Articles by: Ali Naseer

Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Trump’s speech: No new ‘presidential’

Following President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, many commentators focused on how Trump was able to seem more “presidential.” However, that commentators saw this speech as stable and on-topic does not reflect a shift in Trump’s approach to leadership, but rather the extent to which the bar for acting “presidential” has been lowered. In […]

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Confirmed: Trump living in shadow of Index Fund in which his father should have invested

Saying that “he really needed this,” political analysts confirmed Tuesday that Trump’s election victory helped the 70-year-old man escape from the shadow of the Index Fund in which his dad should have invested. The President received $40-$200 million of assets from his father, which financial analysts agree would have been better invested in the Schwab, USAA, or Vanguard S&P 500 […]

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Changes made to the Goldfarb center leadership

In a school wide communication on Feb. 15, Provost and Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer announced that Professor of Government Dan Shea has decided to step down from his directorship of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civil Engagement to return to full time research, writing, and work with students. Shea, a prolific author on the American political process, […]

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The electoral college: The cause of a tragedy

Donald Trump’s election is, as The New Yorker put it, a national tragedy. What was the cause of this tragedy? Political commentators have said that the liberal democratic establishment—pollsters, the media, the DNC—underestimated America’s population of resentful, non-college educated individuals, as well as the turnout Trump could entice from this group. Further, pollsters may have underestimated the amount of middle […]

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Merrill Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Portland, Main (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Election 2016: Where candidates stand in Maine

The Colby Echo previously reported on disgruntled Todd Michaud’s stolen Trump campaign signs. However, this energetic Trump support is likely not evidence of changing political allegiances in Waterville. President Obama carried 80% of Waterville voters in 2008, and FiveThirtyEight shows that Clinton will likely take the city. But the story is not the same in all of Maine, and a […]

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40th Annual Common Ground fair delights visitors

The weekend of September 23 through the 25 marked the 40th annual Common Ground fair, held in Unity, Maine by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). The fair celebrates the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine with outdoor activities, lectures, and discussions that support healthful and sustainable food production as a means to achieve thriving communities. This year, […]

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