Tagged with #Trump

Observations from a historic moment

By Jack Hellie President Donald J. Trump. What once seemed impossible is now reality, and different people have different reactions to the new leader of the free world, and those reactions were visible on January 20, 2017, when I attended the Inauguration of President Trump. Nowhere else in the world does power exchange hands-not just … Continue reading

Journalism in the new Trump era

By Annie Hayes Reflecting back on the 2016 election cycle, one recurring message that came from the Trump campaign was his critique of the media coverage of his campaign, arguing that they were biased, and were actively trying to help elect Hillary Clinton. Since his electoral victory Trump has called certain media outlets including CNN … Continue reading

The ripple effect of a new administration

The ripple effect of a new administration

By Annie Hayes With every new incoming administration there are many changing dynamics that take place within the bureaucracy that is our federal government. A number of departments and federal agencies are led by politically-appointed staff, who are done with their duties on the last day the outgoing president is in office. It is the … Continue reading

Inauguration 2017: the experience

Inauguration 2017: the experience

By Jess Lynk  Our final day in D.C. started early than most. We awoke to darkness as we prepared for the finale of our trip: the inauguration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. This experience will be one I always remember. From standing for at least 10 hours to watching a new … Continue reading

It all Comes Together

It all Comes Together

By Julia Wolf The time has come to depart from Washington DC. As I sit here in the airport and write this, I can’t help but reflect on the final day of our trip. The inauguration was the largest mass of organized chaos I have ever seen. And while many of the people who attended … Continue reading

The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come

By Riley Fink Well, it finally happened. The event that many thought would never occur finally did. Donald John Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. From the second his candidacy was announced, most treated him as a joke. Donald Trump winning the presidency? Never. Even watching the inauguration in person … Continue reading

Memorable Moments: NPR

Memorable Moments: NPR

By Grace Dunn The 25 of us on this trip have a variety of majors; therefore, certain site visits interested some students more than others, and it was usually easy to predict who would like what. For example, the economics majors were excited about visiting The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the journalism majors … Continue reading

Trump and the Media

Trump and the Media

By Zachary Blevins The First Amendment is oftentimes misinterpreted, misused, and mistaken for what it actually does. The five main pillars (freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition) apparently aren’t widely known by the American public; according to the Newseum, 20% of Americans can name the five members of the Simpsons family and only … Continue reading

What’s next?

What’s next?

By Sarah Schroeder This morning I witnessed the worst of the state of political discourse in our country. Over the past two weeks, our group of Drake students have discussed how to talk to and about those we disagree with. Our group covers a very wide range of political ideologies, yet we all can have … Continue reading

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

By Sarah Schroeder On Friday our group will attend the inauguration ceremonies of the 45th President of the United States. As you all know, this election season was very different from what we are used to. Unexpected candidates, unpredictable campaign events and debates, and a seemingly consistent stream of scandals and gaffes made for a campaign … Continue reading