• Journalism,  National,  The Beacon

    Trump prepares for first State of the Union address

    Jeff Sessions Interview  Investigations continue about alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.  Last week, the Justice Department confirmed that special counsel Robert Mueller had interviewed a member of the President’s cabinet, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On Wednesday, President Trump was not opposed to the idea of an interview with Mueller. “There is no obstruction whatsoever,” he said.  “And I am looking forward to it.” But now reports have surfaced that claim Trump tried to fire Mueller last year, adding more controversy to the investigation. Sen. Mark Warner of the Senate Intelligence Committee said, “Any attempt to remove the special counsel…would be a gross abuse of power, and all…

  • Actually Ashley,  Blog

    1000 Shows and Counting…

    I have a confession to make: I watch a lot of TV. It’s pretty excessive. I don’t do it when I should be doing other things. Instead, I just save it all up for a large chunk of time when I catch up on at least 10 different ongoing shows. At the same time, I always have a backup show that I am seasons behind on to eventually catch up on, and then add to the ever-growing list of continuous shows. It’s a very meticulous system. Having such a large collection of television programs that I regularly consume, you can imagine that I enjoy quite a variety of different genres.…

  • Journalism,  Local,  The Beacon

    Trump’s one year anniversary met with protests, shutdown

     Meeting on Worth Avenue at noon on Saturday, over 300 people from all over the country gathered to walk 1.7 miles to President Donald Trump’s Florida home for the Inaugural Impeachment March to Mar-a-Lago. They arrived with bullhorns and signs reading phrases like, “We shall [over comb],” and “There comes a time when silence is a betrayal.”   The crowd chanted, “We need a leader, not a creepy tweeter.”  Some even donned elaborate costumes, dressing like the oppressed women in Hulu’s popular political satire, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” or carrying a coffin for the American flag.   Participants used these demonstrations to communicate a message.  The event’s Facebook page asserts that…

  • Actually Ashley,  Blog

    Food Doesn’t Grow on Trees

    Have you ever seen The Lorax? If you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve probably at least read the Dr. Seuss book on which it is based. It’s a cute story about the importance of nature to human life and the consequences of greed. The movie adaptation takes the concept a step further, adding a villain and several delightful musical numbers. Anyway, the evil character is an overly ambitious businessman who has somehow found a way to bottle and sell the only clean air in their town of Thneedville. He maliciously sings, “Everyone around here works for me. I sell them something they could get for free.” Basically the height of…

  • Actually Ashley,  Blog

    Why Be Jolly?

    We are a few weeks into the new year, and by now, most people are getting back into a routine after Christmas chaos. But I’m gonna take you back for a second to reflect on the flood of cheer from which we have just emerged. What’s the big deal about Christmas, anyway? Why is it the biggest holiday of the year (at least in America)? Businesses close, people take vacation time, and schools break for multiple weeks, just for this one day. I’m not the only one who has noticed the significance of all the hullabaloo. Movies, tv specials, and holiday-themed events are all obsessed with the question, “What is…