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What Can ISIL Do for Free Speech?

By Rob Oldham Freedom of speech protects the marketplace of ideas, which is the notion that all speech potentially has value and that free people should decide what is acceptable and what is not. For the marketplace of ideas to thrive, the government should regulate as little speech as possible, a precaution against censuring ideas…


A (Republican) House Divided Cannot Stand

By Rob Oldham Who exactly is in charge of the Republican Party? Not John Boehner. The Speaker of the House announced his resignation after the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about 40 hardline conservatives, threatened to overthrow him for advancing a government funding bill that included Planned Parenthood. Despite his popularity within the caucus,…


A Southern Bel

By Rob Oldham “Johhnnn Belll Edwudds.” A name so sweet and southern that you’d have thought he was a Republican. John Bel Edwards, the newly-elected governor of Louisiana, is defying all expectations for Democratic politics below the Mason-Dixon. He is a white social conservative and the lone Democratic governor in the Deep South. In the 2015…

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The Fight against Police Brutality Nears Crossroads

By Grace Holland Last week, the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille sent shockwaves across the country. By the night of Thursday, July 7, people in the nation’s major cities were gathering to protest police brutality. “I think the word to describe it is grief. Loss, and everyone’s just reeling,” said Desiree Joy Frias,…

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The Orlando Tragedy and Anti-LGBT Culture

By Sam Cleare In the thick of LGBT Pride celebrations on Sunday, June 12th, a gunman opened fire at Pulse, an Orlando LGBT nightclub, murdering 49 and injuring over 50 more. This mass shooting, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, occurred during the club’s Latinx[1] Night, an event featuring transgender women of color and drawing…

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No Fly, No Buy Laws Are Likely Unconstitutional

By Rob Oldham We woke up to a nightmare Sunday morning as news broke that the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 and deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. 29-year old ISIL sympathizer Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded over 50 more with…


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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