The President Issues Controversial Remarks at National Prayer Breakfast

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n the heels of the White House’s controversial labeling of the Taliban as an armed insurgency, the President’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington D.C on February 5th sparked equal outrage and controversy. Speaking on the topic of violent atrocities committed in the name of religion, particularly radicalized Islam, the President stated “unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the crusades and inquisition people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” The President…

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Courageous Series at WC

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is Random Acts of Kindness Week on Wilmington’s campus, and there are many activities through the Center for Service and Civic Engagement that students may participate in.  To accompany this week to spread goodwill to the community, the Wilmington College Campus Ministry Office has presented a series on Monday nights from 6-7:30 titled “Courage.”  It is a series that focuses on the ways that people have been courageous and reveals their examples for the students to follow. Dan Kasztelan, campus minister, began the series.  “I’m really interested in people…

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The Taliban is Not a Terrorist Group?

  [dropcap]M[/dropcap]uch controversy has arisen from the White House’s declaration last week that the Taliban is not a terrorist group. Responding to whether concessions should be made to terrorist groups to free hostages, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz stated, “we don’t make concessions to terrorist groups.” In the same exchange with ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl, Schultz went on to defend the President’s release of five important Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay to free hostage Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Schultz justified the decision by stating that, “the Taliban is…

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American Sniper Film Under Fire by Critics

           [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he blockbuster film American Sniper has emerged as a recent object of controversy by those who view the film as a pro- war propaganda piece. The film follows U.S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s struggles on the battlefield and at home as he works to acclimate to a life away from the war zone. Kyle had earned multiple awards for his courageousness during his service in four tours in Iraq and is considered the most deadly sniper in U.S history. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood…

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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n Tuesday, January 20th, the President addressed the American people before Congress in the annual presidential State of the Union address. In this year’s address the President touted his economic recovery strategy, arguing that “the shadow of crisis has past and the state of the union is strong.” To support his claim the President stated that the economy is growing at its fastest pace since 1999 and that the unemployment rate has lowered while graduation rates are rising. Outlining his “middle class economics” policy the President stated that lowering taxes…

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France Resolute Despite Terror Attacks

  [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week France was beset by three days of terror incidents that threatened the nation’s freedom of speech. On January 7th, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi stormed into the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing eleven members of its staff after opening fire with assault rifles. Incensed by the newspaper’s caricatures of Mohammed, the brothers acted on behalf of an Al- Qaeda affiliate in Yemen in conducting this fatal terrorist attack. Upon making their escape from the scene, the brothers shot and killed an police officer.…

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Defense Secretary Forced Out by White House?

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ollowing the news of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation on Monday, questions arose on whether his resignation was voluntary or if he was forced out by the Obama administration. In addressing these rumors, Pentagon Spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby maintained that the Secretary was not fired, stating that both the President and Secretary Hagel determined that it was the “right time” for him to resign. Kirby went on to say that Hagel had left the Department of Defense on “firm footing” through his many accomplishments, including drawing down the mission…

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Thanking Our Veterans: Veterans’ Day 2014

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]n November 11, 2014, America celebrated Veterans’ Day.  Along with many other holidays, people do not often understand the importance of what they are celebrating.  Yet the people that are honored on this holiday are those who have served for the United States, and have put their lives on the line to do so. Veterans’ Day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.  It continues to be celebrated as a day of thanks and…

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Showdown in Washington over Immigration Reform

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne week after President Obama expressed his intent to work alongside the incoming Congress after the Democrats lost control of the Senate last week, immigration reform is becoming a hotly contested subject between the President and current members of Congress. Although Press Secretary Josh Earnest has stated that the President has not finalized his plan of executive action, members of Congress have cautioned the President over Constitutional overreach in passing legislation without Congressional approval. In a statement, Speaker of the House John Boehner remarked that the House “is going to…

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American Marine Finally Released from Mexican Prison

Taylor L. Turner Political Writer  [dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter being held prisoner in Mexico for two-hundred and fourteen days, Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi was freed from his prison cell last Friday. Tahmooressi, who served two tours in Afghanistan, was arrested March 31st of this year by Mexican authorities after crossing the border with the possession of three guns. The war veteran crossed the border into Mexico by accident after being unable to make a U turn to avoid entering Mexico. In an exclusive interview with Greta Van Susteren, Tahmooressi spoke out about the horrors…

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