Democrats take the floor for first debate

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ The first Democratic Presidential debate kicked off on Oct. 13, in Las Vegas. Five candidates — former Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee — tried to impress the national audience while also distinguishing themselves and their platforms. Free public college, higher taxes for the wealthy, paid family leave, the Black Lives Matter Movement and climate change were some of the many topics discussed by the candidates. Several of the questions surrounded Hillary Clinton and her time as … Continue reading Democrats take the floor for first debate

Trade deal opens new markets

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ Negotiations that began in President Barack Obama’s first term for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached a final agreement among all 12 nations involved in the partnership. Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore formed the trade agreement in 2006. Later, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam and the U.S. joined in the proposal of a trade agreement between these Pacific Rim countries. Together, these countries account for 40 percent of the world’s economy. TPP would decrease export tariffs and import quotas, making it less expensive for businesses to export and import from the other … Continue reading Trade deal opens new markets