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FILE - This May 8, 2008, file photo shows blank checks on an idle press at the Philadelphia Regional Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies in Philadelphia. Officials at the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service said Friday, March 12, 2021 that processing the new round of stimulus payments has already begun, with the aim of having the first payments start showing up in bank accounts this weekend. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

College students who are dependents can now receive stimulus payments

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor March 14, 2021

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus package was signed into law Thursday afternoon, providing for direct payments of up to $1,400 for Americans.  The stimulus checks were one of...

President Joe Biden waves as he arrives for Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, Saturday, March 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden’s American Rescue Plan approved in the Senate

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor March 7, 2021

The Senate approved President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package Saturday, after an overnight debate in which Democrats persuaded dissenters within their own party to vote for the legislation....

Former President Donald Trump waves as he disembarks from his final flight on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Republicans search for party identity in wake of Trump presidency

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor February 28, 2021

Donald Trump’s departure from office might have momentarily signified a relief from his influence on the political landscape, but support for the former president has gone back up in recent weeks among...

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event to announce his choice of retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to be secretary of defense, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

OPINION: Executive Orders are necessary against the backdrop of a polarized Congress

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor February 14, 2021

Despite his best efforts to tout “progress,” President Joe Biden is still reminiscent of past eras of American politics in which promises of social change are over-promised and under-served.  With...

President Joe Biden speaks with reporters after stepping off Air Force One at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his home in Delaware. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden pandemic response strategy aims to rebuild public trust, increase vaccine rollout

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor February 14, 2021

President Joe Biden announced Thursday during remarks at the National Institutes of Health that he finalized deals to buy 200 million more Covid-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of July.  This...

President Joe Biden speaks with reporters after stepping off Air Force One at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his home in Delaware. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden promised to prioritize immigration. Will he follow through?

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor February 10, 2021

President Joe Biden has promised to prioritize immigration reform and sent a bill to Congress that aims to implement a better path to citizenship. Formally titled the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the...

President Joe Biden speaks with reporters after stepping off Air Force One at New Castle Airport in New Castle, Del., Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Biden is spending the weekend at his home in Delaware. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden’s executive orders lay a foundation for racial equity

Nadia Hernandez, Assistant News Editor February 7, 2021

President Joe Biden signed four executive orders to promote racial equity in his first two weeks in office.  The orders included reaffirming tribal sovereignty, ending federal funding in private prisons,...

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

DePaul political science professors speak on Capitol riots

Hayley DeSilva, Contributing Writer January 25, 2021

It has been almost three weeks since the insurrection at the nation’s Capitol building.   That Wednesday, thousands of protestors in attendance of former President Trump’s rally in Washington...

Former President Donald Trump waves as he disembarks from his final flight on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Political Science Department discusses impeachment, inauguration in virtual panel

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor January 21, 2021

The Political Science Department held a virtual panel to discuss the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, the inauguration ceremony and efforts to overturn the presidential election result.  The...

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Biden sworn in as nation’s 46th president

Associated Press January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Joe Biden has officially become the 46th president of the United States. Biden took the oath...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt delivers remarks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House in Washington. In Trump's presidency, fact checking became a cottage industry unto itself. And “alternative facts

What to know about impeachment ahead of the inauguration

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor January 18, 2021

President Donald Trump became the first U. S. president to be impeached twice on Jan. 13 for inciting an insurrection at the Capitol under false claims of a fraudulent election. Since the Senate will not...

In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Letter to the editor: Civility has been a long term casualty of American politics

Dick Farkas, Professor of Political Science January 18, 2021

Editor's note: This commentary was partially published last November in the Croatian language by Gabrijela Bijelić, journalist. Dubrovački vjesnik (weekly newspaper) and Slobodna Dalmacija (daily newspaper). Reaction...

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