Water bottles aside, the rebuttal Senator Marco Rubio delivered last week after the State of Union Address was notable—and a letdown—for several reasons. Let’s start with the positive notables first, about the speech and Rubio himself. It was the first response to ever be delivered in both Spanish and English. Rubio is bypassing other norms, too.… Continue reading Marco Rubio—a new face on a stagnant GOP
The contours of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform proposal are beginning to become known now. Several prominent Republican voices immediately voiced their displeasure after the plan was leaked. Senator Marco Rubio said that the proposal would worsen the country’s immigration problems, and Representative Paul Ryan said that the White House should not undermine Congressional efforts… Continue reading Obama makes right move to frame immigration reform
If 42 people died in one mass shooting, it would rank among the worst acts of violence in American history. In Chicago, that’s a tragedy known as January. It’s a city that saw 506 homicides in 2012, and these acts of violence were not of the same character as the one that left 20 children… Continue reading A national tragedy
The Obama administration’s use of drones to kill suspected terrorists became a heated political issue this past week. This tactic’s foray into public discourse was a bit of a surprise, considering that 83 percent of Americans approve of the strategy. But NBC News leaked a Justice Department memo detailing the administration’s justification for drone strikes,… Continue reading Drone strikes present moral quandary
REPOST: An Open Letter to Duke Fraternity Members Surrounding Party Invitations
If you haven’t already heard about the Kappa Sigma party invitations, I suggest you check out the pictures here (and join the protest tomorrow if you can). You can also join an open discussion here. Needless to say, Duke Democrats stands against racism and intolerance in all forms and we condemn this horribly insensitive party. Linked is Elena Botella’s post from last year on fraternity party invitations; it is obviously still very applicable today.
All three young trustee candidates are very strong this year; they all share our values and recognize the improvements that Duke needs to make. However, Duke Democrats has chosen to endorse Chris Brown for Young Trustee. Chris has leadership experience in a number of Duke organizations, including Duke Student Government. He is able to go… Continue reading Duke Democrats endorses Chris Brown for Young Trustee
Do you want to live in a state where the working poor have health insurance? Tomorrow, the North Carolina General Assembly will be voting on Senate Bill 4, which would prevent the state of North Carolina from accepting federal money to expand Medicaid. As a part of “Obamacare,” the federal government is offering states $9… Continue reading North Carolina will vote to opt out of “Obamacare” tomorrow — let Governor McCrory know you’re opposed