Americans weigh in on Trump…so far

If Gary Bochner could go back in time, he’d do November differently. Bochner, 58, who voted for Donald Trump says that he would vote for another candidate. Bochner says that seeing that President Trump has not done any of the things he promised and has even made enemies with many world leaders, he is rethinking…

U.S. student debt tops $1.4 trillion

WASHINGTON, D.C.–American University students and Northwest District of Columbia residents said Wednesday that student loan debt which is above $1.4 trillion in the United States today is a serious issue facing those seeking higher education in America. “Interest rates are rising and I’m scared that I’ll still be paying of loans when I’m 35,” said…

Teenagers still struggle with Islamophobia

Ayesha Paracha, a 15-year-old Muslim from Virginia, wasn’t alive on September 11, 2001, but still feels its effects. “While driving, my mom covers her head with a scarf and has been flipped off multiple times,” said Paracha, 15, of Purcellville, Virginia. Many Muslims experience this on a daily basis. Anti-Muslim hate crimes have occurred throughout…

Political divide defines July Fourth celebrations

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Widespread political division has many Washington, D.C. area residents and college students questioning the meaning of Independence Day this year and how protests should be handled. American University students and employees interviewed Wednesday disagreed about the holiday’s meaning, saying it carries its own traditions no matter the year. “Nostalgia,” said Stephanie Blenko, 19, speaking…

White nationalists’ behavior impacts D.C. residents

Members of the diverse community in northwest D.C. experience the effects of the president Trump’s rhetoric. They noticed an increase in tension regarding current politics after the 2016 election cycle. Over the last two years, Donald Trump and alt-right movement have brought white nationalism to the mainstream American audience, research shows. New Nationalism is the…

Independents stake claim in polarized system

Voters in the Washington D.C. area last week explained what it means to be an independent voter and how that affects their participation in a two-party system. The increase in independent voters in the U.S. has welcomed diversity in political beliefs and affiliation. David Rusk, former Mayor of Albuquerque, N.M. said he’s seen a change within the two-party…

Bipartisanship proves rare consensus for all voters

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Residents of D.C. agree on the importance of bipartisanship, regardless of political association, in the wake of recent politcal climate. Sam Michaels, 21, sees bipartisanship as an opportunity to work constructively with others to produce significant legislative results. Michaels wishes that legislators could put a solution in place to reduce climate change. Healthcare…

Young voters look ahead to 2018

Students and staff of American University agreed on Wednesday that people should exercise their right to vote more because of its influence on the country. In the November 2016 election, young people continued the trend of voting in fewer numbers than older Americans, according to the Census Bureau. But one trend that is perhaps more…

Politics at the Pier: Issues vary

SAN FRANCISCO — In a presidential election where both the Republican and Democratic parties have radically different plans on how to address the massive problems surrounding immigration, it comes as no surprise that many people feel strongly about this prevalent issue. On Monday,The Teen Observer staff interviewed people at the popular tourist destination Pier 39 in San Francisco…

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Drugs, equality on people’s minds

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — What issue most concerns you? The Teen Observer staff asked tourists and residents at this city’s busy Pier 39 what mattered most: Elise Szabo, 20, said the issues most important to her were police brutality, the war on drugs and the connections between the two. “Police brutality is a direct impact of…