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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

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What the Alabama Results Mean for Republicans, Black Voters, and Trump

Doug Jones, a Democrat, managed to do what no Democrat has been able to accomplish in over 20 years. He won the special election on Dec. 12 that now allows him to take over the vacated Senate seat left by Jeff Sessions. How was he able to do this? In order for Doug Jones to win the special election three things needed to happen, African American voters needed to have a higher turnout than expected,

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Utah’s National Parks May Be Destroyed by None Other Than Trump

President Donald Trump is planning to drastically scale two national monuments in Utah. According to the Washington Post, Bears Ears national park, which is currently 1.35 million acres, could be shrunk by 85 percent, and the 1.9 million acres of Grand Staircase-Escalante national park will also be reduced by 85 percent. Trump will be announcing the proposal when he visits Salt Lake City today (Monday, December 4, 2017). This announcement arrives after Trump requested that

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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

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Sen. Cory Booker To Introduce Legislation That Would Legalize Marijuana at the Federal Level

One of the most relevant and talked-about issues of our political climate is the legalization of marijuana. In recent years, there has been a big push for its legalization for medicinal uses as research has shown that it can have a plethora of benefits. And because of these evident benefits, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Eight of those states have additionally legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

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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

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4 Politicians That Will Restore Your Faith In American Politics

With the culture of political distrust and government backlash the United States has been experiencing in recent times, it seems as if all politicians can be branded as corrupt. Although none of these politicians are by any means perfect, these political figures possess a certain level of badass that may make you have slightly more faith in American politics again. Kyrsten Sinema Popularly dubbed as the “woman of firsts,” Congresswoman Sinema is the first openly

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Betsy DeVos Has Just Secured A Full Vote On The Senate Floor – And Here’s The Problem With That:

After days and days of protesting for the removal of Betsy DeVos from the nominations of Secretary of Education, all twelve Republican votes have just now cleared DeVos for a full vote on the Senate floor. While votes continue to be counted; parents, students, and teachers across the nation fear for the future of public education in America. Amongst the list of problematic cabinet nominees, Betsy DeVos shows a prominent danger to our children’s future

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