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Calvin Ward

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Granata Gaffs

KUNC- Opinion Blog

Presidential Candidate Anthony Granata has caught himself between a rock and a hard place on North Korea. On the one hand, he’s been quoted as saying that he’s willing to leave every option on the table- which would include boots on the ground. After some backlash in the press, he’s now backtracked to say that it’s not “preferable”

But we should hear what’s not been said: he won’t rule out sending troops and opening up another theatre of war. The last Republican president put us in two wars that still haven’t ended, now another Republican will not rule out another. He’s not against going to war but isn’t ready to say he supports it. If that’s the strong leadership we can expect from him, Granata is more malleable than motivating. He should rule out troops on the ground, and he should have to go through Congress to take any actions in the subject. 


Calvin Ward

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Bipartisanship is a Two Way Street

We are hearing the rumblings of the double edged sword of a word that most Americans say they want: bipartisanship. The idea that two parties can put aside their differences and work together for an ultimate good is a noble goal. When we hear many talking, it's spoken of as the cure for what ails us. But keep in mind, bipartisanship is a two way street, and merely co-sponsoring bills isn't enough to be bipartisan. What we've seen is the Republican Senate make sure that no Democratic bills get to the floor. They have whined and complained about the use of suspend to pass in order to push bills through. It's a very simple fix- docket them yourself! Until then bipartisanship is just a nice way of the GOP telling us "you do what we say"


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Republicans Divided on ENOUGH vote

Political jockeying is in full swing as we see that it is actually docket access that has been declared the first battle ground. Senator Powell, the minority leader from Colorado, has taken up the suspend and pass strategy of getting Democratic bills to the forefront of the debate. So far, two bills have passed in this manner, with a third, the ENOUGH Act, also up for grabs. ENOUGH if passed, would ban the distribution of someone's private photos without their consent, also termed "revenge porn".

But this one has finally drawn the ire of the Republican caucus, forcing Senators Tillman, Driscoll, and Granata to speak against a suspend and pass. For these three, they believe this bill ought not to be bypassed but debated in the chamber. When we reached out for comment Sen. Tillman said, "I believe that the procedures of the United States Senate should be respected and followed carefully in all but the most urgent of cases. While I believe that revenge porn is seriously distasteful, as I believe about all types of pornography, I do not believe that the situation warrants an immediate and rash legislative response.The act deserves to be read and debated by law-makers who have had enough time to thoroughly understand the issue and how to proceed." 

Senator Calvin Ward however responded to this quote saying, "Do we really need to debate if revenge porn should continue? There are millions of women in this country who either have or statically will be a victim of revenge porn. We're not talking about a tax bill or or even the intricacies of what healthcare reform looks like. We're talking about if someone's private images can be used without their permission. I respect the Senators and their desire to debate. However, they picked the wrong bill to stand in the way of."

Senators Tillman and Granta voted against the measure to suspend and pass ENOUGH.


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GOP Continues to Fracture

Editorial by Marshall Gatwick

It cannot be ignored any longer, there is a stark divide in the Republican Party between the traditional conservatives and the up and coming nativists. Three of the four GOP candidates are arguing over the same piece of of the party. They all are talking tough on immigration, going after the debt, and shrinking government. You know, the basics that you would expect. But in this unity the fractures are forming. Sen. Granata blasted Sen. Ross and by extension primary rival Sen. Fitzgerald over Sen. Ross concerns about government overreach in the most recent abortion bill. Meanwhile, Senator Madison from Missouri seconded an amendment to the 9/11 Relief fund and then failed to vote for it. They can't agree on abortion, they can't agree on amendments to bills. There are no clear leaders in this party anymore. There are office holders, but nobody is holding the whip. There is not one single solitary direction in the Republican camp. Senators Granata and Driscoll are trying the bully approach to appeal to the hard right, while Fitzgerald and Madison try to work towards the middle. But to say they are pulling in a singular direction is either a really funny joke or a flat out lie. Maybe it's just primary season, but if you're a conservative, you'd hope that things adjust real quick

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Report from Turkey

Amid the growing tension, it would be a disservice to only listen to official reports about the ongoing Turkish Revolution, but not to listen to the people who live there every day. Our story tonight, United News sent field correspondent Olivia Galvez to Istanbul to meet with the people who are living through the conflict. Olivia. 

OG: We've seen the protests, the official statements, and the violence. But what we rarely see are the people trapped in the middle. While the Turkish Erdogan government and the Peace at Home Council continue their entrenched conflict for control of the country, millions of Turks are also joining the struggle. This is Aytekin Serif, a banker in Istanbul. Aytekin is a strong supporter of the revolution. When we asked him why he said because of his beliefs "in globalization and the government's authoritarian streak is holding back the country." Erdogan has a long record of human rights abuses. In 2014, he worked to stack the country's High Council of Judges and Prosecutors with party loyalists, enabling his government to ease arrest procedures and curtail opportunities for appeal. This facilitated the detention of thousands of activists, journalists, and businessmen under the country's overbroad terrorism statute. Since Erdogan assumed the presidency in 2014, the government has opened nearly 2,000 cases against people suspected of “insulting the president” – a crime in Turkey. This man is Akin Kazak. He has had several members of his family arrested and "persecuted" by the government and strongly opposes the government.

*cut to Akin telling a brief synopsis of what his family experienced* 

These are just two examples of the stories we heard. 

But what really spoke to us was our local contact. Sever Ozen. Sever is a journalist who previously lived in Ankara but during the coup she fled to the city of Edime. For her, the struggle is less a political one, and rather one for peace. *cut to clip of her saying "I hate the violence and wish the world would stand up for the Turkish people."* 

From Turkey, Oliva Galvez

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Pinnacle Plays Partisan 

This morning, United News can report that we have obtained a memo sent from Arkansas Senator and Majority Leader Grant Pinnacle to the Colorado Senator and Minority Leader Robert Powell. In it, Sen. Pinnacle is outlying a collection of bills that he wanted to see pass first under the Emergency Rule. In exchange he would promise not to hold up Cabinet confirmations. A spokesperson from Sen. Powell’s office said ““The majority is trying to hold our American government hostage. They refuse to even give our nominees hearings before they pass their bills. We need these nominees filled. We have a crisis unfolding in turkey and we can’t conduct our foreign policy with one hand tied behind our back.”

As the inevitable Turkish civil war heats up, it will be more and more necessary for these positions to be filled. However based on this memo, Republicans in the Senate are willing to play partisan politics to rush through a few bills. 

We spoke to a member of the Tillman transition team who said this, “We are extremely disappointed in how the talks turned out. We are currently in an international crisis and the world is looking to us to lead. We should be able to do so without having a Senate Leader that holds up cabinet nominations. If he chooses he could have opened up the session by protecting our national interests, yet his first act on the job is to play politics with nominations.”

Chet Mantooth, from Washington D.C. this morning 

 

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