on April 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM / in National

ERA: The 100 Year Battle

By: Hannah Turner  While speaking in Portland, Ore. earlier this month, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared her desire to add a constitutional amendment that guarantees equal rights for women. I disagree. Now, allow me to assuage your potential shock. I am a declared feminist in the sense that I believe in the deserved equality of men and women. […]

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on April 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM / in National

Citizens United 2.0

By: Patrick Wheat In another step toward the elimination of any sort of limits on financial contributions to political campaigns, the Supreme Court announced on Wednesday its decision in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) by ruling that a cap on personal financial contributions toward a political entity is a violation of First Amendment rights. What this […]

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on April 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM / in National

Rand’s Rise

By: Russell Dye In less than four years, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has paraded  himself forward onto the national stage of American politics. He has gone from being a  newly elected  senator from Kentucky to a 2016 U.S. presidential contender in less time than it takes to serve one full term as a U.S. senator. His rise has been quick, […]

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on March 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM / in National

How the Proposed Changes to Student Loans Could Affect Your Career

By: Jacqueline Van De Velde From childhood, students are told that the path to success relies upon their receipt of a college diploma. On April 24, 2012, in a speech at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, President Obama echoed these sentiments, saying: “higher education is the single most important investment you can make in your life,” and that […]

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on March 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM / in National

Spying on the Senate: A Feud Between Congress and the CIA

By: Andrew Peoples “I am not taking this lightly.” In a strongly worded speech on the Senate floor, Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) recently revealed evidence of a bitter and ongoing feud between Congress and the CIA over documents related to the Bush administration’s counterterrorism program. Feinstein accused the CIA of hacking Congressional investigators’ computers, stealing documents, and attempting […]

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on March 25, 2014 at 10:41 AM / in National

A Political Environment

By: Cait Felt Lately, the Obama administration has put a renewed focus on environmental policy, largely in conjunction with society’s desire to be more environmentally conscious. However, some environmentalists assert that the administration could do more, a position largely at odds with actions taken by past U.S. presidents. As climate change continues to be one of the most contentious issues […]

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on March 23, 2014 at 9:59 PM / in National

Are Special Elections Especially Important?

By: Jon Wilson If competitive special elections are accurate predictors of a party’s success in an upcoming midterm election cycle, Democrats should brace themselves for losses in November. On March 11, Republican David Jolly won the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District against Democrat Alex Sink following the death of long-time incumbent Bill Young. The election’s results mirrored the […]

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on March 21, 2014 at 8:52 PM / in National

OPINION: Confessions of an SAT Tutor

By: Alex Edquist  My name is Alex Edquist, and I’m part of the problem. I’m part of the legion of expensive SAT tutors widely blamed for the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students. I’m cited as one of the reasons the College Board is changing the SAT. According to my fellow staff writer Eli Scott in his article “High […]

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on March 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM / in National

Calorie Counting: Does it Work?

By: Kathleen Wilson According to Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, restaurants with 20 or more locations must provide on their menus the number of calories in each menu item. These regulatory measures largely affect regional and national fast food chains that have many different locations. Furthermore, the number of calories must also be listed for self-service foods such […]

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on March 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM / in National

A Brief (Constitutional) Argument for Marriage Equality

By: Andrew Roberts The United States is heading down the road to marriage equality. It’s a windy, long road, but one that is inevitable. The path to marriage equality was further paved this past month when a Texas federal district judge struck down a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The choice is clear: Either board the bandwagon heading down the […]

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