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President Donald Trump held a rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg Monday, slamming his opponent Joe Biden and promising a booming economy and a COVID-19 vaccine.


“A vote for Biden is a vote to off-shore your jobs, ban fracking and deliver economic ruin to Pennsylvania and to your families,” Trump said. “In 2016, Pennsylvania voted to fire this corrupt far-left political establishment and you elected an outsider as president who is finally putting America first.”

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C.
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President Donald Trump will hold a "Make America Great Again" rally in Martinsburg on Monday as a part of his reelection campaign.

According to Trump's campaign website, the event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. 

Donald Trump Jr. speaks at the "Make America Great Again!" event in State College.
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Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for his father's re-election on Tuesday at a “Make America Great Again!” event at Fullington Trailways in State College. At the event, Trump Jr. criticized the Democratic party and its nominee, Joe Biden.

Freshman Sharif Fouda at the American School of Doha in Doha, Qatar.
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Many Penn State students tuned in to Tuesday night's presidential debate between President Donald Trump and the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. 


Freshman Sharif Fouda didn’t watch the whole debate, but said the parts he did watch were enough to sway his vote. 

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Catherine Wanner is a professor of history, anthropology and religious studies at Penn State. She is currently in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar, completing a book on the politics of religion in Russia and Ukraine. The book, "From Smoke Comes Fire:  Religion, Faith and Belonging in Ukraine," will come out next year. Wanner spoke with WPSU’s Anne Danahy about President Trump’s phone call with the new president of Ukraine and Ukraine's ongoing conflict with Russia.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at JLS Automation in York, Thursday, June 6, 2019. After touring the robotics manufacturer, Pence spoke at a Pa. GOP fundraiser in Camp Hill.
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(Camp Hill) -- With the 2020 presidential campaign already underway in Pennsylvania, Vice President Mike Pence made his case to the midstate to re-elect President Donald Trump.

The vice president spoke at a Republican Party fundraiser Thursday night at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, Cumberland County.

The 'Campus Clash' stopped at Penn State on April 23, 2019. Host Charlie Kirk was joined by Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
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Penn State students and others filled a lecture hall at University Park Tuesday night to hear Donald Trump Jr. praise his father’s work as president and tell them the 2020 election is crucial.

“2020 should be a no-brainer. 2020 should be the easiest reelection in the history of the world. But, on paper that’s accurate, but it won’t be, because we’re not even close to a level playing field,” Trump said to applause and cheers.

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NPR Political Commentator E.J. Dionne is also a Washington Post Columnist, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  He is an author of 7 books, and most recently co-author of “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.”  Dionne says President Trump has flouted the norms of democracy and the presidency.  And he offers ideas about renewing civic engagement, and how the U.S. can move forward after the Trump era.

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President Trump is delivering a State of the Union address after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address, which the White House says will outline a "policy agenda both parties can rally behind." Yet the speech follows the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and the deadline to avoid another one is in less than two weeks. NPR reporters covering the White House, Congress, immigration, national security and more are annotating his remarks live, adding context and analysis.

Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor of Georgia in 2018, will give the response to the State of the Union address for Democrats.
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Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race in November, is delivering the Democrats' response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Reporters across the NPR newsroom are annotating her remarks, adding context and analysis.


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President Trump is addressing the nation about border security tonight. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer will give a joint response immediately following. The government is partially shut down, with Trump in a stalemate with Democrats over funding for a wall along the southern border. Watch the remarks live.  

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President Donald Trump stunned many people this week on the question of Russian meddling in U.S. elections. While he later clarified his remark, the conflicting statements are continuing to stir controversy. WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke with Penn State professor Catherine Wanner, a professor of history, anthropology and religious studies at Penn State and an expert on Russian and Ukranian politics.

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At least two Centre County municipalities are speaking against the Trump administration’s policy that separates families who enter the U.S. illegally. Leaders in State College and Ferguson Township voted to contact U.S. Congressmen urging them to take action.

Evan Myers, president of State College council, said the borough wants to be a welcoming community, one that believes diversity and inclusion make it stronger.

Myers said the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy separating children from parents who try to enter the country goes against that.

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Art Halvorson is one of eight Republicans running for U.S. House in the 13th Congressional district primary.

He said President Trump’s move to impose tariffs on some Chinese goods is “overdue.”

He said Trump is sending a signal to China — making it clear the United States is going to defend itself.

“We’ve been feckless and we’ve been weak," Halvorson said. "And when you send a signal that you’re weak, you create war and instability, international disruption. America has to be strong for the rest of the world to be strong.”

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President Trump is speaking for the first time about the shooting at a high school in South Florida that left at least 17 people dead.


President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.
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President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. Live Stream Will Begin at 9pm ET.


BookMark: "Fire And Fury" By Michael Wolff

Jan 25, 2018

Since the week before it was published, Michael Wolff's “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has been, by far, the most-talked about book in the country. The furor, prompted by an angry denunciation-by-tweet from the President, a cease and desist letter from his lawyers and salacious details from the book making their way into the press, immediately catapulted it to bestseller status. Being a political junkie, of course I couldn't resist giving it a read. I rushed through it in just a few days.

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Hundreds of people turned out for the Central Pennsylvania Women’s March in State College Saturday. The event was one of many held across the country.  

Among those rallying was Libby Gage, there with her 16-year-old daughter.

Gage's message: “That we’ve had enough, and that we really really need a big wave in 2018.”

Protestors waved signs, chanted and cheered. They made their way from the gates of Penn State to the State College borough building. There, speakers advocated for women’s rights, racial equality, believing victims of abuse and protecting children. 

Women In Central PA Reflect On A Year Of Trump

Jan 5, 2018
Penn State professor Jonathan Brockopp and Webster's Bookstore Cafe owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus hold up signs by the Allen Street Gates.
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It's been about a year since Donald Trump took office. For some women in Central Pennsylvania it's been a very difficult year. Cindy Simmons caught up with a few of them for WPSU.

Refugee Ahmad Issa plays with his children.
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The Centre County Refugee Welcome Committee is stuck in a holding pattern.

The committee, which includes eleven religious groups, had hoped to be helping a refugee family settle in Centre County this year, according to member Penny Eifrig.

Penn State professor Jonathan Brockopp and Webster's Bookstore Cafe owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus hold up signs by the Allen Street Gates.
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State College locals protested Wednesday against the GOP’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Around 15 people held up signs outside the Allen Street Gates.

Webster’s Bookstore Café owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus held a sign shaped like a tombstone. She said she’s seeing a lot of misinformation on the Affordable Care Act.

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Rural areas in Pennsylvania helped secure the state for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

However, a good deal of opposition to the healthcare bill Republican Senators are now struggling to push through can be found in the conservative areas surrounding State College. 

In the fall of 2016, Centre Hall’s Pennsylvania Avenue was lined with signs in support of Donald Trump.

82-year-old David Corl lives just off that main street. He was a lifetime Republican, but recently changed parties.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas. The latest order also specifically states that it does not apply to legal permanent U.S. residents or current visa holders.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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President Trump held a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday.

In an event arranged the same morning, he first announced his new pick for Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta, a law school dean and former US Attorney. He made an extended opening statement in defense of his administration, trumpeting accomplishments and blasting his critics and the news media. He then opened the floor for questions, which lasted more than an hour.

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In a sense, Inauguration Day resembles the New Year: making resolutions and welcoming a new era with a concert and fireworks. Among State College residents, asked about the new administration, there’s hope, concern and everything in between.

Sam Richards teaches race and ethnic relations in the sociology department at Penn State.

“I think we are in for a very interesting four years," he said. "And I suspect that there’s never going to be a dull moment.”

Christy Carfagno is a senior also from the sociology department.

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Keystone Crossroads will be checking in with Trump voters from around the state throughout his presidency. This is the first installment in an occasional series called "I Voted Trump," telling the story of the next four years through the eyes of the new president's supporters.

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Members of the Penn State community gathered on Old Main lawn Tuesday to show opposition to president-elect Donald Trump. Many of the protestors said they were concerned by increasing divisiveness in the United States. 

A group of students started marching from the HUB Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus on Tuesday. They circled around central campus for about ten minutes, holding signs and doing chants such as “Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay” and “say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here.”

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Linda Straub never thought she'd be so invested in a presidential election that she would attend a watch party on election night. But there she was, at Zach's Sports Bar in Altoona with the Blair County Republicans, cheering Donald Trump as he took Iowa.

"This is the first time ... I'm 54 years old and this is the first time that I feel that I'm actually electing my president," said Straub, from her spot on the bar's covered patio. "He is my president."