With rioting in Ferguson, Mo., U.S. troops going to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State group and nuclear negotiations in Iran not going as well as he hoped for, how did the president justify taking time to “pardon” a turkey Wednesday?
With rioting in Ferguson, Mo., U.S. troops going to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State group and nuclear negotiations in Iran not going as well as he hoped for, how did the president justify taking time to “pardon” a turkey Wednesday?
Thousands of people joined a second night of protests Tuesday in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting death of Mike Brown.
Angry about the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, college students and activists stormed District streets and converged in front of the White House on Monday night to protest.
 
 
 

Emily Wilkins - Fall 2012

After three years working at The State News, Michigan State University’s award-winning student paper, Emily Wilkins has spent the past year interning with the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau and The Columbus Dispatch. She also has participated in USA Today Collegiate Correspondents, The New York Time Student Journalism Institute, interned at the Springs Gazette and covered in the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

A Metro Detroit native, Emily is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. She has won awards for journalism both the national and state level and awards for awkward dance moves at the local level. As a kid who could never fully remove the smudge of ink on the side of her left hand from constant scribbling, Emily was initially passionate about storytelling, which led her to print journalism when she realized the impact other reporters had on the world around them.

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States wanting high voter turnout: consider Election Day registration

When Mark Ritchie, Minnesota’s secretary of state, is asked why the Gopher state consistently has the highest voter turnout in the nation, he lists a number of things - active third-parties, 30,000

High-skilled immigrants wanted, but Congress can’t agree on rules

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: At a conference about highly skilled immigration, Susan Martin, of the Institute for Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, answers a question. Gary Freedman, of the University of Texas, center, and Giovanni Facchini, professor of economics at Erasmus University, also spoke about immigration policy. SHFWire photo by Emily WilkinsClick on photo to enlarge or download: At a conference about highly skilled immigration, Susan Martin, of the Institute for Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, answers a question. Gary Freedman, of the University of Texas, center, and Giovanni Facchini, professor of economics at Erasmus University, also spoke about immigration policy. SHFWire photo by Emily WilkinsWASHINGTON - Even when the immigration is legal, the parties still can’t agree on policy changes.

Rubio, Woodward talk 2016 run and fiscal cliff

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen talks to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Wednesday morning about his future in politics.Click on photo to enlarge or download: Politico chief political correspondent Mike Allen talks to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Wednesday morning about his future in politics.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio hasn’t committed to a 2016 presidential run, but the Florida Republican is keeping his options open.

Twenty years brings LGBT from fired to honored

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulates members of the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies on their 20th anniversary for all they have done. The event was held Wednesday in the Department of State. SHFWire photo credit Emily Wilkins.Click on photo to enlarge or download: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulates members of the Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies on their 20th anniversary for all they have done. The event was held Wednesday in the Department of State. SHFWire photo credit Emily Wilkins.

WASHINGTON — Ken Kero-Mentz remembers opening his desk four months after coming to his job in the U.S. Consulate in Brazil. There, scrawled on letters from his then-boyfriend, was the word “ faggot.” When he went to the consulate general he was told, “This was the foreign service Ken. What did you expect?”

States wanting high voter turnout: Consider Election Day registration

Click on image to enlarge or download: Data Source: Center for the Study of the American Electorate and Bipartisan Policy CenterClick on image to enlarge or download: Data Source: Center for the Study of the American Electorate and Bipartisan Policy CenterWhen Mark Ritchie, Minnesota’s secretary of state, is asked why the Gopher state consistently has the highest voter turnout in the nation, he lists a number of things - active third-parties, 30,000 volunteer election judges and training voters by having them use the state’s voting system  to  judge food competitions at the state fair.

Obama sends warning to Syria, encouragement to Russia

Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama praises the outcome of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction and warns Syrian president Bashar al-Assad that he "would be held accountable" if the regime uses chemical weapons on Syrians. SHFWire photo by Emily WilkinsClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama praises the outcome of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction and warns Syrian president Bashar al-Assad that he "would be held accountable" if the regime uses chemical weapons on Syrians. SHFWire photo by Emily Wilkins

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama praised a program that destroyed more than 7,600  warheads in the past 21 years but said there is more work to be done – both with Russia and the Middle East.

LaMalfa moonwalks his way to a spot on Capitol Hill

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rep.-elect Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., stands outside a fifth floor Cannon House Office building office – the floor where his new office is. SHFWire photo by Emily WilkinsClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rep.-elect Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., stands outside a fifth floor Cannon House Office building office – the floor where his new office is. SHFWire photo by Emily Wilkins

WASHINGTON - In front of a room full of fellow freshman members of the House, staffers and media, Rep.-elect Doug LaMalfa stood up, straightened his suit coat and proceeded to moonwalk across the room.

Republicans continue push for Senate select committee

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Republican senators John McCain of Arizona, center; Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, left, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina call for a Senate select committee to look into the deaths of Ambassador Chris Steven and three other Americans in the September attack in Benghazi, Libya. SHFWire photo by Emily WilkinsClick on photo to enlarge or download: Republican senators John McCain of Arizona, center; Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, left, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina call for a Senate select committee to look into the deaths of Ambassador Chris Steven and three other Americans in the September attack in Benghazi, Libya. SHFWire photo by Emily Wilkins

WASHINGTON – With the election behind them, Republicans are continuing to seek answers to  the Obama administration’s handling of the September attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya. 

Polls work, but the media doesn’t always interpret them well, pollsters say

Between up and down and October surprises, election polls kept the electorate guessing until election night. But those who conducted polls in 2012 said if one thing could be different, it would be the way polls were interpreted by the media and individuals.

In Senate, Va.’s Kaine says he will be be fiscally conservative, bipartisan

 
Click on photo to enlarge or download: Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, shown Tuesday night, told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that he plans to forge working alliances with other newly elected Republican senators. Kaine was elected to fill a vacant Senate seat. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanClick on photo to enlarge or download: Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, shown Tuesday night, told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that he plans to forge working alliances with other newly elected Republican senators. Kaine was elected to fill a vacant Senate seat. SHFWire photo by Jory HeckmanRICHMOND, Va. - With the burden of the election finally behind him, Senator-elect Tim Kaine sounded a bit Republican as he laid out his focus for the next six years.

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