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Skinny Budget: Trump’s Proposal Makes the World Sick Again

By Joshua Kalter The oft-repeated “America First” mantra has been a rallying point of the Trump administration, one that includes promises like bringing jobs back from overseas, rebuilding a crumbling infrastructure, and increasing military spending. As the mid-March budget proposal release signifies, a 28 percent slash in the budgets of both the U.S. Agency for…

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Roger Goodell and the Politicization of Sport

By Seamus Murrock “How has social media reacted since our relocation announcement?” asked the official Oakland Raiders Twitter account, just days after announcing the team would move to Las Vegas, linking the tweet to an article from their website. While many of the replies to the tweet are focused on vitriolic aphorisms concerning the N.F.L.’s…

Source: The Daily Signal
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The Debt Ceiling is Back

By Torus Lu In early March, Congress received a letter from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin regarding the debt ceiling.  Among the details included in the letter was the exact date on which the federal government would hit the debt ceiling – March 15. The debt ceiling is a statutory limit on the amount of debt…

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All Eyes on Georgia’s 6th

By Mae Eldahshoury After failing to repeal and replace the Democrats’ Affordable Care Act, what could be worse for former Rep. Tom Price than the possibility of being succeeded by one such Democrat? For almost 40 years, Republicans have cruised through elections in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, but after Price’s confirmation as Secretary of Health…

Source: Robert Neubecker / The New Yorker
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Why the Gender Wage Gap Persists

By Rachael Andrews Why does the gender wage gap persist despite numerous different pieces of legislation that sought to close it? The American Association for University Women recently released the Spring 2017 report on the gender pay gap in the United States, and the report doesn’t stop at the simple statistic that women make 80%…

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Toxic Election Season Permeates Annual TEDxUGA Showcase

Cover Photo Source: Pete Pryylski/The Red & Black By Seamus Murrock Accompanying TEDxUGA’s impressive shift from Tate Grand Hall in 2016 to the larger, more grandiose Classic Center Theatre this past Friday was a subtler shift in tone from years’ past. Following a 2016 election cycle that was described as one of the most divisive…

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Life After Park in South Korea

By Alex Boylston As 2016 was coming to a close, media outlets around the globe displayed images of hundreds of thousands of protestors converging on downtown Seoul, the capital of South Korea. They took to the streets in droves to demand that President Park Geun-Hye, who in 2012 became the country’s first female leader, step…

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What’s on the horizon for the hexagon?

By Sebastian Puerta While France has existed as the land separating channel and sea for millennia under various names: Gaul, Francia, France, and colloquially as “L’Hexagone” in reference to the country’s geographical shape, the French Fifth Republic itself is only 58 years old. The Fifth Republic was established in 1958 by French President Charles de Gaulle…

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Over the Hill: Congressional Democrats Face Age Problem

By Alex Soderstrom If the past three presidential elections have been any indication, the Democratic Party is the party of the young. Barack Obama buried his opponents in the competition for the under-30 vote in both 2008 and 2012, and Hillary Clinton captured the vote of 55 percent of that same demographic in 2016. According…

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