Obama Did Something Revolutionary Last Week, And You Didn't Even Hear About It

Obama Did Something Revolutionary Last Week, And You Didn't Even Hear About It

Reproductive rights are coming your way!
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Something monumental happened in the fight for women's rights last week. However, most of you probably heard nothing about it, because every news outlet was too concerned over an old lady who got sick.

The Obama administration has proposed to classify Planned Parenthood funding under Title X. As college students, we commonly hear of Title IX, which prevents discrimination based on gender. Title X , on the other hand, is the only federal grant program devoted to family planning and preventative health services. The Obama administration wants to classify Planned Parenthood as one of these programs.

So they change a couple of classifications, big whoop? Well, it actually would be a HUGE deal. Title X is a federal law, and states cannot withhold federal funding from organizations or individual recipients. In effect, the Planned Parenthood issue would be over forever, and red states could do nothing about it.

Of course, conservatives can currently be seen with smoke coming out of their ears. Republican politicians are shouting left and right about how abortion is a sin, blah blah blah. But here’s the thing: Title X never has allowed their funds to be used for abortion services. In fact, Title X isn’t even radically progressive in my opinion. Here’s what Title X supports:

  • Contraception
  • Infertility testing and treatment
  • STD screenings
  • Cancer screenings

Do you see abortion services anywhere on that list? Me neither. But as the Big Bad Wolf of reproductive rights, Conservatives are huffing and puffing over nothing. Planned Parenthood offers these services, along with abortions (which, by the way, only amount to 3 percent of 10.6 million total services in a year). I’m not sure why anyone, regardless of their political ideologies, would ever argue about giving the public cancer screenings. Maybe because, oh gee, I don’t know, people are uneducated and too lazy to look into things?


Conservatives are outraged over the thought of being forced to supply basic reproductive rights to women, even when abortion isn’t up for debate. Think about what that tells us. Are arguments of “murder” and “protecting a fetus” just hiding true prejudices against women? I hope not. But then again, I tend to have more faith in people than they often deserve. Who knows, maybe our own politicians are some of those uneducated people I talked about earlier.

Currently eleven states have voted to block public funds from Planned Parenthood. The Obama administration’s move would provide care for millions of low-income people in those states. More importantly, a state’s funding can't be taken away in the future if the other party takes control. The rule will become law after a 30-day public comment period. This is a giant step forward for both women and their significant others, deserving of full-blown party with champagne and confetti. Unfortunately those cheers were muffled by the sound of someone’s cough.

Cover Image Credit: The Washington Post

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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16 Post-Graduation Thoughts Recent Grads Have Their First Fall As 'Adults'

So you finally graduated? Now what are you going to do with your life?

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My bachelor's degree in General Studies with an Information Technology concentration has officially been conferred as of September 1, 2018, after almost three years.

Prior to earning my bachelor's degree through Southern New Hampshire University, more commonly known as SNHU, I earned my associate's degree in Education back in 2009 from my local community college.

1. So when am I going to start having to pay off these student loans?

I heard it is typically six months post-graduation that I have to worry about that.

2. Should I consider going to graduate school?

Would it be helpful at this point in time anyway? Plus I do not really want more student debt.

3. Grad school tuition is how much?

Damn, and I thought undergraduate tuition was expensive as hell.

4. What would/should I major in?

Information technology is the most likely contender.

5. Will my current degree alone actually be worth it?

A degree is better than no degree right?

6. Not gonna lie, it actually feels weird not having any schoolwork to do.

I almost miss .it

7. Having this degree does not make me feel any different..

Perhaps it has not fully set in yet.

8. Hey guys, I have this expensive piece of paper. 

Hands down the most expensive piece of paper I will have to date.

9. Are there any actual entry level jobs close to where I live?

Some people enjoy commuting, however, I am not one of those people.

10. Are said entry level jobs even remotely related to what I want to do?

There are jobs out there, but jobs pertaining to what I want to do are more limited.

11. I hope I will get a real job eventually.

Within the next six to twelve months would be ideal.

12. I wonder how long these student discounts I have will last.

I need these savings to last for as long as possible.

13. One of these days I will get my own place.

Right now it's just not an option, nor is it practical.

14. I wish people would stop asking me about school and work.

I have A job and I just finished my bachelor's degree program.

15. In fact, just do not ask me about anything related to my personal life.

I have my psychologist for that thank you very much.

16. Now more people are probably going to ask about when I am going to get married and have kids.

Can we talk about something else?

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