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The View From Oyaron Hill

Is Kesha Really Free?


On February 19, 2016, New York judge Shirley Werner Kornreich denied pop singer Kesha “Ke$ha” Rose Sebert a court injunction that would have allowed her to record new music outside of her contract with record label Sony Music and producer, Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. The singer filed a lawsuit against Gottwald in October 2014 to void contracts between Sebert, Gottwald and his business subsidiaries, allowing the singer to produce music with other record labels. The suit claims that for over 10 years, Gottwald has “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused Ms. Sebert....

By Kristen Amrhein

How Do Elections Work?


Despite the regularity with which public elections occur, their inner workings, and those of presidential elections in particular, are not always clear. Since we are currently in the middle of the presidential primaries, here’s a crash course in how presidential candidates are elected. The road to the White House begins with primary elections and caucuses, which despite popular misconceptions do not operate in the same way, though they are designed to serve the same purpose. Caucuses and primaries are designed to determine which presidential candidates the voters in local counties support....

By Josh White

Road To The White House: Marco Rubio


Marco Rubio is a member of the Republican Party the running for President. He is currently a senator from the state of Florida. Rubio has held elective office or 15 years, and has a background in politics, law, academia, and media. So far, he has raised more than $47 million. Listed below are his positions on the issues.

By Lauren O'Brien

Road To The White House: Ben Carson


Currently, one of the leaders in the polls on the Republican side is Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon from Maryland, and entered the presidential race on May 3rd, 2015. Prior to running for president, Carson has had no political experience, which is appealing to some people and confusing to others. He has raised approximately $35.4 million since the start of his campaign. Listed below are Carson’s stances on popularly debated topics.

By Lauren O'Brien

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Trans-Pacific Partnership


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement that was passed on October 5th, 2015, after five years of negotiation. The principle goal of this agreement was to lower trade barriers between the United States and a variety of Pacific countries, including Vietnam, Chile, Brunei, Singapore, and Japan. According the United States Executive Office of Trade, the agreement’s mission statement is to “enhance trade and investment among the TPP partner countries, to promote innovation, economic growth and development, and to support the creation and retention of jobs.” 

By Thomas Horton

Road To The White House: Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton has been in the political sphere for a while. She began her political career as the First Lady of the United States during her husband Bill Clinton’s presidency in 1993. Since then, she has served as a senator for New York State and as the United States Secretary of State under Barack Obama. She is a member of the Democratic Party and is currently the leading candidate in the Democratic polls. Clinton announced her candidacy in April 2015. She ran in the Democratic race in 2008, and was highly speculated to run again in 2016. 

By Lauren O'Brien

Road To The White House: Ted Cruz


Ted Cruz has held elected office since 2013, currently serving as a Republican Senator from Texas. Cruz is one of the many candidates running for the presidency on the Republican side. He announced his candidacy on March 23, 2015 and has raised more than $64 million so far, with the majority of help coming from Super PACS and donations from his home state. Listed below are Cruz’s stances on the issues.

By Lauren O’Brien

Road to the White House: Carly Fiorina


Surging past many of the candidates in her party, Carly Fiorina is the only female candidate on the Republican side. Fiorina announced her candidacy on May 4th, 2016. Previous to her political career, Fiorina was the CEO of information technology company Hewlett-Packard (HP) and has chaired many philanthropic organizations, including Good360 and Opportunity International. She has a net worth of over $59 million, being the second most valuable person in the race. Being a woman in such a cut-throat race as that for the presidency of a global superpower like the United States....

By Lauren O'Brien