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UnPresidented: Empty government positions pose liability to administration

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  “UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration. Running the massive entity of the U.S. Federal Government is not a one-man job. There is a singular president, yes, but below him is an endless tangle of bureaucracy and public servants. The size of the U.S. government surpasses […]

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UnPresidented: Coal-focused executive order undermines economic and environmental interests

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“UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration.   Fulfilling numerous campaign promises, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that marked the beginning of a significant rollback in Obama-era climate protections. Most notably, the order directed the Environmental Protection Agency to start the withdrawal of Obama’s […]

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UnPresidented: Trump budget abandons ‘soft power’ spending

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“UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration.   On Thursday, President Donald Trump finally revealed his administration’s proposed budget. Along with the long-rumored $54 billion hike in military spending, the Trump administration also proposed massive cuts in domestic funding, including anti-poverty and education programs, and the State […]

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UnPresidented: Leaked tax returns shed little light on Trump’s shady finances

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“UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration.   In the next chapter of a more-than-a-year-long saga, two pages of Trump’s 2005 tax returns were leaked on Tuesday. The leaked documents, which were publicized and released on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC TV show, show that Trump paid $38 million […]

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Secretary of Education threatens pubic school system

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As I look forward to my approaching high school graduation, I can’t help but peek back over my shoulder. These final months will cap off what has been 13 years in the public education system. From Kindergarten to 12th grade, I have progressed from learning the alphabet to discussing difficult 19th century writers such as […]

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Editorial: Jolly Roger caught in bureaucratic clash

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Drake’s student-run newspaper, The Jolly Roger, has hit rough waters in the past year and it is essential that we stand by them in their fight to publish. Earlier this semester, the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) eliminated the position of the classified staff member running the district print shop (see page 1 for […]

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Think before you buy

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The President assigned his eldest son Donald Jr. and Trump Organization’s chief, Allen Weisselberg to be in charge of his assets. However, President Trump can still receive reports on the profits of his assets and can revoke the authority of his son and Weisselberg at any time. Many have called upon the President to sell […]

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UnPresidented: Trump works to make Russia great again

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“UnPresidented” is a new column discussing the transition and first days of the Trump administration.   Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has extensive business ties in Russia and was awarded the “Order of Friendship” by the Kremlin. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was paid to give a speech for the propagandist Russian news network, […]

Violent campus protests challenge core American values

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An appearance on Feb. 1 by Milo Yiannopoulos, an infamous member of the alt-right movement and former Breitbart editor, turned the UC Berkeley campus into a site for protest against Yiannopoulos. The protests eventually turned to a few on the campus attacking those waiting to hear Yiannopoulos’ speech. The response from Berkeley residents is not […]

Mayor Lee is no Robin Hood

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently announced plans to make the City College of San Francisco free for all students. Some will argue that the end—free education for all—justifies the means, particularly in a city like San Francisco where there is significant income disparity. But that’s missing the point. Most of the cost of this […]