A Controversial Presidency,
One Year Later
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Jan. 26, 2018 — Given the U.S. economy is roaring, Donald Trump’s popularity should be through the roof. Still, a year after being sworn into office, the president’s ratings remain in the mid to high 30s.
Robert Mueller continues to investigate both him and his administration for possible collusion with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Combine that with the recent revelation that Trump’s campaign paid off an adult film star who says she slept with Trump — along with Trump’s endless tweeting and generally embarrassing behavior — and you have a man who most Americans don’t support or trust.
But still he remains in office, protected by a GOP Congress that mainly responds to a motivated base of primary voters, including many evangelicals who strongly support Trump despite his record of bad personal behavior.
Two former White House officials will discuss Trump’s impact on the nation with Religion & Politics, an Era Of Trump: Views from the White House, starting at 4:35 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29 at Marston Exploration Theater, 781 S. Terrace Road, Tempe. Melissa Rogers, who served in President Barack Obama’s administration, and Peter Wehner, who worked for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, will explore how past administrations have understood the role religion plays in American society and how government officials have interpreted and facilitated that role in the executive branch.
On the Trump first anniversary of the Trump presidency, Rogers and Weher will also discuss recent religious dynamics in the nation’s political life and consider what constructive role religion might yet play to bridge the deep divisions within the nation. To learn more about the free event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/religion-and-politics-in-the-era-of-trump-two-views-from-the-white-house-tickets-41324725366?aff=efbeventtix
Friday, Jan. 26
The People’s State of the Union is a cross-cultural and political exchange that will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Empty Space, 970 E. University Drive, Tempe. Participants are encouraged to share a story about something that gave them hope in the past year or insights into the nation. Admission is free; to register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-state-of-the-union-tickets-41792140417?aff=efbneb
A symposium on sexual violence in higher education will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arizona State University Memorial Union, 301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe. Students, faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the state in a learning experience designed to strengthen sexual violence prevention efforts on campus. For more information, email email@example.com. To register or for ticket info, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/947217225427219/
It’s fair to say that when it comes to politics and policy, Harvard professor Cornel West and Princeton professor Robert P. George — both highly respected academics on a national scale — are on opposite sides of the spectrum. They will participate in seminar Truth Seeking and Freedom of Expression: A Dialogue starting at 5 p.m. at the ASU Student Pavilion, 400 E. Orange St., Tempe. To learn more about the event or ticket info, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truth-seeking-and-freedom-of-expression-a-dialogue-with-robby-p-george-and-cornel-west-tickets-38878905854
Saturday, Jan. 27
The Rio Salado Park Clean Up will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the park, located on West Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Tasks include removing plants and picking up trash. People should be sure to dress properly and wear sunscreen; water will be provided. Arizona Sustainability Alliance is sponsoring this event. For more information, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/229388930936875/
A Regional Unity Walk will be held at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Families, schools, community groups, Scout troops and church groups are encouraged to participate and bring signs that celebrate diversity in Arizona. This free event includes T-shirts, refreshments and entertainment. For more details, visit http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/strategic-management-and-diversity/programs-and-events/regional-unity-walk
The Chavez Youth and Community Foundation is sponsoring “The Fight Continues” event at 5 p.m. at The Chavez Boxing Gym, 2309 N. 24th St., Phoenix. The foundation was established to help young children find alternatives to destructive behavior through prevention and intervention programs. There will be music and food for purchase. To learn more, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chavez-youth-and-community-foundation-the-fight-continues-tickets-41904640909?aff=efbneb
Monday, Jan. 29
A public hearing on proposed amendments to the Arizona Air Quality Rule is set for 1 p.m. at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix. To learn more about the proposed changes, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (602) 771-6723 or check out http://www.azdeq.gov/node/4216.
With the midterm elections some 10 months away, politics are front and center this year. Our Revolution Tempe will hold a meeting featuring David Garcia, a Democrat who is running for the Arizona governorship, and Deedra Abboud, a Democrat who seeking Jeff Flake’s seat in the U.S. Senate. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Boulders on Broadway, 530 W. Broadway Road, Tempe. To RSVP for this event, go to https://go.ourrevolution.com/page/event/detail/volunteeractivityormeeting/4jrhc
Tuesday, Jan. 30
An African American Community Forum on Voting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p .m. at Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center, 510 S. Third Ave., Phoenix. A panel will feature Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fonte; Quiana Dickenson, of the Arizona African American Caucus; and Michael Ingram, of the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals. Along with a community feedback, the free event will feature dinner and a Tabulation Center tour. For more details, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/african-american-community-forum-on-voting-tickets-42295706597?aff=efbeventtix
Wednesday, Jan. 31
There are concerns that Donald Trump, nervous over the Russia Gate investigation, may fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Should that come to pass, a local protest is planned for 5 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol mall, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. To learn more about the “Nobody Is Above The Law” rally, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/317003558783505/
Tempe City Council candidates will participate in a forum, sponsored by Arizona Sustainability Alliance, starting at 6 p.m. at the Tempe City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St. Topics will include urban forestry, renewable energy by the city, alternative modes of transportation and mixed-use development. Admission to the forum is free; learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tempe-candidate-forum-tickets-42174034673?aff=efbeventtix
Thursday, Feb. 1
The documentary Fire & Water - Restoring Arizona’s Forests will be screened at the Western Spirit museum, 3820 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. A panel will discuss the film. To learn more or to RSVP, check out http://scottsdalemuseumwest.org/event/fire-water-restoring-arizonas-forests-documentary-film/?event_date=2018-02-01
Friday, Feb. 2
The libertarian-based Arizona Freedom Summit will be held today and Feb. 3 at the Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Noted Austrian economist Jeffrey Tucker will be the keynote speaker. Others speaking include Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick, activist Maj Toure, surgeon Jeff Singer and author Charles Goyette. The $125 admission fee includes entrance to all speaking events, beverages, meals and snacks. For a full list of participants or to purchase tickets, visit https://freedomsummit.info/
Saturday, Feb. 3
A Worldwide Rally Against Trophy Hunting will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. Compassion Works International is sponsoring the rally. To learn more, visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/136876863769517/
Tuesday, Feb. 6
The AZ Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence will host a presentation starting at 7 p.m. at Primera Iglesia United Methodist Church, 701 S. 1st St., Phoenix. To learn more, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/201671043723176/
Wednesday, Feb. 7
The League of Women Voters Metropolitan Phoenix is sponsoring a Legislative Day starting at 9:30 a.m. at its office, 1155 S. Power Road, Mesa. Members may meet with one or more of the legislators from their district, and inform them on important issues. Lunch will be provided. To learn more, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/947759618711491/
The community forum Dispelling the Myths: Religious Doctrines and Religious Dogma will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at the ASU Tempe campus, 1000 Cady Mall. People from Sikh, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon and secular identities will dispel common myths about their world religions and worldviews. Admission is free; to learn more, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dispelling-the-myths-religious-doctrines-and-religious-dogma-tickets-41882652140?aff=efbeventtix
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