on July 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM / in National

The Family Act: The Solution to the American Nightmare

By: Kathleen Wilson Fifty-nine percent of U.S. citizens believe the “American Dream” is unachievable. The American Dream, the “notion that the American social, economic, and political system makes success possible for everyone,” has transformed into the American Nightmare. More and more people are working low-wage jobs in a desperate effort to support their families and meet basic needs. Women are […]

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on June 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM / in Campaign '14, National

The Calvinist and the Vampire Writer: The Race to Replace Eric Cantor

By: Andrew Peoples After a shocking primary election outcome that rattled the national Republican establishment, Central Virginia’s 7th District is gearing up for an unusual election for the fallen U.S. House Majority Leader’s congressional seat. One candidate is an economics professor whose papers read like evangelical sermons, the other, a professor of sociology whose website declares proudly that his current […]

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on June 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM / in National

How Waffle House Explains the GOP

By: Chet Martin My favorite waitress is named Peaches. It’s hard not to adore anyone so kind and competent, and I’m fairly confident that liking someone named “Peaches” is a requirement buried somewhere in Georgia’s 89-page constitution. She works at the corner of Milledge and Lumpkin, an intersection of Greeks, firemen, coffee-shop hippies, and those that are finally 21. Her workplace […]

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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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