Electoral Boxing Day

  November 7th has many tidings of the day-after-Christmas this election year. After months of anticipation, advertisements, and activity, the election is finally over with Barack Obama winning 303 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. Over the next few weeks, there will be some frenzied analysis as Republicans try to...

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Tired yet? 615 days later, the campaign is finally over

After months of campaigning and a record amount of money spent, the United States finally has its next president. President Obama won a second term in an election night that passed much more smoothly than some of the leading analysts were predicting. Depending on one’s stance, this is either very...

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Education Reform: Are Our Priorities Straight?

The current state of the educational system in the United States is far from perfect. This idea should come as no surprise to policymakers and citizens alike, as improving the quality of education in the U.S. has been on our agenda for quite some time now. Alarming statistics such as...

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America’s Technology Obsession: Rise of the Negativity Bias in Political Media

Most Americans would probably have no problem admitting that they are, to some extent, dependent on technology. Many of us may even go so far as to concede that we would feel uncomfortable without access to our cell phones—they are, after all, our lifeline to the connected world. Approximately eighty-eight...

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Fox News & MSNBC: Mirror Images

Compared to just a few decades ago, the amount of available news has expanded exponentially. While previous generations relied chiefly upon ABC, CBS or NBC for their news, people now have a plethora of sources from which to choose for information on current events. Even though this increase in information...

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What to Do for Round Two

President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney face off for their second debate on Tuesday, and the stakes could not be higher. Many political scientists claim that debates are not game changers in a campaign, but a thrashing on the level of this year’s first Presidential debate is unprecedented. Gallup’s debate...

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“The Rumble:” Why Stewart and O’Reilly got it right

Two men. Two podiums. One air-conditioned auditorium. This was not the tagline for the Romney-Obama debate that captivated the nation last Wednesday, although it might as well have been. The first presidential “debate” was not a debate so much as two men standing behind two podiums in an air-conditioned auditorium...

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The Much Expected Expectations Game

In a campaign season filled with self-aggrandizement and conceit, both Presidential candidates have suddenly become struck with modesty.  The game of debate expectations is underway, and both the Obama and Romney campaigns have been publicly attempting to lower the probability that their respective candidates will outperform their opponent in the...

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Romney and the Crisis of Class

The United States faces a crisis of class. The decline of the middle class, especially during the Great Recession, has led to greater disparity between rich and poor, with dire implications for the nation. As the saying goes, there are too many people in the wagon, and not enough people...

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Apathy or Disconnect? There’s a Difference

If you are a young adult, you have probably heard it countless times: our generation just does not care about politics. We do not feel bound by the civic duty to vote that our parents and grandparents highly valued. We are more invested in the fictional lives of television characters...

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