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first_imgReflecting on the first year of the Trump administration and what it indicates about the future, professor of political science Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr. said the president‘s largest accomplishments include the tax reform bill and his judicial appointments, during a lecture Wednesday night in Geddes Hall as part of the Pizza, Pop and Politics series presented by NDVotes.Drawing on an opinion piece written by President Trump in the “Washington Examiner” last year and the recent State of the Union address, Hollibaugh first mentioned the tax reform bill.“This was seen by many, both political and nonpolitical observers, as possible being the crowning achievement of the Trump administration’s first year,” he said.Hollibaugh said most would argue the other large accomplishment of the Trump administration’s first year was the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. However, Hollibaugh said Trump has made more significant changes through various judicious appointments.“Possibly much more important than filling the empty seat on the Supreme Court is the fact that President Trump and his administration have been working tirelessly to fill lots of vacancies within all levels of the judiciary, and given that these are lifetime appointments, this will probably be his most long-lasting legacy,” he said.Trump has filled more circuit court positions than any other president in U.S. history, Hollibaugh said, but that is partly due to the fact that there have been an increased number of those positions in recent decades. Changes to the use of filibusters for court nominations has also helped more accomplish more nominations, Hollibaugh said.“They were actually able to leverage the fact that because of a lack of senate action on the judicial action during the waning days of the Obama administration, there was a historically high number of vacancies across all levels of the federal bench, and those judges that remained tended to be older than they historically had been,” he said.Hollibaugh said Trump has also highlighted his congressional accomplishments, such as bills reforming the Department of Veteran Affairs. These reforms were passed by a large bipartisan margin.“President Trump as well as senate Republicans have been able to streamline the process of filling judicial vacancies,” he said. “Most of these have passed on very close, mostly partisan margins, and this would not be possible if there were still a functional filibuster for judicial nominations.”Other than these few congressional bills, Hollibaugh said most of the Trump administration accomplishments have been based administratively, meaning by executive order, memorandum or something directed by the President.“We haven’t seen any real controversial legislation,” he said.Hollibaugh said Trump typically criticized President Obama for passing executive orders. As presidential actions are easily undone — evidenced by Trump’s reversal of several Obama-administration executive orders — Obama told Trump to rely more heavily on congressional actions.Drawing on the recent State of the Union address, Hollibaugh said Trump has taken credit for the defeat of ISIS, the creation of 2.4 million new jobs — primarily in manufacturing — and the rapid rise of the stock market.“For those of you who saw him on TV the other day, he was talking about how great the stock market was doing as it suffered a historic drop,” he said. “It was actually very interesting to watch.”In the future, Hollibaugh said not to expect many of Trump’s more controversial policies to make it through Congress. Hollibaugh also said the midterm elections “are only going to exacerbate the President’s problems for the next year.”“The accomplishments that the president will be able to get through the Senate in the next year will probably continue to be judicial nominations and whatever they can get through reconciliation, which will probably include something like increased military funding or maybe funding for a border wall, but probably with strings attached,” he said.Tags: executive order, Neil Gorsuch, Pizza Pop and Politics, State of the Union, trump administrationlast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Student loan debt continues to trend upward and remains prominent in the news. LendKey has performed research to assess how borrowers felt about their college choices when considering their ability to repay their student loan debt. The company found that 53.9% were very pleased with the ROI their college or university provided them. Given the rising cost of tuition, students and their families are definitely still seeing the value of borrowing to fill the gaps among scholarships, grants, and their personal funding when they’re financing higher education.More than half of borrowers were very satisfied with their college or university choice given their ability to pay back their loans. The borrower’s satisfaction with their college or university choice increases with age substantially, which aligns with career advancement, paid off student debt, purchased homes, and established families. However, there is an opportunity to educate these young borrowers on their borrowing and repayment options. continue reading »last_img read more

Obama’s former speechwriter visits campus

September 17, 2020 | nvxeoqvi | No Comments

first_imgOn Monday night, the USC Program Board Speakers Committee hosted noted screenwriter and speechwriter Jon Lovett in The Art of Bull$#!t, a commentary on American politics in which he reflected on his years in the White House.Funnyman · Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, encouraged students to pursue careers on Capitol Hill. — Chandler Golan | Daily TrojanThe event, which was held in Taper Hall at 8:00 p.m., was open to all USC students and faculty.“We bring a multitude of speakers every year to discuss topics relating to education, diversity and cultural awareness,” Speakers Committee Director Amanda Schmitt said. “We’ve had people from Barack Obama to Stan Lee, and we were so excited to have Jon Lovett come speak about life in Washington D.C. and American culture.”Dubbed “Washington’s Funniest Celebrity,” Lovett was Obama’s former speechwriter for three years and wrote jokes for the president’s annual White House Correspondents Dinner. Prior to that, he was the chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign.“Politicians are relying on comedy because it’s a way of breaking through to listeners when it’s so hard to get news to people,” Lovett said. “Humor is a way of saying we share the same view of what’s ridiculous or absurd. A laughing response is shorthand for, ‘I understand you.’”Lovett emphasized the continued influence of the media in politics and how it has evolved.“One of the things I learned when I first got into D.C. was how much the daily lives of senators was getting the press to cover what they want to talk about,” Lovett said. “For a long time, it was about finding a great pithy phrase for a sound byte. These days, what we share are honest, emotional, sincere expressions of either moments of surprise and moments of unexpected honesty, when the artifice of politics seems to break down.”Lovett said Hillary Clinton’s widely publicized display of emotion in New Hampshire during her campaign humanized her to the American people.“It was an honest, raw moment when people got to see a side of her they didn’t see before,” he said. “I think this shows we’re moving in the right direction because it demonstrates how the interests of politicians and ordinary citizens become more aligned.”Still, Lovett recognizes that solving many of the country’s most pressing issues are hindered by dishonesty in the public and private sectors alike.“We have serious problems, and we have serious things we need to do, but so much of our culture right now can’t be trusted,” Lovett said. “We’re drowning in partisan rhetoric that’s barely true. It’s dangerous and it affects every facet of our lives. Cynicism is a natural response to the kind of culture we live in.”Lovett stressed the importance of the younger generation in changing the country’s mindset from cutthroat partisanship to valuing honesty.“What gives me hope is ‘peopleship’ — a new generation is coming of age,” Lovett said. “The big test you guys are going to face when you leave here is the test of being the generation that fights for a renaissance of integrity, that fights for something true.”After three years of writing speeches for Obama, Lovett decided to pursue screenwriting. He is a producer on the HBO award-winning series The Newsroom and is the co-creator and head writer of the 2010 NBC sitcom 1600 Penn.“I left government because I wanted to write about things I cared about outside of the visible spectrum of politics, which is very small. There’s a lot you can’t talk about,” Lovett said. “I wanted to have an impact in a different way and talk about things in a different way.”Lovett encourages recent graduates to consider jobs on the Hill.“I think it’s great so many young people go into government,” Lovett said. “It’s a time in which you’re naturally optimistic and that’s a great energy in our government. In a way, we depend on every generation of young people to come into government and bring in a fresh perspective.”last_img read more

Former NFF Board Member, Umeh off EFCC Hook

September 9, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgFormer Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board member, Chief Mike Umeh, is right now on cloud nine, thanks to the dismissal of a N300 million fraud charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2013.The anti-graft body had dragged the football buff to court for alleged fraudulent receipt of N300 million belonging to Sokoto State government.After a three-year legal battle, Justice Bello Abbas of the High Court of Sokoto State discharged and acquitted Chief Umeh. Abbas, in a judgment delivered on February 17, held that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt as required by law. Umeh, in a statement made available to the media yesterday in Lagos, was full of praise to God for seeing him through the case. He also thanked the judiciary for a job well done.“I thank God that I have been discharged and acquitted. God knows that my hands are clean and that I am innocent. I thank the judiciary for giving me justice. I also want to thank my family members and friends who stood by me with their prayers in the last three years,” Umeh stated.Umeh stressed that as a businessman, he has never involved himself in any illegal activity. He added that he would continue to work for the unity and progress of the country.He was quick to add that he would also continue to contribute his quota to the development of Nigerian football.Umeh, it would be recalled, was also a former team manager of the then Green Eagles in the days of Dutch coach, Clemens Westerhof.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more