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on April 28, 2015 at 3:31 PM / in Georgia, National

How A Blunt Becomes A Law

By Eli Watkins It appears the winds are shifting, and those winds just might be filled with smoke. The majority of the U.S. public is in favor of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana for recreational use, and more states have moved to make marijuana accessible for medical and recreational purposes. Incidentally, one of the latest states to ease restrictions […]

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on April 23, 2015 at 9:22 AM / in National

Man on A Wire: The Challenging Campaign Facing Candidate Rand Paul

By Austin McCandlish In late February 2015, the Conservative Political Action Conference held its annual straw poll, asking members of the conference to pick whom they would like to see as the next President of the United States. For the third year in a row, the members of CPAC- impassioned and bright minded activists- chose Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. […]

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on April 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM / in National

Humane Executions: The Paradox of American Capital Punishment

By Bailey Palmer To the unsavory (and, perhaps, unlucky) few who land on death row, the last years of life are unpleasant at best. Beyond the agony of a ticking countdown to execution, inmates face a rollercoaster of appeals processes and live in an environment far more isolated than that of the run-of-the-mill inmate. The average time spent on death […]

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on April 20, 2015 at 9:58 AM / in National

Why Your Children Won’t Know How to Drive a Stick – Or an Automatic, Either

By Connor Quirk Innovations in technology have fundamentally shaped society today. The rate of advancement has been exponential: it began with the floppy disk in 1971, moved to the cell phone in 1981, the Macintosh computer in 1984, the webpage in 1991, and the iPhone in 2007. Given how quickly we have progressed, it is tempting to believe adoption of […]

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on April 17, 2015 at 2:50 PM / in National

The Truth About Modern Day Slavery

By Jacquelyn Harms Slavery is thought of as a relic of the past, existing only among the yellowing pages of history books. This atrocity has been long over in the United States. Many assume that slavery just doesn’t happen anymore; that that part of human history is over. However, the difficult truth is that modern day slavery exists, and that […]

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on April 15, 2015 at 2:44 PM / in National, World

Maximum Humanity: Comparing The American Prison System With Norway’s Convict Haven

By Dillon Thompson “Solitary confinement literally drives men mad.” These simple and memorable words could be heard by anyone listening in on a recent hearing held by the House Financial Services and Federal Government Subcommittee. House committees are not easily moved by comments like this though, as they hear shock-inducing and overly dramatic claims like these practically every week, typically […]

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on April 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM / in National

A Broken System

By Garrett Masters  The War on Drugs is failing, and the United States’ criminal justice system is suffering as a consequence. Laws are in place to deter criminals, but our criminal justice system has seen too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long. Many of these prison sentences are for non-violent drug crimes, which are a […]

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on April 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM / in National

White Chocolate Mocha or White Savior? Starbucks and #racetogether

By Bailey Palmer Coffee shops have always been a place of political discussions, intellectual debates, and social inquiry. The pensive act of sipping coffee surrounded by comfy seating and individuals deep in thought or conversation make the coffee shop the perfect institution for sparking social change. The Arab Spring took off in Egypt and Tunisia partly thanks to Internet cafes, […]

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on March 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM / in National

You’ve Heard it Before: The Voter’s Dilemma

By Jack Keller “Go Vote,” is the imperative your U.S. Government teacher would reiterate to your class constantly. Unfortunately, eligible citizens are turning out to vote at staggering low rates. According to a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, only 57.5 percent of the eligible citizens voted in the 2012 presidential election, which is a five percent drop from 2008 […]

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on March 24, 2015 at 10:56 PM / in National

American Marriage Equality: An Inevitable Outcome

By Anthony Farajallah The question is no longer whether the Supreme Court will rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality, but where each individual justice will fall. The US public is quickly evolving on the issue, and checkered equality among states continues to push for a more conclusive nationwide ruling. Much like the battle over interracial marriage, this fight is […]

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