Why the GOP Should Relent on Obamacare

Why the GOP Should Relent on Obamacare

Forty. The number of times the Republican-controlled US House of Representative has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Political posturing at its finest, these attempts at repeal are not only futile, but conceivably detrimental to the party of Lincoln. For a political party that has only won the popular...

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Gov. Shutdown/Debt Ceiling: The Basics

Gov. Shutdown/Debt Ceiling: The Basics

Congress faces a few looming economic issues this upcoming week, namely the growing possibilities of a government shutdown and a default on the national debt. According to a March Gallup poll, roughly sixty percent of Americans surveyed expressed a “great deal” of concern about federal spending and the budget deficit,...

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Behind Sen. Ted Cruz’s Marathon Speech

Behind Sen. Ted Cruz’s Marathon Speech

After 21 hours and 19 minutes, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) ended his marathon speech at noon on September 25, 2013, when the Senate day adjourned. However, Cruz’s speech, though impressive in length, cannot be considered a filibuster. A filibuster is often defined as “talking on the Senate floor for an extended...

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Judicious Federal Drug-Policy

Judicious Federal Drug-Policy

After nine months of eager anticipation for legal buffs and potheads, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 29th finally announced how it would respond to the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the states of Colorado and Washington. In a smart move respecting federalist principles and federal law...

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Whose Vote Is It Anyway?

Whose Vote Is It Anyway?

On Wednesday, the United States Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey bill. A bipartisan compromise, this bill expanded required background checks to every gun purchase except for transactions between family members and friends. It actually received 54 “for” votes and 46 “against” votes, and one of the “against” votes was...

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A Layman’s Guide to the Supreme Court’s Options

The arguments have been made, and the cases have been heard. The potentially landmark gay rights cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, are in the hands of the Court now. While much of the country anxiously awaits the rulings likely to come in late June, many people...

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The Republican Party’s Shift on Gay Marriage

Two weeks ago, Rob Portman, a republican senator from Ohio, made headlines in newspapers all over the United States when he made an official statement declaring that he is in favor of gay marriage, and in doing so, he became the only sitting republican senator to openly support gay marriage....

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CPAC: 2016 Watch

This past weekend, the American Conservative Union (CPU) held its 40th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). CPU claims to be “the oldest and largest grassroots conservative in the nation” . Furthermore, CPAC, first held in 1973, brings together conservative leaders and activists to educate, energize, and set forth the...

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The Senate and the Broken Confirmation Process

Since being inaugurated for his second term of office in January, President Barack Obama has had a difficult time accomplishing basic housekeeping in the White House. Republicans in Congress hoping to make a political statement have blocked his nominations both for secretary of defense and CIA director. These recent fights...

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Financial Aid & Sequestration

At some point in nearly every student’s college search, one question inevitably arises: how will I afford to attend this institution? While the attainment of a postsecondary degree has arguably become more of an expectation than an advantage in the job market, college tuition is steepening across the nation. Financial...

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