By Stephen Sullivan
The 2010 Midterm Elections were one of the most talked about subjects of the year. Many pundits, papers, and citizens had opinions predicting which way the results would lead our country. It was widely expected that the Republican Party would take at least part of Congress, and that is just what happened. The Democrats retained control of the Senate but lost 6 seats. However, in the House of Representatives, the Democrats lost 60 seats and the majority. John Boehner of Ohio, the current Minority Leader, will take Nancy Pelosi’s place as the Speaker of the House after a unanimous vote by House Republicans. Nancy Pelosi will still lead the Democrats in the next Congress, as determined by a vote by House Democrats.
As for New York in particular, incumbents Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer retained their Senate seats. Andrew Cuomo defeated Carl Paladino to win the office of Governor of the state. The congressional race was retained by incumbent Steve Israel.
Recent polls have shown that young voter turnout fell 60% from the turnout of the 2008 election. This age group was greatly responsible for helping Barack Obama to defeat John McCain. However, this same group was less eager to participate in this year’s election (perhaps because this was not a presidential election). Some political analysts believe that had this age bracket voted with the same enthusiasm as they did in 2008, the Democrats might have retained control of Congress. Regardless, the significant drop in voter turnout is alarming, especially looking towards the 2012 election.
By Stephen Sullivan
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, a popular social-networking website, announced recently that the company will be launching an email service. This will allow users to register for a Facebook email account, and use it to also chat, text, and interact with other users in one package. Zuckerberg believes that this will sway users from Gmail, Google’s email service, and that Facebook mail is the way of the future. He explained that the average high school student finds email to be too formal. In the age of “tweets,” text messaging and quick-fire information, his theory is plausible.
Facebook has recently expanded their “like” functionality to various websites across the internet. Users logged in to their accounts can use this feature as a quick way to interact on Facebook without necessarily being on the main site. Facebook has over 500 million members and is the second most trafficked website on the internet, according to Alexa ratings. The website and its founder have recently been the subject of a film titled, The Social Network.