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John Bolton’s disagreements with President Trump lead to termination

Trump (left) and Bolton (right) had opposing views on most issues.

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Trump (left) and Bolton (right) had opposing views on most issues.

September 10 brought an end to John Bolton’s two-year tenure with the Trump administration. The third National Security Advisor since 2016 has been known to disagree with President Trump over a variety of diplomatic issues.

In May of 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, against the advice of Bolton. The deal was made in 2015 under the Obama administration and Bolton had been on record advocating for the United States’ presence in the negotiation.

President Trump also butted heads with Bolton in January of 2019. Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan, refused to meet with Bolton to discuss U.S. troops in Syria. The meeting ended with both Bolton and the Turkish President angered with the conditions of the deal.

On May 26, Bolton condemned North Korea’s missile tests, noting how the tests violated the
resolution made by the United Nations Security Council. President Trump later tweeted about the missile
tests, noting how “some” of his administration were “disturbed”, but said that the missile launches did not
bother him. Many assumed this tweet was to made to undermine Bolton’s previous remarks.

In June, President Trump called off a last minute military strike in Iran that Bolton had supported
and in the following week, Bolton did not accompany President Trump and his delegation in the historic
North Korean summit with Kim Jong Un.

President Trump spoke with NBC that month and called Bolton a “hawk” and said he did not agree with many of his decisions.Last week, which turned out to be the last week of Bolton’s time in the White House, Bolton opposed President Trump’s controversial plan to meet with Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David.

President Trump and Bolton continue their disagreements even after Bolton left the White House.
Bolton claims that he had tendered his resignation, however President Trump tweeted that he “informed John Bolton…that his services were no longer needed at the White House.”

He referenced that he and Bolton had had many disagreements, but was thankful for Bolton’s service to the White House. Bolton was succeeded by Charles Kupperman who will be the new acting National Security Adviser.

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Pres. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, sentenced to prison



Michael Cohen, President Trump’s Ex-attorney, was sentenced to three years this Wednesday for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that he agreed time and again to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds” out of “blind loyalty.”

Cohen, 52, watched with self-disdain as a judge pronounced his sentence for evading $1.4 million in taxes, lying about Trump’s business dealings in Russia and violating campaign-finance laws in buying the silence of porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, who claimed they had sex with the candidate.

Cohen claimed that if it wasn’t for his “blind loyalty” for the president, things could have been different. “Time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than to listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass,” said Cohen, who once claimed he would “take a bullet” for trump.

The question now is, what will happen to Trump? He has ignored any questions about the issue and has denied having any sexual relations with the two women. Cohen, although he was once on his side, has been praised for speaking out against the most powerful man in the country.

Even with the President’s lack of cooperation, impeachment may not be out of the picture.

In an article by USA Today, it discusses a similar situation that occurred 20 years ago, the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

The price the accusers must pay in an impeachment are high. Many Republicans lost house seats in the election following the impeachment and Democrats are fearful that, if they go through with the impeachment of Trump, they may have to deal with the same repercussions.

“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” the President stated in an Oval Office interview last week. “I’m not concerned, no. I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”

Trump, according to this quote, isn’t fearful of the consequences that his actions may bring because he believes he has done nothing wrong, he believes this even with physical evidence and many allegations against him by people who know the most.

Although he publicly believes he will not be impeached, the worry is still there. If Democrats take majority in the house, impeachment may become a real possibility for Trump.

Further words about the presidents fate has yet to be released. With about one year left in Trumps term as president, the investigation could lean either way.

Rapper 21 Savage is being held in custody by ICE

Rapper 21 Savage is being held in custody by ICE

John Lamparski

21 Savage was born in the United Kingdom and is now in an immigration battle with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As 21 Savage came into the U.S. at age seven and has been living in the states for almost twenty years, many are angry that the ICE is just now questioning his legal status.

ICE was created to protect the borders from illegal immigration, deporting non-citizens back to where their citizenship lies. After 21’s new rap in his song “a lot” about kids being separated from their families at the borders, ICE’s suspicions rose. They questioned if he was from the UK or a legal citizen, and ICE began an investigation.

With much current controversy over family separation at the borders focusing mainly on the illegal immigrants, 21’s story has been broadcasted widely with him being a celebrity in music entertainment. Over ten million illegal immigrants are living in the U.S. along with 21. With many fans speaking out with their opinions on whether he should be granted the ability to stay in the U.S. or not, many other situations like his have also been thrown in the spotlight.

Remaining in custody of ICE, 21’s lawyers are doing what they can to provide him and his fans the support they need in order for him to stay. While the ICE organization has faced some blame in releasing private information, some being false. His legal team has released new statements that include 21 being born in the UK but coming to U.S. at age seven, ICE being incorrect in saying he had criminal convictions, and ICE should grant 21 Savage bond. With lawyers and ICE debating, 21 remains in a cell at an ICE detention center for most of the day.

For what turned out to be nine days, 21 was kept in the ICE detention center until a bond was granted. The bond was set at $100,000, the Atlanta Journal Constitution put out however 21’s attorney Charles Kuck would not admit to that statement. After the bond was set, 21 and his legal team went for a hearing to confirm his legal status. The legal team involved, announced a new statement saying “He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country.”

21 then continues on to say that his arrest was “definitely targeted” and that he still fears deportation after his arrest.

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Literature can polarize politics

A book review by Angelique Robinson.

This is one of  three covers for the popular teen novel.


This is one of three covers for the popular teen novel.

The Wrong Side of Right was written by Jenn Marie Thorne. This book is about Kate Quinn whose mother passed away and a year later she finally learns the identity of her father. Her father is a famous politician running as the Republican candidate for President. The book follows Kate Quinn’s journey as she goes along the campaign trails with her father and her new family.

The plot of the book is excellent. There were only two major plot lines running at the same time. The first was Kate Quinn on the campaign trail with her family. I think the detail of the politics were brilliant. Lots of political books mainly focus on how the campaigns affect the teenage focus. While this book does that too, it also gives actual politics focus and addresses controversial topics. Another great thing is that the family does not have a smooth transition but not for cliché reasons.

The second major plot line was how Quinn dealt with her friends and love life. Naturally her new life clashes with her old one. This book shows the ideal friendship based on the characters action. Even though the book is not a romance, the romantic elements were one of my favorite parts. There is a gradual increase in the levels. There also is no cliché trouble figuring out what boy she wants, there is one clear crush.

Most of the characterization is brilliantly done. Each of the characters have flaws like all humans. Thorne makes sure that each character has flaws that shine through but also that they learn to live with or learn from their flaws. The best characterization is that Quinn learns things about herself and her beliefs in the political world as the book continues.

One improvement that could have made the book perfect would have been the addition of a chapter that took place before Quinn finds her father. The audience is given a brief description of the actions around her mother’s death. Due to her mother’s death being a part of the summary, the first chapter or two could have been about the death and the events following. This way those events didn’t have to be added throughout the book. On the other hand, describing the elements throughout the novel created bonding moments between her and other characters, however adding the chapters before would make those bonding scenes mean more as the audience would know how emotionally triggering telling others would be.

The book was an easy read. There is no complicated jargon involved in the politics. The book is best on a Sunday, it only takes a few hours to read. There is a total of 390 pages. The book is for people who are not easily offended by beliefs that do not align with theirs. This book may inspire people to continue regardless of tough family situations.

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Marijuana legalization affects more than just smokers

New legislation in Canada may affect marijuana policy worldwide


BBC News

Marijuana supporters changed the maple leaf to a cannabis leaf after legalization.

Canada has had the same marijuana policy for 17 years, their policy allowed for the use of medicinal marijuana. Recently however, the nation legalized the use of recreational marijuana, meaning that anyone over 18 or 19 years old can smoke marijuana without risk of prosecution. Uruguay is the only other nation who shares the same policy as Canada. This policy does not solely affect Canada’s marijuana loving citizens but foreign citizens who are likely to visit in the future.

In contrast, the United States, with much protest, has failed to legalize recreational marijuana use on the federal level. Naturally, learning that Canada has nationally legalized the practice has sparked the interests of many American smokers. People started asking questions to see if anything would change in regard to the United States.

Many smokers wanted to know if their actions in Canada were punishable when they returned to their native countries. Different nations have come out with different statements on policy.

According to the Washington Post, the government is going to be stricter on border control, Americans may go to Canada and indulge in marijuana, but they may not return with any in their possession otherwise they may face criminal charges. Another change in border control will be that if a Canadian citizen admits to marijuana use then they will not be permitted to cross the border and may be banned for life.

Not every nation feels the same way about how to handle Canada’s recreational legalization. There are some nations that will have similar policy to the United States, they will allow their citizens to go to Canada and use marijuana if they do not try to return with any in their possession.

There are also countries who will have strict policy when it comes to this issue. According to Narcity and the New York Times, South Korea and Japan are two of these nations. Within each country marijuana use, possession and transportation is illegal. Their policies against marijuana will go with citizens who are visiting Canada, they can face substantial fines and even years in prison.

There is a large-scale debate on the fairness and seriousness of the issue. When asked if marijuana was worth going to Canada, one Durant stude

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The graph shows that even in 2015, 67 percent of Canadians supported legalization, showing how long Canadians have longed for legalization

nt says “Of course it is, that would make for a fantastic eighteenth birthday.” While some smokers feel passionately about the issue, others feel less seriously. When a student in Illinois was asked the same question, they replied with, “No, smoking is never that serious.”

Geography is not a factor in this decision, both Florida and Illinois have laws to allow medicinal uses of marijuana. Even students at the same school have differing opinions on the matter. While still being asked the same question, another Durant student believes, “No, no one should even think about doing that.”

The second Illinoisan student was asked a slightly different question than the above students. The student was asked was asked if bringing back marijuana from Canada should be allowed. The student believes that “It should be brought, I don’t think it does much harm.” The government does not agree because it is not legal on a national level thus they would have n way of knowing if the drug is legal in the specific citizen’s state.

There also would be no way of proving a traveler is from a state where marijuana is legal. Changing border control to be able to do these this would require lots of money to provide all officials with the technology and trainings to run programs. This would also slow down border control drastically.

Alongside how to handle customs control, many nations will face increased pressures to legalize the practice. Swiftly after the legalization occurred and people learned of the policy’s success, many bloggers and activists began pressuring their governments to adapt the same policy as Canada. These bloggers exist all over the globe, hoping that their governments succumb to the pressure.

There are many arguments for nations to legalize the practice, one of them is to boost the economy. The second Illinois student believed that this was one of the best reasons to legalize the product. Canada’s legalization is going to drastically change their economy.

For Canada the implementation is going to boost their economy. According to PBS’ estimates, Canada could make $1 billion in tax revenues within a year and this number would continue to rise as years go on.

More people are going to invest in the business due to mass popularity as there has been a mass shortage shortly after legal stores opened. Companies dedicated to marijuana are gaining more stock, they are worth more as people continue to order in these heightened rates.

There are hidden consequences that people did not think about that have arisen. For one, no one expected there to be such a large demand for marijuana after the legalization. According to Vice, some suppliers did not receive enough product to offset the restless some suppliers did not receive enough product to offset the high demand of restless consumers.

Another result stems from the criminal aspect. The main concern is what happens to all the people in prison who are serving sentences for possession of marijuana, as it is now legal. According to Maclean’s, the government will have to pass policy that will allow those serving simple possession charges to apply for pardons without waiting lists or fees. This only partially reverses the problem; the charge will not be erased from permanent records regardless if the person gains the pardon. The Canadian government will have their hands full trying to pass this legislation and then issuing pardons.

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This black market business owners makes no plans to legalize his business due to increase in profitability

This is one of the main arguments against legalization in the United States because of the nation’s incarceration system. There were 599,282 Americans charged with marijuana possession in 2017 alone.

This would mean the executive branch would have to go through at least 600,000 appeals for pardons if the nation were to legalize marijuana. There are so many other issues in the nation that this seems like a waste of the government’s time. On the other hand, these people could remain imprisoned because at the time of their arrests and convictions they did commit a crime.

The government would have to dedicate resources to this job because they would have to have someone take the time to separate those who had simple possession from those who were charged with possession and intent to sell.

Another part of the criminality of it is past offenders, these are the people who were convicted and have already served their time. The average punishment for possession is a $1,000 fine and about one year in prison. This would cause tension to be formed between the federal government and previous offenders.

Having to pay the fine and lose a year of freedom is not very bad as a legal punishment. This changes when other people will begin to get away with the same things that others were prosecuted for. People would begin to resent the government as well as the policy. Overall, this policy would reap havoc on the already chaotic justice system.

The legalization of marijuana seems to have ups and downs for Canada. While the growing cannabis market provides more jobs, the black-market sales are just as high as before the legalization in Canada. Based on everything going on around cannabis, the United States may not want to legalize on a national level.

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Angelique Robinson is a senior at Durant and is Web Editor for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles...

Teens in Politics Deserve Love Too

Tampa Bay, Fla–Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a teen romance novel about two teens whose parents are the Democratic and Republican candidates for President and the two teens get close as they complete interviews for their parents’ campaign.

A good thing about this story I that there is a frame story[1], this way the romance is not coming out of nowhere. Without this element the romance feels forced because of the way their romance begins in the novel.

Alongside the beautiful romantic progression, the plot is very consistent by staying focused on the romance of the two central characters while leaving the political race in the background, coming into focus when adding to the romantic plot.

However, the story’s weakness is the character’s romantic conflict because it does not occur until the near end. The cliché is that something happens, one gets angry, then the other one gets upset and they give their relationship up only to get back together shortly after. This feels like lazy writing as both the main characters are determined fighters, so they never would let a small problem tear them completely apart.

This book is meant for people who like romance but do not want to become deeply emotionally invested. This also for people who may be experimenting with what genres they like, this is a calm romance novel, as opposed to something like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. The book takes the time for developing romances and characters, therefore the book has 289 pages.


[1] Frame story: Context from a time before or a time after the story has taken place. Some others provide both.

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Controversy Over Kaepernick’s Nike Ad is Unnecessary


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Nike ad featuring Kaepernick.

Tampa Bay, Fla.–After the release of the controversial Nike ad featuring ex-NFL star Colin Kaepernick, the brand has been experiencing mixed reviews.

Kaepernick was the face of the National Anthem protest movement back in 2016. He kneeled during the singing of the National Anthem for what he deemed as the wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

However, the negativity towards Nike after their release of the recent ad featuring Kaepernick is not widespread. It is mostly coming from more politically conservative people, who also protested against Kaepernick’s cause back in 2016. President Trump also spoke about the topic.

“Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” Trump tweeted shortly after the announcement of the deal. This statement is, however, very false, as Nike’s value actually skyrocketed to six million after the release of the ad which is the highest their value has ever been.

The ad reads: Believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything. This speaks to Kaepernick’s role in the protests back in 2016. Kaepernick sacrificed his career as a NFL quarterback because he believed so strongly in equality for all races in America.

Negative feedback targeted towards Nike as a result of the ad’s release have included actions such as several universities removing all Nike branded sports uniforms and products from their campuses as a form of boycotting the company. Also, many people began to upload pictures and videos of themselves defacing Nike products such as socks and shoes. A large number of the postings included people stating they would switch their allegiance to companies such as Adidas, Brooks or Converse–despite Converse also being a Nike owned company.

The negative response to the ad is unnecessary, due to the fact that it simply is that–an ad. Not only is it simply an ad, but it is an ad promoting a positive message about persuading a dream regardless of the criticism of others.

Even the president, who did not agree with the Anthem protests, stated: “As much as I disagree with the Colin Kaepernick endorsement, in another way . . . it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”

This quote further proves how this whole ordeal over a simple ad is unnecessary, even by someone who doesn’t agree with the circumstances of the face of the ad. We, as Americans, need to learn to accept others regardless of what we believe because it will make America what it was meant to be–a democracy.

President Trump faces pressure after Hurricane Maria death count rises in Puerto Rico


Retrieved from Orlando Sentinel

Washington’s CNN news reported on Aug. 29 that the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulin Cruz, blamed President Donald Trump for the deaths of many citizens in San Juan after Hurricane Maria.

“2,975 people will never see the light of day and many of them died because of what was done by most of the political class in Puerto Rico,” Cruz told CNN ‘New Day’ host, Alisyn Camerota. “The administration killed the Puerto Ricans with neglect. Shame on President Trump for not even once, not even yesterday, just saying, ‘Look, I grieve with the people of Puerto Rico.’ ”

On Wednesday afternoon, Trump said his administration did a “fantastic job” in Puerto Rico, despite pressure from Cruz regarding the significant number of citizens killed in the wake of the Hurricane.

Over the past six months, direct relief from the United States has continued to support local health centers and hospitals, providing more than $62.6 million in requested medication and supplies. This assistance totals 226, 8 tons and 8.1 million defined daily doses of medication. Through 265 emergency shipments, this medical aid went to 60 healthcare facilities in Puerto Rico.

However, despite this continued aid, the death toll has continued to rise–both from reports of the initial impact of the storm and health effects the storm has caused that continue to plaque the island. For example, after the category 4 storm hit Puerto Rico, communities hit hard struggled to maintain an insulin stock. Puerto Rico now has the highest rate of diabetes in the U.S., with 14.7 percent of the population with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Puerto Rico’s Department of Education announced Thursday that it will close an additional 283 schools, as enrollment has dropped by more than 38,700 students since last May and nearly half the schools are using just 60 percent of their capacity. The department said only 828 schools will reopen in August.

Lingering economic, educational and health effects after Hurricane Maria have costed Puerto Rican communities over $62.2 million. Cruz challenged Trump to provide additional support to ongoing efforts in Puerto Rico to re-establish normalcy.



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