Headlines: Detroit’s bankruptcy

On Jul. 18, 2013, Detroit officially filed for bankruptcy, but it was not until December of the same year that the city was approved to enter into a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, making Detroit the largest U.S. city to have filed and been approved. Chapter 9 bankruptcy aims to “[provide] for reorganization…

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Headlines: Presidential pardons

Since President Obama took office in 2008, he has received requests for 1,888 pardons and 16,523 commutations. Of these thousands of requests, Obama has awarded 64 and 43, respectively. Pardons are awarded to individuals who were found guilty of a crime once they have already served their sentence and include…

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Headlines: Ukraine

In a recent Russian documentary, “Crimea: Path to the Homeland,” President Putin discloses details of his role in the swift annexation of Crimea. Protests erupted in Ukraine Nov. 2013 as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych discarded European Union trade agreements in exchange for pro-Russian policies.  The protests escalated Feb. 2014; Ukrainian President…

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Headlines: Immigration

Congress’ inaction led President Obama to take action in order to build more accountability into the system’s immigration enforcement policy, especially in regards to unauthorized immigrants being allowed to stay in the United States and more comprehensive and punitive action for those who are not. “When I took office, I committed to…

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Headlines: Isis

Get the facts on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has had a presence in the Middle East since 1999. They became ISI, the Islamic State of Iraq, in 2006; ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, after absorbing Al-Qaeda…

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Headlines: Ebola

The Ebola breakout in West Africa started  March 2014, but interest peaked in the United States in September and October. The United States focused on the impact of Ebola within the country and not the impact internationally. The outbreak here started with Thomas Duncan, who contracted the disease after traveling…

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Headlines: Edward Snowden

After revealing the U.S. surveillance system PRISM in an interview to The Guardian newspaper, Edward Snowden fled to Russia. He recently received a three year extension on his asylum and will therefore remain in Russia. (Picture: Snowden in an interview with The Guardian in July 2013) May 20, 2013, Edward…

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