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Headlines | Jul 11

Working for the Whip

I work for the third most powerful American politician in the United States House of Representatives. As a Congressional Intern for Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, I assist the Whip as he mobilizes the Democratic Party vote on important legislation, acts as a liaison between Members and the Democratic Leadership, and coordinates strategy with the Democratic Caucus. The tasks I have been given are quite daunting, but I do find satisfaction in knowing that my contributions to the office have a greater impact on the many Americans who need help. Examples of my tasks include answering phone calls, setting up the House Democratic Caucus breakfast, attending meetings, and writing memos.

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Headlines | Jul 11

Happy Birthday America! (and Stand Up and Fight Back!)

Washington, D.C., being our nation's capital and all, normally oozes patriotism. Everywhere we walk, the Stars and Stripes are waving in the wind; every time we meet a lawmaker or a federal official, we see their flag pins displayed prominently and are treated (as young interns) to speeches reminding us that we are the nation's future; even the ads in the newspapers, in the metro, on the sides of buses note that such and such company is providing for our armed services, that such and such industry feeds our country.

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Headlines | Jul 10

The View From the Senate

For the past three weeks I have been working as a Senate Doorkeeper for the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms. My job involves escorting visitors to the senate gallery and checking in their electronics and bags at the CVC. Additionally, I also have elevator duties on some weeks where I get to take the Senators (and some visiting House members) to different floors. While some of these tasks can be monotonous at times, getting a chance to interact with the Senators is definitely a mind opening experience. The experience has reshaped my opinion about many Senators whose politics I strongly disagree with but who were extremely polite and cordial with me in person. The media and partisan politics often seek to vilify the other side, but when you actually have a chance to chat with them, you realize that you have more similarities than differences.

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Headlines | Jul 10

The Role of the Peace Corps

We’re not in the Cold War anymore. We are twenty years past the Cold War and now live in a multi polar world where the United States is only a mere player on the world stage. The Peace Corps is not a propaganda tool of the United States and does not serve to ‘boast about how wonderful America is.’ The Peace Corps is also not a non-profit organization. Rather, it is an agency within the federal government of the United States, and thus, is placed on the same level of organization under the Executive Branch as the Department of State. Many are surprised to hear that the Peace Corps is still functioning and operating—but as our world has dramatically changed over the past twenty year, the Peace Corps has also taken on a startlingly immense transformation to address the important issues of development in our current situation in 2010.

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