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The Commission on Presidential Debates cancelled the second debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. (JIM WATSON,SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Commission on Presidential Debates cancels second presidential debate

Bethanie Simms, Contributing Writer October 15, 2020
In an unprecedented move, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) canceled a presidential debate amid fallout from President Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis.
Voters for no-excuse, in-person absentee voting at Norfolk City Hall in Norfolk, Virginia on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot/TNS)

OPINION: It’s your civic duty to vote

Gia Lash, Contributing Writer October 14, 2020
I'd encourage anyone who feels disheartened with the political process to look farther down the ballot. Find out who your local candidates are, and find out what they stand for. Understand what issues are affecting the people in your community, and understand what steps candidates are taking to fix them. While change happens at every level, local change is what you're most likely to feel the effects of. 
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: Coronavirus rocks the vote in the Senate

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer October 12, 2020
Of all the ways the confirmation process of Amy Coney Barrett would be potentially stalled in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likely wasn’t expecting a physical incapacitation on the part of his fellow lawmakers. In the span of a few days, three Republican senators, including North Carolina’s Thom Tillis (NC), Ron Johnson (WI), and Mike Lee (UT) all tested positive for COVID-19 and have subsequently stepped away for the time being.
President Donald Trump speaks to a small crowd outside the USS North Carolina on Sept. 2, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina. President Donald Trump visited the port city for a brief ceremony designating Wilmington as the nation's first WWII Heritage City. The title is in honor of the area's efforts during WWII.(Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images/TNS)

OPINION: America is at risk for another civil war

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer October 11, 2020
The United States has endured a lot this year. Americans have witnessed natural disasters, police brutality, school shootings, and an ever-increasing partisan divide. While all of these events existed prior to 2020, this year we faced an additional challenge: a global pandemic. With more than 200,000 deaths in the United States alone, COVID-19 has made a permanent mark. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a rise in social unrest and economic disruption, leading to an even more tense nation.
From left, Sen Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), speak during a committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on August 5, 2020. (Carolyn Kaster/Pool/Abaca Press/TNS)

Senator Thom Tillis tests positive for COVID-19

Veronica Wernicke, News Editor October 4, 2020
Following a weekend with announcements of several politicians, including President Donald Trump, testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) N.C. republican Senator Thom Tillis is the latest to receive a positive test result.  
A man wearing a military uniform walks in front of a military commissariat in Yerevan on Spet. 30, 2020. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday said peace talks with Azerbaijan under Russian mediation would be inappropriate, as fighting over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region entered a fourth day. (AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

OPINION: Governments have too much power

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer October 3, 2020
All of these issues share a commonality: powerful governments are involved. They either directly cause problems or refuse to address them appropriately. This trend is especially pronounced whenever an unchecked government, especially an authoritarian one, abuses its power and violates the rights of its civilians to push its personal agendas.
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.
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