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Trump spreads fake news

December 6, 2017 6:56pm | Colby Menefee

Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted a series of anti-muslim videos. The videos, posted by British white nationalist Jayda Fransen, depict violent acts by purported muslims. When asked about the authenticity of the videos, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that it didn’t matter […]

Trump’s Asia tour vital for US

November 6, 2017 1:25pm | Colby Menefee

This weekend, president Donald Trump arrived in Japan to start his first five country tour of Asia. This comes as international tensions surrounding North Korea and the United States rise to an all time high. Several asian nations are currently weighing whether to pursue stronger […]

Catalonia needs strong leadership

October 26, 2017 11:13am | Colby Menefee

Catalonia’s decades-long fight for independance from Spain suddenly escalated on October 1 when Madrid violently attempted to shut down an independence referendum. Now, Madrid is threatening to declare emergency power over the Catalan local government. Catalan officials say that the referendum showed over 90% support […]

Trump’s Puerto Rico response unimpressive

October 7, 2017 1:59pm | Colby Menefee

Late last month, deep into efforts to set her city right again after the devastation following Hurricane Maria, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico released a video begging for help following Trump’s inadequate response to devastation from the storm. “People are dying in this […]

Players “taking a stand” during national anthem promote free speech

October 6, 2017 1:40pm | Lilah Adams

“Taking a stand” has a different meaning for various sports teams across the nation. At first, it was only Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the national anthem before a game to protest the racial inequality in the nation. However, now it has become a national […]

Trump: stop provoking the rocket man

September 26, 2017 11:01am | Colby Menefee

Trump tweeted this weekend that North Korea’s leadership “wouldn’t be around much longer.” North Korea’s Foreign Minister responded Monday by announcing that the country interpreted this statement as a declaration of war. To that end, the diplomat said, the country will be protecting itself by […]

Know where your money goes

September 11, 2017 7:06am | Colby Menefee

As is typical when disaster strikes, Americans across the country opened their hearts and their wallets when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last month. Wallets opened and donations streamed towards Houston and the others areas affected. Citizens across the state and across the country traveled to […]

Price gouging needs to stop

August 30, 2017 8:10pm | Colby Menefee

As Houston residents struggled with shortages in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, some local businesses hiked up prices of essential goods in order to capitalize on the high demand. In addition, fees for many services went up, with CNBC reporting that some hotels along the […]

Electronic cigarettes need prevention attention

March 23, 2017 11:19am | Ashley Thunderhawk

For years, various organizations and campaigns have worked to encourage smokers to quit and non-smokers to avoid taking up the habit. To some extent, the campaigns have worked – smoking has declined. However, vaping and electronic cigarettes have stepped in to take the place of […]

Trump legitimizes dangerous movement

February 23, 2017 4:15pm | Colby Menefee

Last month, anti-vaccine activist Robert Kennedy Jr. announced that president Trump has plans to appoint him head of a special vaccine safety board. Kennedy is known for his promotion of dangerous vaccine conspiracies. Kennedy and his followers allege that vaccines cause autism. There is no […]