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November 20, 2017

New York

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The History of America: New York and Pennsylvania

A majority of English colonies, if you look past their misjudgment of the weather based on latitude, had excellent geographic locations in the minds of explorers. Perhaps the nonexistent Northwest Passage would be right around the next mountain range or Indian tribe! Well, as we know today, it wasn’t, and European explorers would continue to look haphazardly for this passage to the Pacific until the 1850s when a major British exploration led by John Franklin (1786 – 1847) vanished in the Arctic, never to be seen alive again.

Trump Willkie

Wendell Willkie & Donald Trump

For the first time in around seventy-five years, a businessman with no political experience worth a dime has become the nominee of a major political party within the United States of America. We’ve seen Donald Trump before in the sphere of national politics before in the form of Wendell Willkie, a layer and corporate executive who snagged the 1940 Republican nomination after six recounts. However, unlike Willkie, it seems as if Trump won’t have to sit through more that one, maybe two at the most, recounts at the upcoming Republican National Convention this summer.

John Kasich

Kasich is Out, Trump is The Nominee

Kasich was literally fourth place in a two person race in terms of delegates, only 17% of the way towards the nomination with more than 233% needed in order to surpass Trump — mathematically impossible. Kasich and Cruz’s pathetic alliance didn’t add up to anything, as expected. John Kasich didn’t do much in this campaign cycle. He made it to the very final two before dropping out, however; which is something when you realize the massive amount of people who failed before him.

The Political Fate of Bonwit Teller

In a time when New York was the home of sophistication — full of polished and refined storefronts and shops that dedicated themselves to a department era of consumerism — the Fifth Avenue Bonwit Teller (known as the Stewart & Company store on its completion in 1929) was the perfect representation of the time.

George Pataki Drops From GOP Race

George Pataki is a strange political case. A moderate conservative in an era of radical Republicans, George Pataki has gone almost unheard of throughout his entire campaign for presidency. In an election being dominated by an air-headed racist with a history with bankruptcy, a brain surgeon who doesn’t believe in evolution, and a female CEO (who was fired from the job) who hates women’s rights, someone like George Pataki doesn’t necessarily look like a bad choice, either.