Third party candidates polling highest since 1996

Third party candidates run for the presidency of the United States every four years. They never win, and likely won’t this year, but a leading polling group on politics found this election cycle has allowed a small breakthrough for third party candidates–they’re polling higher than they have in 20 years–with many American voters unsatisfied with…

Skipping voting a disservice; students, staff say

Students and employees at American University on Tuesday said although this year’s presidential election seems more contentious than those in the past, voting still should be a priority. Most agreed voting is an important part of being an American citizen, and said those refusing to vote in an election is a disservice. “Crazy presidents happen…

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What year was the Declaration of Independence signed? Spoiler alert: 1776.

Even though someone may be a U.S. citizen, that doesn’t always mean they know the complete history of their country. Some residents and visitors to Washington, D.C. had a tough time answering questions from the citizenship test given to immigrants. When asked why we celebrate July Fourth Ricky Monroe, 55, said, “Was there a war…

2016 election already on voters’ minds

Standing between the 56 granite columns of the World War II Memorial donning shorts and a t-shirt, David Johnson, 31, toured the site with his wife and parents. Sixteen months from the 2016 presidential election tourists like Johnson already are looking ahead to the barrage of political advertisements, speeches and debates that will shape the…

Some District residents think Trump’s run “hilarious”

Businessman and reality show host Donald Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential bid stirred strong emotions among District residents who, two weeks after his announcement, found a Trump White House unlikely. “I think it’s stupid,” said American University student Emily Smith, 19. “I honestly just think he’s running for the publicity of it.” Trump, 69, announced his…