Jacqueline Derks
Jacqueline is a native Michigander and a New York City transplant. She attends New York University, majoring in Politics and Middle Eastern Studies.

The Iraq War Isn't What Dems Need To Talk About

During the second Democratic debate, the three candidates squared off on foreign policy. The problem? The candidates spent too much time retrospectively discussing the war in Iraq instead of focusing on ISIS. Nearly 12 years after the 2003 invasion…
By Jacqueline Derks

Sanders' Big Error During The Debate

During the second Democratic debate on Saturday evening, Bernie Sanders failed to adequately address security concerns posed by ISIS in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. The presidential candidate was unable to shift gears from domestic policy to…
By Jacqueline Derks

How Rand Paul Would Tackle ISIS

Now that Rand Paul has officially tipped his hat into the Republican race, he's laying out his policy positions to the American public. Paul's foreign and defense policy positions haven't always been clear — in fact, they've been downright confusing…
By Jacqueline Derks

Rand Paul's Running For President — In Jeans

When you picture a politician what do you see? Probably a suit and tie. But there's a man challenging this social norm in Washington: Rand Paul — and his jeans. Not only is he the most unconventional Republican, he may just be our first normcore…
By Jacqueline Derks

On Twitter, Rand Paul Is King

In 2012, presidential candidate Mitt Romney had a rough time adapting to social media — 22 people were required to approve tweets during his campaign, according to MSNBC. But now, we're seeing a newer breed of younger, fresher Republicans entering…
By Jacqueline Derks

What Rand Paul Says About Same-Sex Marriage

We finally know for sure that Rand Paul is running for president. Let's be honest, it isn't that surprising. He's the first Libertarian-leaning candidate who might stand a chance in the Republican race (sorry, Ron Paul). And he's bringing that…
By Jacqueline Derks

Let's Take A Look At Jeb Bush's Thoughts On Iran

Now that world powers have reached a preliminary framework for an Iran nuclear deal, U.S. presidential candidates are weighing in on U.S. foreign policy toward Iran. These are the folks who want to be president and would have a lot of clout over how…
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Rescued Sailor Lost At Sea Had Mad Survival Skills

On Thursday, after 66 days lost at sea, Louis Jordan was rescued by a German cargo ship. The 36-year-old man set sail from Bucksport Plantation Marina in Conway, South Carolina to do some fishing on his 1950s-era sailboat Angel, says NBC News, and…
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Iranians React To The Nuclear Deal On Social Media

The long and bitter relationship between the Iran and the U.S. is allegedly improving after a nuclear deal was reached with world powers on Thursday. A finalized deal will work to alleviate crippling economic sanctions in Iran and, hopefully ease…
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Germanwings Pilots Playing Comforter-In-Chief

In light of the tragedy, some of the airline's Germanwings p ilots are reassuring passengers aboard. Pilots are people, and that's one thing flight crews are trying to remind their customers in order to counter potential fears about safety. Hugh…
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Scott Walker Is In The Doghouse

Scott Walker has a personal problem, and one The New York Times suggests could turn into a political one — Walker is allergic to dogs. Why is this a problem? Well, 32 out of 44 presidents have owned a dog. A first pooch has been standard fare in the…
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An Evolving Feud Between Two Democratic Offices

Now that Harry Reid is retiring, we'll probably see Chuck Schumer become the new Democratic minority leader in the Senate — and meanwhile, Dick Durbin has announced his intention to become the Democratic minority whip. Luckily for Durbin, an…
By Jacqueline Derks

You Can See Super Typhoon Maysak From Space

Ever wonder what a super typhoon looks like from space? Now, thanks to a video captured by International Space Station, you can see the breathtaking imagery of a giant storm from Earth's orbit without actually having to board a space shuttle. This…
By Jacqueline Derks

Even Congress Has Fun On April Fools'

Be careful on April Fools', or any other day — you just never know what might be fake. Nobody is safe from pranks, not even politicians. Yeah, Washington might seem like a pretty serious place, but there's a history of political trickery among…
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Getting To Know Scott Kelly

Two astronauts. Two spots in space. One set of twins. This is what Marc and Scott Kelly can expect for the next year. Friday marks the start of a momentous event in the history of space exploration: NASA is sending Scott to the International Space…
By Jacqueline Derks

Scott Walker Flip-Flips On Immigration

To give amnesty, or not to give amnesty? That's the question for Scott Walker on immigration, and the answer could alter whether he'll get the Republican nomination for 2016. In early March, the Wisconsin governor attended a private dinner in New…
By Jacqueline Derks

Wait, Are The Obamas Moving To New York?

Get ready for this, New Yorkers. Really, sit down. After the Obama presidency ends in 2016, Barack Obama and family might be moving to New York City. Really, this could happen! BuzzFeed News reports that the first female is thinking about a move…
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Is Louie Gohmert Running For President?

Earlier in the year, Louie Gohmert wanted to be speaker of the House. It didn't work out. So now, Gohmert might want to be president. Maybe. Probably not, but maybe. We've already got a full house of Republicans in pursuit of the GOP nomination — is…
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Trump Is Back And Being A "Birther" Agan

Cast your mind back to the rather insane "birther" debacle that hit the 2008 election campaign, with Donald Trump leading the charge. Well, I hate to say it, but the Donald is back, and he might just be running for president. But this time we might…
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Here's What Ted Cruz Thinks About Vaccines

On a lot of issues, Ted Cruz believes it should be left to the states. Vaccinations have become a point of debate in the presidential primaries. And when it comes to vaccinations Ted Cruz wants them, but won't enforce them. The presidential…
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