What the Trump is an Alternative Fact

By: Rae Arnett This week, as I was watching the Trump Administration take full swing, I admit that I was curious about what, if any, campaign promises he would fulfill. I was anxious to see what he might tweet, what he might say, and who he might nominate for confirmation. I was not expecting a pissing contest about inauguration crowd sizes nor was I expecting the absurdity that is “alternative facts”. Senior Advisor to Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, explained that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s interesting first interaction with…

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Hindsight: A Retrospective on the Presidency of Barack Obama

By: Chris McManigal Part 1: The Good It’s no secret that people have highly charged opinions about Barack Obama and his Presidency. Ask some and they’ll say they already miss him, ask others and they’ll say he’s the worst thing to ever happen to this county. So what is the reality? That answer can be subjective, of course, either somebody likes the guy or doesn’t, but Obama’s term, like any other, can be summarized by the numbers. First, let’s define terms. Two markers are commonly used to take the national…

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Presidential Firsts

By: Chris McManigal No matter who wins the upcoming election on November 8th, another milestone among our Presidents will be reached. If Hillary Clinton wins, she will be the first woman President in US history and if Donald Trump wins he will be the first billionaire. But there have been many firsts over the years. Here is a look back at many of them. The ultimate first is, of course, our first President, George Washington. He became President after being elected by a unanimous Congressional vote in 1789. He was…

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Candidate Close-Up: Jill Stein

By: Chris McManigal Fourth of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. Jill Stein came to be on the political stage from experiences in her first career, medicine. As a medical doctor she became concerned about the link between her patients’ health and their environment. This concern blossomed into her becoming an environmental activist and eventually to her first run for President in 2012 as the Green Party candidate. Originally from Chicago, Stein graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1973 and…

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Candidate Close-Up: Gary Johnson

By: Chris McManigal Third of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. Gary Johnson has been a known quantity within New Mexico for many years having served as the Republican Governor from 1995 to 2003. He made his first appearance on the national stage in 2012 when he ran for President for the first time, initially as a Republican with Libertarian leanings. Then during that race he switched his affiliation officially to the Libertarian Party and won the party’s nomination with more than…

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Candidate Close-Up: Donald Trump

By: Chris McManigal Second of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. Donald Trump was famous for a long time before becoming the focus of the news every night. He’s been a businessman, TV star and author before first running for President in 2000 as the Reform Party candidate. That bid for the Presidency was ultimately unsuccessful, but gave the public a first glance at Trump as a politician. Trump first began his career working for his father’s business known at the…

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Candidate Close-Up: Hillary Clinton

By Chris McManigal First of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. Hillary Clinton is sometimes referred to as the most famous woman in the world. With good reason. She has been in the public eye since 1979 when she first became First Lady of Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected Governor. When Bill Clinton was elected President in 1993 she became known to country and world over for her outspoken efforts to promote and pass healthcare reform and promote women’s…

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What is a Libertarian Anyway?

By Chris McManigal Third of a 4-part series spotlighting the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. The Libertarian Party was founded in the 1971 and while it is not one of the main two parties, it has gained popularity among those that are disgruntled with the two-party system in the United States. Libertarians are not regarded as either right or left-wing, but rather a combination of both with socially liberal and fiscally conservative viewpoints. The leading ideology of Libertarianism is non-interventionism and as such Libertarians lean strongly against government regulation of…

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“Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?”

By Nicole Jasso Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day? The song by Alan Jackson always comes to mind this time of year. It is hard to believe that awful day September 11, 2001 will have passed 15 years ago. Most of the students here at ENMU would have been in elementary school or barely starting school. Most of us can’t recall that day but some of us can. Graduate student Gabby Ramirez says, “I was seven years old, in the second grade. My teacher had…

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What is a Democrat Anyway?

By Chris McManigal First of a 4-part series spotlighting the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. The Democratic party, founded in 1828, is one of the main two political parties in the US. The party has undergone many changes throughout its history, but is presently regarded as the more liberal, or left-wing, of these parties. One of the hallmarks of the Democratic party is their favorable stance on government intervention. Democrats believe that government has an important role to play in our lives in order to bring about a fairer…

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