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From ChatGPT to Stability’s Stable Diffusion model, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly pervasive in all aspects of human life. The technology has a myriad of uses spanning every relevant industry, including clinical modeling, facial recognition and market analysis.
Picture this: a middle-aged, conservative coal miner from central Kentucky. You would be right to predict with near certainty that he would vote reliably Republican. And yet, in the same state represented by such “popular” politicians as Mitch McConnell, the incumbent Democratic governor Andy Beshear was just reelected by a comfortable margin. He managed to do well across the state, including many rural counties that are usually ruby red. Mind you, this was the same state that voted for Donald Trump by an astounding 26% margin. So considering Beshear’s impressive victory, Democrats should be teed-up for a blue wave in 2024. Right?
In 2010, Jimmy McMillan founded the Rent Is Too Damn High Party and ran for governor of New York. The party’s platform was simple: a single-issue attack on rent prices in the bustling city. While the party (unfortunately) never achieved electoral success, its focus is still relevant to this day.
This November, we’re seeing more men around campus growing mustaches. While you might assume that the CVS Pharmacy on St. Paul Street has stopped stocking razors, it’s actually for Movember, an annual month-long push to raise awareness for men’s health issues — including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide — by sporting mustaches.
As we enter the last month of fall semester classes, students will inevitably hunker down in the library while they prepare for exams and frantically type out papers. Typically, The News-Letter reminds students to leave the library and enjoy the sunlight; we tell students to prioritize their mental health and take breaks from continuous studying. Although that still holds true, we would like to highlight the importance of the Milton S. Eisenhower (MSE) library to this campus and its students.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt once called the U.S. the “Arsenal of Democracy,” under the specter of World War II and the Great Depression. However, it is painfully clear that we are not living up to that lofty goal.
Since the ousting of former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Party nominated four different candidates to fill his seat, and all candidates until Mike Johnson, who was aided by his relatively obscure status, failed to secure enough votes. This is a Republican party in deep disarray, which cannot decide whether to rally behind Trump, the current GOP presidential primary frontrunner by a wide margin, or try to move on.
Like many other kids who grew up watching YouTube, I wanted to become a YouTuber as a child. I remember hanging out with my family or friends, thinking to myself how funny and entertaining we were — I was so sure that we could make anyone around us laugh. Obviously, I have never started a YouTube channel, made viral videos and became famous.
The News-Letter published an op-ed last week titled “The Israel-Hamas war is not too complicated for Hopkins students,” which took a pro-Israel stance on the conflict. Following its publication, The News-Letter and the article’s author received backlash for its lack of historical context on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In response to “The Israel-Hamas war is not too complicated for Hopkins students” published October 18, 2023:
As the world watches on and argues about who or what to condemn that led us to this reality where thousands have been killed in Gaza with no ceasefire in sight, we must ask ourselves what we would like to happen. Do we just want a world of retaliation and retribution, or do we desire a meaningful solution? As members of the Hopkins community, we need to ask ourselves: What should be the goal when addressing global conflicts? Is it retribution, or is it resolution? If a so-called "solution" results in more harm and destruction than the problem it intended to solve, is it still a solution, or has it become a part of the problem?
If you ask Hopkins students about what is going on between Israel and Hamas, a common answer you’ll receive is, “It’s complicated.” What’s weird is that this refrain is all that so many people have to say, and that doesn’t quite sit right with me.
When we mention to people back home that we go to Hopkins, many of us are asked if we want to be doctors. While it is true that pre-med culture is prominent on campus and Hopkins is renowned for its medical institution, the University is strengthening its reputation of academic excellence in the social sciences.
Hasan Minhaj’s popularity has largely stemmed from his ability to tell jarring truths about being Muslim-American in humorous tones. Heartbreaking realities are much more palatable, especially for non-brown audiences, when told flippantly. It has been well documented throughout history that comedy is a form of social commentary. However, it is clear that some of the Minhaj’s tales that spark chuckles are often only ostensibly true.
So what now? On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Kevin McCarthy was removed as Speaker of the House of Representatives in a 216-210 vote, with eight Republicans joining all Democrats in voting to vacate the office. He is the first Speaker to have been voted out of office during a legislative session. Now, the House must enter a new, likely protracted, voting process to determine who the replacement Speaker will be.
India-Canada tensions have crescendoed to a peak over the past few months, a trend initiated by the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, an Indian-born Canadian leader of the Sikh separatist movement. Canadian officials intercepted communications from Indian diplomats that seemed to confirm India’s involvement in the assassination. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought up the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Group of 20 Summit, and India retaliated aggressively against the accusations. Tensions continued to escalate as both countries expelled diplomats from the other.
If you’ve been following the news this week, you’ve likely seen Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s rumored relationship front and center. Following her appearance at his football game, fans have been analyzing short clips of the two interacting in an attempt to piece together the details of their relationship. Even senators are speculating on how well-matched the two are.
Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey was federally indicted in New York for taking thousands of dollars in bribes on Sept. 22. Menendez is accused of extortion, specifically of using his position on the powerful United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to obtain favors of value.
Don’t be surprised if you flip on C-SPAN and see Sen. Mitch McConnell wearing Levi’s and a T-shirt on the Senate floor.
It is no secret that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which was encouraged by former U.S. President Donald Trump, shook the world in 2021. I clearly remember where I was when the situation arose: taking a nap back in my hometown, Istanbul, around 8 p.m., waking up to countless email blasts from the New York Times marked “Breaking News” and trying to figure out what was going on through international resources.