Politics is America’s guilty pleasure. We like to declare how angry it makes us, how every politician is crooked and that the game is rigged, and yet we always tune in on our phones, TVs and computers to get the scoop on which governor is next to stumble into a scandal and which candidate is thinking about maybe forming an exploratory committee to pursue the possibility of considering running for president in 2020. We eat it up. As of Feb. 19, 2019, we are 622 days away from our 59th presidential election, and yet we are treating it as if it’s right around the corner.
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Our government has just gotten out of the longest shutdown in history, with departments employing up to 800,000 people affected either through furloughs or working without the promise of pay. For 35 days, Americans did not have a government that could maintain its promises to govern, and govern effectively, and it was all over the questions of what is happening at the border and what to do in response.
The United States has had such a history with South America that the word "awkward” would not even begin to cover it. In our almost 250 years of independence, the US has treated Central and South America as something of a playground and our own personal property. From declaring the entire Western Hemisphere part of the American sphere of influence with the Monroe Doctrine, we have been definitively against anyone else playing around in South American politics. And boy, have we. When Theodore Roosevelt announced that the US could act as an “international police power,” we managed to topple whole governments and encourage major social strife and brutality that has caused societal destruction and demographic trends we are still feeling today.
In recent years, Congress has developed a nasty habit of taking previously unthinkable actions and making them into regular tools to be wielded in an attempt to win the attention of the news cycle for a couple of weeks, only to find a newer, unprecedented and equally self-destructive plan that will get them attention. From refusing to raise the debt ceiling to invoking a senate rule previously so unthinkable that it is called the “nuclear option” to shutting down the government, actions that for decades American lawmakers saw as destructive and potential career suicide to even suggest, have become commonplace in modern day political discussions. It does not even shock us anymore that our government may occasionally decide to not pay its bills and instead just close its doors for a couple of weeks.
The 2018 midterm elections were a rollercoaster. Americans everywhere answered calls from their respective parties and registered to vote in droves, with some Get Out the Vote organizations reporting numbers three times the usual midterm registration rates, according to CNN. But as Americans went to the polls at record high numbers, all eyes were on the Grand Canyon State, tasked in choosing between Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema for its first female Senator in state history.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut almost in half by 2030 to avert "global environmental catastrophe." (Doesn't that phrase give you chills?) And no surprise, we're not even close to taking enough action.
The United States has always been known as a land of immigrants. The America that we know and love today has been massively shaped by the history of people all over the world coming to this country to better their status. While we often look to coastal cities when we think of our history with immigrant populations, every corner of the U.S. has been altered and improved by the lessons and cultures of those that leave everything behind to try their hand at the American Dream.
Early voting is one of the greatest conveniences of the modern political system, allowing the working and the lightly energetic to take only a few minutes out of their day to have their voices heard at the local, state and federal levels. This replaces when the only option was the required detour before or after work to stop at a polling station and wait in line just to choose between two candidates you’ve never heard of for a position you never knew existed.
If technology is akin to an extremely addictive drug, then the process of withdrawal is nothing short of harrowing.
You know the midterms are in full swing when The New York Times is actually putting out articles about Arizona. Here in the Grand Canyon State, the midterms have just gotten more and more divisive with each passing day, starting with the three-way competition for the Republican nomination between Pima County’s own Congresswoman Martha McSally, former State Senator Kelli Ward and controversial former Sheriff of Maricopa County Joe Arpaio. Martha McSally was able to jump from Arizona District 2 to the official Republican nominee for Senate, while her Democratic challenger Kyrsten Sinema was able to easily beat out any challengers within her party.
The United States is unique in the scope of its experiment; the whole democratic process, starting back in the 1770s, was as harebrained in its day as it is taken for granted now.
Americans were alarmed Wednesday when they realized that Donald Trump can send direct messages to every phone in the United States, alarmed enough to cause three New Yorkers to file a lawsuit against President Trump and FEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long. The New Yorkers stated in their suit that Trump’s "rise to power was facilitated by weaponized disinformation that he broadcast into the public information sphere via Twitter in addition to traditional mass media." Though a suit seems a bit much, many of us are skeptical of what is going to be pushed on the newly formed alert system.
Set against the backdrop of recent sexual assault allegations leveled at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, what do our columnists think of an inflammatory tweet from Vox-contributor Eve Foster?
We have both the honor and the curse of living in the heart of the Sonoran Desert; we are blessed with the gorgeous southwestern sunsets that cover the postcards of gas stations worldwide and privileged to possess the only habitat for the famous saguaro cactus (so famous, in fact, that it manages to be the image of the Southwest to all other Americans, even though saguaros have difficulty growing outside of our corner of Southern Arizona). Of course we accept these blessings happily, taking stock of our serene landscape everyday and celebrating our merciful winters at the start of every holiday season. But we are also cursed with a very obvious problem: Tucson is over half-a-million people living in the middle of a desert.
It’s no secret that Arizona is hot. Nobody is trying to cover up the fact that Arizona regularly clocks temperatures above 110 degrees every summer, or that the Grand Canyon State not only has the two hottest cities in the United States — Phoenix and Tucson, in that order. It is also home to the highest average temperature location in the country, Lake Havasu City, where a scorching 96.4 degrees is the summer average, according to AZ Central.
Arizona has officially opened its 2018 midterm election campaign with a historic all-female Senate race between Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema and Republican candidate as well as Pima county’s own U.S. House Representative Martha McSally. Both candidates received their nominations handily, with Sinema taking over 80 percent of the primary vote and McSally emerging with 53 percent of the vote against runner-up Kelli Ward and the controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio, according to the New York Times.
In the wake of national strikes, protests, walkouts, political infighting and various divisive issues demanding direct action, Arizona is becoming the next battleground state for education and gun control activists.
There have been very few moments in time when transportation was radically and irrevocably changed across the entire world. From the invention of steam-powered trains, the introduction of cars and the globalization of airplanes, mankind has always aspired to revolutionize the way we move around. And it is beginning to seem like we are on the verge of another development that is ready to change the way we travel: self-driving cars.
In one corner we have California, the heart of the West, the most populous state of the Union and the home of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.