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The University of Mount Union’s Department of Political Science and International Studies features students and faculty members with diverse backgrounds and opinions in the world of politics. This blog is THE hub for all things surrounding the 2016 Presidential Election, as well as educated commentary for state and local elections in Ohio and issues facing the political atmosphere globally.

Trump and Terrorism

by Ashley Gran ’18

The 45th President of the United States has made his views particularly clear on quite a few aspects of government, one of those being terrorism. President Obama had previously set restrictions on droid attacks, raids, …

The Implications with Russia from Recent U.S. Airstrikes on Syria

by Preston Myers ’20

On April 6, 2017, the United States had fired 59 missiles at a Syrian airfield that was said to be the place where the recent attacks of the chemical weapons had emerged from (Sengupta, Macfarquhar, & …

Neil Gorsuch: The next Justice in the Supreme Court

by Joe Palmquist ’20

It has been a year since Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, and President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill his seat. He will officially take his seat in October (Buckley, …

The Real Problem is Climate Change

by Olivia Ricciutti ’20

Climate Change has been the talk of the town for the past several years.  Since the early 2000s, this topic has been talked about all over the news and social media, to name a few. Some …

Changes with Transgender Bathroom Use

by Abby Packard ’17

On February 22 the Trump administration took away federal guidelines giving transgender students the right to use public school restrooms thus giving this to the states to decide. This thereby dismisses the previous guidelines given under …

Trump Administration Faces Critical Issue Early On

By Francisco Telemaque ’20

Michael Thomas Flynn has resigned as the National Security Advisor as of February 13th, 2017. Now I’ll give some history. Michael Flynn has had multiple roles in the intelligence field. Flynn advanced through the army to …

The Government Needs Science

By: Morgan Rector

The motivation for this blog comes from the circulating rumors regarding the Trump administration’s involvement in climate change.  He has asked that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remove the climate change page from their website (Kahn, 2017). As …

Why Trump’s immigration restrictions are so drastic

By: Joshua Weber

Over the past couple of weeks, a lot of attention has been drawn politically to the immigration policies which our current administration intends to implement. President Trump has insisted that his policy recommendation is simply a continuation …

What’s Become of the New York Times? by Dr. Michael Grossman

The New York Times was, and still is, considered by many the paper of record. If the Times prints it, it must be true. But recently, the Times (and that other paper of record: the Washington Post) have not …

The Future of Civil Rights by Graycen Wood

Donald Trump possesses the ability to impact at least 40 years of history with his pick for the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court.  Last week Trump announced Neil Gorsuch, 49, as his choice, but who is Gorsuch …

Trumps Immigration Ban Up in Smoke

by Elijah Scott, Matt Orloff, Hope Turnbull, Quentin Rock, Seav Mey Y, and Sophie Ramsey

On January 27th President Donald Trump presented an addition to the onslaught of executive orders that have been pressed into action in his short tenure. …

Ralph Regula’s 92nd Birthday Celebration – A Regula Scholar’s Perspective

This past Friday, December 2, I had the unique opportunity to attend the 92nd birthday celebration for retired Congressman and Mount Union alumni, Ralph Regula. As a member of the Regula Scholars, a collection of students modeled off of Ralph …

What Does the New President-Elect Mean for Climate Change?

By:  Sophia Ramsey, Green Raider

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One of the things we need to look at when we get a new President is their policy on climate change and climate action. Why? Well, there are a lot of reasons, honestly. But we’ll …

“What Happened?”: An Election That Will Not Soon Be Forgotten

by Dr. Lori Kumler

After numerous polls indicated Clinton favored to win Tuesday’s election, much of the nation is left wondering what happened. This statement has two questions within it: how were the polls so wrong, and how did Trump …

The Uncertain Road Ahead

by Dr. Francis Schortgen

Addressing the 1992 Republication National Convention, Ronald Reagan remarked: “And whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, …