Obama’s Minimum Wage: Good Politics, Contested Policy

President Obama placed the focus of his 2013 State of the Union Address squarely on the U.S. economy, and nothing does more to illustrate the tenor of Obama’s fiscal agenda than his call to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 by 2015, as well as indexing the minimum...

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Blood Donor Eligibility: Safety or Discrimination?

In 1983, the FDA enacted a law that any man who has had sexual activity with another man, even once, since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1977 is ineligible to donate blood for life . In 1983, the logic behind the blanket ban was reasonable: statistically, men who...

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We the People Demand…

Every fourth grader in America knows that he lives in a democracy. He learns from an early age that democracy means, “Rule by the people,” and that he cannot use his first amendment right to insult his teacher. He learns that the United States broke away from Great Britain because...

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Aim High, Shoot Low

  Last week, in an interview for The New Republic, President Obama told reporters that he went skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David. This statement quickly became the shot heard round the blogosphere, receiving criticism from both ends of the political spectrum. Liberals insisted that the president...

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After 40 Years, Roe vs. Wade Revisited

On January 25, 2013—just days after the fortieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision—abortion opponents came out in waves for the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. While thousands attended the Washington rally, including Republican Tennessee Representative Diane Black and former Republican presidential candidate Rick...

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Learning from History, Looking Forward

On a day filled with symbolism and optimism for the future, President Barack Obama’s inaugural address set a progressive tone for his second term.  For the second time ever, the Presidential Inauguration fell on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a coincidence made even more significant with the reelection of America’s...

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A Letter to the 113th Congress

Dear 113th Congress, We, the people of the United States of America, have a request: please be better than your predecessors. The 112th Congress was the worst in modern history so we do not think we are asking too much. Just as a reminder, let’s go over some of the...

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Team of Allies: Obama’s Second Term Cabinet

After the undeniably historic 2008 election, newly-elected Barack Obama looked to the lessons of history to shape his own cabinet. Following his nomination fight with Hillary Clinton, Obama said in an interview with Joe Klein of Vanity Fair that, if elected, he would model his own administration after the legendary...

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Gridlock: Is it really as bad as it seems?

Imagine that you are driving down a long stretch of highway. There are two scenarios: cruising along at 10mph over the speed limit, or stuck in stop-and-go traffic. Most people prefer the former; no one wants to spend unnecessary time trapped in a car. But what if the reason for...

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The NRA Solution: Simplistic and Historically Ineffective

After a week-long silence, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, held a press conference in response to the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 26 citizens, 20 of whom were six and seven-year-olds. Essentially,...

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