Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Is President Donald Trump the next former President Richard Nixon?

Krupa Shah
Staff Writer

In the days following President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, several media outlets called his actions “Nixonian” and “an obstruction of justice.” Trump’s firing of the FBI director, who was supervising the probe of the Trump’s campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, was legal as he was acting on his own authority. However, it betrays the democratic foundation that the nation was built on as well as the ideals that have dominated the presidency and represents great Nixonian undertones. Similarly, during the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s former President Richard Nixon fired the special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the administration's involvement in the Watergate burglary. The comparisons between Trump and Nixon have not been new, but the specific details that have come out make it easier to draw parallels.
 Comey’s precedented and unceremonious firing bears great resemblance to the events of the Saturday Night Massacre of 1973. Essentially, Nixon order the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Cox was demanding Nixon turn over the secret White House recordings that contained information regarding President Nixon’s role in the scandal. On that same night, two of the highest ranking Department of Justice officials, the Attorney General and his deputy, resigned from their posts rather than carrying out Nixon’s orders of sacking the special prosecutor. Cox was eventually fired by Solicitor General Bork who then completely eradicated the Special Prosecutor's office. In terms of legality, Nixon’s were completely legal. Likewise with Trump, his actions brought about tremendous amounts scrutiny as he interfered with an ongoing investigation.
 The parallels between the Nixon and Trump administrations are quite striking as both individuals attempted to the shut down the investigations regarding their scandal and campaign, respectively. Nixon did not want the public to hear the private recordings of the White House as he believed it would threaten national security and his presidency as a whole. Currently many in the media, believe that Trump’s reason for Comey’s firing was to stop and cover up the investigation into the Trump campaign’s association and collusion with Russia. Similarly, what both individuals did not realize is that the investigations would continue regardless of the their actions. Additionally, both presidents have been suspected of tampering with evidence related to their presidential campaigns. Nixon was suspected to have order the cover up of his aides burglary of the Democratic National Committee's headquarters during his campaign for a second term. In the same manner, circumstantial evidence is mounting against President Trump and his campaign’s conspiracy with Russia to hack the DNC’s private email server in order to impact the presidential election.
 In regards to the Russian hacking scandal, according to Wired Magazine on July 27, 2016, Donald Trump was recorded saying “They hacked—they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do,” he says. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” further indicating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Obviously, there was support for Russia’s efforts. As a result, there is much speculation into President Trump’s collusion with Russia that may bring about impeachment charges.

 With Trump mirroring Nixon’s bold, presumptuous nature, it is unclear as to what will happen next.

Keycard Crisis

Riley Brennan
Features and A&E

This past school year has been an interesting one. The building has been undergoing construction since the week before school started at the end of August. With this construction has come the inevitable changes. One of which, has been the absence of keycards. Few students have access to key cards, making it hard to enter the school at off times.
 “While it still works for printing, I noticed my keycard does not work when I try to enter through the theater doors,” Victoria Siano reported.
 The Lion’s Tale confirmed with the office that students who still have keycards will find that they do work for printing and for the passageway between the middle school and the high school. It seems this was done purposefully by administration, in an effort to increase safety around the school during construction, and keep exits and entrances from being used at off times during the day. This however, has proven to be difficult for all, especially for student athletes. When it comes to bringing in equipment in and out of school, not having a keycard or access via a keycard is incredibly difficult. Most of the time the doors to the entrance by the theatre, as well as by the office, are locked, meaning that students trying to return sports equipment to the trainer after games. This leaves students with very few options.
 In the past, many students have lost their keycards; however, this did not mean they weren’t missed. Having a keycard provided many students with a sense of security; that feeling has been replaced with stress and frustration. Despite construction, students should still have keycard access to some important entry points.

 If the keycard were to come back to New Hope, there are a few possibilities that should be considered in it’s design. Possible solutions to this problem include, a sort of barcode app that students could download to their phones and scan to get into the building, or something that students could put in or on their phone. Others have even argued for the “old fashion” keycard that has been used in the past. The point is, students want their keycards back.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How to celebrate Singles' Awareness Day (aka Valentine's Day)

Stella Kelley
Staff Writer

For most people that are not in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is just another reminder of their loneliness. However, it does not have to be this way. There are many alternative activities for you to do with your friends or family on Valentine’s Day!

  • Order a heart-shaped pizza from Guiseppes and watch movies with friends!
There is nothing better than hanging out with your friends and eating as much food as you possibly can, and this is the perfect way to do it! Giuseppe's pizza delivers heart shaped pizzas on V-day, and feel free to go all out and order the fries with it. Also, don’t forget to pick up the gallon of ice cream from Giant and a good movie on Netflix!
  • Dress Up and go out to dinner with a group of friends!
There are plenty of local places that serve a variety of food, drinks, apps, anything that you want! If you want to get out of town, Philly is a good option, filled with hundreds of amazing restaurants. Don’t forget to make a reservation!
  • Get outside and go on a walk or hike
This winter has had some unseasonably warm days so far, and it’s possible that Valentine’s Day could be one of them! Make a good playlist to motivate you! If weather is permitting, take a hike to Bowman’s Tower, Goat Hill, or take the trip down to High Rocks State Park in Tinicum.
  • Skyzone
Do you like jumping on trampolines? Make the trip down to Skyzone in Levittown! A day trip would be fun, or go after 9 p.m. to glow up for the real party. Get a group of your closest friends, wear white, and go bounce around on Valentine’s Day for a fun and carefree day.
  • Schedule a Spa Day
There’s no better cure to Valentine’s Day depression than treating yourself to a relaxing spa day. Nurture Spa and Zanya Salon are both local options that provide quality spa services. Both spas provide massage, manicure, pedicure, and facial services. Additionally, Zanya provides options for blowouts and makeup. A spa day can be done by yourself, with your friends, or with your significant other. Also, if you are on a budget and don’t want to splurge on a professional spa treatment, create your own spa day at home! Take a bath, do your nails and toenails, and find a recipe online for a homemade facial!
  • Go skiing/ snowboarding!
There is a valentines day sale at Jack Frost Big Boulder, $14 lift tickets! Get a group of your friends, or your special someone, and fly down that mountain!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Under Fire, House Fails to Pass Vote Gutting Independent Ethics Office; Quietly Passes Similar Rule Instead

Katie Steele
Opinions Editor

On Monday, Dec. 2, Republicans in the House of Representatives secretly voted to markedly restrict the power of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), an independent watchdog which was set up in 2008 after a string of scandals which sent three House members to jail.
 The vote was made in opposition to Republican House leaders Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy, who argued against making a maverick ethics change and hoped to push the issue to a later date when a more bipartisan approach would be possible. The move, which would essentially kill the office, was not made public until Monday night. As part of a larger rules package that the House planned to vote on during the next day, the secretive vote and subsequent announcement seemed to leave little room for discussion on the matter.
 But that was not the case. Across the country, offices of Republican representatives who had voted on the measure were flooded with calls from angry constituents, and prominent figures from both parties heavily criticized the move. The OCE has often kept the public aware of alleged wrongdoing by representatives; under the new rule, however, the office would not be allowed to release such information to the media. In fact, it would not even be allowed to directly contact law enforcement if its employees learned of potential criminal activity on the part of representatives.
 As a result of the backlash these House members received—most notably, from President-elect Donald Trump late Tuesday morning—they ultimately scrapped the measure. Trump was credited with much of the responsibility for the reversal, though it’s very likely that the hundreds of thousands of calls placed by constituents and other distinguished officials also played a role. The move was criticized as a display of weakness by Republican officials, who, on their first day back in session and with complete control of Congress, seemed to be in a state of disagreement and disarray.
 However, since then, those same House officials, with the help of the Senate, have been able to quietly pass a new rule which again threatens the power and scope of ethics investigations in Congress. The passage of this rule allows individual representatives to hide “embarrassing” or “incriminating” financial documents from investigators—from ethics committees or even from the U.S. Department of Justice. This vote is unlikely to get the same level of attention as the first one, but poses an arguably even more serious threat to ethical standards and independent oversight. Allowing Congress members to pick and choose what they allow independent investigators to access is dangerous. Under the new rule, regardless of if a document concerns a breach of public welfare (like the commission of a crime or illegal use of taxpayer funds), an elected official can choose not to hand it over to investigators. The House’s recent focus on undercutting congressional criminal and ethics investigations and minimizing the transparency of elected officials is confounding and alarming—and it raises some very obvious questions: why do our U.S. representatives want to be shielded from independent investigations? From where do they derive that privilege? And what are they hoping to hide?

Google's Renewable Energy Act in 2017

Deven Smith
Staff Writer

Google has just announced that by 2017 they will be running entirely on renewable resources, which includes their newest addition, Alphabet. This is a huge accomplishment because of how big of a company it is, and how many other social media companies they own.  
 One reason this is incredible is because of how many buildings Google has. The renewable energy will be used in 13 data centers and 113 offices worldwide. They also have 55,000 employees that will need to work entirely on renewable energy.  Even with the success of Google and other Companies like Apple and Microsoft, many countries are still reliant on the use of oil, like the US, China, and Russia. Not only is it getting easier to obtain renewable energy but Google says that it is financially beneficial as well.  
 Joe Kava, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure says, “It’s good for the economy, good for business and good for our shareholders.” Google does not supply their own energy, instead they do business with about 115 wind farms in the US and Canada. The biggest is a 50,000 acre wind farm in Minco, Oklahoma.   
 Other companies are following Google in their quest to run entirely on renewable resources.  Those companies include Amazon and Microsoft. However, Google also runs other sites like YouTube and Gmail that have over 1 billion customers and require more than 100,000 computers. Now, all of those computers will run on renewable energy.  If Google is able to complete a task like this in a year, then it will be interesting to see what they can do in the future.

How Trump’s Inauguration Will Be Different Than Obama's

Savannah Herring
Staff Writer

The 2017 Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump is expected to one for the books, with about 800,000 to 900,000 people showing up to either commemorate or repudiate. There is a noticeable difference in the dynamic of this event as it approaches. Obama’s inauguration was an event of enthusiasm and hope, but Trump’s is seeming to be quite the opposite. Trump’s inaugurational committee is winning over big donors and big names to attend with promises of exclusive events and luxuries.
 Among the expected attendees, many women mourning the Hillary Clinton’s loss are joining together in a giant women’s march in a defiant protest against their new president. Many celebrities who opposed Trump during the election are also planning on attending the various rallies and marches that day. Hotels are also concerned with their business, since the inauguration is always a money maker for eager citizens waiting to see their newest president. They are noticing that more hotel rooms are being reserved for Saturday, rather than Friday, clearly expressing that many more people have interest in the marches than the inauguration.

 This event will hopefully bring new hope and healing to a torn nation, but could in fact worsen relations. It is expected that these marches will be peaceful and productive and ensure a message of love and equality is clear. Trump faces many groups of people both opposing him and welcoming him with open arms on his inauguration day and shall face the deepest hatred and appreciation all at once.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trump dumped inauguration announcing icon

Jen Abele
Staff Writer/columnist

Charles Brotman has been the announcer at the inauguration since 1957. He has been traditionally selected since President Eisenhower. Brotman has served as inauguration speaker for 11 presidents. The 89 year old Brotman “felt like he was punched in the stomach by Muhammad Ali” after receiving the President Elect’s email. Trump clouded the email with compliments, and ended the email by stating Brotman will not be announcing at inauguration.
 Mr. Charles Brotman is a political icon who has been announcing for the inauguration for 60 years. He enjoys announcing for the American people during every historic inauguration. No one can take the place of Brotman. Donald Trump has made several questionable decisions so far as President elect. Rejecting a political icon should not have been on his agenda.Brotman is an incredible speaker who enjoys the privilege  announcing at the inauguration parade. It’s heartbreaking that Donald Trump would not carry on the tradition.