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    Thoughts on the Democratic 2020 Nominees

    Currently, the Democratic pool of candidates consists of approximately six to eight 

    serious contenders, from various backgrounds and levels of experience. The politicians polling 

    the highest are Joe Biden, former vice president of Barack Obama, and Kamala Harris, a 

    Californian senator. Other possible candidates include Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Yang. While 

    Biden and Harris’ policies attract more support, neither one has gained a clear majority of 

    Democratic votes. With multiple front-runners vying for the nomination, it shows that American 

    Democrats are divided between these politicians. This size will most likely cause the eventual 

    nominee to face more difficulty winning the 2020 general election. 

    Although more contenders provides diversity and choices for Democrats, it also means 

    that each person receives a smaller percentage of votes out of the general population, compared 

    to if the party had only fewer candidates. The Democratic debates this year showcased the wide 

    range of political programs these candidates endorse, as well as their disagreements. The 

    Democrats show more divisiveness, with no single person providing a platform that covers the 

    policies and ideas they want to hear. 

    The current Democratic candidates do demonstrate promising and beneficial ideas, but 

    the Republican Party’s single contender in Donald Trump allows them some guaranteed support 

    and past precedents. Even though many of Trump’s decisions have driven out some of his 

    supporters, his presidency has also cemented the support from other citizens. The GOP needs not 

    worry about choosing a nomination, and can fully focus on promoting Trump’s campaign. For 

    the Democratic Party to nominate a strong contender, they must single out and support one 

    candidate who recognizes most of the U.S. citizens’ best interests when making policies and 

    negotiations. Only then will they obtain the ability to consolidate their party’s votes and truly 

    face off against Donald Trump in 2020.

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    The Best of October

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    Right around October is usually when the temperature drops, and the seasons begin to change. Kiss those 95 degree sunny summer days goodbye, and dig out your coat. While the warm weather is nice, fall brings so many fun activities and changes of pace. If you’re still mourning the bright hot sun, dive into this fun list of ways to get excited about the season! 

    Pumpkin Spice Everything

    Yes, it’s time for pumpkin spice! Nothing rings in the smell of fall quite like pumpkin spice. Restaurants and brands love to take advantage of limited time tasty treats and sweet smelling products to get you excited about the season. If pumpkin isn’t your favorite flavor, I still encourage to try at least one of the items on our list, because surprisingly, not all pumpkin flavors smell/taste the same! Here are some products you can try with limited fall flavors. 

    • Pumpkin spice latte from starbucks
    • Pumpkin spice Kind bars
    • Pumpkin spice Cheerios 
    • Pumpkin Pie Poptarts
    • Pumpkin spice scented candles from Bath and Body Works 
    • Jeni’s pumpkin cake ice cream
    • Pumpkin pie Kit-Kat
    • Mrs. Meyers Pumpkin scented cleaning supplies
    • Burt’s Bees Pumpkin spice lip balm

    The list goes on and on… like I said. Don’t be afraid to try one of these items even if you don’t think pumpkin is your thing. You might be surprised by what you find! Anyways, it’s always fun to take advantage of limited edition seasonal products

    Halloween

    Yes, Halloween. It’s what we all primarily think of when we think of October. Struggling to come up with the best costume this year? Use the Instagram explore page or try searching on Pinterest for some inspiration. Building your own Halloween costume can be tricky, yet rewarding. Try out your local thrift store to find some pieces. Additionally, don’t be afraid to pull a wig or an accessory from previous costumes to make the look work. Be creative! Halloween is the one day out of the year where you can be literally anything you want. Take advantage of this day and let the creativity flow. 

    Layers

    While you might be missing your tank tops and bikinis, fall calls for a change in wardrobe. And it can be fun! As the temperature drops, the more layers the better. Play around in your closet and try to come up with new looks. Layering sweaters and jackets is a current fashion trend that will make you look super cute, while staying warm. Reach outside your comfort zone and try pairing together some pieces you normally wouldn’t. Be confident and rock those looks to school this season!

    Pumpkin Carving

    As you can tell, October has so much room for creativity, and pumpkin carving is no exception! 

    Whether you want to stick to a traditional ghost design, or carve out your favorite artist in a pumpkin, go for it! This can be a super fun activity with friends or family. Head over to your local pumpkin patch or supermarket and pick out a pumpkin and get carving. Carving tools and kits can be purchased for a fairly low cost at most supermarkets or dollar stores. And don’t forget about the best treat that comes along with pumpkin carving, the seeds! If you’re a fan of the salty snack, when gutting a pumpkin, keep the seeds aside. Wash them off, mix them in a bowl with salt and butter, then put them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. They’re a delicious DIY seasonal snack!

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    The Whistleblower Complaint and A Summation of President Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

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    On September 24, 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the house would initiate an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Ever since the Mueller report was released, impeachment has been circulating through the media. It was only until Tuesday, September 24, that this impeachment could be possible. So what exactly does impeachment mean?

    What is Impeachment?

    Impeachment is often recognized as the catalyst to the end of a president’s term. While this could be true, only two presidents have ever been impeached, and neither of them was removed from office. Impeachment simply means that the president will be questioned by Congress, but does not mean that the president will be removed from office. Although impeachment is immensely relevant, there is merely an impeachment inquiry being held right now. 

    What is an impeachment inquiry?

    An impeachment inquiry is the beginning of the process of impeachment but does not inevitably lead to impeachment. In this case, the impeachment inquiry means that democratic officials elected for this process will investigate and possibly propose articles of impeachment. This would then be voted on by the House of Representatives. If a simple majority passes any article of impeachment, the president is officially impeached. Only after that is when the Senate votes on it, confirming or denying the president’s conviction depending on a two-thirds vote. 

    So, why is there an impeachment inquiry of President Trump?

    The main reason for the impeachment inquiry coming out recently is mainly because of the “whistleblower complaint” shared with the New York Times. A whistleblower is a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity. In this complaint, the anonymous government employee claimed that Trump asked the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump’s most threatening rival in the upcoming election, Vice President Joe Biden. Specifically, Trump asked for an investigation of Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The anonymous source also stated that all records of the phone calls were put on “lockdown” and stored on a top-secret computer this summer. The source said that many white house aids were concerned that the president was abusing the system, but had confirmed that it was “not the first time.” This yields evident questioning concerning the president’s motives. 

    Why should the whistleblower be believed?

    This is a question many people are asking. There is strong evidence showing that this person knows what he/she is talking about. The acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire, appointed by the president, claimed that many of the events pointed out in the report align with information released by the president. He also claimed that he has no reason to doubt the whistleblower’s intentions. The New York Times also released information stating that the whistleblower is a C.I.A. officer. In any case, a whistleblower, when admitting controversial information, is prepared for a life-changing event to transpire. Thus, no one would release faulty information when it can lead to such high-risk retribution.There is evident proof that this is not simply fabricated. 

    Will President Trump be impeached or even removed from office? We must be patient and await the outcome. We are living in an extraordinary time period. History is being made; all we have to do is pay attention. 

    *Because of dynamic events and hourly developments, this article may lack important information released after publication

    Sources:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/pelosi-top-democrats-privately-discuss-creation-of-select-committee-for-impeachment/2019/09/24/af6f735a-dedf-11e9-b199-f638bf2c340f_story.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/how-does-impeachment-work/2019/09/24/7eea04b3-dfd2-4dd8-8722-fd924f30410d_video.html

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/whistleblower-case-4-top-takeaways-from-the-whistleblower-complaint-and-the-testimony-of-dni-joseph-maguire/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/read-the-whistleblower-complaint-regarding-president-trump-s-communications-with-ukrainian-president-volodymyr-zelensky/4b9e0ca5-3824-467f-b1a3-77f2d4ee16aa/

    https://www.npr.org/2019/09/27/764794409/the-trump-ukraine-affair-what-you-need-to-know-and-whats-coming-next


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    An Overview of the 2020 Democratic Candidates

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    As the 2020 Election approaches, some of us will be new voters, and excitingly, 2020 has the most diverse pool of Democratic candidates and the most female representation yet! 

    Night One of the Democratic Debates

    Elizabeth Warren 

    • Experience: Senator from Massachusetts, helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: Climate Change
    • Most significant idea: Focused on Inequality, proposed an “ultra-millionaire tax” of 2% on net worth over $50 million and 3% over $1 billion
    • Who funds the Candidate: 26% small donations, no PAC contributions

    Cory Booker

    • Experience: Senator from New Jersey, 38th Mayor of Newark
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: Nuclear War and Climate Change
    • Most significant idea: criminal-justice reform including the legalization of marijuana and his gun licensing plan to increase restrictions on firearms 
    • Who funds the Candidate: 10% small donations, mostly funded by large individual donations

    Julian Castro

    • Experience: Mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: Climate Change and China
    • Most significant idea: Immigration plan to reverse Trump’s Travel Ban and provide a path to citizenship for immigrants as well as aid Central American countries
    • Who funds the Candidate: 34% small donations, no PAC contributions

    Tim Ryan

    • Experience: U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: China
    • Most significant idea: Help the manufacturing companies in America
    • Who funds the Candidate: 38% Labor Unions, Law firms, large individual donations

    Amy Klobuchar

    • Experience: Senator from Minnesota since 2007
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: China and Iran
    • Most significant idea: Plan to revamp the infrastructure in America and reverse Trump’s corporate tax rate cut
    • Who funds the Candidate: 21% small donations, Law firms, food and drug companies

    Tulsi Gabbard

    • Experience: Hawaii’s House Representative of the Second District since 2013, served in Iraq with the NAtional Guard
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: Nuclear War
    • Most significant idea: A noninterventionist foreign policy to promote peace
    • Who funds the Candidate: 27% small donations, no PAC contributions

    Jay Inslee

    • Experience: Second-term governor of Washington, previously served in the House
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: Donald Trump
    • Most significant idea: Climate change plan to switch to electric vehicles by 2030 and provide incentives to states to build and utilize electric charging stations
    • Who funds the Candidate: 34% small donations, climate action groups, and tech companies

    John Delaney

    • Experience: Former four-term congressman from Maryland
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: China and Nuclear War
    • Most significant idea: Build public and private international coalition against China’s intellectual property theft
    • Who funds the Candidate: 0.6% small donations, almost entirely self-funded

    Bill de Blasio

    • Experience: Mayor of New York City
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: Russia
    • Most significant idea: Economic focus to reverse Trump’s tax cuts
    • Who funds the Candidate: Workers’ Unions and Democratic PACS

    Beto O’Rourke

    • Experience: Former U.S. representative from El Paso
    • What is the greatest Geopolitical threat to the US: Climate Change
    • Most significant idea: Climate change plan to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords, implementing a carbon tax, and end tax breaks on oil companies
    • Who funds the Candidate: 59% small donations, no PAC contributions

    Night Two of the Democratic Debates

    Kamala Harris

    • Experience: First-term senator from California and was the Attorney General for California
    • The first issue to tackle: Tax cuts for working families
    • Most significant idea: Teachers’ pay plan that proposes a $13,500 pay raise for the average teacher as well as expanding the estate tax
    • Who funds the Candidate: 33% small donations, entertainment industry, attorneys, financiers

    Pete Buttigieg

    • Experience: The openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana and Afghan War veteran
    • The first issue to tackle: Restoring Democracy
    • Most significant idea: Supreme Court expansion from nine justices to 15, with five Democrats, five Republicans and five nonpartisan justices to maintain non-partisanship
    • Who funds the Candidate: 64% small donations, local businesses, CEOs, large individual donations

    Bernie Sanders

    • Experience: Vermont senator and a runner-up in the 2016 Democratic primary
    • The first issue to tackle: Political revolution
    • Most significant idea: Medicare for All plan with a single-payer health care system where the government provides insurance coverage to all Americans
    • Who funds the Candidate: 74% small donations, Liberal advocacy groups, UCLA employees, unions

    Joe Biden

    • Experience: Vice president during Obama’s presidency, a Senator from Delaware
    • The first issue to tackle: Defeating Donald Trump
    • Most significant idea: Climate change plan consisting of investing in clean energy research, building new electric car charging stations, expanding high-speed rail, and rejoining the Paris Climate Accords as well as eliminating Trump’s tax cuts and subsidies for the oil industry
    • Who funds the Candidate: Law firms, insurance companies, and large individual donations

    Kirsten Gillibrand

    • Experience: Senator from New York since 2009, served in the House
    • The first issue to tackle: Family Bill of Rights
    • Most significant idea: Paid family leave plan with up to 12 weeks of paid leave for any family illnesses
    • Who funds the Candidate: 4% small donations, law firms, Wall Street banks

    Michael Bennet

    • Experience: Senator from Colorado since 2009
    • The first issue to tackle: Climate change/economy
    • Most significant idea: Medicare X and private healthcare
    • Who funds the Candidate: Finance and law industry

    John Hickenlooper

    • Experience: Governor of Colorado until January and was the mayor of Denver
    • The first issue to tackle: Climate change
    • Most significant idea: Reduce the costs of doing business but increase compliance with regulations
    • Who funds the Candidate: 10% small donations, real-estate firms, lobbyists, energy companies

    Marianne Williamson

    • Experience: Inspirational author and speaker
    • The first issue to tackle: Make America the best place for a child to grow up
    • Most significant idea: Pay $10 billion in slavery reparations every year for ten years to the African American community 
    • Who funds the Candidate: Unclear but could be self-funded, and Republicans have donated to Marianne to keep her appeal of “harness love” in the debates. 

    Eric Swalwell

    • Experience: U.S. representative from California’s Bay Area
    • The first issue to tackle: Gun violence
    • Most significant idea: Expanding access to college by providing interest-free federal loans
    • Who funds the Candidate: Finance and real estate industry, no PAC contributions

    Andrew Yang

    • Experience: Tech entrepreneur who created the company Manhattan Prep and Venture for America
    • The first issue to tackle: Freedom Dividend/Universal Basic Income
    • Most significant idea: A $1,000 per month universal basic income for every American adult.
    • Who funds the Candidate: 81% small donations, tech companies
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    Rising Star Cloe Wilder Charms with “I Don’t Wanna”

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    We are excited to present Cloe Wilder’s newest single, “I Don’t Wanna”

    ABOUT CLOE WILDER: 
    Dark/Pop’s newest powerhouse, Cloe Wilder, is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with incredibly powerful songwriting skills, in addition to a voice beyond her years, 13-year-old songstress Cloe crafts melancholic, yet fiercely relatable songs that touch the deepest parts of the human psyche. Championing the concept of accepting one’s mental health issues and embracing imperfection, she is set to become a revolution in her time, starting with her flawless debut, “Overthinking”, and carrying the torch with her upcoming single, “I Don’t Wanna”.
     
     

     

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    Who is the 15 year old who beat Venus Williams?

    Gauff’s history-making moment- one of many more to come.

    Fifteen-year old tennis prodigy, Cori “Coco” Gauff beat Venus Williams at Wimbledon earlier this month, making history. And she did it with great collectedness despite being more than 2 decades younger than her revered opponent!

    It was a shocking and emotional moment for Gauff’s fans and supporters, but especially for Gauff herself. “”I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for [Williams],” Gauff told BBC. “I never thought this would happen. I’m literally living my dream right now.” 

    According to a Vogue Australia article, Gauff experienced sexism growing up hearing comments like ‘you can’t do this because you’re a girl.’ This experience, combined with Gauff’s strong belief in equality, is why the tennis prodigy considers herself a feminist.

    Because of sexism in sports, it is essential that young girls have female role models in athletics. Title IX paved the way for talented female athletes to make up successful national sports teams in the U.S. and to serve as role models to younger athletes. Venus inspired Gauff growing up, and now Gauff has proven her legacy of inspiring the next generation of girls.

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    How To Be an LGBT+ Ally

    LGBTQ Ally


    If you’ve been on the internet lately, you might have noticed that June is LGBT+ Pride month. It’s a time of empowerment for queer people and a time to shed light on issues within the  LGBT+ community. If you’re straight, you may feel like you have no place talking about these issues. However, this is definitely not the case. Straight and cisgender people have a place in the LGBT+ community as allies.

    What is an ally?

    According to Wikipedia an ally is “a heterosexual or cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.”

    How can I be an ally?

    1. Educate Yourself

    LGBT+ communities differ from straight communities in a lot of ways and, as an ally, it’s your job to be aware of these differences. For example, in LGBT+ communities, it’s probably more appropriate to use non-gendered language and ask for a person’s pronouns before assuming their gender identity. In addition to educating yourself on how to navigate LGBT+ social interactions, you should also make an effort to learn about current issues surrounding LGBT+ rights. Without knowing policies to fight against, it’s impossible to be an effective ally. Another very important thing to educate yourself on is the history of queer people in America (or whatever country you live in). Learning the history behind the issues that queer people deal with today will not only deepen your knowledge of the issues themselves, but enrich your understanding of LGBT+ people and their struggles.

    2. Stand up

    Allies should always be willing to stand up in defense LGBT+ rights. This doesn’t mean that every ally needs to be an activist. Standing up could be as simple as calling out a friend who makes a transphobic joke or choosing not to support businesses owned by people who are homophobic. If you see someone being bullied for their sexual orientation, don’t be afraid to intervene. You should always be outspoken in your support of LGBT+ rights.

    3. Listen

    Remember that you don’t know everything. Even the best ally makes mistakes or says the wrong thing sometimes. The difference between a good ally and a bad ally is the ability to listen. When someone criticizes you or calls you out for something, be open and ready to change. Don’t be proud and stubborn. A good ally also realizes their place. Even if you are a great ally, you can never truly understand the experience of a queer person. Always listen to what they have to say and make sure not to silence them. Allies should understand that it’s important for LGBT+ voices to be heard. There is a time for allies to speak up and there is a time for allies to listen. Be aware of this and stay mindful of how much space you’re taking up.

    The steps to being a good ally are straightforward but not easy. It takes a lot of effort to become an ally; it’s not just something that you can do for a month. Being an ally is something that you have to do 24/7. LGBT+ rights are human rights, and it’s important for everyone to do their part in defending them.