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Extreme ideologies on race collide at Trinity College

Not historically known for campus unrest, Trinity College finds itself thrust in the middle of an ideological clash over race that has brought unwanted national attention to the Hartford institution as it tries to move beyond its preppy label. The controversy revolves around a pair of professors — one for tweeting that “whiteness is terrorism” and the other for his central role in an emerging alt-right group that’s been accused of giving a platform to white supremacists and to former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, whose daughter is a Trinity senior. It comes as the college’s administration has sought to advance diversity and inclusiveness at the liberal arts school of 2,300 students, where a student-led affiliate of the Churchill Institute is seeking recognition as a campus organization. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, the school’s president, addressed the political unrest in a campus-wide letter Wednesday and said Trinity College’s foundation is built on academic freedom and freedom of expression. “Where else should these debates occur, if not here?” Berger-Sweeney wrote. “Why would you send your kids to a place like that...because there are no consequences for saying something that’s like transparently insane and, by the way, racist?” “Why would you send your kids to a place like that...because there are no consequences for saying something that’s like transparently insane and, by the way, racist?” Carlson said. We stand together with all like-minded individuals to to keep alive an understanding of the Western Tradition in our Colleges and Universities.” McJessy said the language used by the institute and Smith is similar to the remarks made by Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King to the New York Times, in which he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King was then stripped of his committee assignments by the House GOP. Her father, a former Breitbart writer who played a key role in the controversial policy banning visitors to the U.S. from predominantly Muslim countries, was ousted as Trump’s deputy assistant in August 2017. Romano said people should not lose sight of the hateful social media posts of Williams. “It says to potential students and donors, ‘you’re not welcome.’ How does any student sit in a classroom and feel as though they’d be judged fairly with the content of his Twitter feed?” “Without acknowledging the pervasive, hurtful campus climate in which many students of color, queer students, international students, first-generation college students, and other students who are harassed based on their identities feel marginalized and threatened on a daily basis, any discussion of ‘harms’ experienced on this campus rings hollow,” the faculty members wrote.

Connecticut parents file lawsuit claiming son expelled over conservative political views

Parents in Connecticut have filed a lawsuit against Cheshire Academy in Connecticut alleging that their son was expelled from the school because of his conservative views. The school has denied that the student, Michael Mancini, was punished because of his political views. “As some of you may be aware, earlier this week, following a fair process, a student was expelled. This student was given a number of chances to adhere to our expectations, and the rules and code of conduct of Cheshire Academy. Contrary to what you may have read, our decision was not based on an opposition to political dialogue," Julie Anderson, head of schools at the academy, wrote in a letter to parents from the school, according to Mancini's parents have claimed he was expelled for saying that people who are transgender have "legitimate hormonal or mental disorder" and are "just looking for attention," according to The parents also alleged that classmates began "verbally attacking" Mancini over his opinions. The family's attorney, James Sullivan, told the New York Post that it is "a precious thing to have competing ideas." “We should have a healthy fear of an autocratic, monolithic government or school," Sullivan said. Anderson, the head of schools, said in the letter to parents that the school generally does not publicly discuss cases involving student discipline.

What is ‘Democratic socialism’? Bernie Sanders’ political ideology explained

But what exactly does it mean to be a Democratic socialist? First, what is Democratic socialism? Those who align with the political ideology typically support pro-union politics, tuition-free public universities, universal healthcare and using tax money from the wealthy to fund social welfare programs, among other ideas, reported TIME in October 2018. What has Sanders said about being a Democratic socialist? “All people should have health care. "We're talking about countries and systems that already exist that have already been proven to be successful in the modern world." "We're talking about single-payer health care that has already been successful in many different models, from Finland to Canada to the UK," she added, before going on to say Democratic socialism enforces “basic levels of dignity so that no person in America is too poor to live.” Julia Salazar, who represents New York’s 18th State Senate District, is also a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, telling October, a beer-centric magazine, she has been a DSA member for two years and is “committed to trying to build Democratic socialism.” On a personal level, Salazar, 28, said being a Democratic socialist “means fighting to make sure that every person is empowered to be able to determine their own destiny.” “That all of us have access to not only basic needs, but to what we need to thrive in society. Health care is a human right, similarly, that shouldn’t be accessible only by income or status,” she added. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who represents Michigan’s 13th congressional district, has also spoken on the political ideology — telling In These Times in August of 2018 “it means a strong partner.” “When I talk about equitable, just fairness, I lean on a whole group of people who understand just how much the structures in place are set up against the people, people of color, and the working class. No country to-date has fully instituted Democratic socialism, per the DSA’s website, which noted some countries — Canada, Sweden and France, among others — have pulled from the political ideology in terms of health care, childcare and beyond.

Accused college admission scammers dig deep for bipartisan political donations

A Fox News analysis of political donations by the 50 individuals charged in the college admissions scandal shows that alleged corruption appears to know no political ideology. Others, though, like Robert Flaxman, a real estate magnate who is charged in the scandal, gave small fortunes to both Republican and Democratic campaigns. Four years later, in 2016, the 62-year-old founder of Crown Realty and Development supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with a donation of the same amount to the Hillary Victory Fund. While Huffman’s donations are indicative of her politics, others ensnared in the scandal gave tens of thousands of dollars to both Democrat and Republican candidates. FEC records show that Flaxman began donating in 2007 with a bevy of contributions to Republican campaigns, including $19,600 to support John McCain. Most of Flaxman’s donations are small dollar amounts made to individual campaigns in 2016, but several top $2,000 – including $30,800 he gave to the Republican National Committee in 2012. In 2016, he made at least 43 contributions to various candidates and party organizations. Others had similarly bipartisan patterns of political donations. The reasons for bipartisan donations are myriad, according to Brendan Quinn, a spokesperson at the Center for Responsive Politics. He said a donor supporting both Democrat and Republican candidates could be a simple as them having a personal connection or preference for the candidates.

Are performers expected to voice political views? ‘The View’ discusses

Following Grammy winning musician Taylor Swift's pledge to use her influence to speak out against "disgusting rhetoric" in politics, co-hosts on "The View" weigh in on the pressure artists experience to be politically active. Huntsman went on to say why the position celebrities are in is a catch 22. "If they don't speak, they don't care about it and then when they do speak, [they] are alienating half of [their] followers." It was what you did," Behar continued. McCain pointed out that everyday, she and her co-hosts "divide people." "There are places and spaces you and I – all of us – we go into that… we are unwelcome for what we say ... "I couldn't even imagine not being political and not using my voice ... But I think some women aren't like the women of 'The View,' and it's ok for me." Swift, 29, told Elle now that she's turning 30 she feels "informed enough" to speak to her 114 million followers about politics. We have a big race coming up next year."

Emotions linked to political ideology influence how people process information

Fear and anger related to the 2016 presidential election and climate change had different effects on the way conservatives and liberals processed information, according to research published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. “This topic caught our attention because the 2016 presidential election was highly contentious and divisive, which has a lot of commonality with the challenges we experience when communicating about climate change. The researchers used the Risk Information Seeking and Processing Model, a comprehensive model that seeks to understand what contributes to information seeking and information processing related to risk topics. The model’s premise is that risk perception is both cognitive and emotional. “The highlight of this research is that conservatives and liberals have very different perceptions about potential risks from the election and climate change. Liberals reported much higher risk perception, anger, and fear related to climate change than conservatives overall. Conservatives fearful about the upcoming election reported a greater need for more information. The association between being fearful of climate change and reporting greater need for more information was strong among conservative respondents, while liberals who were angry when thinking about climate change reported higher perceived knowledge. There may be meaningful differences in other emotions, such as hope, that also influenced information processing among these two groups.” “Our study offers important insights on how risk perception, emotion, and perceived social norms influence information processing behaviors among liberals and conservatives. The study, “Fearful Conservatives, Angry Liberals: Information Processing Related to the 2016 Presidential Election and Climate Change“, was authored by Janet Z. Yang, Haoran Chu, and LeeAnn Kahlor.

The ideological lines dividing rebel MPs from Labour party

The seven MPs who left Labour on Monday all cited irreconcilable differences with the party’s Brexit policy, and the way it has dealt with antisemitism and bullying allegations. Chuka Umunna in particular has been a leading figure in the People’s Vote campaign for a second referendum and led a parliamentary rebellion on an amendment to the Queen’s speech, which said the UK should remain in the single market and customs union. On almost all other domestic issues, including welfare and the economy, MPs have voted with the party whip, though Umunna, Chris Leslie, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey all voted in favour of strikes in Syria against Islamic State, the opposite way to Corbyn, although it was a free vote. Foreign affairs and national security Apart from Brexit and antisemitism, national security policy is a key difference. The group’s statement of intent says the “first duty of government must be to defend its people and do whatever it takes to safeguard Britain’s national security”. The Independent Group’s statement underlines “the sound stewardship of taxpayers’ money” as one of its core values, echoing some of the group’s early unease with Corbyn’s leadership bid. In her resignation speech, Smith cited her working-class background as a reason for her departure. It also implicitly criticises the Labour party membership system and the concept of MPs being accountable to party members. For now, the group has no name or leader for a new party, let alone policies or a manifesto. Some members of the Independent Group have their own policy ideas which they are likely to be keen to promote.

Paul’s lawyers want his political views excluded from trial

Paul suffered multiple broken ribs in the 2017 attack, and the neighbor, Rene Boucher, pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress. Paul sued Boucher, and a jury trial set for Jan. 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will determine the amount of damages the senator can receive. Paul's legal team says his political beliefs are "irrelevant" to the trial, noting Boucher has said the attack had nothing to do with politics. Boucher's attorney, Matt Baker, said Friday he agrees that Paul's political views are irrelevant to the trial. Paul, who ran for president in 2016 and is now in his second Senate term, rose to political prominence as a favorite of tea party supporters. Also in their motion, the senator's lawyers said the condition of Paul's yard before the attack should also be excluded, arguing that it "has no bearing upon the damages he is entitled to receive." Baker said he will oppose that request because yard conditions at Paul's house are "what this has always been about." His lawyers said a biomechanics expert is prepared to testify that Paul's injuries were similar to those resulting from a 25 mph (40 kph) car crash. Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in prison for the attack. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

Traveling for Politics: Would you head out of town to support an ideology?

President Donald Trump headed to Central New York on Monday to support the re-election of Claudia Tenney (R.-NY) as representative of the state’s 22nd District. Landing at Griffiss International Airport in Rome ahead of the Utica-based fundraiser, the president was greeted by a cheering crowd of more than 200 supporters, the Utica Observer-Dispatch estimated. The local paper called the visit “a moment in area history,” as the last sitting president to head there was Harry Truman in 1948. More flocked in Utica’s downtown area – less than an hour’s drive from Syracuse – where both Trump fans and protesters set up shop across the street from each other. WKTV said hundreds “from throughout New York State” turned out for the displays. We want to know: How likely would it be for you to travel to support or defy a political movement? Take our survey below. Create your own user feedback survey Can’t see the survey? Take it directly online. Here are the results to last week’s poll, which gauged the temperature on the new Christopher Robin movie: