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That Social Justice Account You Follow Might Be A Russian Troll

(Disclaimer: The following information is what has been made public in the redacted Mueller Report –– not all information pertaining to this topic has been released yet. The report can be viewed here).  Before, during and after the 2016 presidential election, a massive effort was made by Russia to sway American public opinion in favor of Mr Trump. The Russians targeted Americans via various social media sites, organized political rallies and protests, and in some

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How Carlos Ghosn’s Arrest Exposes Corporate Money Hunger

Just recently, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, was arrested and charged with “falsifying financial reports in under-reporting his compensation, and with breach of trust in having Nissan shoulder investment losses and making payments to a Saudi business,” according to AP News. He was released on bail, only to be arrested again just a few days ago. His prospects are looking dim, as the French government is currently ignoring his pleas for help. This scandal has shaken

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Hello, Mr President: Jay Inslee

Personal Background: Inslee grew up in Seattle Washington, where his father was a high school teacher and his mother, a sears sales-rep. He attended the University of Washington as an undergrad student, and then Willamette University for Law School. He worked as an attorney and then a prosecutor for several years before he became involved with grassroots organizing. His activism began when he became involved in the fight against funding cuts for rural Washington Schools.

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Hello, Mr President: John Delaney

Personal Background: Born on April 16, 1963, John Delaney was raised in eastern New Jersey to a working-class family. His father was an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and worked tenaciously to support Delaney and his sister throughout their childhood. This situation translated directly into Delaney’s contemporary campaign, which emphasizes the need for employment opportunities amongst the middle and lower classes. Despite his family’s financial constraints, Delaney was accepted and ultimately able

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Hawaii Almost Became the First State to Ban Flavored Vapes

The Hawaii State Legislature recently made national headlines when it introduced bill SB1009 that would have banned the sale and distribution of all flavored tobacco products except menthol. The intent was to reverse the growing trend of tobacco use, especially vaping, among teenagers. Although use of regular cigarettes by teens remains low, vaping has exploded. According to a 2017 survey by the Hawaii Health Department, 16% of middle schoolers and 26% of high schoolers vape.

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What the Loss Of Kirstjen Nielsen Means in Trump’s America

“Instability” has been a recurring theme since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, particularly for those closest to him and most accustomed to his agenda. Positions held within the Trump administration are beginning to seem less permanent than even the president’s most flippant (and almost always, later-contradicted) claims, as the latest firing of former Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, has positively affirmed. Akin to the host of previous expulsions, the implications are as complicated as the

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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

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Now That the Green New Deal is Out, What’s Next?

The environment is a hot topic today throughout the world, so much so that the public has began to show a great deal of interest. This push became especially strong by the end of 2018. This lead to February 7, the day congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat representing the 14th District New York, proposed a Green New Deal resolution for the legislative branch to consider. While the purpose of this bill was positive, other Democrats in Congress

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Journalism Is the Riskiest Job in Erdogan’s Turkey

Ever since Trump took office, the term “fake news’‘ have become quite popular around the globe and it started a ripple effect where it began to be used by everyone. Trump began to target the left-wing media who did not agree with his views and claimed that their broadcasting is simply fake news. At first glance, this term might look harmless, however, with further inspection, you will come to the realization that a much bigger

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Hello, Mr President: Pete Buttigieg

Personal Background: Mayor Pete Buttigieg was born and raised in South Bend Indiana by a Maltese immigrant father and local mother, both of whom were professors at Notre Dame University. Buttigieg was class president and valedictorian of his high school. During his senior year he won the “JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest” where he was honored at the JFK Library in Boston. He had written his essay about his now opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders.

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