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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.

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Paid Family Leave Too Good to be True

5/13/2017

Today, many loud voices in popular media call for legislation that would require businesses to provide paid maternity leave to employees.

End the Death Penalty

4/24/2017

The Declaration of Independence was designed to grant the government the duty to perform limited objectives, such as preserving the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of its citizens.

Money In Politics

4/4/2017

As geriatric socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) once said of money’s impact on the electoral process, “A few wealthy individuals and corporations have bought up our private sector and now they're buying up the government.

Spring Break 2017: A Sign of Successful Surviving

3/1/2017

With Spring Break’s arrival comes a multitude of feelings across the University of Minnesota’s twin cities campus: “Good thing Spring Break is arriving, because I haven’t had a moment to breathe in weeks,” says the overachiever; “I can’t wait to reward myself for my hard work,” says the student surprisingly content with her exam grades; “I didn’t really need Spring Break to come, but then it started snowing again,” complain the Minnesotan students with the good fortune of temporarily escaping to a warmer place; “Spring Break is already here?

Public Contraception: Prying and Prohibiting Accountability

2/13/2017

Contraceptives should not be morally obligatory, nor should the bedroom be the business of the government.The way the current healthcare system works to provide federally subsidized birth control provides publicly-funded Title X “safety net” health centers around the United States, which provide family-planning services to women and men across the country.

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The Conservatism of "Free" Birth Control

2/13/2017

Government-funded birth control is one of the most conservative solutions out there. Before questioning what you just read or even ignoring the rest of this article altogether, you did not read that first sentence incorrectly; government-funded birth control is conservative. At this point, our Democratic readers likely find themselves wondering when the satire will begin (it will not), while our Republican readers will likely pose the essential questions: What about the sanctity of life and the freedom of religion?