It was a big week for us here at UC Dems (shoutout to all who came to our Democratic Debate last night!), but we still got some reading in. Here’s the news that caught our interest this week:
Governor Haley began her response magnanimously, recognizing the importance of President Obama’s election to the country and alluding to the troubled pasts of South Carolina and the union as a whole. Although Haley extended a gracious hand to the other side of the aisle in the opening moments of her speech, she soon harshly condemned the perceived difference between Obama’s rhetoric and his record. Haley claimed Obama has been ineffectual in dealing with both the economy and terrorism and expressed her desire for a “new direction” for America.
Tonight President Obama will give his final State of the Union speech. For some perspective on the last seven years, the UChicago Democrats Communications team presents this recap of Obama’s past addresses.
Be sure to check back here for our 2016 SOTU thoughts!
Only six days of class left, let’s go.
Before you do anything else, bad lip reading of the first Democratic Debate:
Some great reads from the past week…
Outside of the whirlwind of classes, a lot went down this week. Here’s a few of the stories we’ve been reading.
- In his press conference on the Umpqua shooting, Obama pushed the country to finally institute gun regulations. He cited the fact that we are the only advanced nation with mass shootings every few months; other countries like us seem to have figured this out.
- Vote.usa.gov is launched, creating an easy, centralized way to register online to vote. If your state doesn’t allow online registration, the website automatically pulls up the necessary forms that need to be mailed. It’s as easy as it could get — given current state rules and regulations.
- Rolling Stone does an extensive interview with Obama on climate change.
- Lindsey Graham on what Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have in common