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Catching up on the race for the presidency

(L-R) Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez discusses the Conflict of Interest Rule at the Center for American Progress with Congressperson Xavier Becerra, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Congressperson John Sarbanes, and Congressman John Delaney on April 6, 2016. Photo Credit: Department of Labor

Zella Lezak, Managing Online Editor

December 1, 2019

With the presidential elections just around the corner and the primary elections approaching fast, it is time for America (and even some Urban students) to decide who they want to be the next President of the United States. With a Republican primary including 4 candidates and a crowded Democratic primary...

Shutdown interrupted: two federal employees weigh in on the longest government shutdown in United States history

Trash on the beach at Fort Miley, San Francisco, on Jan. 26.
By Tallula Ricciardi, Arts and Culture editor

Tallula Ricciardi and Sally Cobb

February 27, 2019

From midnight on Dec. 22, 2018 until Jan. 25, 2019, the United States government experienced what turned out to be the longest federal shutdown in history. The 34-day government shutdown began because the U.S. Congress and President Trump could not come to an agreement on an appropriations bill to fu...

Planes, Boats and Concealed Vehicles: The reality of drug trafficking at the border

Infographic of the number of entries into the United States via legal points of entry in 2017 versus the total populations of the US, Mexico, and Central America. Source: Customs and Border Patrol, United States Census Bureau.
By Kian Nassre, Web Editor

Lily Daniel, Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019

Amidst the recent government shutdown and the trials of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán for smuggling drugs into the U.S., President Trump’s petition for building a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border has grown intensely. Despite his campaign promise to build the multibillion-dollar wall in 2016, the wall ...

Midterm Madness V: What’s Next?

Midterm Madness V: What's Next?

Kian Nassre, Web Editor

December 20, 2018

What 2018 tells us about the Democrats’ 2020 strategy The conversation about the Democrats’ strategy to take on Trump in 2020 is centered on two types of swing states: the rust belt and the sun belt. Rust belt swing states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa) are more tra...

Don’t Vote For A Celebrity in 2020

Jack Cogen, Opinions Editor

March 29, 2018

The candidacy and subsequent presidency of Donald Trump were shocking for a number of reasons, not least of which being his unprecedented status as a president with no government or military experience. Elected with experience only as a businessman and celebrity, Trump could be a one-off mistake that...

Have frequent mass shootings become an inevitable violence in the U.S.?

Catherine Silvestri, Editor-in-Chief, Magazine

February 13, 2018

On a Friday morning in December of 2012, I was home from school sick and sitting in my kitchen as I watched the news. At the age of 13, I was an avid CNN watcher, keeping up with every natural disaster and news story that hit. But, on this Monday, sitting in my pajamas, the story that hit was unimagin...

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