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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 25: Reverend Tim Christopher, hold his firearm that he always carries while attending the meet-and-greet event held Minnesota Freedom Fighters on Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. Christopher has testified before the MN House Judiciary Committee on gun control legislation. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

OPINION: America needs tougher gun laws, but don’t freak out, gun supporters.

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer October 2, 2020
So the question worth asking is, how do we enact change and strike a balance between saving lives and protecting Second Amendment rights?
Trump supporters watch the first presidential debate between US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on Sept. 29, 2020 in Old Forge, near Scranton, Pennsylvania. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

Trump and Biden face off in first presidential debate

Hannah McDonnell, Contributing Writer October 2, 2020
Moderated by Chris Wallace in Cleveland, OH, the first presidential debate was held between former Vice President Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump where they discussed a number of relevant issues happening in the nation.
Amy Coney Barrett meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

OPINION: Amy Coney Barrett is the polar opposite of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hannah Horowitz, Contributing Writer September 30, 2020
Barrett is undoubtedly the epitome of everything Ginsburg fought against, despite conservatives enthusiastically cheering her on. She is highly educated and well-spoken, yet glides through the doors of law that Ginsburg busted down for her, failing to protect the freedoms of other women.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett walks from the Oval Office to be introduced by President Donald Trump as his Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

OPINION: The battle over the Supreme Court is a horror show full of hypocrisy and partisanship

Hannah Horowitz and Nicolas Ziccardi September 29, 2020
There are questions regarding how this will affect the 2020 presidential race, as this is said to be an advantage to those on the right. Trump’s top pick, Amy Coney Barrett, was formally nominated in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday, just one day after Ginsburg was lying in state at the U.S. Capitol. The formal Senate confirmation hearings are to take place beginning on October 12, as there seems to be a mad dash by the GOP to place her on the high court as soon as possible.
In this photo combination: President Donald Trump, left, speaks during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House; and Democratic presidential candidate, and former Vice President, Joe Biden speaks about the unrest across the country from Philadelphia City Hall. (From left:Alex Wong/Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images/TNS) (Editors note: this is two combined, cropped photos from Getty Images)

Trump or Biden: Where Do You Stand?

Ambar Delgado , Contributing Writer September 24, 2020
Below you will find an introductory guide to the platforms of Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden. 
A lifeguard stand on a beach flying the emergency red flag, set against a dark sky in Daytona, FL.

OPINION: We don’t have to tank the global economy to fight climate change

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer September 18, 2020
To tackle this serious challenge, they will need to base decisions not just on science, but also the economy. Former Democratic candidate and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, for instance, managed to win the support of millions of young Americans by proposing a “Green New Deal”. It aims to ban all fossil fuels and radically reshape society in just 10 years. But such a policy would be too expensive to work and have massive implications, Fox News warned in February 2019.
President Donald Trump speaks to his supporters during a Thursday rally in Freeland, Michigan. (Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

NextGen NC offers insight into President Trump’s visits to NC

Aurora Xiong, Contributing Writer September 16, 2020

President Donald Trump’s recent visit to N.C. has sparked some discussions behind his intentions. With the 2020 presidential elections quickly approaching, Trump seems to be treading up new ideas on...

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. president Donald Trump.

OPINION: There’s a clear candidate to achieve peace with North Korea

Jacob Sawyer , Staff Writer September 15, 2020
Unfortunately, U.S. President Donald Trump has failed to execute a strong peacemaking plan. While he held summits, for instance, they were more or less intended to show off to the world rather than actually committing to easing tensions. U.S. Democratic nominee Joe Biden, on the other hand, appears to be much more prepared to make real progress on this significant issue.
Oregon State Troopers and Portland police advance through tear gas and fire works while dispersing a protest against police brutality and racial injustice on September 5, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Portland has seen nightly protests for the past 100 days following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images/TNS)

OPINION: The violent protests and riots must end

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer September 7, 2020
Ending this violence requires a bipartisan and nationally coordinated approach. The first step is to restore order by deploying the National Guard. While the Guard will likely have to use some force against civilians and protesters, the risk of injury from looting and rioting is much higher, and the Guard is needed to flatten the curve of the unrest. It’s sad that we need to send them in, but just like flattening the curve of the COVID-19 virus through social distancing, we must face the music and do it.
NextGen N.C. is a progressive organization that focuses on registering young people to vote and turning them out to the polls in November.

NextGen NC is here to inform young voters

Veronica Wernicke, News Editor August 29, 2020
With the 2020 general election only two months away, organizations like NextGen North Carolina (an offshoot of national organization NextGen America) are helping to inform and guide young voters about the election and why they should vote.
Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take the stage to deliver remarks at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The pair will be regularly tested for coronavirus as campaigning intensifies in the weeks before the election. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

OPINION: Kamala Harris was a clear pick for Biden’s VP

Sarah Levinson , Contributing Writer August 29, 2020

We are eight months into 2020 and we have seen a global pandemic, continuing riots and protests related to Black Lives Matter (BLM) and a president relentlessly failing his constituents. Presidential candidate...

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks at a town hall meeting at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

6 Women in politics you should know

Cierra Noffke, Culture Editor August 28, 2020
Even though each of the women who are running or currently hold a political office has her own agenda, it’s refreshing to see Congress inching toward better representation of the American people. Here are six women, in particular, to keep an eye on during these turbulent times. None of these introductions are meant to be the full picture. Each woman has her own backstory, complete with scandals, backlashes and bullying that are worth the exploration. 
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