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Abortions, Guns and Intellectual Honesty

10/16/2017

In the wake of the October 1st mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival politicians, politicians, political activists, and our nation’s conscious, Jimmy Kimmel, had plenty to say about our nation’s plan regarding gun control.


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Time to Privatize the Dorms?

10/16/2017

Sky-high rent. Faulty amenities. Nonexistent cleanliness. These sound like nightmare scenarios for college living arrangements, probably because of predatory landlords and evil apartment companies.

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Body Cameras Essential in Rebuilding Trust

10/16/2017

After the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an Australian woman, by a Minneapolis police officer, acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo stated that all Minneapolis Officers would be required to have their body cameras turned on for all calls.

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Stop Ruining Everything with Politics

9/25/2017

The first thing about politics that everyone should know: Most people don’t care. It is physically impossible for people to care about the mayor’s race in Minneapolis: They probably could not tell you who Cam Gordon is if their lives depended on it.

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Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. At the rally, not only did Trump talk about economic and healthcare reforms, but as was also endorsed by former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

Trump Nickname Power Rankings

9/25/2017

While Donald Trump seemingly spends almost his entire adult life brandishing an ego bigger than his tower, he only recently began to perfect his trolling craft.

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A Moral Case for Free Speech

9/25/2017

Free speech is a hot-button topic in the political arena. Where there once existed a general consensus surrounding the First Amendment’s importance, there is now avigorous debate over which ideas deserve legal protection.

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NFL Protests Shine a Light on Hypocrisy and Free Speech

9/25/2017

When Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the National Anthem in 2016, people freaked out. I recall many people coming up to me in hysteria: Some felt enraged at the level of disrespect Kaepernick displayed; others could not find the words to express their happiness.

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20 Trillion Problems and Counting

9/25/2017

20 trillion dollars in debt and still no one seems to really care. Government spending is out of control and there is little reason to be optimistic about the situation improving anytime soon.

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The Rise of Political Polarization

9/18/2017

Since the beginning of the 2016 election season, the nation has been on a razor’s edge. The divide between the right and left appears to be growing wider every day, as recent news is riddled with skirmishes between Antifa, white nationalist groups, and police officers in cities across America.

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This Whole Confederate Thing

9/18/2017

In my glorious tradition of waiting for an issue to fade into relative obscurity before forming an opinion, I will now attempt to solve the Confederate kerfuffle. Confederate Kerfuffle, it must be noted, would be an excellent name for the band to play at the future Senator Kid Rock's swearing-in ceremony.

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The DACA Decision: Trump's Power Move to Get A Wall

9/18/2017

In his latest attempt at trapping Congress into giving him a big beautiful wall, President Trump turned his focus to the Dreamers of President Obama's famed executive action, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA’s main purpose is to allow individuals who entered the country as a minor to have a two-year delay to any deportation and access to work or student visas.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Shows Partisan Colors

9/18/2017

Friday, September 8, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Governor Dayton and his controversial line-item veto, which withheld funds from the Minnesota legislative branch earlier this year. The vetoed funding was part of a larger appropriations bill signed by the governor, funding the entire executive branch and public works programs but excluding the legislature.

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Identity Politics will Cause More Racism: A Response to Ben Mathis-Lilley

8/27/2017

I recently read an article by Ben Mathis-Lilley, published on the identity-politics-focused Slate.com. The article, A Reminder That White Supremacists, not Black People, Invented ‘Identity Politics,’ brought up many... points. The article begins with a list of several historical events surrounding the abhorrent enslavement and oppression of blacks in America through the 1960s.

Austin, Texas, USA - November 19, 2016: A group of 'White Lives Matter' demonstrators protest just south of the Capitol grounds. The 'White Lives Matter' demonstrators, numbering about 20 people at the most, came from Houston with the message that the hate crime law is unfair to white people.

The Charlottesville Saga: Not my Apology To Make

8/27/2017

In August, a group of low-life, eternal-virgin white supremacists marched with tiki-torches raised in Charlottesville in a rally they called “Unite The Right.” This march was a shameful gathering of the worst type of people that left an innocent woman dead and our nation—above all else—deeply saddened. It isn't fair to say that people were surprised this happened.

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New to the U? Here's What to Do (and where to do it)!

8/27/2017

As the new school year approaches, incoming University of Minnesota (UMN) students will be faced with the uncertainty of where to go, how to meet new people, and overall how to experience a sense of belonging on campus. As a transfer student from Florida last year, I struggled with these uncertainties before arriving to campus.