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Obama plays losing hand in budget negotiations

President Barack Obama’s annual budget — which he will send to Capitol Hill Wednesday — includes a cut to Social Security called chained CPI. “CPI” stands for consumer price index; the United States has always adjusted Social Security benefits to inflation. Essentially, this policy presumes that seniors will change their buying habits as prices go… Continue reading Obama plays losing hand in budget negotiations

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Recent findings show need for immigration reform

The New York Times posted two brilliant articles on immigration in the past week. One revealed a positive (and unintentional) consequence of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, and the other showed a negative ramification. But they both highlight the urgent need for immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. Angy Rivera, an undocumented immigrant, was… Continue reading Recent findings show need for immigration reform

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Take a moment to think about the Iraq War’s 10-year anniversary

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. It is a momentous and solemn occasion, and one that also seems inaccessible to me. I clearly remember when the war began. I was in sixth grade. We discussed the first invasion force that took place on March 20 in class, and… Continue reading Take a moment to think about the Iraq War’s 10-year anniversary

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Judge makes right call to strike down soda ban

Last week, Judge Milton Tingling struck down New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s limits on large sugary drinks. Despite Bloomberg’s noble intentions to curb obesity, his proposal amounted to a lazy way to fight the obesity epidemic. For one, the limit had multiple loopholes: it did not apply to 7-Eleven and its Big Gulp soda or… Continue reading Judge makes right call to strike down soda ban

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VAWA passage stands as a victory for immigrants

In a rare moment, the U.S. Congress took a positive step forward for the country today. The House of Representatives approved the Violence Against Women Act, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature. (The Senate had already passed the bill, 78-22, and 87 Republicans joined 199 Democrats to pass the bill in the… Continue reading VAWA passage stands as a victory for immigrants

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A Year of Reflection after Trayvon Martin’s Death

It happened a year ago today. A young man named Trayvon Martin was walking home to watch the NBA All-Star Game that Sunday night when a man named George Zimmerman saw him and became suspicious. The details are fuzzy, but we at least know this: He called the police, was instructed not to follow Martin,… Continue reading A Year of Reflection after Trayvon Martin’s Death