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With Hurricane Dorian spiraling towards the coast, President Trump is defending a NOAA map that appeared to be modified with a black Sharpie. The map showed a questionable projection of the storm hitting Alabama.

 The President tweeted the following Monday: “The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit.” He added, “This nonsense has never happened to another President.” 

            After being mocked by major news outlets and social media, the President originally claimed that he was provided with outdated forecasts. Some of the earliest models for the hurricanes path included a possibility that Alabama could be affected by the storm. However, by the time Trump tweeted there were already more accurate forecasts that showed Alabama was no longer in danger said a top NOAA official. 

            According to Craig McLean, NOAA’s acting chief scientist Trump’s claims were “political” and a “danger to public health and safety.” According to the Washington Post Mclean is “pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity”. The Associated Press reported the head of the National Weather Service defended forecasters who challenged the President’s claim that Dorian threatened Alabama. Trump’s Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allegedly threatened top employees at the NOAA after the agency contradicted the president in a tweet. NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs told the staff that they would be fired if they contradicted Trump’s Alabama remarks. The National Weather Service almost immediately debunked the president’s claim, but he repeated the assertion that the map was not doctored twice more that day. 

President Trump’s tweets come as Hurricane Dorian advanced to the coast of the Carolinas, making landfall in North Carolina overnight as the Bahamas continued recovery efforts. At least 30 have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas so far, and at least four have been killed in the Southeastern coast. 

            I used sources from Politico, CBS News, Newsweek, and the President’s Twitter account. The Politico article “Trump drags his Alabama hurricane claims into the 6thday.” This article by Caitlin Oprysko is certainly is written with a neutral perspective in mind. It uses several quotes from the President and other agencies. The article from CBS News “NOAA chief scientist reportedly investigation agency’s backing of Trump’s claims about hurricane.” It focuses on the exchange between the President and NOAA chief scientist Craig McLean. It contains great information about the potential ramifications of violating the NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity. The final article from Newsweek “Trump Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened NOAA to Agree with President’s Alabama Hurricane Tweet.” This article main focus is Trump’s Secretary of Commerce threatening NOAA scientists to agree with Trump’s Alabama Hurricane blunder.

Sources:

Oprysko, Caitlin. “Trump Drags His Alabama Hurricane Claims into 6th Day.” POLITICO, 6 Sept. 2019, www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/trump-hurricane-dorian-tweets-1483586.

CBS News. “NOAA Chief Scientist Reportedly Investigating Agency’s Backing of Trump’s Claims about Hurricane.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 9 Sept. 2019, www.cbsnews.com/news/noaa-hurricane-dorian-statements-president-donald-trump-claims-being-investigated-by-chief-scientist/.

Fearnow, Benjamin. “Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened to Fire NOAA Employees for Disagreeing with Trump Alabama Tweet, Report Says.” Newsweek, Newsweek, 9 Sept. 2019, www.newsweek.com/commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-threatened-noaa-employees-hurricane-dorian-alabama-trump-1458391.

Trump, Donald J. “In Addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, Will Most Likely Be Hit (Much) Harder than Anticipated. Looking like One of the Largest Hurricanes Ever. Already Category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!” Twitter, Twitter, 1 Sept. 2019, twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1168174613827899393.

Baker, Peter, et al. “Trump Pressed Top Aide to Have Weather Service ‘Clarify’ Forecast That Contradicted Trump.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 11 Sept. 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/us/politics/trump-alabama-noaa.html.

Article 2 Draft

Fake news, corrupt media, treason, spy, those are just a few words that President Trump has used in reference to American citizens during the last week.  American citizens are now using only one word in reference to President Trump, impeachment. 

President Trump’s phone call on July 25, 2019 to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the center of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.  A transcript of the call made public by the White House showed President Trump asked Zelenskiy to look into why Ukraine’s top prosecutor ended an investigation into a Ukrainian gas company. That once employed Vice President Joe Biden’s son as a board member.  Messages given to Congress and released by House Democrats suggest the call was part of a broader effort by Trump and his administration to pressure Ukraine.

The messages show how U.S. Ambassadors worked to persuade Ukraine to publicly commit to investigating Trumps political opponents. Explicitly linking the inquiry to whether Ukraine’s President would be granted an official visit to the White House.

President Trump has also publicly stated that China should start an investigation into Joe Biden. 

President Trump is no stranger to attacking his political rivals, this week is no different.  With House Democrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry, the President is lashing out at new and old targets. President Trump has also publicly stated that China should start an investigation into Joe Biden. 

This week at an Iowa town hall a local resident confronted Republican Senator Joni Ernst. Asking a important question about the President. “Where’s the line?” Haskins asked at the town hall. “When are you guys going to say, enough,” and stand up and say, “I’m not backing any of this?” Republicans need to ask themselves just how far the President will go if they don’t start setting boundaries.  

Republican lawmakers have mostly been silent on the President’s comments. Only a handful have spoken out including Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. They agreed that the call was bad, but the majority of the GOP officials stayed silent. Republicans have never really been able to stop Trump from being Trump and have often paid a price when they have tried. 

According to NPR, an analysis finds Trump’s use of heated phrases such as “lamestream media,” “coup,” “treason,” “enemy of the people,” and “corrupt media” jumped beginning of March of this year. October is on pace to set a record. The President said “Bullshit” in the middle of a long speech last March at the Conservative Political Action Conference in reference to the Democrats investigation. Since then similar language has been exceeding commonplace. “I’m glad he just said it via Twitter and hasn’t done it in the Rose Garden yet,” said Sam Nunberg, who was the Presidents advisor in the early part of his campaign.   

Sources

Blake, Aaron. “’Where Is the Line?’: A Joni Ernst Town Hall Questioner Sums up the GOP’s Trump Dilemma.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 4 Oct. 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/04/where-is-line-joni-ernst-town-hall-questioner-sums-up-gops-trump-dilemma/.

Bennett, Geoff, et al. “Trump Blames Energy Secretary Rick Perry for Ukraine Call at Center of Impeachment Inquiry.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 6 Oct. 2019, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/trump-blames-energy-secretary-rick-perry-ukraine-call-center-impeachment-n1062931.

Keith, Tamara. “’Treason,’ ‘Spy,’ ‘Coup’: As Impeachment Talk Intensifies, So Does Trump’s Rhetoric.” NPR, NPR, 5 Oct. 2019, https://www.npr.org/2019/10/05/767224186/treason-spy-coup-as-impeachment-talk-intensifies-so-does-trump-s-rhetoric.

Alex Watters Interview Story

Alex Watters has always had an interest in politics. Alex’s father ran for sheriff on a local level. He remembers going door to door and being in parades with his father. In 2016 Mr. Watters decided to run for the board of supervisors unsuccessfully. However an opportunity presented itself in 2017 when he was appointed to the board in February. Later on winning in November of the same year.

Alex has worked in career services at Morningside for over two years. When asked what he would bring to a desert island first, he would bring a wheelchair that wouldn’t get stuck in the sand. Second, Alex would bring a source of fresh water. Finally, he would bring a phone with endless battery.

One thing Alex wants to do in the future is become a motivational speaker. When asked why he replied ” The reason I do speaking is education and engagement.”

He also enjoyed his time working with the Obama campaign during the 2012 election. “You can really make a difference in politics.” When asked about his future in politics he plans on running for reelection in 2021. Kamala Harris has asked for opinions from Alex on disability laws.

Trump lashes out at Democrats leading impeachment​ inquiry

Image result for trump press conference today
via https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/02/politics/president-donald-trump-impeachment-democrats-pompeo/index.html

A furious Donald Trump blasted Democrats for wasting America’s time. Venting his frustration on Twitter “The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!”

Following the twitter tirade from the President, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said they were not “fooling around.” Trump insisting that “the whistleblower is very inaccurate.” despite Trump’s own community inspector general deemed the report “urgent and credible.”

On Wednesday Democrats unveiled a plan to subpoena a haul of documents from the White House related to the investigation. The sharp Democratic response suggests that the added gravity of a formal impeachment inquiry could shift Washingtons balance of power. These fast moving developments show how Democrats are using their constitutional authority to quickly build up a framework for their investigation.

This article was written by Stephen Collinson from CNN. I think he is certainly left leaning. But he did include arguments from both political parties. CNN has also updated this article several times with more information as it has become available. They also have a video that gives the reader a quick overview of the important topics.

The White House has shared the whistleblower’s complaint with members of Congress

President Trump at the UN.
via https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/9/25/20883238/white-house-trump-ukraine-whistleblower-complaint-release-call-zelensky

The Trump White House on Wednesday released a version of its recollection of the presidents call to the Ukrainian president. Later in the day, the White House shared the whistleblower’s complainant to members of Congress.

Previously resisting calls to release the complaint the White House decided to send the document directly to Congress. Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois said “it reinforces our concerns” and it’s “deeply disturbing” after reviewing the document. While Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said: “Republicans ought not to be rushing to circle the wagons to say there’s no there when there’s obviously lots that’s very troubling there.”

The administration may allow the whistleblower to speak to congressional committees Despite the complaint being reviewed by members of Congress. It’s still unknown what the complaint contains as it is still classified.

Reports by The Washington Post, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal found that the complaint included concerns about a phone call President Trump had with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

This is a major news story that keeps developing day by day. Instead of creating a new article the writer of this article Sean Collins has updated the article several times since its original post. I think that it is written well. The author uses several quotes in the article from both sides of the isle. So it seems unbiased even though there is mounting evidence shifting in one way.

Quick Reflection Article 1

The task that I spent the most time on was looking at different sources and deciding what I wanted to use from each one. There were some articles that I decided not to use just because I didn’t feel like there was anything critically important or interesting that would help the article. The one area that I want to spend more time is going into more detail on my next article.

While gathering different sources I had a difficult time deciding on what I wanted to include and what to disregard. I didn’t have a major issue with writing this paper. The thing that I need to work on is practicing my grammar and punctuation. I have word check software on my computer but I need to become less dependent on that.

Scavenger Hunt: Caterina Vanderploeg​

When I entered Louis Hall Caterina was at the front desk. She asked me if I needed any help with my scavenger hunt. I was surprised to find out that she was working on an assignment for another journalism class. My first objective was to ask for a favorite motivational quote. Caterina said, “life is ten percent of what happens to you ninety percent of how you react.” I was also required to take a selfie with Caterina which is pictured above.

The polls are in: here’s who won-and lost- last weeks debate

Democratic presidential candidates Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a break in the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University’s Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019, in Houston, Texas.
via https://www.vox.com/2019/9/18/20872216/warren-biden-yang-democratic-presidential-polls

With the third round of the presidential debates over, the ten democratic candidates battled on the stage. The spotlight is more intense than ever leading up to the democratic presidential nominee.

With the frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden leading in five national polls, while four poles show Elizabeth Warren in second place, with Senator Bernie Sanders in third. As with any poll, there is a margin of error. However, it was California Senator Kamala Harris that received the worst news.

The latest polls show Senator Harris clearly falling behind the pack. Looking behind the top five candidates you have Andrew Yang, Beto O’Rourke, and Cory Booker all of which all have around three percent nationally since the debates.

With Iowa being a critical state on the campaign trail, the Ann Selzer’s Des Moines Register poll is well respected. The results of that poll will be released soon. Therefore a more clear path through Iowa will be set.

This article is important as it pertains to the 2020 presidential election. Something which affects all American citizens. The audience is much broader as opposed to my previous article about Brook Lopez which had a more narrow target audience. The audience for this article is nationwide as it concerns the United States.

Article 1 Final Draft

            With Hurricane Dorian spiraling towards the coast, President Trump is defending a NOAA map that appeared to be modified with a black sharpie. The map showed a questionable projection of the storm hitting Alabama.

 The President tweeted the following Monday: “The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit.” Adding, “This nonsense has never happened to another President.” 

            After being mocked by major news outlets and social media, the President originally claimed that he was provided with outdated forecasts. While some of the earliest models for the Hurricanes path had the chance that Alabama could be affected by the storm. However, by the time Trump tweeted there were already more accurate forecasts that showed Alabama was no longer in danger said a top NOAA official. 

            According to Craig McLean NOAA’s acting chief scientist Trumps claims were “political” and a “danger to public health and safety.” By giving the public false information Trump is overselling the danger affecting people’s lives.  According to the Washington Post Mclean is “pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity” McLean wrote. The Associated Press reported the head of the National Weather Service defended forecasters who challenged the Presidents claim that Dorian threatened Alabama. Trumps Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allegedly threatened top employees at the NOAA after the agency contradicted the president in a tweet. NOAA administrator Neil Jacobs told the staff that they would be fired if they contradicted Trumps Alabama remarks. The National Weather Service almost immediately debunked the presidents claim, but he repeated the assertion that the map was not doctored twice more that day. 

President Trumps tweets come as Hurricane Dorian advanced to the coast of the Carolinas, making landfall in North Carolina overnight as the Bahamas continued recovery efforts. At least 30 have been confirmed dead in the Bahamas so far, and at least four have been killed in the Southeastern coast. 

            I used sources from Politico, CBS News, Newsweek, and the Presidents Twitter account. The Politico article “Trump drags his Alabama hurricane claims into the 6thday.” This article by Caitlin Oprysko is certainly is written with a neutral perspective in mind. It uses several quotes from the President and other agencies. The article from CBS News “NOAA chief scientist reportedly investigation agency’s backing of Trump’s claims about hurricane.” It focuses on the exchange between the President and NOAA chief scientist Craig McLean. It contains great information about the potential ramifications of violating the NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity. The final article from Newsweek “Trump Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened NOAA to Agree with President’s Alabama Hurricane Tweet.” This article main focus is Trumps Secretary of Commerce threatening NOAA scientists to agree with Trumps Alabama Hurricane blunder.

Sources:

Oprysko, Caitlin. “Trump Drags His Alabama Hurricane Claims into 6th Day.” POLITICO, 6 Sept. 2019, www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/trump-hurricane-dorian-tweets-1483586.

CBS News. “NOAA Chief Scientist Reportedly Investigating Agency’s Backing of Trump’s Claims about Hurricane.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 9 Sept. 2019, www.cbsnews.com/news/noaa-hurricane-dorian-statements-president-donald-trump-claims-being-investigated-by-chief-scientist/.

Fearnow, Benjamin. “Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross Threatened to Fire NOAA Employees for Disagreeing with Trump Alabama Tweet, Report Says.” Newsweek, Newsweek, 9 Sept. 2019, www.newsweek.com/commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-threatened-noaa-employees-hurricane-dorian-alabama-trump-1458391.

Trump, Donald J. “In Addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, Will Most Likely Be Hit (Much) Harder than Anticipated. Looking like One of the Largest Hurricanes Ever. Already Category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!” Twitter, Twitter, 1 Sept. 2019, twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1168174613827899393.

Baker, Peter, et al. “Trump Pressed Top Aide to Have Weather Service ‘Clarify’ Forecast That Contradicted Trump.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 11 Sept. 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/11/us/politics/trump-alabama-noaa.html.

Struggling Lopez needs to make a splash for Team USA

via https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27584152/struggling-lopez-needs-make-splash-team-usa

Last season the Milwaukee Bucks new acquisition center Brook Lopez had the best season of his career. Shooting a career-high 37% from 3pt range and averaging 2 blocks a game. Lopez which was playing for the Bucks had the best record in the NBA at 60-22.

The Bucks never lost more than two games in a row were dominate during the regular season then loosing four games in a row in the eastern conference finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Lopez, which has had limited playing time for team USA during the FIBA tournament. Team USA which will be playing in the championship game against France which is no easy feat. The French national team has one of the best if not the best defensive player in the world. All NBA center Rudy Gobert.

Gobert, plays for the defensive minded Utah Jazz, has won defensive player of the year. For the last three years. Lopez, which has had limited playing time on a roster with plenty of holes already is looking to go home with the FIBA championship.

This is a great article. Brian Windhorst is an accredited NBA journalist that has been around the league for years. The article uses quotations from other players. My favorite is from Donovan Mitchell when talking about Gobert “He’s a hell of a player.”

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