Archive for Current Events

2019 9/11 Ceremonies Live

You can watch (or view later) the ceremonies from New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. Numerous resources concerning 9/11 can be found here – the September 11 Digital Archive. Where were you when the towers fell?


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Guide To Brexit Abbreviations and Phrases

What is a hard Brexit? The term “alternative agreement”means what? What is “Article 50 TEU”? These and other terms are explained (along with embedded links where necessary) in this Brexit Glossary recently published by the UK Parliament Library.

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Renovation Plans for the Port Authority Bus Terminal Revealed

This 181-page scoping document presents three alternative construction scenarios to replace the aging structure, considered the world’s busiest bus terminal. Options include  rebuilding it while still having buses use the terminal, converting the bottom level of the Javits Center into a bus terminal, or using the bottom level of the Javits Center to accommodate long-haul buses and leave the terminal to service commuters, primarily from New Jersey. This press release provides additional information.

Here is a brief official history of the bus terminal; here is an FAQ about the master plan.

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2019 NJCU Commencement Live!

Watch here it on NJCU’s YouTube channel; it starts at 9am.

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Who is Running for President in 2020?

As far as can be tabulated – everyone is. With Joe Biden stepping into the ring this morning, there are at least 22 confirmed candidates. This feature from The New York Times serves as a handy guide for this crowded field. For more information, please go to this Ballotpedia site to see the more than 600 individuals who have filed with the FEC to run for president; this page also offers up a host of salient reference points.

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Timeline for Hudson Yards

The most ambitious project in recent history for New York City has finally come to fruition – the official opening of the gigantic Hudson Yards project is just a couple of days away. Please look at this article (along with its links) to follow the years-long efforts (including an Olympic bid for NYC) to get this multi-billion site up and open.

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Can the President Build His Wall without Congressional Approval?

In these contentious times, the president has stated that he would declare a national emergency and re-allocate funds set aside for disaster rebuilding and utilize those monies to build the wall. These two CRS reports –  Can the Department of Defense Build the Border Wall? and  Military Construction Funding in the Event of a National Emergency – offer some guidance, though the outcome would probably have to be settled in court.

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