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Welcome to the Divided States of America

Written by Thursday, November 17, 2016
By Veronica Mackey It’s not the type of response one would expect after a presidential election in America. Sure, there’s always disappointment, but nothing like what we’ve seen during the last week. On par with the most divisive campaign in modern history, spontaneous protests over last week’s election results have ripped this country even farther apart. #NotMyPresident protests continue to spring up organically from the streets of Los Angeles to high schools in D.C. Even…
The long, grueling 18-month ordeal, known as the 2016 Presidential Race, came to a surprising end on Tuesday when Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in his bid for the White House. Trump won major swing states, and even turned some blue states red, winning 279 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228. In California, however, the numbers were very different. Clinton ended up with 61.5% of the vote to Trump’s 33.2 %. Appearing before a…
By Veronica Mackey After his bombshell announcement to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation last week, FBI Director James Comey has gone silent—leaving the media and political pundits to ponder what the vaguely written letter released 11 days before the presidential election could possibly mean. We only know that there may be new evidence in the case, but so far nothing has been found. The letter was Comey’s heads up to Republican Congressional leaders that…
The third and final debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump got even uglier on Wednesday, each making personal attacks against the other. It was obvious they did not like each other and tempers flared as the debate went on. A pivotal moment came when Trump refused to say if he would accept the result of next month's presidential election if he lost. He told Fox News moderator Chris Wallace "I will keep…

Who’s on Your Ballot?

Written by Thursday, October 20, 2016
A look at national, state and local candidates There is no doubt that the presidential race has stolen the spotlight from state and local races in terms of media coverage. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential pick Tim Kaine have been embroiled in an usually contentious battle against Republican rival Donald Trump and vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. It’s really nasty—even by Washington’s standards. The daily barrage of insults and scandals, leaked emails…

Are Republicans on the Verge of Civil War?

Written by Thursday, October 13, 2016
By Veronica Mackey Friday, October 7 may be the day in history that Donald Trump single-handedly split the Republican Party in half. It was on this day that the Trump campaign imploded over a leaked videotape of him making lewd remarks about women. At one point, Trump suggested he could—and probably did—get away with sexual assault. Newly married to his third wife Melania when the video was made in 2005, Trump bragged to Billy Bush…

Kaine-Pence VP Debate

Written by Thursday, October 06, 2016
By Veronica Mackey On Tuesday, America watched vice-presidential nominees Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R ) duke it out on the debate stage, representing respective running mates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The men debated for 90 minutes at Virginia’s Longwood University. Dems Lose on Style Kaine, who has called himself “boring,” came out swinging, aggressively attacking Trump’s business record, refusal to disclose income tax returns, disparaging remarks against women…

Clinton Wins Debate Round for Round

Written by Thursday, September 29, 2016
By Veronica Mackey The first of 3 presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, held on September 26, was for the most part predictable. Each candidate spoke and acted as they have during the campaign. It was obvious that Trump, who said he didn’t want to be “over prepared,” wasn’t. Clinton, a seasoned politician with more than 25 presidential debates under her belt, approached the contest as expected, fully loaded and laser-focused with facts.…
With nine weeks to go until the big election, all eyes are turning toward Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. It’s shaping up to be a dirty fight to the finish between 2 very different candidates—each calling the other bigoted, unfit and shady. On Wednesday a CNN poll showed Trump 2 points ahead of Clinton—a surprising finding given the incendiary tone of Trump’s campaign. Trump tops Clinton 45% to 43% in the new survey,…

Will Trump’s Mexico Visit Be Enough?

Written by Friday, September 02, 2016
By Veronica Mackey More than a year ago, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump began his campaign, vowing to solve the illegal immigration problem by building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and making Mexico pay for it. He talked about deporting those who are undocumented and blamed Mexico for the growing crime and unemployment in America. “They are not our friend, believe me. They are killing us economically,” he said. He added that, “When…
Could GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump cause Los Angeles to miss out on the 2024 Olympics? L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti says the answer to that question is yes. In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, Garcetti expressed concern that if Trump wins the election in November, it could be a big turn off for members of the International Olympic Committee. Either Trump or Hillary Clinton will be in office when the IOC selects the…
By Veronica Mackey Currently, about 2% of African American voters plan to vote for Donald Trump in the Fall election. With Election Day less than 80 days away, he must know that winning this group is a lost cause. Yet, he made a plea last week in Wisconsin for African Americans to give him a shot: Showtime "You're living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth…
By: Veronica Mackey Despite opening with yet another email scandal and protests by Bernie Sanders supporters over the electoral process, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week has been a virtual love and unity fest—in sharp contrast to the Republican National Convention last week. Organizers say the Dems wanted to show party unity and inclusion instead of the fearful rhetoric expressed by the GOP. Speakers took apart Trump’s slogan, “Making America Great Again,” by…
By Veronica Mackey The Trump campaign finally came clean on Wednesday, after a full two days of denying Melania Trump plagiarized First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Speech writer Meredith McIver, took the blame for the faux pas in a statement, and even offered to resign. The Trumps, she said, would have none of that. Before composing the speech, McIver said she sat down with Mrs. Trump and asked…
After $2 million worth of investigation, presidential nominee and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton was cleared of intention wrongdoing in her email scandal. On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced that no criminal charges should be brought against her. The case will ultimately be decided by the Dept. of Justice. However, experts say it is not expected that the DOJ will override Comey’s recommendation. While serving as secretary of state, Clinton was accused of…
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