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Who is the next supreme court justice? amy coney barrett sworn in.
By Eve Candell
Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to serve as a US Supreme Court justice in place of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg came as a shock for many Americans. Sitting president Donald Trump claims that he was “saving her” Ginsberg’s seat after she passed away several weeks ago. Barrett was confirmed by the senate in a 52-48 on October 26th. Now that Barrett has been sworn in, the Supreme Court has a 6-3 Conservative majority.
Before being sworn in as the US Supreme Court’s ninth justice, Barrett was a lawyer, jurist, and academic. In her past endeavors, Barrett has been known for her conservative views and belief that judicial precedents like Roe v Wade should not be considered untouchable by the courts.
It is clear that President Trump appointed Barrett as justice to ensure that Roe v. Wade (1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion) is overruled, as he repeatedly praised her pro-life stances on Twitter. Political and social groups who oppose abortion have shown their support for Barrett’s nomination, and her opposition of abortion has been showcased in her past academic and judicial notations. In a 2019 court case, Barrett opposed overturning an Indiana law that required abortion clinics to notify the parents of minors who receive abortions. Despite her alleged opposition toward abortion, Barrett claimed in her confirmation hearings that if the Supreme Court ruling opposed her personal belief, she would still follow the Supreme Court’s precedent on abortion, putting aside her personal values.
The Supreme Court is facing several upcoming important cases, including one that regards Obamacare, which will be heard on November 10th. With a 6-3 Conservative majority in place, it is possible that cases like Roe v. Wade (which legalized abortion nationwide), Obergefell v. Hodges (which legalized gay marriage nationwide), and Sebelius (which held that Obamacare was constitutional) may be overturned or limited in scope.
final presidential debate more civil and informative than expected
cchs students react to the debate
I thought there was too much playing of the blame game and not enough specific policy talk. Both are corrupt but they're our only options and so it is more important to hear about exactly what they want to do and how they would handle certain situations. I'm not sure that I heard any arguments that hadn't been made in a previous debate this year.
This debate exceeded my expectations. For the first time in four years, a civil debate actually occurred, thanks to the new rules on microphone cutting. I believe Biden won this debate. He was able to point out Trump for his ridiculous claims, such as when he called him out for stating that we'll have a covid test to most Americans by the end of the year. That is just unrealistic. Trump has proven himself time and time again that he is unfit to lead this country and Biden accurately exposed many reasons why.
It definitely helped to be able to mute the microphones, but its sad that our potential leaders can't have a civil debate. Also Trump was so rude to the moderator and it made me upset because she was just trying to move the conversation along.
Kristen Welker really impressed me as a moderator for maintaining what I think was the most professional and substantial debate thus far in this election.
By Mason Hughes
Nation/World News Editor
On October 22nd, the 2020 Presidential candidates faced off in their final debate. The debate remained more civil than the first Presidential debate, largely because candidates could now be muted if they interrupted each other.
The two candidates battled on a number of topics, including coronavirus, foreign policy, and racial inequality. From the beginning of the debate, President Trump made a number of false claims about the nature of the Coronavirus. Trump stated, “We’re rounding the corner” on Coronavirus, a claim debunked by the Associated Press due to the massive increase in US coronavirus cases over the last month. The President downplayed the threat of the virus, despite the 220,000 deaths caused by COVID-19. Trump also claimed that Biden’s family received 3.5 million dollars from Russia. There is no evidence to support that claim. Trump stated that he had done more for black Americans than any other President except for Abraham Lincoln, despite passing no substantive legislation to improve the criminal justice system or increase police accountability. In fact, Trump advocates increasing criminal penalties and supporting police protections, which can contribute to disproportionate rates of black incarceration and black men killed by police.
Biden made two false claims, stating that “no one” lost their insurance because of Obamacare. This isn’t true, as some healthcare plans were terminated because they didn’t meet the minimum requirements laid out by the Affordable Care Act. Biden also claimed that it was the Red States facing Coronavirus spikes. The AP criticized him, stating that Coronavirus was a “public health problem,” not a Republican or Democrat problem. However, several states governed by Republicans are facing large increases in coronavirus case numbers.
Trump needed a big win in this debate to help shift the polls. 538 predicts that Biden has an 87% chance of winning the election, putting the President on rocky political terrain. It was clear that his campaign was hoping for a decisive victory over Biden to help stabilize their low poll numbers. However, a CNN poll revealed that 51% of viewers believed that Biden won the debate, while only 38% of viewers believed that Trump won. It is unlikely this debate will shift the results of the election as nearly 50 million people have already voted.
October 7th Vice-Presidential debate unlikely to shift election results
CCHS students react to the vp debate
"It was nice to see that at least some of our future leaders can have a civil conversation. Senator Harris' refusal to let Pence interrupt her makes me proud to be a woman during a time of such historic ticket nominations."
"I love Mike Pence."
"The VP debate solidified just how messy the Trump Adminastration is. Mike Pence could hardly answer a question directly. Instead he avoided questions and went on talking about whatever he wanted. How are we supposed to believe in a campaign that can't own up to the truth and avoids questions that people need to know the answer to? Pence's only redeeming quality was that he didn't interrupt Kamala. Other than that, his performance was a complete and utter train wreck."
"I loved how both candidates focused more on building up their own policies than tearing each other down."
"I felt like this debate was definitely frustrating to watch but I felt like it did flow better than the Presidential one...
"[I liked when Pence said] 'You're entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts.'
Twitter Reacts to the VP Debate
By Mason Hughes
Nation/World news Editor
On October 7th, 2020, Senator Kamala Harris and Vice-President Mike Pence faced off in the only Vice-Presidential debate in the 2020 election. Vice-Presidential debates don’t hold as much weight with voters as Presidential debates, but some VP debates have increased campaign momentum and fundraising. Most pundits don’t expect this debate to dramatically affect the Presidential campaign. However, the debate still had some important moments.
The most memorable line from the debate came from Senator Harris: “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking.” Harris combated interruptions from Pence three times during the debate (a move praised by many women as a rebellion against patriarchal gender dynamics). She went on to attack the Trump administration’s record on COVID-19. When Pence attacked her positions on police brutality and the death of Breanna Taylor, she provided a strong response: "I will not sit here and be lectured by the vice president on what it means to enforce the laws of our country.” She also claimed that if Biden’s criminal justice reforms were in place, George Floyd would still be alive. She passionately attacked Trump’s record on race, bringing up his refusal to condemn white supremacists during the first 2020 Presidential debate and his comments praising “both sides” of the Charlottesville protests, where Neo-Nazis confronted Counter-Protestors.
Pence had several strong moments as well. He brought up Senator Harris’ record as Attorney General of California, attacking the sharp increase in the incarceration of black Americans under her tenure. He also cornered her on the Supreme Court, accusing her of planning to pack the courts. Harris pivoted multiple times and did not make it clear whether the Democrats would increase the number of supreme court justices if they gain control of the Presidency and Senate. Pence defended Trump’s record better than Trump himself on taxes and deregulation, promising job growth and a “V-shaped recovery” from the Coronavirus.
This debate was far more civil than September’s presidential debate. The most talked-about moment of the debate was when a fly landed on the Vice-President’s head, overshadowing his arguments. Considering that the appearance of a fly was the most memorable moment of the hour and a half of debating, it is unlikely this debate will shift the results of the election.
Contentious First presidential debate as election nears
Corner Canyon students react to the debate
“At times it [the debate] was very uncontrolled and chaotic, but it allowed the American public to really see the personalities of the candidates.”
“How about depressing? If our President, who, since we elected him, we should see as a role model cannot even hold his peace for 2 minutes, what does that say about the state of our union right now?”
“The debate last night was a train wreck on both sides, but I believe Donald Trump was extremely problematic. He hardly gave Joe the chance to speak and he constantly interrupted Chris Wallace. He also never stated that he disagrees with white supremacist groups and claimed he paid millions in taxes when truthfully only paid $750 in 2016 and 2017. Trump is one of the most unprofessional politicians in history and last night showed just how bad he can get.”
“I liked when Biden called Trump a clown...”
By Mason Hughes
Nation/World News Editor
On September 29th, Joe Biden and Donald Trump met in Ohio for the first Presidential debate of this general election season. Chris Wallace, a Fox Sunday anchor, moderated the debate.
The debate was punctuated by shouting matches as President Trump attacked both Biden and the Moderator. Biden’s strategy appeared to rely on direct appeals to the American people, as he would often stare directly into the camera and make his case, ignoring the President. These were Biden’s strongest moments. In one such instance, Trump attacked Biden on his son Hunter’s past cocaine use. Biden turned it around quickly.
"My son, like a lot of people you know at home, he had a drug problem, He's overtaken it. He's fixed it. He's worked on it. And I'm proud of him."
Trump’s attack on Hunter Biden backfired at this moment, allowing Biden to add to his empathetic image.
Biden also attacked the President’s record on his tax returns and the coronavirus, claiming that Trump would be the first US President to have “fewer jobs” when he leaves office than when he took office. CNN confirms this claim is factual.
Trump was not without his victories. He challenged Biden to name one law enforcement group that had endorsed him. Biden stuttered and deflected. However, these moments were largely overshadowed by the bickering that ensued. Biden couldn't suppress his dislike for the President, calling him a “clown.”
Chris Wallace frequently attempted to get both candidates to respect each other’s time to speak, going so far as to raise his voice with President Trump and offer a brief lecture on how the American people would be “better served” if the candidates allowed each other to speak uninterrupted.
The two most memorable moments of the debate come from the President. When Wallace asked him if he would condemn white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys, the President told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” (The Proud Boys are now using the President’s words as a motto.) Later, President Trump refused to say he would support the results of the election.
A CNN poll taken after the debate reported that 6 in 10 people believed Biden won the debate. While most said the debate did not change their mind on who they would vote for, 32% of people said they were now more likely to vote for Biden, compared to 11% who said they would be more likely to support Trump.
West coast in flames as wildfires continue
By: Justie Martinez
Wildfires ravish the entire west coast. Multiple fires in Washington, California, Colorado and Oregon have destroyed over 5 million acres of land and have killed at least 34 people (CNN).
It is wildfire season. This wildfire season has been the worst in history for some states. California Governor, Gavin Newsom said this time last year, only 118,000 acres had burned. This year, 2.3 million acres have already burned and the fires show no signs of slowing down. In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency. As Washington estimates 330,000 acres have burned across the state, the devastation is more than the last 12 wildfire seasons combined in the state.
Many like Newsom are claiming this wildfire season is worse than any other due to climate change. He may be correct, Leila Carvalho, a professor of meteorology and climate science at the University of California, Santa Barbara told the Washington Post: “What has changed in summer is the frequency and intensity of heat waves, a climatic response to an anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gases that has been predicted by climate models for decades.”
Meteorologists said that the impending dry conditions could prime the fires to spread again (New York Times).
Rumors and misinformation are further complicating the situation. Conspiracy theorists are claiming the Oregon fires were started by anti-fascist groups. Others are defying state evacuation orders. Sheriff Craig Roberts of Clackamas, Oregon, said in a press conference, “It is important for citizens to listen to authorities and focus on their safety.”
The ongoing fires in the west, however, do not only have effects on those communities. As winds blow, smoke has been covering the entire west. Portland, Oregon's most populated city, was reported to have the worst air quality in the entire world (MSN). Utah also reports unhealthy air quality due to smoke from its own fires, as well as those from the coastal states.
It is unknown when the wildfires will be contained.
Palestine left behind as Israel reaches historic agreement
Corner Canyon students react to the agreement:
"With this agreement, I am fearful that Israel will use this as an opportunity to further suppress Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries."
By Mason Hughes
Nation/World News Editor
On September 15th, 2020, President Trump hosted leaders from Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates at the White House to sign an agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the two Arab states. This reverses decades of policy for the UAE and Bahrain, who previously refused to recognize Israel over their aggressive posture to Palestine. Neither the United States nor Israel recognizes Palestine. Israel has annexed large portions of Palestine since the creation of the Israeli state in 1948. Palestine, a largely Arab and Islamic nation, has fiercely resisted Israeli occupation. The agreement makes no mention of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Before Tuesday, the only Arab nations that recognized Israel were Jordan and Egypt. Most Arab nations continue to deny Israel’s statehood, refusing to recognize Israeli sovereignty until Israel recognizes Palestinian independence and territory. Now that Bahrain and the UAE recognize Israel, trade, travel, and diplomacy can now take place. Most Palestinians decried the agreement. The agreement comes as some Arab nations fear the growing military power of Iran, seeking to counter it by allying with the US and Israel. The agreement opens both the UAE and Bahrain to the American weapons trade.
A poll released Tuesday shows 86% of Palestinians believing the agreement between the UAE and Israel serves only Israeli interests and not their own. Nearly 26% of Palestinians live in poverty and Israeli troops occupy Palestinian territory in Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli shelling, blockades, and military occupation have contributed to the poverty in Palestine. Palestinian groups like Hamas remain engaged in combat with Israeli forces.
The agreement is a win for the Trump administration, who has consistently sided with Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pushed the Arab world to recognize Israel. At the ceremony, President Trump called the deal “the dawn of a new Middle East.” He also stated that there were “five or six countries coming along very quickly,” implying other Arab nations will soon normalize relations with Israel. It is likely the Trump campaign will tout the accords as a major foreign policy success.
Gone, But Not Forgotten: How fans are Remembering the Legacy of Chadwick Boseman
Tributes to Boseman:
Sometimes you need to get knocked down to understand what your fight is.
The Black Panther star's legacy lives on
By Spencer Croston
Music and Books Editor
“In my culture, death is not the end. It’s more of a stepping off point.”
-T’challa, Captain America: Civil War, 2016
On August 28, 2020, Black Panther superstar, Chadwick Boseman passed away due to a four year long battle with colon cancer. In his brief career, Boseman inspired millions with electrifying portrayals of Jackie Robinson in 42, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and, more recently, T’challa in the billion dollar hit Black Panther, reprising the role in a multitude of Marvel films. In the wake of Boseman’s untimely death, millions of people all over the world have been honoring the legacy of the late actor in a multitude of ways.
In Texas, two local artists decided to commemorate Boseman by painting a large scale mural in downtown Dallas. When asked about why they painted the mural, Hatziel Flores, one of the artists, stated, “Like everybody else, I was completely shocked by the news. I couldn’t believe it. We usually paint on weekends to get practice... so we may as well commemorate his memory.”
Many of Boseman’s co-stars took to various social media platforms to express their grief over his death. One of the most heartfelt coming from Black Panther co-star, Angela Bassett, the actress who played Boseman’s mother Ramonda in Black Panther, took to Instagram to commemorate the late actor. In her post, Bassett wrote, “All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.”
Many children also used social media to pay tribute to Boseman. After the news of his death, hundreds of posts appeared, showing children holding memorials for Boseman.
These posts show children sitting next to a collection of action figures who surround a Black Panther action figure. The children in these posts cross their arms in the way Boseman would in Black Panther. Kian Westbrook, who held one of these memorials, stated, “He taught me to fight back and to never give up. He taught the world to be nice and have a strong family. The memorial made me sad because he's not coming back and I miss him. But I'm happy because I got to do something nice for him." Boseman’s legacy lives on through the people he inspired.