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Senator Elizabeth Warren silenced in Senate

Senator Elizabeth Warren silenced in Senate

On Feb. 7, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Senate Republicans as she criticized Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general. In her speech, Warren read a letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1986, implying that Sen. Sessions was guilty of racial bias. When Warren began to quote the letter, the Republican senators...
Trump executive order could impact LGBT community

Trump executive order could impact LGBT community

On Feb. 1, an executive order drafted by the Trump administration that could possibly weaken the protections for the LBGT community was leaked to the public. Although the White House has confirmed they will not sign such an order, its very existence has caused worry among progressive groups. Trump announced that he would continue Obama’s protections...
Trump bans entrance from seven majority-Muslim countries

Trump bans entrance from seven majority-Muslim countries

On Jan. 27, President Trump temporarily banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries via executive order. The order prevents Syrian refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and blocks entrance from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Refugees, students, visitors and green card holders were detained at airports across the country. Trump claimed that...
President Obama pardons Chelsea Manning in one of last moves in office

President Obama pardons Chelsea Manning in one of last moves in office

On Jan. 17, former President Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman formerly known as Bradley. The army private leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks and was originally sentenced to 35 years in prison, but will now be released in May. Manning’s sentence was the longest of anyone who has been incarcerated for leaking information...
Trump assigns son-in-law as senior advisor, sparks controversy with federal law

Trump assigns son-in-law as senior advisor, sparks controversy with federal law

Earlier this month, President-elect Donald Trump announced that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will join the White House as a senior advisor to the president, potentially breaking a federal anti-nepotism law designed to prevent public officials from appointing family members to public office. According to Trump, Kushner played a key role throughout his campaign, stating “Jared...
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