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Republican power grab has set a bad precedent

Commentary by Eulogio JP Republicans in North Carolina have set a bad precedent. In 2016, Republicans used a special legislative session to pass a series of bills limiting the powers of North Carolina’s incoming governor. This was done to limit the influence of Democrats, as the incoming governor was a Democrat. Sadly, that legal, but undemocratic tactic is being used …

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Large immigrant group surrenders to Border Patrol

By Eulogio JP On Monday (Dec. 3), more than 200 undocumented immigrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to surrender to Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas. According to agent and Border Patrol spokesperson Fidel Baca, a group of men, women and children surrendered along the border fence. About 130 were taken away by Border Patrol buses and about 90 were …

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Public forum advocates for government transparency through public participation

By Angie Baldelomar On Tuesday (Dec. 4), a public forum brought national security experts together to discuss public engagement with U.S. wars and government transparency as part of a live recording of the podcast “Bombshell” at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. Most people do not know much about the armed conflicts the United …

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The G20 summit produces a few takeaways

By Angie Baldelomar Leaders of the world met recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the biannual G20 summit, an international forum that brings together the world’s 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies. The latest summit made headlines when President Trump cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as the Mueller probe into the 2016 U.S. presidential election got closer …

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Klemp resigns post after “master race” remarks

By Tere Siqueira On Nov. 20, white politician Louis Klemp resigned from the Leavenworth County (Kansas) Board of Commissioners after misusing the words “master race” during an argument with Triveece Penelton, a black consultant who works for an architecture and design company, during a Nov. 13 public meeting. According to video from the land-use meeting, Klemp disagreed with Penelton’s proposed …

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Female candidates make history

By Tere Siqueira Women changed the political landscape with the recent midterm elections As multiple news agencies reported, more than 100 women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. And at press time, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University reported that 23 women were elected to the U.S. Senate. Moreover, multiple news sources reported nine …

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Judge rules to restore reporter’s White House press pass

By Angie Baldelomar A federal judge ruled on Nov. 16 that the White House should restore CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s revoked press credentials. The White House revoked the credentials on Nov. 7 after a contentious post-midterm election news conference and a heated exchange between Acosta and President Trump. The White House’s explanations for why it did that changed …

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Trump targets asylum rights in new proclamation

By Angie Baldelomar On Nov. 9, before leaving for Paris, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation to ban immigrants who cross into the United States illegally through the southern border from seeking asylum. The proclamation suspends asylum rights for all immigrants who cross illegally into the country. Officials have said this change was put in place primarily to discourage migrants …

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Some tense moments as caravan treks across Mexico, (Part II of a series)

By Tere Siqueira As multiple news outlets have reported, a migrant caravan of thousands of Central Americans has forged its way across Mexico. During their journey, the travelers walked along the highway near Mexico’s border with Guatemala. They passed through Tapachula, a Mexican border city. Tapachula resident Guadalupe Jimenez remembers what it was like when they passed through the city. …

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Democrats win the House as GOP strengthens hold on the Senate

By Angie Baldelomar The days of one-party control are over. Democrats seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate on Tuesday (Nov. 6) in a midterm election that drew record numbers of voters to the polls. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said the victory was “about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to …

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