‘Stop Fawning’: Critics Say McCain’s ‘Jingoistic Revisionism’ Nothing To Applaud

    By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (10/17/17) Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered his “Liberty Medal” acceptance speech at the National Constitution Center Monday night, and his remarks were immediately met with “fawning” praise by former presidents, current elected officials, and cable news talking heads. But critics were quick to warn that such adulation risks further normalizing American interventionism and endless war—both of which McCain has consistently and enthusiastically supported—in the name of rejecting what the Arizona senator labeled “spurious nationalism.” “McCain’s speech was designed to flatter Americans with self-glorifying tales of exceptionalism and nobility. And of course, it worked,” Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept, wrote on Twitter Tuesday….


CARTOON: Trump Health Officials Just Quietly Defined Life As ‘Beginning at Conception’ And The Implications Are Huge For All

By Dr. Jen Gunter The Cut (10/16/17) There were so many things to be angry about last week that it’s understandable if you missed this one: The draft of the Department of Health and Human Services 2018–2022 strategic plan contains language that claims life begins at conception. As an ob-gyn, I’m alarmed. You should be, too. The HHS strategic plan is drafted every four years, intended to clarify the administration’s focus; under President Barack Obama, for example, the 2014–2018 plan highly prioritized matters relating to health insurance. The introduction for that plan contained this line: HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide…


As Trump Denies 17-Year-Old Abortion Access, Court Battle Exposes Broader Problem

  By Jessica Corbett Common Grounds (10/18/17) The Trump administration’s refugee office is preventing an undocumented 17-year-old from receiving a court-approved abortion, and according to documents and reports that have surfaced since the ACLU filed two lawsuits on the teen’s behalf, she’s not the first. ” The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has effectively banned abortions for undocumented pregnant minors who enter the U.S. alone and are detained in federal immigration shelters by requiring “shelters to get its approval before releasing girls for abortion-related services―approval that officials have refused to grant,” Elise Foley explains for the Huffington Post. Foley describes how the Trump administration’s policy is a departure from…


Corporate Media Owe Some Big Apologies For Getting IRS Scandal Ass Backwards

  By Justin Anderson Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (10/12/17) Back in May 2013, corporate media outlets expressed alarm at a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that suggested that from 2010 through 2012, the IRS had applied extra scrutiny to groups applying for tax-exempt status with conservative-sounding names. The report, “based on concerns expressed by members of Congress,” said that 96 groups applying for 501(c)(4) exemptions had been targeted for heightened questioning because of terms like “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their names. Media harshly condemned the reported targeting, with Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal (5/17/13) calling…


Rigged For The 1%: The Republican Budget Is A ‘Huuge’ Unearned Hand Out To Billionaires

It’s Robin Hood in reverse. By Sen. Bernie Sanders The Guardian (10/16/17) After failing to pass a “healthcare” bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a bill that was more unpopular than the Wall Street bailout, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back. Now, they are pushing one of the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposals in the modern history of our country – a plan that would do incalculable harm to tens of millions of working families, our kids, the sick, the elderly and the poor. The…


“Human Flow”: World-Renowned Chinese Artist & Activist Ai Weiwei On His Epic New Documentary On Refugees

  Democracy Now! (10/9/17) The United Nations says there are now more refugees worldwide than at any time since World War II. The journey and struggle of these 65 million refugees is the subject of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei’s epic new documentary. It’s called “Human Flow.” For the documentary, Ai Weiwei traveled to 23 countries and dozens of refugee camps. We speak to world-renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Link to Story and 16-Minute Video ***** Ai Weiwei On His Childhood In A Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom Democracy Now! (10/9/17) Ai Weiwei has been…


Russia Monitor: Wonder Boy & Other Trumpland Geniuses Crater

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/19/17) Dear Fellow Readers, Why did Jared Kushner meet with Sergei Gorkov and why is the meeting important? It’s important – this is at the core of Trump-Russia with a focus on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump’s govern-for-personal-enrichment operation that extends across his family, advisers and cabinet. It will take a few links to fill out the picture, here’s the roadmap: Sergei Gorkov was the head of Vnesheconombank (VEB) when he met with Kushner in December 2016 VEB is a Russian state investment bank that funds Putin projects Gorkov is a…


Interior Sec. Zinke Mocked For Flying Goofy Flag When He Visits Interior Dept. DC Office

“His Royal Heinous Sir Ryan of Zinke, clown prince of Interior, has an official flag that is raised when he appears at his departmental seat.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (10/13/17) The Washington Post on Thursday reported that the Department of the Interior raises the department’s official flag above its Washington, D.C. headquarters to indicate when Secretary Ryan Zinke visits the office. Zinke—who has cultivated a reputation for launching unprecedented attacks on public lands and jettisoning key protections for wildlife—”has revived an arcane military ritual that no one can remember ever happening in the federal government,” the Post reported. The Post explained: “A security staffer takes the elevator to the seventh floor, climbs…


Steve Bannon Goes Another Round With “American Prospect’s” Robert Kuttner

  (Editor’s Note: This interview is worth the listen, however, Robert Kuttner – a pretty standard cookie cutter liberal democrat – is beyond naive on the actual state of American fascist forces propelled by a growing economic crisis. His calls for Barack Obama to come to the “rescue” misses the mark on what the democrats need. Besides, Obama is too busy cashing $400,000 Wall Street checks  and hobnobbing with Virgin Airlines billionaire Richard Branson to say nothing of the fact that his record of spineless betrayal of the working class and democratic party ideals paved the way for Trump. A starry-eyed…


Still Getting It Wrong: How Media Pundits Keep Steering Democrats Into The Shoals

By John Atcheson Common Dreams (9/19/17) In his Monday column at the New York Times, Paul Krugman said: “These days, America starts from a baseline of extreme tribalism: 47 or 48 percent of the electorate will vote for any Republican, no matter how terrible, and against any Democrat, no matter how good. This means, in turn, that small things — journalists acting like mean kids in high school, ganging up on candidates they consider uncool, events that suggest fresh scandal even when there’s nothing there — can tip the balance in favor of even the worst candidate imaginable.” He’s not alone. …


Betsy DeVos’s Attack On Our Public Schools Is Just Beginning

  By Jeff Bryant Back to Our Future (10/11/7) With less than a year in office, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is already having the narrative of her impact on the nation’s public schools recast from someone with the power to“single-handedly decimate our public education system” to someone who is capable of only incremental change or who is completely ineffectual altogether. Don’t believe this shift in the storyline. First, consider how many times media reports trumpeting efforts by the President Trump administration to act more responsibly have quickly changed, within days or even hours, to news reports of the continued fecklessness of the White House….


History They Don’ Want You To Know: How Comedian Dick Gregory Forced The FBI To Find The Bodies Of Three Civil Rights Workers Slain In Mississippi

  (Editor’s Note: In light of continued free passes handed out to white police officers killing young black men across the country, it is appropriate to remember the infamous triple murder of civil rights workers in 1964. Most Americans have a whitewashed memory of that obscenity and the active role law enforcement played in both the crime and cover-up from the movie Mississippi Burning. To understand the current grief and anger of our black neighbors over the never ending murders of young blacks by law enforcement in this country, take a few minutes to read these two great articles. They…


The Empire Comes Home: The Militarization Of American Cities Leads To Shredding Of Rights

  By Danny Sjursen TomDispach (10/12/17) “This… thing, [the War on Drugs] this ain’t police work… I mean, you call something a war and pretty soon everybody gonna be running around acting like warriors… running around on a damn crusade, storming corners, slapping on cuffs, racking up body counts… pretty soon, damn near everybody on every corner is your f**king enemy. And soon the neighborhood that you’re supposed to be policing, that’s just occupied territory.” — Major “Bunny” Colvin, season three of HBO’s The Wire I can remember both so well. 2006: my first raid in South Baghdad. 2014: watching on YouTube…


The Growing Domestic Terror Of Federal Anti-Terrorism Programs

  Guess Why: The Airport Bomber Arrested Last Week That You Never Heard About In The Mass Media By Shaun King The Intercept (10/11/12) It’s strange how some things really catch on and go viral and others don’t. These days, nothing quite makes a story blow up — no pun intended — like the president’s fixation with it. That’s why it’s so peculiar that what sure looks like an attempted terrorist attack was narrowly thwarted at an American airport this past Friday without so much as a peep from Donald Trump about it. No tweets. No nicknames for the alleged…


American Capitalism: One-Third Of Americans Can’t Afford Food, Housing Or Health Care

By Alexandra Jacobo Nation of Change (10/12/17) Almost half of Americans struggle to pay there bills, and an astounding one-third of them are at risk of running out of food, not being able to afford a place to live, or not having enough money for health care or medical treatment. In a new survey of financial well-being released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, numbers reflect the diminishing median net worth of an American family, as well as the daily struggles families have with being able to pay for basic living expenses. According to the report: “There is a wide variation in how…


McCabe Has One Thing To Say To State Dem Party Grand Pooh-Bahs: What’s Not To Like?

Principle Over Party By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (10/16/17) Democratic candidate for governor Mike McCabe was in La Crosse Saturday evening for a fundraiser. Despite the blustery rainy night over 60 people came and went – but mostly stayed – for the whole event. The chili packed a solid wallop and the political talk was even better. Unlike most democratic party gatherings these days, the evening with McCabe was upbeat, positive and plucky. Oh sure, there were the occasional comments about the latest burp of Trumpland insanity or disbelief about the most recent dystopian outrage cooked up by…


ACTION ALERT! Hearing For Secretive Bill To Gut Local Control Scheduled For Somewhere In The Capitol Tuesday

Forward To Your Town Board Officials Your Local Government Is Threatened In A Secretive Hearing Being Held Tuesday, October 17th. There is a bill proposed that attacks local government ability to make land use decisions and the public’s ability to influence these decisions. SB387/AB479 will render most of the conditional use permit provisions in your town and county zoning ordinances useless. They relegate public opinion in the conditional use permit process to an afterthought that cannot by itself be used as part of the decision making process. This effort also upsets over a century worth of Supreme Court precedent and will…


Russia Monitor: It’s All A Big Nasty Ball Of Coincidence. Right?

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/16/17) Dear Fellow Readers, Vetting is for losers! Just like human rights, doing business without bribes and the rule of law. Losers! Sad! Fake News! Lies and distractions can only get you so far – we want to know what really happened. Did a crowd of liars and sociopaths steal an election? If so, why? ***** Manafort’s Multiple Millions (Of Rubles) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, has been in the news for months with details of his multiple relationships with assorted Russian characters, including oligarch/billionaire, Putin pal, Oleg Deripaska. We already know…


Robert Reich: A Republican Friend Gets Honest About Trump Threat

    By Robert Reich RobertReich.org (10/14/17) Last week, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, charged in an interview with the New York Times that Trump was treating his office like “a reality show,” with reckless threats toward other countries that could set the nation “on the path to World War III.” Corker said he was concerned about Trump. “He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” Corker said, adding that “the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here … the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous…


Wisconsin Governor Candidate Vinehout Defends Reference Letter For Child Porn Convict

  By Jessie Opoien The Capital Times (9/28/17) State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, a Democratic candidate for governor, says she doesn’t believe people will find anything objectionable in a character reference letter she wrote for a legislative attorney found guilty of possession of child pornography. The Alma Democrat was one of about a dozen people who wrote character reference letters for David L. Lovell, a former Legislative Council attorney who was found guilty in June of five Class D felony counts of child pornography possession. Vinehout was the only sitting legislator to write in Lovell’s support. “My mother taught me to hate…


Recently Fired Former Democratic Party Of Wisconsin Leader Could Face Drug-Related Homicide Charge

  By Ed Treleven & Matthew DeFour The Wisconsin State Journal (10/12/17) The former executive director of the state Democratic Party could face a first-degree reckless homicide charge for the drug overdose death last month of a woman at his home in Fitchburg, according to a search warrant filed this week. The search warrant, filed on Monday but not made available until Tuesday, states that Jason T. Sidener, 42, told Fitchburg police that he took the 30-year-old woman to St. Mary’s Hospital’s emergency room on Sept. 12 after waking up that morning to find her “breathing really weird,” suspecting that she…


The Best Of What Journalism Can Be: CBS On Puerto Rico’s Never-Ending Emergency

  On The Media (10/13/17) David Begnaud of CBS was in Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria hit on September 20. In the aftermath, he and his team reported for two weeks straight, posting videos on Twitter and sending dispatches to the network. He tracked the logjam of aid stuck in ports, the snaking lines for water, the utter chaos at the San Juan airport. In response, Puerto Ricans of the diaspora have begun nominating him for honorary status as one of their own. After a short break, he’s back on the island and still reporting. Begnaud speaks to Bob about how a recent rainstorm has made…


Lessons & Healing From The Front Lines Of Anti-Colonial Pipeline Resistance

  By James Rowe and Mike Simpson Nation of Change (10/9/17) The Standing Rock standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline was a reminder that colonization, and resistance to it, both exist in the present tense. Fossil fuel pipelines that despoil indigenous lands and waters have become key flashpoints in long-standing anti-colonial resistance. An important precursor and inspiration for the Standing Rock camp is an indigenous occupation in northern British Columbia, Canada. For the past eight years, the Unist’ot’en clan have reoccupied their traditional territory. When the camp began in 2009, seven pipelines had been proposed to cross their territory, as well as…


Hey, Someone Has To Pay For Walker’s $3 Billion Foxconn Giveaway! Republicans Continue Raid On Veteran Nursing Home Fund

  Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) MADISON, WI – A second audit of the state’s veteran nursing home at King revealed major staffing and health care concerns years after red flags were first raised by residents and whistleblowers. Since 2011, Republicans raided $21 million from the King Home while failing to ensure proper staffing, facility maintenance and health care services. Gov. Walker’s administration plans to raid an additional $26 million from the state’s veteran nursing homes over the next two years. “It is inexcusable that Republicans would prioritize a $3 billion giveaway to a foreign corporation while our Wisconsin veterans…


Accomplices: Short HuffPo Video Nails Gun Massacre Enabling Senators On The Take With NRA Cash

  By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (10/12/17) The Huffingto Post put up a short, powerful video targeting four leading gun massacre enabling politicians who make repeated mass shooting possible.  In the 2016 election the campaigns of each pol directly profited from National Rifle Association (NRA) financial support either in ad contributions or direct cash contributions. Citing sources from The Trace, the politicians are: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) $3.2 million ad contribution. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) $6.3 million ad contribution. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) $3 million ad contribution. The big winner of NRA cash was Donald Trump, who raked…


Mendacious: Paul Ryan’s Duplicity On Gun Violence, Mental Health, And, Well, Everything

  By John Nichols The Nation (10/6/17) Paul Ryan, the shameless political careerist who has surrendered the US House of Representatives to campaign donors and lobbyists, has a well-documented history of doing everything in his power to prevent meaningful debate about gun violence. But it’s getting harder for the speaker of the House to game the system on behalf of his benefactors. Ryan knows that his traditional “thoughts and prayers” response to mass shootings does not work any longer. People are on to the fact that his pious pronouncements in the aftermath of massacres are never followed up by meaningful action to…


Russia Monitor: Are We To Believe Manipulation Of (Anti)Social Media Really Outflanking Tech Giants?

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/12/17) Dear Fellow Readers, As The Washington Post reported Monday, Google finally fund its way into the Russia scandal headlines: Google Uncovers Russian-Bought Ads On YouTube, Gmail And Other Platforms.  For the first time the internet titan, Google has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s social media platforms in a coordinated attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube,…


In Our Name: Inside The CIA’s Black Site Torture Chambers

  By Larry Siems The Guardian There were 20 cells inside the prison, each a stand-alone concrete box. In 16, prisoners were shackled to a metal ring in the wall. In four, designed for sleep deprivation, they stood chained by the wrists to an overhead bar. Those in the regular cells had a plastic bucket; those in sleep deprivation wore diapers. When diapers weren’t available, guards crafted substitutes with duct tape, or prisoners were chained naked in their cells. The cellblock was unheated, pitch black day and night, with music blaring around the clock. “The atmosphere was very good,” John…


How We Learned Not To Care: Sixteen Years Of Autopilot Wars, But Who The Hell Is Counting?

  By Andrew Bacevich TomDispatch (10/5/17) Consider, if you will, these two indisputable facts.  First, the United States is today more or less permanently engaged in hostilities in not one faraway place, but at least seven.  Second, the vast majority of the American people could not care less. Nor can it be said that we don’t care because we don’t know.  True, government authorities withhold certain aspects of ongoing military operations or release only details that they find convenient.  Yet information describing what U.S. forces are doing (and where) is readily available, even if buried in recent months by barrages of…


The Man Who Knew Too Much: Heroic Whistleblower Thomas Drake Has Some Blunt News For Americans

“I shiver with the conversations I have had with people from the 1930’s. They talk about the siren call of authority and order … everything seemed normal…” Real News Network (8/7/15) On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake says that in the name of national security we are eating out the very heart of democracy; what will be left will be a garrison state. Thomas Andrews Drake (born 1957) is a former senior official of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran, computer software expert, linguist, management and leadership specialist, and whistleblower. In…


‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Fading Away Of The Print Version of ‘The Village Voice’ Emblematic Of Loss Of Alternative Newspapers

On Contact (9/10/17) Chris Hedges is joined by former writers for ‘The Village Voice’ Tom Robbins and Michael Musto. The New York City alternative weekly newspaper announced recently it is ending its free print edition. Robbins, now an investigative journalist in residence at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Musto, a columnist at NewNowNext, reminisce about the muckraking journalism and unrestrained commentary that appeared in the pages of the Voice. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the decline of print newspapers. Link to Story and 29-Minute Video ***** The Consequences Of Declining Local Journalism By Tom Ashbrook On Point (10/3/17) America’s local…


There Are Many Kinds Of American Violence – Gun Violence Is But A Symptom

    By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (10/8/17) A week out from the Las Vegas massacre and the post mass shooting ritual is well underway. Flags are once again flapping limply at half-mast. Sidewalk memorials have sprung up with the requisite teddy bears, heart-shaped balloons, flickering candles and heartfelt messages on cards and posters. Bouquets of flowers pile up on sidewalks and decorated white crosses dot the cityscape. Politicians, who could actually do something to trim and manage the domestic arsenal a bit, mouth their cynically empty and oh-so-tiring “thoughts and prayers” rap and will in the next week…


Legendary Psychopath: The True Christopher Columbus

“Spirit of the Immigrant” Columbus statue at Plazza Cosenza in Kenosha, WI. (Photo by Mark L. Taylor) By Katie Halper The Raw Story (10/7/17) Happy Columbus Day! I hope you’re celebrating the holiday appropriately, by breaking into someone’s home and claiming that you discovered and now own it! Or you could just, you know, mourn the genocide of indigenous people by shopping. Because we all grieve in different ways. You’ve probably heard lots of great things about Christopher Columbus and tons of inspiring quotes from him about hard work, god, the sea etc. But those don’t really capture what Columbus and the colonial…


History They Don’t Want You To Know: David Grann’s ‘Killers Of The Flower Moon’ Reveals A Story Of American Genocide

‘   The Thread Minnesota Public Radio (4/25/17) David Grann, bestselling author of “The Lost City of Z,” returns with the story of a little-remembered crime that modernized investigative procedure in the United States. In “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” Grann tells a gripping tale of greed, prejudice and callousness. This is for fans of American history, true crime and rip-roaring storytelling. David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. MPR’s Stephen Smith hosted the event for the Thread…


Discrimination Is The Big Winner In The Justice Department’s New Religious Guidelines

  By Heather L. Weaver ACLU (10/6/17) The Department of Justice today [10/6] issued religious-liberty guidelines for all federal agencies, and anyone who values equality for all and the separation of church and state should be deeply disturbed by the message the guidelines send. Purporting to interpret religious-liberty protections in federal law, the guidance — a 25-page memo sent to all executive branch departments — doubles down on a distorted understanding of religious freedom. Not only does it allow discrimination in the name of religion, it also treats the separation of church and state as a mere afterthought. One of the most…


Russia Monitor: Looking Back On The Critical Week America Got Snookered

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/9/17) Dear Fellow Readers, The news dictates a look-back approach for today’s episode of the Russia Monitor… Let’s use Rachel Maddow’s program as a starting point to consider how October 7, 2016 unfolded. This was a seminal moment in the 2016 election and the exposure of Russian interference for the benefit of Trump: At The Center Of 2016’s Most Intense Weekend. One year ago we had a one-day news cycle that started with Hurricane Matthew skirting the coast of south Florida as the first Category 5 hurricane since Felix in 2007 then moving on…


Stephen Colbert Asked Ta-Nehisi Coates If He Has Hope For America & Is Unnerved By The Answer

  By Constance Grady Vox (10/3/17) One of the recurring ideas of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, We Were Eight Years in Power, is that he hates being asked to offer white people hope of a better future in which America might become a post-racial utopia. But when Coates appeared on The Late Show Monday night, Stephen Colbert asked him to offer that hope — and appeared to be almost offended when Coates refused. “I’m not asking you to make shit up,” Colbert interjected. “I’m asking if you personally see any evidence for change in America.” “But I would have to make shit up to…


The “Center-Left” Had Its Chance; It’s Past Time For Something New

  By Richard “RJ” Eskow Campaign for America’s Future (10/4/17) The once-proud political project known as “centrism” is collapsing around the globe, despite increasingly desperate attempts by billionaire backers to revive it. The center-right’s implosion can be seen in the weakened state of Theresa May’s Conservatives in Great Britain, the recent setback for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, and the withering of the GOP’s Mitt Romney wing. But what about the center-left, the “New Labour”/”New Democrat” phenomenon that once seemed to offer so much hope? Can it survive? More importantly, should it? The Decline of the Center-Left Political scientist Sheri Berman recently wrote an op-ed for the…


Daily Dose: Justin Trudeau’s UN Speech Used Progressive Values To Effectively Undermine Trump

By Scott Wittkopf Frame4Future.com (9/21/17) A big thanks to Steve Arnold, who texted me from Canada this afternoon, bringing Justin Trudeau’s United Nations speech today to my attention. After hearing it, I was so struck by the ideas, language, and effective evoking of empathy, that I set aside the original topic for today. Trudeau’s speech provides a unique opportunity. Unique because virtually no one in the US communicates a progressive message like Trudeau.  This speech emphasizes the effectiveness of really good framing to both provide a positive, hopeful message for people to believe in; while at the same time undermining an opponent…


University Of New Haven & Saudi Police: Big Money & Academia Makes For Strange Bedfellows

  By Samayia Taylor Nation of Change (9/30/17) In America, college students are just arriving on their campuses- some for the first time- ready to start the new academic year. They have a wide range of interests and goals, from bringing about the latest medical breakthrough to wanting to change U.S. foreign policy. Some may even want to become President. One thing they all have in common though, is that they have just entered a time in their lives where they will explore, learn, and- most importantly- be able to express themselves. At the same time as millions of American college…