Murphy’s Law: Can Trump take credit for stock market success?

Among other ideas of the alternate universe in which our president’s Twitter feed resides is the concept that by his merely being in office, the stock market is roaring and jobs are appearing out of thin air. In truth, he has had almost nothing to do with the record highs we are seeing across equity […]

Op-ed: Let’s make a statement in Virginia!

Nov. 8, 2016 was a moment of reckoning for me, as it must have been for many others. I watched, slack-jawed and dumbfounded, as Donald Trump was elected to the highest office in American politics. Instantly, the world seemed to be a much darker and less promising place than the one I had known only […]

Postgame Press: Kneeling is a right, whether right or wrong

Two weeks ago I wrote some background information about Trump’s comments and national anthem controversy. Today, after recent developments, I find it important to share my own opinions on the matter. Kneeling is freedom of speech, pure and simple. There is no law that states that people must stand for the national anthem, which is why […]

Red, White and True: What does the future hold?

“Never make predictions, especially about the future.” – Casey Stengel It has certainly been a crazy year in the political world. Those who study political science theories were perplexed as Donald Trump flipped the world on its head with his successful presidential campaign. So much has changed, and yet so much is still the same. Washington, […]

National Endowment for the Arts among programs Trump proposes to cut

With daily breaking news and general commentary on President Donald Trump’s positions, plans and actions, one proposal threatens to slip under the radar: the intent to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in a new federal budget plan. The plan would also end funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public […]

Tufts joins other universities in opposing second Trump travel ban

Tufts and 30 other universities filed a joint amicus brief against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on March 31, contending that the ban on visas from six predominantly Muslim countries places unwarranted restrictions on international students and faculty alike. The decision to join the brief was made by University President Anthony Monaco, according to Senior Vice President Mary […]

Somerville included on ICE list of sanctuary cities

Somerville, along with four other cities and towns in Massachusetts, was listed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a jurisdiction that limits cooperation with federal law enforcement authorities to detain undocumented immigrants, as part of an ICE report released March 20. This designation is part of ICE’s first Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report, which […]