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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Privacy for the President?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you have undoubtedly heard about Mitt Romney’s “47 percent remark.” The content of the quote was covered in stellar fashion by our own Allison Shanahan, but as an informed voting populace, we must examine the context of Governor Romney’s...

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Campaigns and tragedy: What is appropriate in times of strife?

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the United States embassies in Egypt and Libya were both stormed by citizens protesting an American Youtube video that depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a womanizing fool. Sadly, four Americans, including the Ambassador to Libya, were killed in the attack. On this day, the...

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Foreign Policy Steals the Spotlight in Campaign

As the election inches closer, the constant stream of issues being debated seems to cycle through the same topics: healthcare, tax cuts, the economy, the list goes on. Notably absent from this list is foreign policy, a topic that neither party in the campaign has any desire to call much...

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The Battle to Stay Perfect

As the heat of summer recedes and fall advances, Americans entrench themselves with the battles of autumn. Annually, these contests come in the form of the weekly skirmishes of football and the timeless Fall Classic of baseball. However, every four years we add one more contest to our list, presidential...

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Chicago Teachers On Strike

On Monday, September 10, 2012, thousands of teachers in Chicago—a city with the third-largest school district—walked off the job. Fox News reported on Tuesday that approximately 26,000 teachers and support staff had officially gone on strike with the Chicago Teacher Union. This strike has come as a result of a...

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