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What The Mueller Investigation Means To You As A Bondurant Farrar Middle Schooler
By Cooper Steeples
On December 13th, 2018, Michael Dean Cohen was sentenced three years in prison for covering up and paying two women $100,000 each for hush money. He payed them under direction of individual one who is Trump to pay them and cover it up. Why were they paid? Answer: They had affairs with Trump so he paid them to not speak about it. Covering up a hush payment is illegal not a hush payment itself. Also, it was made leading up weeks to the election which made it a campaign deal not a civil deal. Trump's lawyers including Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani argues that it's a civil deal. If the news had came out before the election Trump might have lost.
There is a second reason why this investigation matters: Trump might have cheated in the election. What Russian Collusion means is that the Russian Government made bot accounts and spread fake news about Clinton or posed as Clinton Supporters (not in a good way) on social media sites like Facebook,Twitter, and Youtube. What Mueller has uncovered with multiple testimonies and cooperation with people like Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn are breaking Trump's credibility in politics. In this years elections there are suspicions over Russian Collusion.
I am also going to list two unrelated reasons to the Mueller Investigation but this matters to his overall picture.He merged his reelection campaign with the Republican National Committee which gives almost zero room for any other Republicans to win the nomination besides him.
You should spend 30 minutes of your time at home watching the news. Don't cry and say what about my Fortnite auughghggu! You have lots of other time to play it. I watch ABC World News with David Muir every night you should watch a news show you like for about 30 mins a day. You should go to CNN.Com go to site settings and turn on notifications and you will be updated with all of the latest world news.
The good and bad thoughts about Donald Trump’s Tweets
By Tori Carroll
Several eighth graders have strong opinions both positive and negative about President Donald Trump and his tweets, but others don’t really care. On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump, was inaugurated as our new president. The approval rate of President Trump after 10 months is the lowest ever seen for a modern a president. Most average about 50 - 80% approval, but Trump was recorded as having 36% according to a January 21, 2018, Gallup Poll. The highest approval rate earned was by G.W.Bush of 90%, that is 2.5 times higher than Trump’s rate of 36%. Some of the reasons so many people give Trump low approval ratings may be because of his tweets.
Bondurant eighth graders varied widely in their approval ratings of Donald Trump. Kelsey Krueder said that she, “strongly disliked him”, and alongside her, Mia Miller said that she, “doesn’t like him and I don't think he is fit to be the leader of the free world.” On the other hand, there are some who think he is amazing. Carter Engelbrecht said that, “He is the greatest president of all time.” Devin Rhinehart, Sam Mclintock, Jacob Orth and Amari Scheeler don’t have a side. Jacob Orth said, “He can make stupid decisions, and tweets too much. However, he has not caused any bad damage to the country”, and Devin said, “He is very meh, but he is pretty funny sometimes.”
Six eighth graders said Trump’s tweets were “inappropriate” or unnecessary.” However, two students disagreed. Both Carter Engelbrecht and Devin Rhinehart think that his tweets are fine saying, “They are sometimes out of line, but I would probably say the same things” and “I feel that he doesn't think when he talks, and they can give me a good laugh, but they are fine.” The rest of the group think that his tweets are either “inappropriate” or “unnecessary”.
Four eighth graders said President Trump should lose his social media privileges. Kelsey, Mia, Jacob and Amari all say that yes, he should get his privileges taken away. Devin and Carter said no, he should be able to keep his privileges and Sam said that he didn’t care whether or not Trump kept his social media.
According to two of the students, President Trump’s tweets are a bid to get more power or attention. Amari said, “He wants to make others feel bad so he’s more powerful.” and Carter said that, “He just wants attention.” Most of the group said that he has no filter and just wants attention.
In conclusion, Donald Trump’s tweets may be one of the reasons for not many people liking him. Some feel they are unnecessary while others think they aren’t a big deal. The controversy about Donald Trump as a president and his tweets will carry on as he continues to be president for the next three years.
Gallup, I. Gallup, Inc. "Trump Job Approval (Weekly)." Gallup.com. N. p., 2018. Web. 8 May 2018.
Highway Park, Not a Good Idea!
by Alison Keeler
I think the stars are amazing little beacons of light. I like to go out and just watch them, to try and see constellations. I even found one that looks like a giant wolf that’s easy to spot under the right conditions since one of its back legs contains Orion's Belt. I call it the Great Wolf. But I’ve noticed something; the stars are getting harder and harder to spot. The first time I saw the Great Wolf, I was out in a sort of country area, with almost no light pollution. It was easy to see the outline of the tail, head, and body, even to see smaller, more unique details like the eyes and the mouth. I can’t see these things from the deck in my backyard. I used to have a moderate visibility of the stars from there, but now I can hardly make out anything but the Belt.
It’s so disappointing to me that light pollution is such a well-known thing, yet no one does anything about it. I can’t stop it, I know that much. I’m “just a kid”, no one would take me seriously on matters like this. Most people don’t even consider scientists as a valid perspective, even though they’re the ones with real, solid, scientific evidence that this is a problem. I guess everyone just doesn’t care. I want to do my part by not using lights at nighttime, but I already am. My family doesn’t keep lights on when we’re asleep. I just feel like I can do more, but I don’t know what, since talking to people about it ruled out because, like I already said, I’m “just a kid”, who’d take me seriously? I don’t know what else to do about this problem. It’s almost as if there’s no solution.
Why Video Games are Addicting
by Justin Anderson
Game designers want you to be hooked into their games so that you will buy the next one. Almost every game has a challenge, like beating a level or a high score. Online games can be addictive because you want to be the best or attain the highest level. Since the first video game, Pong, there was an objective. In pong, you wanted to last long enough to beat your opponent.
Not all addicting video games have ends. Games like MMORPG’s don’t have a defined end, except for a small goal like going from level one to level two. Almost all video games have an in-game currency, which can be awarded by leveling up, completed quests, or being the best.
But there can be real cash from games. Take fantasy football as an example., Ppeople drive to be the best so they can get that new man-cave or buy a new grill.
"The first study I began in 1999, to basically try to show video game addiction isn't a real thing, and it turns out I was wrong!" says Douglas Gentile, a psychologist at Iowa State University.
Video game addictions are serious, so share this article and talk to someone you know who is addicted to video games.