On January 6th, 2018, President Trump retaliated to the criticism he has faced after the release of Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff, in the form of a strongly worded tweet. In this tweet, Trump most notably called himself a “stable genius.” The reaction to this tweet has been a mixture of both negative and … More Trump’s Stable Genius Tweet Receives Backlash and Inspires the Stable Genius Act
Mount Washington was likely to be the coldest place in the lower 48 because it is the highest point in the Northeast and is known chiefly for bad weather in extremis. With wind chill so astonishingly low, at a time when half the country was locked in a deep arctic freeze, New York’s John F. … More JFK Shuts Down Due to Frigid Temperatures
The Federal Communications Commission, often referred to as the FCC, made an extremely difficult decision. whether to vote for, or against, net neutrality. Net neutrality is defined as the principle that internet service providers (ISP) should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or … More FCC Votes on Net Neutrality
On Thursday, January 4, 2018, Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo, an Obama-era policy which has helped pave a road towards states legalizing marijuana. Sessions revoked the Cole Memo only days after a recreational marijuana market opened up in California, throwing the state for a loop. Sessions has been the 84th Attorney General of the … More Jeff Sessions Cracks Down on Chill Sessions
To start the new year off, the 45th President of the United States threatened nuclear Armageddon with a joke about his genitals. On January 2nd, Donald Trump retaliated against North Korean aggression with his preferred mode of communication, Twitter, and in doing so sparked fervent commentary across social media and around the world: “North Korean … More Trump Escalates Nuclear Tensions, Claiming A “Much Bigger And More Powerful Button.”
By the end of January, hundreds of thousands of workers may be unemployed or unpaid. In recent months, President Trump’s wall has stirred up another storm of previously-settled issues between the Republican and Democratic sides of the government. Rejecting bipartisan proposals left and right, Mr. Trump has stuck to his plan of ridding the U.S. … More Current Government Shutdown Threats, History of Shutdowns, and What Happens During a Shutdown
Jaws dropped and heads turned across the United States on December 12, 2017, when Democrat Doug Jones declared victory over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election. Considering Alabama had not elected a Democrat since the election and re-elections of Howell Heflin in 1978, 1984, and 1990, Jones’s win came as quite a … More Roy Moore’s Loss to Doug Jones
With orders of the newly released novel by Michael Wolff; “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” being backed up multiple weeks, there is no question that the majority of Americans are more than curious as to what really goes on behind the taciturn walls of the White House. 365 days into the Trump … More Release of Fire and Fury Sparks Controversy
On January 4th, 2018, it was announced that Steve Bannon, the White House’s former Chief Strategist during President Donald Trump’s term for the first seven months, is going to be investigated by the U.S. House of Representatives committee next week. Steve Bannon is being investigated for supposed interference with President Donald Trump’s 2016, U.S. election. … More 2016 Presidential Campaign Controversy: The Russia Probe
New York City’s subway station was thrown into wavering uncertainty after a Bangladeshi man named Akayed Ullah attempted suicide by bombing the Manhattan Times Square terminal during an early Wednesday morning on December 11, 2017. According to New York’s state police, “ The bomb, ( a body-worn improvised device ), was detonated in the subway’s … More Attempted Terrorist Attack on U.S. Subway
A condolence call from President Trump has turned the sorrow of the recent Niger Ambush into a political dispute. The purpose of this call was to comfort Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, who died in Niger defending our country. Although the intent of Trump’s phone call was good, many, including Mrs. … More Trump Offends Soldier’s Widow, Turning a Tragedy into a Political Debate
Recently, immigration worries and terrorist scares have led to travel restrictions to countries such as Libya, Chad, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela, and North Korea. Whether or not these bans are within reason depend on the country and the issues surrounding it. In these times, as we look at countries and their dangers to the … More Travel Warnings Facing U.S.A.
The US government released thousands of files regarding the assassination or our former president, John F. Kennedy. However it was later found that many more were being withheld upon request from the CIA and FBI in order to protect our national security. It has rumored that this is only making conspiracy theorists more curious about … More Should we be suspicious regarding the JFK files?
Seventeen-year-old undocumented immigrant identified in court documents as Jane Doe was recently blocked from getting an abortion by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. She won her court case on Tuesday, October twenty-fourth, and is now waiting to schedule an abortion with a certified health professional. This past spring, United States President Donald Trump appointed E. … More Jane Doe Wins Case Against Office of Refugee Resettlement
With multiple sexual harassment allegations being made against American film producer Harvey Weinstein and American journalist, author, and television host Bill O’Reilly in recent times, it is no surprise that many women have been voicing their support for the females of the world who have been victimized by men in power, and coming out with … More Sexual Harassment Allegations against Harvey Weinstein & Bill O’Reilly
United States President Donald Trump’s exigent need to pass a new health-care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act enacted under former president Barack Obama in 2010 has not decompressed whatsoever. Despite three bungled attempts to pass his extensively discussed and largely berated health-care act, he continues to speak of increased improvement and high hopes … More Trumpcare Returns In Its Third Edition
Thirteen days after Hurricane Maria hit hard, Puerto Rico remains stranded in apocalyptic-like conditions, and aid from the U.S. has been scant. With the loss of power spanning across the entire island and a severe depletion of food and fresh water, the death toll has risen to thirty-four within two weeks of the storm’s denouement. … More Puerto Rico in Peril after Hurricane Maria
On Thursday the 21st of September, 2017, the French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said, “It is possible France will skip the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to security concerns.” The conflict between the United States and North Korea is not exactly helping matters; therefore France is having security speculations and concerns. Laura … More Safety Concerns About the Olympics being hosted in South Korea
Sunday June 8th at 10:08 p.m., Jason Aldean’s playing at the Music Festival was interrupted by the sounds of gunfire. 64-year-old Stephen Paddock stood in his room at the Bay Resort on the 32nd floor showering fans with blasts of bullets for an ongoing ten minutes. This act of terrorism has been labeled as the … More Mass Shooting in Las Vegas Devastates and Shocks America
September 3rd, 2017: a Sunday in which most Americans were getting ready for work or school, and spending time with family. September 3rd , 2017: the day North Korea tested its biggest weapon yet. North Korea has been known for its wild antics, especially since Kim Jong-un had taken over as chairman for the Central … More What Is The Nuke History With North Korea?
President Donald Trump touted his desire to build a wall across the Mexican border even before the election, but it was originally treated as a national joke. Once he became president, the nation realized the joke was on them. “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and … More Who Gets The Bill for the Trump’s Wall?
There is an ongoing investigation on whether or not Russia had anything to do with Trump’s presidential election, which has the potential to destabilize our whole democracy. Many liberals and even Republicans believe that the Russia tampered with the poll results. Steve Bannon, former white house chief strategist surprisingly said that investigating the election … More Did Russia Have Ties to the Trump Campaign?
The San Lorenzo Valley is no stranger to extreme heat, but during Labor Day weekend the temperature reached numbers that can not be ignored. An extreme heat wave arrived in the Bay Area Thursday afternoon and persisted in its scorching temperatures until late Monday evening. The height of the temperature this weekend was a blistering … More Bay Area Heat Wave Hits Record Breaking Temperatures
White supremacists go head to head with counter-protesters on Friday in Charlottesville about the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee. The removal of this Confederate general caused an irreversible butterfly effect. On Friday night, the 11th of August, a group of about 250 white males marched with torches to the statue of Jefferson … More Violence Erupts in Charlottesville Protests
President Trump fired Bannon in what has been considered one of the most recent shocking government shake-ups. He removed an exceptional architect regarding his 2016 election victory and an extreme force behind his nationalist and anti-globalization agenda. Did Trump make the right call by kicking Bannon out of office? “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but … More Bannon Removed from Office After One Year
Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Trump on August 25th, 2017, after being charged with racially profiling Latinos. Joe Arpaio, from Maricopa County in Arizona, first made headlines February 4th, 2009 by handcuffing almost 200 illegal immigrants together in Tent City, Phoenix, for incarceration prior to their trials. Some of the inhabitants of Arpaio’s … More Convicted Sheriff Pardoned by Trump
The dictatorial country of North Korea has had a long and controversial history with its turbulent usage of nuclear weaponry. Just within the past year, North Korea made its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, and Kim Jong-un threatened a nuclear strike on “the heart of the U.S.” due to America’s threats to … More North Korea’s Nuclear Program Threatens US as Tensions Rise
Donald Trump’s administration on February 22nd withdrew former president Barack Obama’s era guidance on letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice. Last May, the Obama administration sent what’s called a “Dear Colleague” letter to school districts. The letter made clear that the administration was interpreting Title IX, a law to stop discrimination … More Controversy over Title IX and Transgender Bathroom usage under Trump Administration continues
Donald Trump is no friend of climate change activists or climate scientists, but many have wondered whether his talk prior to the election would translate to action as president. He has outright denied that the increases in average temperature over the past century are the result of human activities, and instead insisted that they are a … More Donald Trump appoints climate change denier to EPA; considers cutting program
Previously known as lies, alternative facts have become widely popular throughout the United States in lieu of the recent presidential election. Although they are both undoubtedly lies, Alternative facts differ from typical lies by the addition of gaslighting the listener. The phrase “alternative facts” was coined by U.S. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during … More “Alternative Facts” Hit Hard at Trump’s Presidency
After a weekend of Inaugural extravaganzas, media altercations, and briefings, President Trump commenced his first business week by signing a series of executive orders that reveal the true victor of the 2016 election: big business. On Monday, the new president signed an order that will slash regulations drastically by attempting to retract two regulations for … More President Trump and Executive orders: how the new administration uses them to their advantage
“Not our president” signs wave proudly and determinedly in the stark breeze on January 21, 2017, as more than three million men and women from around the globe participate in this impactful movement against America’s current leader. It all started out with a facebook post, created just after Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in … More Women’s March takes place across nation
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, the forty-fifth president of the United States, on Friday, January 20, the country’s new president has already accomplished many of his Day One promises that he made throughout his campaign trail. Some of the executive changes that have been occurring include actions taken relating to the illegalization of abortion, … More Supreme Court Welcomes Judge Neil Gorsuch to its Ranks
On January 20th 2017, the presidency of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, came to an end. The nation’s first African-American president served two terms in office and notably worked with a Republican-majority in congress during his latter term, leading to plenty of discourse on Capitol Hill. Due to partisan divisions, Obama … More A look back at the Obama years
Though Calexit is rife with controversy and differing motivations, detractors of the movement won’t have to worry. It would be a miracle for Calexit to even come close to happening. “Calexit”, a name created by social media to describe the movement to have California to secede from the United States, has been gaining incredible momentum … More Online petition for “Cal-Exit” gains promidence with recent election
On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered one of America’s historic black churches in South Carolina and began firing away at every church goer within his firearm’s sites. Imagine, as a religious person or someone who frequently attends church, the horror of going to a place of worship only to be shot down by an out-of-control … More Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Sentenced to Death over Racially Charged Murders
Has recent hate crime instituted a new Americanized “normal”? On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, four African American young adults brought in the new year by kidnapping and torturing an 18-year-old, mentally ill white male in Chicago, and broadcasting the gruesome act via Facebook Live. The 30 minute long video of the attack has since been … More 18 year old is kidnapped and tortured live on “Facebook Live”
Almost five years ago, neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, igniting a nation-wide conversation on race relations; Zimmerman was acquitted on July 13, 2013, on the grounds that he had acted in self-defense. In response to Trayvon Martin’s death, three queer black women began using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. That movement grew … More Racially-charged police shooting lead to nation-wide protests
“Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,” Donald Trump snidely remarked of Jessica Leeds, one of a growing number of women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault in the past few weeks, at a North Carolina rally. Leeds purports that she was groped by Trump in … More Allegations of assault and sexual misconduct plague the President-Elect Donald Trump
The phone called the “best phone yet” is, in reality, one of the biggest fails a smartphone company has ever created. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has gone up in flames (literally). The Note 7 was released on August 19, 2016 and were originally very sought after and anticipated. However, soon after the release, the … More The only thing Samsung does right is prove Apple is best
While the national voting day is coming upon the United States, the citizens look towards the two leaders of the main parties candidates, but what about the third party candidates? What do they bring to the election? Jill Stein, the Green Party’s candidate, and Gary Johnson, the Libertarian, are still in the race, but they … More A look at the third-party candidates for the U.S. President
A man was paralyzed for ten years without movement of any limbs, and then after participating in a scientific research experiment, he can feel natural things again. What is your first reaction? For Nathan Copeland it was shock. After a car accident as a teenager, Nathan was diagnosed with tetraplegia-the inability to move your … More Technological progression has given this man a helping had – literally
Causing billions of dollars in damage, countless lives, and an intense strain on several countries, Hurricane Matthew tore through the Southeastern US and the Caribbean throughout late September and left behind a legacy of brutal destruction. Hurricane Matthew formed near the Windward Islands on Sept. 28, 2016, and soon became an extremely deadly, long lived, … More Hurricane Matthew Wreaks Havoc
This year, on November 8, 2016, one candidate will be chosen as president, and this will not only affect the next 4-8 years of all American lives, but long after that as well. The Democrat and Republican candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have run a tense campaign throughout the entire election. Their attitudes and … More The Election Results: You Love them or Hate them
Unforeseen strength at the top of the Republican ticket motivated the maintenance of conservative majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. While Democratic optimists had anticipated winning the Senate, they narrowly prevailed in Illinois and New Hampshire, winning only 2 of the 5 seats they would have needed to claim control. While … More Curious about the Congressional races in 2016?
As Donald Trump’s supporters rejoice in their unforeseen triumph, his numerous opposers seem to have erected one last hurdle for him to jump: the electoral college vote. Thousands of democratic voters have launched desperate efforts to reverse Trump’s upsetting victory after a petition for electors from states that supported Trump to change their votes attained … More Nationwide outrage leads to recount in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Penn.
After this year’s controversial election came to an end in early November, political newcomer Donald J. Trump slid into victory. He surpassed Hillary Clinton, an experienced politician. This unexpected win came as a surprise to most students at SLVHS, and as one can see in the survey, most were not happy. Out of 194 responses, … More Post-election results anger some and humor others
The atmosphere on campus was grim and hopeless for many, staff and students included, on the morning of November 9, as President Elect Donald Trump took the stage for a victory speech. Now, one thing is certain as students prepare for the long awaited Presidential Inauguration trip with Ms. Martinez: It will be an election … More SLV students head to Washington DC to witness 2017 inauguration
The United States’ president-elect, Donald Trump, has made many promises throughout his campaign, but will he actually follow through? Can Trump perform the tasks now hanging over his head- the ones that got him elected as the next leader of the United States of America? In a recent video that is spreading across the web … More Trump Has Big Plans for His First 100 Days in Office
With the Donald J. Trump being elected to president, there has been some tension – and some protests. These protests have appeared nationwide: Berkeley, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle are just a few locations. Most of these protests are violent. Among the protests, school walkouts have been the … More Many Americans still cannot deal with Trump
By the rights of the United States Constitution, all Americans have the right to vote, as well as freedom of speech, and these rights “shall not be infringed” upon. “We the people” have power. So what is your say in California’s 2016 Proposition Election? This year, California has 17 propositions to ponder and vote on. … More A Review of California’s 17 Props.
The Presidential election affects everyone’s lives, but this year it is having an unprecedented effect on the nation’s schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization dedicated to fighting hatred and bigotry and seeking justice for vulnerable, persecuted members of our society. During the election, they surveyed and collected statements from educators about the … More The ‘Trump Effect’ -Bullying in Schools
For the first time since 1993, an American has been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, and, for the first time ever, this award is going to a musician. This October, Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. Following the announcement, two whole weeks passed without a single word from the artist. … More Bob Dylan: A Gifted Musician
With the election fast approaching, our school shows a clear political bias, although our school is still somewhat divided. With supporters for each of our presidential candidates within the school, it is certain not everyone will be happy with the results. With four clear top candidates, many may not entirely know who each candidate is, … More As the 2016 presidential election draws near, SLV shows clear preference
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” quotes Colin Kaepernick on why he didn’t stand for the national anthem at the preseason game in August. Kaepernick has been sitting, or kneeling, in his games this season to make … More Colin Kaepernick has Been Taking a Seat During National Anthem
A hushed Republican populus, strained with anticipation and weighed down by the formidable reality of the United States’ presidential prospects, watched the first 2016 general election debate on Tuesday night, feebly hoping for any indication that the cataclysmic nominee that it had thrust upon itself had miraculously transformed into a more palatable, presidential candidate. He … More Trump Flounders in First General Election Debate
The Standing Rock-Sioux Tribe has been in the midst of a difficult protest, as a company, Dallas-Based Energy Transfer Partners, has been attempting to build a large pipeline that would conflict with sacred grounds and the reservation’s entire water supply. Ever since the Bakken/North Dakota pipeline issue came into light, there have been protesters at … More The Downfall of Domestic Pipelines
Terror gripped the New York/New Jersey area, on September 17th, days after the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There were two bombings relatively near to each other with fortunately no deaths, however twenty-nine people were injured during the New York bombing. One bombing was in Seaside Park, New Jersey and the other in New … More NJ and NY Bombings Rock the Nation
On August 12, 2016, flooding began in southern Louisiana. Ten days of heavy rain caused extreme damage to twenty parishes across the state. Residents prepared for the worst, but they could never have anticipated the disaster that lay ahead. The Red Cross and other groups are helping to clear out the wreckage. The cost of … More Devastating Results of Louisiana Flooding
The phone buzzes, letting someone know a Pokémon is close enough to catch. They step forward as they toss a ball, slip, and tumble off the edge of a sharp cliff- losing the Pokémon and feeling in your limbs. This may sound ridiculous, but on July 16th, two Pokémon Go players in Encinitas, California sustained … More Pokémon Go rapidly spreads in popularity across the USA, and the world