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The Case against the Electoral College

By Evan Katz With the 2016 presidential race in full swing, the perpetual debate over America’s unique electoral system has resurfaced. Opponents lambast the Electoral College as undemocratic because the indirect nature of elections renders the popular vote irrelevant, while its supporters laud the fact that the system forces political parties to have broad national…

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The Fight for Fair Food

By Jennifer Watkins When shopping at our local grocery store or eating at our favorite fast food establishment, we usually don’t think about the worker who picked the fruit we are buying. If we do, we may assume that the farm workers picking our produce receive decently fair treatment. Many think that the fight for…

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What the Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Means for the U.S.

By Jeptha McNair We’ve heard a lot of angry rhetoric centered around trade recently from our presidential candidates. Donald Trump’s central argument for his movement is that “We don’t win anymore. We use political hacks [for trade deals]. All of the people give the worst deals.” Bernie Sanders, whose supporters say never to compare with…

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The Inseparability of Politics and American Sports

By Alex Soderstrom It’s happening again.   Sports and politics are mixing in the United States, coalescing to form a dangerous concoction that undermines the role of the private citizen.   On March 14th, the federal government, which has consistently found ways to become involved in the realm of sports since Teddy Roosevelt instituted rules…

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SeaWorld, Orcas, and Consumer Sovereignty

By Prabhjot Minhas Animal rights activists are celebrating a great victory over SeaWorld’s newest announcement. On March 17, 2016, SeaWorld declared that it would immediately end orca breeding programs and begin phasing out theatrical orca shows over the next three years. The historic announcement is a huge change for a company that has heavily branded…

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Incarcerated America: Examining the Totality of the Prison State

By Chart Riggall Bipartisan consensus has become something of a rarity in contemporary American politics, but it has begun to emerge around the issue of mass incarceration. The United States’ prison problem, exemplified in the egregious five-fold increase in inmate populations since 1980, now lies within the sights of politicians, pundits, activists of all stripes….

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The Rise of the Religious “Nones”

By Jennifer Watkins A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center found that Millennials are less religious than their parents, with 34 percent of older Millennials and 36 percent of younger Millennials not identifying with any religion at all. These so-called “religious nones” have been on the rise since the start of the twenty-first…

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