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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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Marco Rubio—a new face on a stagnant GOP

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

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Obama makes right move to frame immigration reform

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

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Drone strikes present moral quandary

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