Hope for Restoring Democracy in Venezuela

by Nick Hermosilla ‘19 On January 23, the United States became the first of 23 countries to recognize Juan Guaido as the President of Venezuela. This came after Guaido, head of the National Assembly, was declared interim president after the Venezuelan legislature invoked their constitution, which claims that if there is no current president, the head of the National Assembly … Read More

Newseum In Need of a New Home

by Katherine Sperduto ’19 Washington D.C. houses important buildings such as the White House and Supreme Court, significant monuments, and world-renowned museums. However, the Newseum soon will no longer have a place in the nation’s capital. The Newseum promotes the First Amendment freedom of speech and press while tracing the evolution of communication. It hosts many interactive exhibits where visitors … Read More

Proposed Bill to Block Trump’s National Emergency

by Brenna Henderson ’21 In February, a bill that would block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border was introduced into the House of Representatives by Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro. Ocasio-Cortez and Castro introduced the bill because they thought Trump was abusing his power as president. “President Trump would unconstitutionally usurp congressional authority … Read More

Division in Government is Destroying American Politics

by Adam Pfeiffer ’20  In wake of the recent government shutdown, and another potential shutdown looming, many Americans, including myself, have felt frustration towards both President Trump and his Democratic opposition in the House and Senate.  Members of Congress and other political leaders seem to not care about serving the American people and improving  our nation. Instead, they simply are … Read More

21 Savage’s ICE Arrest Spurs Twitter Conversation

by Anjali Verma ’20  Immigration policies have been in the news for years but many teens became more aware of these situations when popular rapper 21 Savage was arrested in late January by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE stated that he was in this country illegally and claims that he is eligible for deportation. 21 Savage’s legal defense team … Read More

Meaning of Socialism Shifts for Young American People

by Julia Robbins ’20  As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “there is enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” For all who benefit, capitalism also has resulted in economic disparities in which a privileged few are extremely wealthy and many more suffer in poverty. According to a report from the Federal Reserve, 36.8 percent of wealth in this … Read More

President Trump’s New Environmental Policies Seem at Odds with Recent Scientific Evidence

by Brenna Henderson ’21  The Trump administration is continuing to dismiss or deny scientific findings that human-caused climate change is resulting in serious consequences for the planet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from President Trump’s own U.S. government is giving him this fact-based information, but Trump still chooses to ignore what these scientists are saying.  On November 22, … Read More

Democrat Controlled House Moves Swiftly to Investigate Trump

by Nathan Lampshire ‘19 The 116th Congress assembled in the U.S. Capitol on January 3 to be sworn in as new lawmakers. The GOP maintains the majority of the senate by 6 votes, while the Democrats have control of the House by 33 votes. Notably, this term’s lawmakers bring an unprecedented diversity to Congress with 25 women in the senate … Read More

Technology’s Role Expands in the Classroom

by Tommy Johnson ’19 The rise of smartphones and the implementation of various new software and equipment in school systems has impacted education across the world. As a result, the educational experience our parents and grandparents received is far different from what we have come to know today. Perhaps the most significant effect technology has had on education has been … Read More

Russian Spy Pleads Guilty

by Nick Hermosilla ‘19 Maria Butina, a Russian gun-rights activist pleaded guilty, on December 13, to conspiracy charges and working as an unregistered foreign agent. Butina was initially arrested by the FBI in July while residing in Washington DC. Beginning in 2015, and continuing until her arrest in 2018, Butina was acting as a Russian agent attempting to create unofficial communication … Read More