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Opinion | Spotify Wrapped: American politics of the decade edition

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks on Dec. 19, 2019, in Washington, D.C., during a weekly news conference.

By Devi Ruia, Senior Staff Columnist

January 7, 2020

Here are some of my favorite moments in American politics throughout the decade — think of it as a Spotify Wrapped for our nation.

Opinion | Callout of callout culture is justified

Opinion | Callout of callout culture is justified

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist

November 4, 2019

Calling someone out is an inactive form of activism that is fruitless and hypocritical.

Editorial: Presidential portrait captures Obama’s presidency

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama pose with artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald during the unveiling of their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Monday in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 15, 2018

Among a sea of white faces belonging to former commanders in chief, Barack Obama marked a decisive change in  what an American president looked like 10 years ago when he won his first term. And with the unveiling of his official presidential portrait Monday, the nation’s first black president is continuing to affect the visual pr...

Biden brings book tour to Pittsburgh

Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the audience one final time before the conclusion of Monday night’s American Promise Tour event at Carnegie Music Hall.

By Laura Howe | Staff Writer

February 13, 2018

In sharing some of what he’s learned over the years, former Vice President Joe Biden said no amount of money can protect from pollution, joblessness or grief. “For me, the way through grief is finding purpose,” he said. “Ted Kennedy was one of my mentors. He died of the exact same cancer...

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

Education Sec. Betsy DeVos listens during a meeting with President Donald Trump in April 11. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

September 11, 2017

For a cabinet member who’s already one of the most controversial in the Trump administration, it would have seemed difficult for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to become even more divisive. Then she started to talk about rape on campus. DeVos gave a speech on Sept. 7 at George Mason University...

Gallery: Politicians, NFL players join family to remember Dan Rooney

The funeral procession stops outside Saint Paul's Cathedral before Dan Rooney's funeral service. John Hamilton | Contributing Editor

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

April 18, 2017

Friends, family, politicians, NFL owners and players remembered the life of Dan Rooney, the former Steelers chairman and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland who passed away Thursday at 84. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland. ...

Editorial: Hold Trump accountable to get public input on student loans

U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks during the Friends of Ireland Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on March 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 22, 2017

In another startling blow to education under President Donald Trump, the administration rescinded a previous Obama-era regulation last week that prohibited student debt collection agencies from charging more than 16 percent interest on defaulted loans. The administration's new stance came in the form of a ...

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