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Biden is better than Trump

Mat Chapin, Columnist

April 5, 2020

Is Joe Biden a better candidate than Donald Trump? Yes. That should be obvious, but not everyone agrees with me. According to a new poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, 15% of Bernie supporters said that they would support Trump if Biden becomes the nominee. Some voters just don't trust Biden...

Our president is still a rapist

Mat Chapin, Columnist

February 20, 2020

In the haze of the impeachment trials and never-ending onslaught of criminal accusations, I think it can sometimes slip our minds that our president is a rapist. Despite the rise of the #MeToo movement, we still live in a world that protects privileged perpetrators and powerful men from facing the re...

Trump’s charity scandal

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic

Mat Chapin, Columnist

November 21, 2019

Keeping up with the news is exhausting. It feels like every day there is some huge revelation or scandal coming out of the White House that we are supposed to pay attention to, and within 24 hours the story has been buried by racist tweets, ridiculous assertions and eventually something even more outrageous....

Not all votes are equal

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Sean Gannon, Columnist

November 14, 2019

National polls can give you the wrong impression. Reading them, a casual observer may deduce that Democrats are primed to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Our three front-runners — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — are each beating the incumbent in hypothetical matchups by more than seven per...

Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds

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Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist

November 7, 2019

The only way America survived the war against the Islamic State was with the help of Syrian-Kurds, who lost their lives alongside American soldiers trying to protect the world from ISIS. And now, they’ve been abandoned. They have nowhere to go, no one to help them and they are stuck in carnage. This...

The real victims of homelessness

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Mat Chapin, Columnist

October 9, 2019

People don't like seeing homelessness.  It makes them uncomfortable. It makes them feel unsafe. It lowers the value of their waterfront properties.  Does this make the middle class the true victims of the homelessness epidemic? Absolutely not.   There is a deeply disturbing rhetoric surrounding homelessness i...

Why Trump Will Win Again

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

September 26, 2019

With the Democratic primaries underway, the country and the rest of the world are reminded of the upcoming 2020 election and the possibility of another four years of the Trump administration. Many do not really care about who the Democratic nominee will be because Trump "will win anyway." While there ...

Kanye’s Trump-ian Love Affair

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Rina Cakrani, Columnist

May 3, 2018

In the past I have been a fan of Kanye West, but the latest news about him has left me quite speechless. After his tweets in support of Trump and a picture of him wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat, fans (especially his black fans) have been outraged, and with a good reason. After a long ...

Washington State Attorney General Ferguson Recounts Suit Against Trump Administration

Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson visited Whitman last Friday to speak about his experience filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration in response to the executive order to ban travel to the United States from seven majority Muslin nations.

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2018

On Friday, April 13, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson visited Whitman to give a speech open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and Walla Walla community members gathered in Olin Auditorium that morning to hear Ferguson’s talk, titled “Challenging the President.” Ferguson has successfully f...

American Tourism in Mexico

American Tourism in Mexico

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

March 29, 2018

In contrast with our President, who built his campaign on building a wall, and making disparaging remarks about mexicans being ‘drug dealers, criminals, and rapists,’ thousands of American tourists, often times college students, will inevitably make their way south of the border, often to Cabo or...

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Professor MenjÍvar spoke with The Wire in addition to giving a publicly attend- ed talk titled “Law, Media, and the Criminalization of Immigrants: Constructions and Consequences” on February 28.

Ben Kunz, News Reporter

March 1, 2018

Cecilia Menjívar is the co-director of the Center for Migration Research and professor in the sociology department at the University of Kansas. She studies immigration, migration and how immigration laws affect the lives of immigrants and non-immigrants alike. The Wire: In your research, what are s...

Women’s March on Walla Walla: Take II

Women's March on Walla Walla: Take II

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2018

On Saturday, Jan. 20, over 2,000 people participated in the Women’s March On Walla Walla to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington. The welcoming rally began in the parking lot of the First Congregational Church at 10 a.m. Signs bobbed amongst the crowd with quip...

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