Grant Whittington

Grant Whittington is a rising junior journalism and government and politics double major at the University of Maryland: College Park. Living so close to the nation's capital, Whittington is an unfortunate D.C. sports fan who's passionate about politics and writing. He's worked for local county newspapers and has never seen Shawshank Redemption.

Ivanka Trump Dines With Chinese President Xi, Receives Chinese Trademarks

April 6 was quite the night for Ivanka Trump. Not only did she enjoy a wonderful dinner with Chinese President Xi Jingping featuring the scrumptious chocolate cake her father, President Donald Trump, couldn’t stop talking about, but she also acquired approval of three trademarks from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

ExxonMobil Seeks Waiver to Drill in Russian Waters

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s previous leadership role in ExxonMobil could raise a few red flags if the Trump administration decides to lift sanctions on drilling in the Black Sea. Tillerson, who served as ExxonMobil’s chief executive from 2006 to 2017, has strong business ties with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Big Pharma Pushes Back on Arkansas Executions

Big pharma companies let out a collective sigh of relief earlier this week when two federal judges blocked Arkansas from carrying out an unprecedented string of eight executions over an 11-day period. Executions are bad PR.

Kelley Blue Book Ranks Best Eco-Friendly Cars

While Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day top the list as the biggest holidays for spending, maybe Kelley Blue Book’s timely ranking of the most eco-friendly cars can persuade shoppers to open up their checkbooks right in time for Earth Day.

Starbucks Faces Boycotts After Pledging to Hire 10,000 Refugees

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz promised to hire 10,000 refugees over five years, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban.” Of course, it wasn’t long before the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks started trending on Twitter, but Schultz and his company are standing strong.

Does Elon Musk Have Trump’s Ear? And If So, Will It Matter?

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk accepted a position on the president’s manufacturing counsel, drawing headlines such as, “Opposites Attract? Why Musk and Trump Are Having a Bromance.” Could the budding friendship equate to more friendly environmental policy from the administration, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

Mastercard Winning WFP’s Hunger Hero Award? Priceless.

Mastercard helped the U.N. World Food Program to bring electronic payments to 2.2 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan — giving them the money they need to buy food and other necessities. The company’s humanitarian efforts are especially poignant as the Trump administration seeks to bar Syrian refugees from entering the U.S.

Voter ID Laws Loosen Up as Election Heatens

As the general election looms, who will be able to vote on Nov. 8 remains in question. Over a dozen states will impose voter ID laws for the first time in 2016, but pressure is building to loosen these restrictions.