to Continue as the Senate Adjourns Without Coming to an Agreement

The Senate adjourned Sunday night without agreeing on a resolution, extending the government shutdown into the third day. “We have yet to reach an agreement on a path forward that is acceptable to both sides,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated. The Senate will continue to work towards a compromise before voting Monday. A bipartisan group of senators seemed to be progressing towards a compromise on Sunday, pushing for a plan to keep the government open

Politics

Senators Call on Donald Trump to Step Down Following Franken’s Resignation

Following Al Franken’s resignation, many senators are pushing for President Trump to do the same due to his extensive history of sexual harassment. During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by over 19 women, with the most recent being ex-Fox News anchor Julia Huddy. Despite bragging about sexual assault on tape, Trump denies these allegations. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is one of many senators pressing for Trump’s resignation. “Al

Politics

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker Won’t be Running for Re-Election in 2018

Tennessee Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker announced Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election in 2018.  “After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, (wife) Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,” Corker said. “When I ran for Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for

Politics

John McCain Announces Opposition to Graham-Cassidy Bill

Arizona Senator John McCain announced Friday that he will be voting against the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, likely barring its success. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” Sen. McCain stated. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it would cost, how it will affect insurance premiums, and how many people will be

Politics

Trump Uses London Terror Attack to Push His Racist Agenda

London police report an “improvised explosive device” was detonated on a crowded London Underground train Friday morning, injuring at least 22 people. A timer was found on the device, a sign there was intent of greater damage. Police have begun a manhunt and are asking the public to share any photos or videos they have of the incident at Parsons Green station. “I had my headphones on, then I felt a kind of vibration, followed by

LGBT+

United Methodist Church holds Judicial Meeting Concerning the Election of a Gay Bishop

Bishop Karen Oliveto faces increased scrutiny as the United Methodist Church has sent the legitimacy of her election to its highest court. Immediately after her election last summer, a Midwestern laywoman claimed it violated church law, as the United Methodist Church forbids the ordination of “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” Oliveto, before being elected as bishop of the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conferences, served as the senior pastor at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, CA. Her wife,

Politics

U.S. Senate Likely to Choose the Nuclear Option After Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Was Blocked This Morning

Senate Democrats blocked the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch this morning with a 55-45 vote, leaving Gorsuch’s supporters 5 votes short of cloture. Confirmation required a 60-vote super majority, which, despite the Senate’s Republican majority, was unachievable with over 45 Democrats agreeing to filibuster. Neil Gorsuch’s strict, originalist interpretation of the constitution has elicited opposition from Democrats in the Senate. Throughout his service as a judge in the 10th Circut Court of Appeals, Gorsuch

International

Toronto School Board Suspends Trips to the U.S.

In the midst of fear and confusion surrounding Donald Trump’s travel ban, a school board in Toronto has suspended student and staff trips to the United States. Concerned by how the U.S. immigration policy may affect their students, the school board’s director of education stated that “we strongly believe our students should not be placed in these situations of potentially being turned away at the border.” Although Canada is not included on the list of banned

International

South Korean President Removed from Office Due to Fraud Scandal

Park Geun-hye, now former president of South Korea, has been formally removed from office after facing impeachment due to a fraud scandal. Acting chief justice Lee Jung-mi announced on Friday that “The court dismisses President Park Geun-hye from her position. There is no other choice but to decide this verdict.” South Korea’s caretaker prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who has been carrying out presidential duties since parliament passed Park’s impeachment in December 2016, is now acting

Politics

Donald Trump Drops Iraq From Travel Ban

President Donald Trump recently announced a revised travel ban, blocking immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. Contrary to Trump’s original executive order in January, Iraq is not included on the list of banned countries. The original executive order was met with widespread turmoil and pandemonium as immigrants, even those with green cards, were stuck in airports fighting legal battles to gain entry into the United States. The order was soon suspended by a federal court in a

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