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The man behind Donald Trump

Steve Bannon

March 30, 2017

Donald Trump may not be the person with the most control in the United States. Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist and former Trump campaign executive, has an unprecedented sway over the president and a dangerous worldview that could threaten America as we know it. Bannon has been a lot of...

Letter to Donald Trump

Letter to Donald Trump

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2017

Dear President Trump, I could drown you in statistics and facts in an attempt to explain to you why many of your policies are unethical, impractical and abusive, because, honestly, those figures are everywhere. Out of the seven countries whose citizens you had banned, not even one person had c...

Standardized testing leads to student stress

Standardized testing leads to student stress

Holland Forsythe

February 23, 2017

The stakes are high at the school when it comes to standardized testing. According to the 2016 rankings by U.S. News, Washington-Lee is ranked 17th in the state and was awarded the gold medal for being one of the best high schools in the country. Teachers and administrators have high expectations for their ...

The danger schools face

The danger schools face

Sam Bender-Prouty, Staff writer

February 9, 2017

On February 7, Betsy DeVos was confirmed for the position of Secretary of Education by one vote. This could have negative effects for students everywhere. DeVos is an advocate for school vouchers, which are state-sponsored scholarships that allow students to attend private school instead of public school....

What could ‘alternative facts’ mean for Kellyanne Conway?

What could 'alternative facts' mean for Kellyanne Conway?

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

February 7, 2017

Donald Trump truly has had an eventful first few weeks in office with the Women’s March on Washington on January 21 as well as some widely debunked remarks about the crowd size of the inauguration from Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary. However, after her defense of Spicer, someone who is sudde...

Journalism in the time of Trump

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Abigail Presson, Staff Writer

February 7, 2017

Relations between the White House and news media have never been fantastic.  Journalists have, much to the dismay of the government, endeavored to share news with the public as soon as possible, while politicians may prefer to keep such events or ideas private for longer.  However, there has always bee...

Should public servants use social media?

Should public servants use social media?

Anika Bahl, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2017

Modern technology has become a growing platform for figures of authority for a long time, but especially after an election season so involved with social media, politicians are getting more and more aware that using social media can be a viable way to reach out to the common people. Most promine...

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

Sam Bender-Prouty, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2017

The Donald Trump administration has an unusually close relationship with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, one that might threaten years of U.S. policy. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, is well known for his ties to Russia. Over his 10 years in control of the...

Why the December break should be called winter break

Why the December break should be called winter break

December 23, 2016

With the holidays quickly approaching, more and more students are feeling excited for the holiday season. The break means time off from school, spending time with family, and many times, it means good food. However, along with the positivity of the holiday season comes a little bit of controversy: Sh...

The case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be a key part of Obama's trade legacy.

Sam Bender-Prouty, Staff Writer

December 19, 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific nations that, if ratified, would promote economic growth, support the creation of jobs, raise living standards and lower poverty. Both major-party candidates, including President-elect Donald Trump, railed against it in the...

Letter from APS School Board

Letter from APS School Board

Nancy Van Doren, School Board Chair

December 16, 2016

Dear Crossed Sabres Editors,   I am writing on behalf of the Arlington School Board in response to Matthew Herrity’s Opinion piece in the December 7, 2016 edition of Crossed Sabres.   Mr. Herrity’s piece is well-written and passionate and we thank him for his letter.  We welcome and encourage all stud...

Open Letter to the School Board

Open Letter to the School Board

Matthew Herrity, Online Editor

December 7, 2016

Dear Arlington County School Board, Hung on the walls of your building are your Core Values: “Excellence, Integrity, Diversity, Collaboration, Accountability and Sustainability.” Last Thursday, you voted, in a unanimous 5-0 decision, to abandon all of these values with your passage of High School Bo...

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