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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In the Face of Tragedy: For Newtown, CT

When a gunman opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday December 14th, he did much more than make history as the second deadliest school shooter in American history . He did more, even, than steal the lives of at least twenty children–along with six adults–who...

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Fireside Chats to Twitter

In 1933 the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression and nearly 25 percent of Americans were unemployed. Franklin Delano Roosevelt  took office in early March and immediately began to put his recovery plan into effect. He presented Congress with legislation that would jumpstart the economy and...

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Grover Norquist Is Here To Stay

Since 1986, conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, has strong armed GOP candidates running for federal or statewide elections to put into writing a pledge to not raise taxes.  279 lawmakers signed the pledge to not raise rates or eliminate deductions going into the election this...

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Secession Aggression

As a 10 year-old, optimistic, starry-eyed Oklahoma fan, I attended the LSU-Oklahoma BCS Championship in New Orleans on my birthday. After being spit on by opposing fans, I quickly learned that sports could bring out the worst in people. Sadly, this recent election has also brought out the worst in...

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The 2012 Election and Same-Sex Marriage

The election just over two weeks ago was a monumental victory for supporters of same-sex marriage, which became legalized through popular vote in Maine, Maryland, and Wisconsin. In addition, Democrat Tammy Baldwin was elected to the Senate from Wisconsin, becoming the country’s first-ever openly gay Senator, and a measure to...

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No Rest for the Weary

While most of America is exhaling and enjoying a few moments of respite from the barrage of political advertisements and campaign news, some are already looking at what lies ahead for our country in President Obama’s second term. Many political battles loom large for President Obama and the divided chambers...

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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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