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Sommer Alex

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Politics

Two New Democrats Have Officially Been Sworn into Senate

On Wednesday, we witnessed the swearing-in of Doug Jones from Alabama and Tina Smith from Minnesota into the U.S. Senate. There are now 49 Democrats and 51 Republicans seated. Jones has replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, while Smith was appointed after Al Franken’s resignation on December 17. A few weeks ago, many celebrated Doug Jones’s win in conservative Alabama over Roy Moore. The election gained national attention thanks to the many sexual misconduct allegations against

Real Life

Love Doesn’t Trump Hate: There is No Room for Neutrality in Modern America

In light of the recent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, many are speaking out. On Twitter, you can find celebrities and anonymous people alike tweeting to express criticisms of Trump’s statements about the rally, shock (or lack thereof) at the blatant racism, and sharing advice on how to help. The violence, chaos, and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of "many sides." It is racists and white supremacists. —

Politics

From Spicer to Sanders: Another White House Official Just Resigned

It’s just been announced that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, previously the Deputy Press Secretary, has officially become the White House Press Secretary. Her promotion comes shortly after Sean Spicer’s resignation as press secretary on Friday morning, who opposed Trump’s appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. It's been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 21, 2017

International

U.S. Officials Illegally Turn Away Asylum Seekers From Mexican Border

A recent lawsuit filed by Al Otro Lado Inc., a legal services group for immigrants, accuses US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials of refusing to allow asylum seekers entry in the U.S. According to the lawsuit, CBP officials are using threats, lies, intimidation, and coercion to prevent immigrants from applying for asylum. The plaintiffs’ claims of CBP denying asylum seekers are supported by other organizations, including Human Rights First (2), Amnesty International, the American Immigration Lawyers

Real Life

Colleges Don’t Want You To Be Well-Rounded Anymore

As higher education becomes more accessible, colleges are becoming more selective. Since 1988, universities have had a substantial decrease in admissions rates: Columbia went from 65% to less than 7%, Yale admissions rates decreased by 10%. At the same time, college enrollment has grown, experiencing a 31.6% increase from 1988 to 2015 with national universities. As a result, students face a tight competition for their own coveted letter of acceptance. What does this mean for today’s

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