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Ashton Coolidge Elected President

President pledges to work with Japanese government.

 

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​Inauguration at the capital building.

 

Ashton Coolidge, former Governor of Maine, was sworn in as the first President of The United States of America following his election by the electoral college. The former Governor of Georgia, Mark Anderson, received the second highest number of votes in the electoral college and was subsequently elected Vice President. The two leaders were reported to have never met before but were "quickly made acquainted" according to a senior White House staffer. After being sworn in the President returned to the White House where his first official action was to pardon "all citizens, soldiers, and individuals who fought for the nation of Faraway against the American Commonwealth." The President also ordered Pentagon officials to declassify all information regarding the Laurentine War.

 

The President also pledged that the American government will continue to work with the Japanese government and military. With the United States being one of the two only sovereign nations in the Western Hemisphere, the President made reformation of the military a top priority. Army recruiters announced that they are optimistic that upwards to ten-thousand Americans are eager to volunteer to join the armed forces when registration opens on Monday, following the resignation of top military officials who worked for the American Commonwealth. Mister Coolidge has planned a trip to Tokyo where he will sit down with the Prime Minister of Japan and discuss what will become of the relationship between Japan and the United States.

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Congress Grants 500-Million Dollars to Higher Education 

The nation's top universities receive half a billion in grants to raise quality and accept more students.

 

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Having their child accepted to Harvard or Georgetown is the dream of millions of parents throughout the United States. Soon, thousands more a year will be able to make that dream a reality thanks to the Future of Education Act which President Coolidge signed this morning. The act hands over half a billion dollars (in total) to schools of higher education throughout the nation. Recipients include all eight Ivy League schools, Georgetown, the University of Georgia, and other State schools throughout the South. President Coolidge put worries to rest that the government was simply throwing money at higher education when he announced that "the Future of Education Act authorizes the executive branch to directly oversee the granting of funds to these universities and colleges. When the institutions receive their funds, they will have to directly report what the money will be going to." 

 

The President went on to say that building "million-dollar" school buildings or what he called "luxury" structures like student pools or gyms will not be allowed. The goal of the Act is to increase the quality of education at these institutions and increase the number of students that these universities can accommodate. Eleven senators, in a bi-partisan effort, failed to block the bill which they labeled as "wasteful, illogical," and "will not work." Further complaints were that bringing more students into these institutions will dilute the value of a bachelor's degree. The White House released a short statement that condemned such claims. 

 

"Saying that we should keep people uneducated so that the wealth of knowledge stays with only a select few is simply an evil statement," White House press secretary Stephen Holmes said. "With more education and knowledge in the public comes an increasingly larger middle class and a better functioning republic. You don't have to take my word for it, compare the United States in 1800 to today. You might notice that the standard of living is considerably higher." The President has increasingly felt push back from his own party for these large spending projects. Another multi-million dollar act for infrastructure is expected to be introduced to the House of Representatives within the week. So far, the White House has yet to confirm or deny that rumor.

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