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    Trump appoints controversial cabinet

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich Skyler Boyer  Despite the assurance of a Clinton victory from the media, experts on polling, and even the President himself, Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. As important as the president is his cabinet. A president’s cabinet can make or break a presidency. Here is a list of appointees and potential picks to three of the most important positions in Trump’s Cabinet. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. A former senator from Alabama, the National Journal once voted Sessions the fifth most conservative member in Congress. He and Trump both share harsh…

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    Protest Trump’s policies, not his victory

    Election night started jovially for liberals across the United States. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was predicted to have a relatively easy win and the result was expected to be announced by 10pm. In a twist of fate, Donald Trump won convincingly, leaving liberal stunned and horrified. During the final debate of the 2016 presidential election, then-presidential candidate Trump was asked whether he would respect the outcome of the election if Clinton won. His running mate Mike Pence had previously said that there was no question that they would accept Clinton as the next president. Trump’s response, however, was that he would have to look at the result of…

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    Presidential debates need change

    By Henry Caron John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off in the first televised presidential debate in 1960, marking a turning point in the way candidates campaigned. Since then, presidential debates have occurred during each election cycle, playing a large role in the results of that year’s campaign. Despite the critical importance that presidential debates provide, the current format of these debates is broken in a variety of ways. This results in a debate that is disjointed, unclear, and too reliant on sound bites over quality of discussion to determine the winner. The first way that the current debate system is flawed lies in the amount of time given…

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    Results of Myanmar’s recent nationwide election show promising steps toward democracy

    By Karlton Tate On Nov. 8, Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty craned their necks towards Southeast Asia to see the results of Myanmar’s crucial nationwide election as the votes dribbled in. American Embassy officials in Myanmar observed intently in every state and region of the country on election day, as the United States has considerable political interests in the country. Several waves of Burmese immigrants have arrived on American shores fleeing political strife and military dictatorship, and many of these immigrants have been welcomed into the CHCCS school system and the the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. Human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi led the National League for Democracy Party (NLD)…

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    SGA Campaign 2014: Candy levels up, legitimacy levels down

    Political patronage has a long history in the United States stretching back to the Gilded Age of the 1870s, when powerful party machines wooed citizens by promising money or work in exchange for votes. As recently as 2012, Mitt Romney went on a conference call after his campaign defeat and told his donors that “[President Obama’s] campaign… focused on giving targeted groups a big gift” of welfare and handouts. But neither the sleazy patronage of big-city politicians nor Obama’s supposed gift-giving can hold a candle to the widespread bribery of some of today’s least legitimate democracies. Candidates blatantly bestow gifts to potential voters, completely immune from meaningful campaign regulation. Platforms…