Things between U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress have been rough as of late, particularly when the word “Iran” is mentioned. The notorious letter to Iran drafted by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton with the support of 46 Republican Senators — allegedly intending to educate Iranian officials about the American system but more-so revealing […]

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Inspired to “lead by example,” U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on March 19 that would cut the federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next decade. This is the president’s most recent step in his climate-change agenda. Given the federal government’s already-low emission rates, this attests to the president’s […]

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As contentious as U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidency has become, its quest is visibly transformative. What is least likely to go down with his legacy, but is arguably most notable, is the way he has challenged public discourse. On Feb. 5, Obama addressed religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast by decrying those who distort […]

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Lily Purqurian @lilypurq One of America’s most famous journalists, anchor of one of the most-watched evening newscasts in the United States, is now being pilloried by the nation. Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News apologized Wednesday for 12 years of falsely claiming he was on a helicopter shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) in Iraq. […]

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Lily Purqurian @lilypurq “You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” At the U.S. Attorney General Confirmation hearings on Jan. 28, Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn from Texas asked U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch what seemed to be the gnawing question on everybody’s mind. Lynch giggled and declined, rightfully reasserting her independence from current U.S. Attorney […]

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Lily Purqurian, Staff Writer @lilypurq As anti-abortion activists marched through Washington, D.C. on Thursday for the annual March for Life, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure limiting federal funding for abortions. And this was the moderate alternative. Late Wednesday night, an anti-abortion bill — banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with […]

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Lily Purqurian, Staff Writer @lilypurq Ever since it was announced that Officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo were not to be indicted, protestors have taken to the streets. The murders of these unarmed black men and countless others don’t exist as isolated incidents for these crowds, stifled by a policeman’s fatal chokehold on Eric Garner, whose last words were “I can’t […]

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By Lily Purqurian, Staff Writer @lilypurq Senior advisors to the president aren’t often mistaken to be the president. Nor are they often accused of micromanaging the White House’s affairs or clutching onto authority via incorrigibility and favoritism. But Valerie Jarrett is an exception. Jarrett has endured spates of attacks on her legitimacy since the forthcoming of a […]

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By Lily Purqurian, Staff Writer @lilypurq After being held captive by the al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda front in Syria for almost two years, American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, or Theo Padnos, released a harrowing narrative on his kidnapping and subsequent release. While Padnos maintains a legible reading by refusing too much gruesome detail, he leaves just […]

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