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  • Outside group to run Prince George’s Head Start programOutside group to run Prince George’s Head Start program

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  • Clinton could face mounting problem with health overhaulClinton could face mounting problem with health overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama’s health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether “Obamacare” will go down as a failed experiment. If Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House, expect her to mount a rescue effort. But how much Clinton could do depends on finding willing partners in Congress and among Republican governors, a real political challenge. “There are turbulent waters,” said Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s first secretary of Health and Human Services. “But do I see this as a death knell? No.” Next year’s health insurance sign-up season starts a week before the Nov. 8 election, and the previews have been brutal. Premiums are expected to go up sharply in many insurance marketplaces, which offer subsidized private coverage to people lacking access to job-based plans. At the same time, retrenchment by insurers that have lost hundreds of millions of dollars means that more areas will become one-insurer markets, losing the benefits of competition. The consulting firm Avalere Health projects that seven states will have only a single insurer in each of their marketplace regions next year. Administration officials say insurers set prices too low in a bid to gain market share, and the correction is leading to sticker shock. Insurers blame the problems on sicker-than-expected customers, disappointing enrollment and a premium stabilization system that failed to work as advertised. They also say some people are gaming the system, taking advantage of guaranteed coverage to get medical care only when they are sick. Not all state markets are in trouble. What is more important, most of the 11 million people covered through HealthCare.gov and its state-run counterparts will be cushioned from premium increases by government subsidies that rise with the cost. But many customers may have to switch to less comprehensive plans to keep their monthly premiums down. And millions of people who buy individual policies outside the government marketplaces get no financial help. They will have to pay the full increases or go without coverage and risk fines. (People with employer coverage and Medicare are largely unaffected.) Tennessee’s insurance commissioner said recently that the individual health insurance market in her state is “very near collapse.” Premiums for the biggest insurer are expected to increase by an average of 62 percent. Two competitors will post average increases of 46 percent and 44 percent. But because the spigot of federal subsidies remains wide open, an implosion of health insurance markets around the country seems unlikely. More than 8 out of 10 HealthCare.gov customers get subsidies covering about 70 percent of their total premiums. Instead, the damage is likely to be gradual. Rising premiums deter healthy people from signing up, leaving an insurance pool that’s more expensive to cover each succeeding year. “My real concern is 2018,” said Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president with Avalere. “If there is no improvement in enrollment, we could see big sections of the country without any plans participating.” If Republican Donald Trump wins the White House, he’d start dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But Clinton would come with a long list of proposed fixes, from rearranging benefits to introducing a government-sponsored “public option” as an alternative to private insurers. Not all her ideas would require congressional action. “She is going to find it important to continue to expand health care,” said Joel Ario, a former Obama administration official who’s now with the consulting firm Mannatt Health. People in the Clinton camp say she recognizes that as president she’d have to get Obama’s law working better, and is taking nothing off the table. A look at some major ideas and their prospects: PUBLIC OPTION Clinton’s primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, advocated “Medicare for all” and that pushed Clinton to a fuller embrace of government-run insurance. But Democrats could not get a public option through Congress even when they had undisputed control. Whichever party wins the Senate in November, the balance is expected to be close and Republicans are favored to retain control of the House. While a new national insurance program seems a long shot, Obama’s law allows states to experiment. “I think the public option is more likely to be tested at a state level,” Sebelius said. ___ SWEETENING SUBSIDIES Clinton has proposed more generous subsidies and tax credits for health care, which might also entice more people to sign up. But she’d have a tough time selling Republicans. It may be doable in the bargaining around budget and tax bills, but Democrats would be pressed to give up some of the health law’s requirements, including a premiums formula that tends to favor older people over young adults. ___ INCREMENTAL CHANGES Whether it’s fixing a “family glitch” that can prevent dependents from getting subsidized coverage, requiring insurers to cover more routine services outside the annual deductible, or reworking the premium stabilization program for insurers, incremental changes seem to offer a president Clinton her easiest path. ___ MEDICAID EXPANSION Expect a Clinton White House to tirelessly court the 19 states that have yet to expand Medicaid for low-income people. She’d ask Congress to provide the same three full years of federal financing that early-adopting states got under the health law. GOP governors would demand more flexibility with program rules. “I’m just hoping that reality begins to sink in when she is inaugurated,” Sebelius said. “If the law is not going to go away, then let’s make it work.” ___ Online: Health law: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/about-the-law/read-the-law/ The post Clinton could face mounting problem with health overhaul appeared first on WTOP.

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    WASHINGTON — If you think the 2016 presidential race has gone to the dogs, you’re correct — at least according to Monti. That’s why the resident beagle of The Jefferson is throwing his hat — err, leash — into the race. Confused? Don’t be. Phillip Wood, managing director of the D.C. hotel, says it’s all for fun and charity. “Every time you talk about politics this year, everyone is disgruntled with all of the politicians,” Wood said. The Jefferson decided to introduce a candidate well-liked by everyone, and at the same time, raise money for several charitable organizations.   “What better spokesperson than a potential presidential candidate [to do that]?” Wood said. Monti — short for Lord Monticello — has lived at the upscale hotel, just blocks from the White House, since 2014 when he was adopted by The Jefferson. Wood said the beagle needed medical attention from the start, but quickly healed and adjusted to his new life of luxury. During the week, Monti spends his days greeting hotel guests; on the weekends, he goes home with one of the staff members. But these days, he’s busy planning a political future. His 2016 platform, dubbed “A Sniff in the Right Direction,” includes promises such as free bacon for all, the elimination of squirrels, continuing care for all senior dogs and the dog’s right to choose to live with a cat. “Finally, he feels very strongly that we want to fight climate change, so that no dog will ever have to wear a raincoat again,” Wood said. With the Republican National Convention over in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention long-passed in Philadelphia, Monti is throwing his own convention for The Leash Party on Monday, Aug. 29 at The Jefferson from 4:30 to 7 p.m. There, he’ll introduce his running mate, a dog named Buster from Hotel Nikko San Francisco, and a few other members of his canine cabinet. T-shirts, calendars and dog biscuits will be on sale to raise money for Dog Tag Bakery and Warrior Canine Connection. Cocktails and light fare will be available for humans. If you can’t make it to the convention, you can follow Monti’s campaign on Instagram @LordMonti, or by using #Monti4Prez. For every new follower Monti receives now through Sept. 5, The Jefferson will donate $1 to the two charities. Wood says you can always stop by the hotel and show your support for the pup, too. “You’ll be glad to know that all this fame has not gone to his head. He’s still motivated by nice walks, a good supper and a good breakfast,” he said. The Jefferson plans to use the momentum around Monti’s campaign to raise funds for charity throughout the election season. Wood added, “On the off-chance that he does actually get into the White House, we’ll have to rethink that idea.” The post ‘Monti for prez': Four-legged third-party candidate enters presidential race appeared first on WTOP.

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    WASHINGTON — Two poorly placed fastballs created plenty of problems for Lucas Giolito and the Washington Nationals on Sunday. The rookie right-hander gave up consecutive home runs in the third inning to Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and David Dahl on fastballs as the Rockies earned a series victory with a 5-3 triumph. Giolito (0-1), one of baseball’s top prospects, gave up four runs in five innings after his recall from Triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day. It was his fourth start of the season for Washington, and first since July 24. “He was getting it over better today than he had in the past,” said manager Dusty Baker, whose team has dropped six of eight. “They didn’t miss his fastball. That was the key. The two home runs were fastballs.” Trea Turner, Wilson Ramos and Bryce Harper each hit solo home runs for the Nationals. But they could muster little else against Colorado starter Chad Bettis (11-7), who allowed two runs and five hits and struck out six over seven innings in his longest start since April 10. Adam Ottavino earned his second save. Both teams scored a run in the first inning, and the Rockies took the lead for good in the third when Arenado lined an 0-2 pitch to left for a two-run homer. Arenado, who went 4 for 4, has 35 home runs this season. “I missed the spot pretty bad with the fastball,” Giolito said. “It’s supposed to go up and in and I missed right over the plate. That happens with these hitters. I just have to be better about getting ahead of guys and finishing guys off with the pitch I want to throw and make sure I hit my spots.” Dahl sent Giolito’s next pitch into the stands in left-center to make it 4-1. Giolito said he was pitching better at Syracuse over the last month, but struggled with his command against Colorado. He departed after throwing 100 pitches. “I was putting guys away a lot more efficiently than I did today,” Giolito said. “A lot of 0-2, 1-2 counts turned into 3-2, 2-2. I kind of let some at-bats get away from me when I was in the driver’s seat and I could have made something happen. When I’m 100 pitches-ish through five innings, then I’m not pitching the way I should be pitching.” Colorado added a run in the eighth inning when Washington reliever Koda Glover’s wild pitch landed flush on the left shoulder of home plate umpire Mike Muchlinksi. As Nationals catcher Ramos checked on the crumpled umpire and searched for the ball, Daniel Descalso scored from second base for a 5-2 lead. “I heard the impact and it was very hard and loud, so my initial reaction was to turn around and catch the umpire and see if he was all right,” Ramos said. “When I picked up my eyesight to look for the ball, I looked in the wrong direction and could not find it.” Muchlinksi remained in the game. Harper homered off Colorado reliever Boone Logan to lead off the ninth, but Ottavino retired all three hitters he faced to end the Nationals’ rally. DIFO OPTIONED To make room for Giolito, the Nationals optioned INF Wilmer Difo to Double-A Harrisburg. Difo was hitting .257 with no homers and five RBI in 18 games with Washington. TRAINER’S ROOM Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (10-8, 3.75), on the disabled list with a mid-back strain since Aug. 16, will have a rehab start Monday for Double-A Hartford at Richmond. Chatwood is expected to go five innings or about 75 pitches. Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation) allowed one run on three hits in one inning Sunday in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Syracuse. UP NEXT Rockies: Colorado returns home to begin a three-game series against the Dodgers. RHP Jon Gray (8-6, 4.61) gets the nod for the Rockies. Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (13-7, 2.99 ERA) faces Phillies rookie Jake Thompson (1-3, 9.78) in the first of 22 straight games for Washington against NL East opponents.   Follow 106.7 The Fan on Twitter (© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nolan Arenado went 4 for 4, including his 35th home run and a triple, and drove in three runs as the Colorado Rockies beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Sunday. Arenado and David Dahl hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning off Nationals rookie Lucas Giolito. Chad Bettis (11-7) allowed two runs, both on solo homers, and five hits with six strikeouts over seven innings in his longest start since April 10. Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Wilson Ramos went deep for Washington. Giolito (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings for the NL East leaders. Washington has dropped six of eight. Adam Ottavino recorded the final three outs for his second save after Harper homered off Boone Logan leading off the ninth. Colorado took two of three from Washington. Arenado now has 32 RBIs in August. The Nationals officially recalled Giolito from Triple-A Syracuse before the start of Sunday’s game and sent infielder Wilmer Difo to Double-A Harrisburg. Washington’s top prospect allowed three of the first four batters to reach as Arenado’s RBI single put Colorado up 1-0. Turner immediately tied it in the bottom of the first with a leadoff homer. In third, Arenado’s liner cleared the fence in left for a two-run blast and Dahl followed with a drive for a 4-1 lead. All three runs in the third came with two outs. Arenado’s fifth-inning triple was initially scored a three-base error on Harper misjudged a fly ball hit to sunny right field. Harper went 1 foir 4 a day after he was ejected in the 10th inning of Washington’s 9-4 loss for arguing a called third strike. Washington reliever Koda Glover’s wild pitch landed flush on the left shoulder of home plate umpire Mike Muchlinksi in the eighth. As Nationals catcher Ramos simultaneously searched for the ball and checked on the crumpled umpire, Daniel Descalso scored from second base for a 5-2 lead. Muchlinksi remained in the game. Colorado won the season series 4-2. TRAINER’S ROOM Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (10-8, 3.75), on the disabled list with a mid-back strain since Aug. 16, will have a rehab start Monday for Double-A Hartford at Richmond. Chatwood is expected to go five innings or about 75 pitches. Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (right shoulder inflammation) allowed one run on three hits in one inning Sunday in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Syracuse. UP NEXT Rockies: Colorado returns home to begin a three-game series against the Dodgers. RHP Jon Gray (8-6, 4.61 gets the nod for the Rockies. Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (13-7, 2.99 ERA) faces Phillies rookie Jake Thompson (1-3, 9.78) in the first of 22 straight games for Washington against NL East opponents. The post Arenado homers among 4 hits to power Rockies past Nats, 5-3 appeared first on WTOP.

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    Junior midfielder Rachel Corboz led the Georgetown women’s soccer team (1-0-0) to its first victory of the season, a 6-0 romp over the Towson Tigers (0-1-0), thanks largely to a twenty-nine minute first half hat trick. An eighth minute Towson red card and subsequent converted Corboz penalty set the tone for the lopsided affair, as the Hoyas outshot the Tigers 28-2 and earned 20 corners to Towson’s one. Corboz looked dangerous throughout, hitting the woodwork twice in addition to her three goals and visionary assist for senior forward Grace Damaska, and showing clearly why she was named Big East Preseason Offensive Player of the Year as well as one of 36 players nationwide on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, awarded each year to the country’s best college player. Head Coach Dave Nolan, overseeing a tenth straight win in season openers, bemoaned the red card which changed the complexion of the game. “It was a strange kind of game. The sending off so early, it just affects your mentality,” Nolan said. “In some ways, it ruined the game. It made it more comfortable for us from a victory point of view… We were moving the ball pretty well in the first half, and 4-0 at halftime was probably a fair result with the circumstances.” Nolan exuded disappointment with the second half effort, believing the team could have tacked on an additional pair of goals, but the team can take away several reasons for optimism. Several newcomers impressed, including freshman midfielder/defenseman Sarah Trissel stepping in alongside junior Liz Wenger to form a solid center back pairing which dealt well with the few half-chances Towson created. Freshman forward Casey Richards looked confident on the ball and earned her first Hoya goal off a drop by the Towson keeper. And freshman midfielders Paula Germino-Watnick and Carson Nizialek impressed as well, with Nizialek finishing strongly in the eighty-sixth minute to cap the Hoyas’ scoring. Georgetown also returns several of last season’s key cogs: graduate student Crystal Thomas registered five shots, and the central defensive duo of juniors Taylor Pak and Chloe Knott snuffed out most Towson attacks before they could really develop. The games come quickly for the Hoyas now, with three more home games before classes start for students on August 30, and matches against four of the nation’s top ten teams even before Big East play begins on September 25. Corboz seemed pleased with the result, but acknowledged cleaner passes and touches would be necessary against future opponents to realize the team’s goals for the season. “We want to do the best we can in these out-of-conference games, and we have a really tough schedule,” Corboz said. “But we just do the best we can to take it one game at a time… Obviously we want to win [the Big East], and then make it as far as we can in the NCAAs.” Overall, after a difficult and disappointing end to last season on penalties, the Hoyas hope this opening result is a sign of things to come on the Hilltop. “We have a lot to prove this season,” Corboz said. “And we’re excited to do so.” Georgetown next takes on No. 4 Stanford (ranked No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer) at 12 p.m. on Shaw Field on Sunday.The post Women’s Soccer | Hoyas Dominate in Season Opener appeared first on .

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    With such an eventful second (and final) week of Olympic action, where does one even begin? I suppose a nice place to start would be noting what appears to be a very secure first-place lead on the part of the United States as far as medals are concerned — with 100 medals overall (and counting), Team USA has a hopefully comfortable margin over second-place China. Michael Phelps concluded his Olympic career with 23 gold medals under his belt; Simone Biles became the first woman to win four golds in gymnastics in one year; several sports saw their first medal finish in years (or ever), if not at least their best finish in years. American Abbey D’Agostino helped a fellow track athlete finish the race after the latter tripped over her and sent them tumbling to the ground while their chances of a medal literally ran away from them. The American suffered a torn ACL in the fall, though, and will not be competing in the 5000m final. Simone Biles got to meet her ultimate celeb crush, Zac Efron. Allyson Felix and the rest of her 4x100m relay team got a second chance at the finals after dropping the baton in the qualifier race. North Korea and South Korea demonstrated the uniting power of sports as two gymnasts took a selfie together. The Olympic Games are not at all about the money — indeed, the IOC does not pay athletes to participate — but the top athletes are paid pretty well. Unfortunately, Team USA will see their winnings heavily taxed. This probably explains why Michael Phelps will enjoy a comfortable retirement; after all, he is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history and,  not coincidentally, has a net worth of about $55 million. Alas, into each life some rain must fall. Three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and her new partner, April Ross, were upset by Brazilians Ágatha Bednarczuk and Bárbara Seixas in the semifinal round of women’s beach volleyball — Walsh-Jennings’ first loss on the Olympic court in 27 games. Fortunately, they still managed to take home the bronze medal after coming back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Brazil’s Larissa França and Talita Antunes in 3 sets. Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst swept Bednarczuk and Seixas to take home the gold, while the Brazilian legends claimed the silver. Now that swimming is over for this Olympiad, one can follow several things: Diving. Two American divers have advanced to the women’s semifinal for the 10m diving event; also, the men’s synchronized 10m divers aim to please and I promise you they will. Sam Dorman scored the highest-ever 3m dive in the semifinal round of the diving trials for this year’s Olympics. The Men’s 10m platform semifinal and final events will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20. Water Polo. Team USA will compete against Italy for the Gold on Friday, Aug. 19 at 2:30pm. Soccer. On Friday the women’s gold- and bronze-medal matches will take place between Germany & Sweden and Brazil & Canada, respectively. Synchronized swimming. Trust me when I say it’s much more athletic than it sounds; Friday is the final event for this sport as the women’s free routine finals see Russia defend their five-time gold-medal domination. Ryan Lochte. Although I have not taken a physics course since 9th grade, I am fairly certain that water refraction only concerns the distortion of objects’ appearances when immersed — not the distortion of chronological events. That would be alcohol’s job. Four of Team USA’s greatest swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, can attest to this by experience after some post-swimming fun got them into trouble with the law. You’ll find that it is quite the saga. Sunday. The men’s marathon will race in the final on Sunday morning; if you don’t have 2+ hours to commit, you can watch the rhythmic gymnastics finals at 10am, or see the gold-medal match in men’s volleyball at 12:15pm. Kevin Durant. The men’s basketball final is on Sunday at 2:45 p.m. Closing Ceremony. Apparently Kygo is going to perform, so tune in at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday to watch the formal conclusion of the XXXI Olympiad. (P.S. Back in April, Team USA revealed what Ralph Lauren has designed for them.) The post SCATTERGOOD: Week 2 Recap of The Olympics and Closing Preview appeared first on .

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  • AUERBACH: PEDs Distort NFL Players’ Role Model StatusAUERBACH: PEDs Distort NFL Players’ Role Model Status

    The NFL offseason has seen a repeated uptick in the number of drug-related suspensions and investigations, ranging from Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s appeal to his four-game suspension to Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus’ failure to show up for his drug tests. Unsurprisingly, another chapter is being added to the saga in the wake of Al Jazeera’s December 2015 documentary alleging that several NFL players were involved with performance-enhancing drugs. An undercover journalist created the controversial documentary after interviewing a pharmacist from Texas named Charlie Sly who stated he had been providing performance-enhancing drugs to NFL players. Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers all were mentioned by Sly in the documentary. Former Packers linebacker Mike Neal, who is now a free agent, was also included in the film. Since December, Sly has taken back everything he said in the documentary. This has slightly eased the strain on the four players, especially Manning, who recently retired and fully cooperated with the investigation. However, the NFL is taking the allegations seriously and has proceeded to investigate the report in full. In doing so, the league has approached the aforementioned players for interviews questioning them about their alleged usage of performance-enhancing drugs. As of this past Monday, none of the four players had met with the NFL, partially due to the fact that the NFL Players’ Association maintains the players do not have to meet with the league because Sly took back his claims. Nonetheless, this past Monday, the NFL’s senior vice president for labor policy, Adolpho Birch III, sent a letter to the NFLPA stating that if Matthews, Peppers, Harrison and Neal did not cooperate with the league’s investigation by Aug. 25 then they would be indefinitely suspended beginning Aug. 26. This investigation is merely the latest addition to the ongoing narrative pairing professional athletes and drugs, not to mention the NFL’s firm enforcement of its drug and conduct policies. This phenomenon has clearly had significant ramifications for these players’ careers, but what is not discussed enough is how this reflects on these athletes in the public eye. A Gallup article published in 2015 indicated that since 2000, an average of 60 percent of Americans identify as sports fans. Sixty-two percent of sports fans have children under the age of 18 in their households. A study conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that famous athletes are tied for second as the people children admire most, only second to parents at 92 percent and tied with teachers at 72 percent. The study also wrote that 52 percent of those athletes have used or been involved with performance-enhancing drugs in some capacity. Since the beginning of a child’s education, cheating is repeatedly condemned by parents, teachers and school administrators alike. When 72 percent of children see famous athletes as the second most important influence in their lives, what does the state of the NFL show them about how to conduct oneself with integrity and honesty? Does it teach them to abide by rules or cut corners? More importantly, do kids still look up to athletes who are letting down the league, their teammates and their fan base? Commercials for NFL Play 60, a campaign encouraging children to be active for 60 minutes per day, juxtaposed with the ongoing issue of performance-enhancing drugs perfectly emulates the problems plaguing the NFL. The league is projecting an image of support, inspiration and encouragement for children from a variety of backgrounds. Meanwhile, some of those same athletes are using drugs as a form of recreation or to enhance their physical abilities when in the public eye more than ever before. Social media, players’ appearing in television shows and movies and athletes’ romantic involvement with other celebrities has cast a light on them that some have never experienced before. Think Nick Young and Iggy Azalea; Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian; Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo. The list does go on and on. To be clear, I am not arguing that all athletes are conducting themselves poorly, dating celebrities and hurting their personal lives and careers or even that the aforementioned four athletes have in fact been using performance-enhancing drugs. It would be inaccurate and unfair to state such things. But it is undeniable that this has become a huge issue, and it needs to be recognized as such not only by the league, but by the parents whose children believe that these athletes are some of the people they admire most in their lives. Madeline Auerbach is a senior in the College. This is the final installment of Any Given Friday. The post AUERBACH: PEDs Distort NFL Players’ Role Model Status appeared first on .

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  • GU Politics Brings Students to National Political ConventionsGU Politics Brings Students to National Political Conventions

    During two dramatic weeks rocked by political feuds, an email-hacking scandal and two competing visions of the future of America, Georgetown students were invited to witness the action of the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions through Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service’s Convention Ambassadors program. The 10 students who attended the RNC in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 18 to July 21, and another 10 who attended the DNC in Philadelphia, Penn., the following week, witnessed candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton officially secure the nominations from the Republican Party and Democratic Party, respectively, for president of the United States. Selected in May, the convention ambassadors chronicled their experiences interning for Politico, the RNC and the DNC through GU Politics’ Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter accounts. Their duties included scheduling different interviews, providing directions to attendees, distributing transcripts of speeches and registering attendees. Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Mo Elleithee (SFS ’94), who previously served as the DNC’s communications director, said the Convention Ambassadors program was created in order to give students an experience they had never had before. “GU Politics is all about providing access,” Elleithee wrote in an email to The Hoya. “So we wanted to offer Georgetown students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to the 2016 Democratic and Republican conventions for a behind-the-scenes look at the party nomination process.” An Unconventional Approach Richie Mullaney (COL ’18) is no stranger to the RNC – he attended the Republican presidential nominating convention in 2008 as a spectator and again in 2012 as part former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney’s campaign for the presidency. But he said something about the 2016 RNC in Cleveland was different. “This is my third convention and I would say it was the most interesting,” Mullaney said. “Very historic, no doubt about it, and pretty chaotic. I would say the best word to describe the convention was unconventional.” From the onset the GOP convention, which featured nights themed around variations of Trump’s familiar “Make America Great Again” slogan, was fraught with controversy. On the first night, Trump’s wife Melania delivered a speech criticized for closely resembling first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC address. Later, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stopped short of endorsing Trump during his presentation, urging the audience to “vote their conscience.” All throughout the convention, cries of “lock her up” – referring to lingering doubts about the legality of Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state – emanated from the arena. For self-identified Democrat Gabriella Barrera (SFS ’19), attending the RNC was jarring. “The experience was amazing, and I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Barrera said. “But, as a Democrat at the Republican National Convention, I was pretty shocked at a lot of what I saw.” The DNC was not without its share of contention either. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was ousted as DNC chairwoman a day before the convention after anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks released a trove of emails allegedly demonstrating partiality toward the Clinton campaign during the primary season. Later in the week, Khizr Kahn, a father of a deceased Muslim soldier, slammed Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the United States, culminating in a searing public feud with the GOP nominee. The convention also featured protests from disgruntled Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) supporters, who heckled Clinton’s acceptance speech. Convention Ambassador Santana Jackson (COL ’17) recalls Michelle Obama’s address as her favorite moment for its unification of a fractured party amid the DNC drama. “It did a good job of uniting everyone,” Jackson said. “Because, that’s when the WikiLeaks [controversy] came out, and the Bernie supporters were protesting throughout that first day. But, after that first speech, the party rallied together.” Stand and Deliver Jackson appreciated the fact that the program allowed convention ambassadors to watch major speeches in person, which gave them a feel of the crowd’s energy. She also enjoyed meeting political figures, such as former Maryland Governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley and White House Communications Director Jen Psaki. “It was really awesome being there in person,” Jackson said. “All the speeches were great, but my favorite part was the energy in the arena from people that were attending.” The RNC also featured memorable presentations. Barrera cited former astronaut Eileen Collins’ speech extolling the importance of space exploration and NASA funding as her favorite. However, Mullaney most enjoyed the reactions to Cruz’s now-infamous speech defying Trump. “I think Ted Cruz’s speech really made everyone excited,” Mullaney said. “We were on our feet and the whole convention hall was erupting in cheers and boos. I think it was fascinating and a break from what we normally see in today’s era where you see really choreographed conventions.” The entire spectacle of the conventions was painstakingly documented by the team of convention ambassadors on assorted social media platforms. Don Soffer (COL ’18), who edited a recap video of the group’s experience at the DNC every night, noted that it was a fun but tiring exercise. “There was a really big social team on Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter documenting the whole thing. I think the [GU] Politics institute did a good job of documenting the whole trip,” Soffer said. “[But], the days started to blend together, because you’d be up at 6 a.m. after coming back from the arena at 1 a.m.” Elleithee noted that the hectic schedule of convention ambassadors was intentional; the trip was mostly meant as an educational experience for the ambassadors in order to give them a taste of what working in politics would be like. “We wanted to show them all kinds of things,” Elleithee wrote. “The stamina and speed it takes to work in politics, the energy and enthusiasm that delegates and convention goers have for their candidate and party, and most of all, the fact that at the end of the day, we’re all doing this for the same reason because we want to serve, and to make it better if we can.” Student ambassadors were selected in part based upon their political engagement and background. They were also expected to have familiarity and comfort using social media to document their experiences. They application opened May 8 and ambassadors were notified of their positions later that month. Elleithee was pleased with how the convention ambassadors performed in their roles. He noted that while he was disappointed that he could not have taken everyone who applied, the 20 students who attended represented Georgetown well. “We wanted to bring a smart, strong and diverse set of Hoyas to Cleveland and Philly and we definitely did,” Elleithee wrote. “They knocked it out of the park.”  The post GU Politics Brings Students to National Political Conventions appeared first on .

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    It was a difficult balancing this weekend between the Rio Olympics and the start of the Premier League, and not only from a personal standpoint. Thanks to its exclusive coverage of the Olympics, NBC Sports – the Premier League’s American broadcast partner – decided to bump all the soccer games to incredibly random channels. Fortunately, perseverance paid off and I was able to watch nearly all of the opening weekend games. All in all, it was a fantastic opening weekend that made skipping out on the early-morning Olympics well worthwhile. In perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend, defending champion Leicester City lost to the newly promoted Hull City. Leicester became the first reigning team to lose its opening day match in the 24 years of history of the newer Premier League. To make matters worse, Hull City is a team that does not have a manager — following the summer departure of Steve Bruce amid a feud with the team’s management — and the club was nearly sold during the summer. For Hull City, this win is the perfect start to the season—one that signals to the fans that the players are willing to soldier on despite the ongoing turmoil at the club. For Leicester, this is not quite a disaster, but it is an indication of how difficult it will be for the tiny team to repeat as champions. While Riyad Mahrez’s willingness to stay with the Foxes this season provides a welcome boost, prolific scorer Jamie Vardy will need to rediscover his winning ways, or else Leicester could be in trouble. The Jose Mourinho Era at Manchester United got off to a terrific start as the Red Devils beat Bournemouth 3-1. New signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his streak of scoring a goal in his debut match, but I thought that the much-maligned Juan Mata really stole the show. Ever since the announcement of Mourinho as manager, rumors have been swirling that Mata would soon be shown the door, given how quickly the Portuguese manager sent Mata packing back at Chelsea. Mata’s substitution as a substitute during the Community Shield game against Leicester only seemed to add fuel to the rumors. In an ironic twist, Mata started the first game of the season, and he actually scored Manchester United’s first goal, not to mention his first-ever goal under Mourinho. After the game, Mourinho was singing Mata’s praises and it seems as though the well-liked Spanish midfielder will be staying at United. With this great start to the season, it looks as though the timid ways of the last few seasons are finally over. Everton is another team that looks to be putting last year’s season behind it, as the Toffees drew 1-1 with the Tottenham Spurs. While new manager Ronald Koeman still has a lot of work to do, including deciding on whether or not to let striker Romelu Lukaku go, this is a much improved Everton side. Tottenham looked helpless for much of the first half, following Ross Barkley’s goal in the fifth minute of the game and the injury of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. With Harry Kane and Dele Alli virtual no-shows, it was up to Erik Lamela to save the day. Everton fans should be pleased with the result, but I would be a little concerned if I were a Tottenham fan. Granted, it is the very start of the season and Tottenham has a relatively easy schedule in the next month, but this is not that kind of start that Mauricio Pochettino was hoping for. Not to be biased, but the best game of the weekend by far was the matchup between Arsenal and Liverpool that ended in a 4-3 victory for my Reds. Any game between the so-called bigger teams is bound to be good, but this one really got the Premier League off to a good start. It was a tale of two halves for both teams, with Arsenal completely dominating the first half. Following a reckless challenge by Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno — who is somehow still starting games, even though he appears to have completely forgotten how to defend — Arsenal was granted a penalty that was somehow saved by Simon Mignolet, another much-derided Liverpool player. Not to be deterred, Arsenal quickly scored a goal a minute later and it looked as though this game would not be going Liverpool’s way. As he has done so many times, Philippe Coutinho led the charge, scoring a spectacular free-kick goal to provide a rallying point for the Reds. By the 63rd minute, Liverpool was up 4-1 in what should have been a done deal. Arsenal managed to keep trying and managed to get another two goals in, leaving Liverpool fans — and coach Jurgen Klopp — to wonder if the team could hold on. Fortunately, the team managed to hold on and Liverpool has the boost it needs to start the season off despite a difficult schedule. Both teams showed flashes of brilliance — Liverpool’s lightning-fast attacking and Arsenal’s ability to bounce back — but both teams still have kinks to work out. Liverpool’s priority is to get a left back who is actually capable of defending, while Arsenal’s is to figure out how to fill the leadership void left by frequent injuries. If this game made anything clear, it’s this: Liverpool looks capable of challenging for a top-four place, while Arsenal does not. It has been a long time coming, but the Premier League is finally back. With a new brand, some new rules and even Friday-night games, this looks to be a fantastic season. As this opening weekend has demonstrated, it might even be crazier than the last one. Vanessa Craige is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. The Beautiful Game is making its final appearance of the summer.The post CRAIGE: Premier League Opening Weekend Excites appeared first on .

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    Tim Tebow cannot get enough of the spotlight. After a standout football career at the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos drafted the quarterback in the first round. Buoyed by his unique style of play and personality, Tebow became one of the most popular players in the NFL. However, Tebow has become an enigma since Peyton Manning replaced him in Denver. He has bounced from the New York Jets to the New England Patriots to the Philadelphia Eagles to broadcast work for ESPN, and finally to hosting “Home Free,” a reality television program for FOX. Now, Tebow’s latest stunt is an attempt at a professional baseball career. He is planning to host an open showcase for major league teams, and hopes to join a rare club of athletes to play in both the NFL and MLB. Since 1970, only seven athletes — Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan, Drew Henson, D.J. Dozier, Chad Hutchinson and Matt Kinzer — have played in both leagues.  Henson, Dozier, Hutchinson and Kinzer each played fewer than 30 career games in MLB, meaning that only three players have had significant careers in both sports in the last three decades. Jackson, Sanders and Jordan were all uniquely talented athletes, and each started his professional football and baseball careers almost immediately after leaving college; their skills were relatively refined in both sports at the beginning of their careers. Tebow, by comparison, has not played baseball full-time since his junior year of high school in 2005. A better comparison for Tebow’s attempted baseball career is Michael Jordan’s short career in the Chicago White Sox minor league system — a perfect example of how difficult it is for an inexperienced and rusty baseball player to break into MLB. Michael Jordan, who is widely acknowledged to be the greatest basketball player of all time, was pathologically competitive and possessed a superhuman work ethic. He was also gifted with tremendous athletic ability and possessed great speed, coordination and precision. But when he tried baseball, he did not experience the same success. In his one season in Double-A minor league baseball, Michael Jordan had a batting average of just .202 with just three home runs and 114 strikeouts. But here’s the crazy part: In my opinion, Michael Jordan’s baseball performance was excellent, considering the circumstances. He had not played baseball in years and had dedicated his life to another sport, and yet he was able to compete at a relatively respectable level in minor league baseball. But despite Jordan’s incomparable talents, both athletic and intangible, he was nowhere close to breaking into MLB before he returned to basketball. Hitting a baseball is one of the most difficult feats in sports. In today’s MLB, many pitchers are throwing upward of 95 miles per hour and complementing the fastball with wicked breaking pitches. Hitting these pitches requires years of refinement and practice. Even the very best prospects, coming straight of college or high school baseball, need years of seasoning in the minor leagues in order to prepare themselves for the majors — and even these top prospects often fail to make it to MLB. Tebow is a good athlete, and he was an All-State baseball player in high school. But his high school days were more than a decade ago, and he has nowhere near the athleticism of Jordan, Sanders or Jackson, who are three of the greatest pure athletes in the history of American professional sports. Another factor that is working against Tebow is his age. He is 28 years old, which should still be in his athletic prime, despite the fact that he has not received significant NFL playing time since the 2011 season. Even the very best baseball prospects, coming straight out of high school, usually need at least four years of minor league play to prepare for MLB. Even if Tebow progresses quickly, he would be over 30 after a couple years of minor league play — and moving out of his prime. I believe that some team — whether it is an MLB minor league team or a team in an independent league — will give Tebow the opportunity to play professional baseball. However, the signing will be primarily motivated by his popularity and potential to draw fans to otherwise anonymous minor league games. To me, this feels like one last desperate grab for the spotlight for an athlete who failed to live up to the hype. Tebow is seeking an impossible dream. Tyler Park is a junior in the College. This is the final installment of The Batting Cage.The post PARK: Tebow Continually Makes Questionable Career Choices appeared first on .

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  • Metro reopens with limited service following Blizzard 2016Metro reopens with limited service following Blizzard 2016

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  • 'Star Wars' inspired snowball fight takes place in DC'Star Wars' inspired snowball fight takes place in DC

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  • Airports closed, Amtrak schedule modified through SundayAirports closed, Amtrak schedule modified through Sunday

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  • Where this blizzard ranks among the biggest in DC historyWhere this blizzard ranks among the biggest in DC history

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  • WATCH: time lapse video of #Blizzard2016 covering neighborhoodsWATCH: time lapse video of #Blizzard2016 covering neighborhoods

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  • Practice safety runs continue, but DC streetcars still on holdPractice safety runs continue, but DC streetcars still on hold

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  • Flowers and candles placed at Costa Brava restaurant for two missing Calvert County swimmersFlowers and candles placed at Costa Brava restaurant for two missing Calvert County swimmers

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  • Smithsonian increases goal for spacesuit crowdfunding effortSmithsonian increases goal for spacesuit crowdfunding effort

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  • Missing 71-year-old D.C. woman foundMissing 71-year-old D.C. woman found

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  • 1 dead, 1 injured in serious accident on SE-SW Freeway1 dead, 1 injured in serious accident on SE-SW Freeway

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  • With latest violence, D.C. homicide rate up nearly 20 percentWith latest violence, D.C. homicide rate up nearly 20 percent

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  • Ex-DC officer charged with taking gun into Library of CongressEx-DC officer charged with taking gun into Library of Congress

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  • Working Woman: First female president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates one yearWorking Woman: First female president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates one year

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  • Cardinal Baum, 3rd Archbishop of Washington, dies at 88Cardinal Baum, 3rd Archbishop of Washington, dies at 88

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  • Dan Snyder deemed most hated owner in NFL by Sports IllustratedDan Snyder deemed "most hated owner" in NFL by Sports Illustrated

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  • Express Best Of D.C. Life: Vote for your favorite parts of D.C.Express Best Of D.C. Life: Vote for your favorite parts of D.C.

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  • Express Best Of Style: Vote for your favorite shops in D.C.Express Best Of Style: Vote for your favorite shops in D.C.

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  • Express Best Of Arts: Vote for your favorite venues and more in D.C.Express Best Of Arts: Vote for your favorite venues and more in D.C.

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  • Express Best Of Fitness: Vote for your favorite gyms in D.C.Express Best Of Fitness: Vote for your favorite gyms in D.C.

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