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Clemson professors protest Trump executive order with fast

Clemson professors protest Trump executive order with fast

From Feb. 5 to Feb. 12, two Clemson professors began a Fast Against Silence, in protest of President Trump’s executive order preventing immigrants and refugees from 7 predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika and Dr. Todd May began the fast on Sunday, Feb. 5 on the steps of Sikes Hall,...
DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education

DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education

On Feb. 7, the Senate confirmed billionaire Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education in a 51-50 vote. The night before the confirmation featured Senate Democrats taking the floor to denounce DeVos and attempt to dissuade Republican Senators in a lengthy session. Protests outside the Senate also took place as a demonstration of public disapproval. The Senate...
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...
President Trump nominates Gorsuch to Supreme Court

President Trump nominates Gorsuch to Supreme Court

On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump nominated Colorado Federal Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch for the open Supreme Court seat, which has been empty since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016. During his campaign, President Trump promised to nominate a conservative justice to the court to replace Scalia – his nomination of Gorsuch fulfills this...
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...
Trump signs executive order to move forward on Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL

Trump signs executive order to move forward on Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL

On Jan. 24, Donald Trump signed an executive order pushing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines forward into action, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to block both projects over environmental and economic concerns. President Trump dismissed Obama’s policy and sealed a campaign promise with this executive order, which allows for both projects to be expedited...
Henry McMaster named South Carolina's 117th governor

Henry McMaster named South Carolina’s 117th governor

On Jan. 24, former Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster succeeded Nikki Haley, becoming South Carolina’s 117th governor. His succession came as a result of former Governor Haley’s confirmation as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations. McMaster is not new to the political sphere – he has worked as a legislative assistant to Republican U.S....
Trump cabinet pick Betsy DeVos raises concerns

Trump cabinet pick Betsy DeVos raises concerns

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind of transition as the Trump administration solidifies its hold on the White House. Among several new decisions, Donald Trump’s cabinet picks have sparked widespread public debate. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education met with a great degree of outcry as many viewed her as unfit...
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...
Former South Carolina Governor Haley becomes U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Former South Carolina Governor Haley becomes U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

On Tuesday, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations. During the hearing, Haley announced her official position on the all-important issue of Russia, as she declared the Russians to be guilty of war crimes in Syria. In the hearing, Haley stated “Russia is trying...
Inauguration of President Trump provokes protests and controversy

Inauguration of President Trump provokes protests and controversy

On Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America, commencing the peaceful transition of power from the Obama administration to his own. Trump’s inaugural address opened with  an attempt at unity while discussing the new agenda of America – to rebuild the divided nation, declaring “We the...
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