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Media, Truth, and Trump: What the Absence of Fact Does to Democracy

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017

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When Martin Luther wanted to spread his message during the Protestant Reformation, he and his supporters circulated pamphlets with text and images characterizing the Catholic Church as malicious, greedy, and scheming. In China, just a couple of months ago, when government officials wanted to extend the alleged time-frame of the Sino-Japanese war by six years, they edited textbooks to reflect the new dates, all while China’s state-owned, state-led news enterprises criticized Japan for having changed their history books.

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Botstein and Danner Discuss the President’s Policy and Personality

Presented by the 100 Days Initiative, human rights project, CCE, and Council for Inclusive Excellence

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 2, 2017

MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 2, 2017

The First 100 Days, a college-wide initiative combining civics and public media to track Trump’s first months as president, was launched last night, Thursday February 2. The event was called “Trump Abroad, Trump at Home: Declaring the New War.” President Botstein and journalist and professor Mark Danner had a conversation about Trump’s role as a domestic orator and international representative of America. They covered the extensive action taken by the President over the last two weeks–from wrongfully omitting multiple pages from the whitehouse.gov website to threatening to cut funding for UC Berkeley after its students protested his immigration order.

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Bard and Botstein Respond to “Muslim Ban” With Much-Needed Clarity

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | January 29, 2017

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President Botstein responded Sunday morning to Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

Botstein’s letter addressed the ban that would threaten immigrants from seven targeted nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. Americans and foreigners alike remain confused by Trump’s logic regarding which countries are on or off the list, assuming any such logic exists.

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A Natural Disaster Named Trump

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | January 24, 2017

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On his first day in office, Trump replaced the whitehouse.gov climate change policy report with his “America First Energy Plan,” which boasts loosening regulations and prioritizing business advancement over environmental protection.

Yesterday, Trump ordered a “media blackout” on the Environmental Protection Agency, preventing EPA workers from posting to social media or speaking to reporters.

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Politicization of the Pussy: Women’s March Rhetoric Defies Politeness and Demands Equality

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | January 22, 2017

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Even on 16th street, a thirty minute walk from the start of the Women’s March on Washington, it was clear that we were the majority. At a pussy-hat-packed coffee shop, the bearded millennial in front of me checked his Instagram feed, and I peered over his shoulder. Nearly every photo was of protest signs, with captions saying, in different words, “I’m ready.”

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Tackling the Trek: Party Safely at Bard

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | DEC. 4. 2016

At Bard, a night out can be as likely to cause logistical complexity as it is to trigger social anxiety. Getting from a pregame in Robbins to a party in Tivoli to your girlfriend’s place in Red Hook can present a treacherous set of obstacles, and many students are frustrated by the situation and the school for not providing accessible transportation.

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