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Oct. 3, 2011

America Tries its Best

There is no one-size-fits all solution for Middle East policy making; the U.S. government must balance multiple interests.
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Oct. 25, 2011

The Difference Between Chinese and American College Life

While societal differences in the two countries lead to distinct social pursuits, the fundamentals of college life in China and the U.S. remain the same.
Oct. 23, 2011

The Drastically Different Economics of the NFL and European Soccer

The NFL promotes equality at the expense of building perfect teams, while European soccer creates super squads at the price of creating a dramatically unequal playing field.
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Oct. 14, 2011

The Pros and Cons of Government-Funded Preschool

Before instituting universal preschool, let's take time to learn how to design a program that will lead to significant benefits for its participants.
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Oct. 20, 2011

Adderall Shortage Hits America's Youth Hard ... Wait, What Are We Talking About?

Adderall use by college students looking to boost their grades is nothing more than a harmless pill that aids the under-motivated college experience.
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Oct. 4, 2011

The Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

While Israelis struggle with how to appropriately remember the Holocaust, Palestinians struggle with how to appropriately forget it.
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Oct. 27, 2011

Obama's Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Must Focus on Causes, Not Symptoms

The increasing availability of Obama’s improved Income Based Repayment plan is certainly a step in the right direction but it focuses on symptoms rather than addressing causes.
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Oct. 28, 2011

America's Plan In Uganda Is Hardly Humanitarian

President Obama’s decision to send 100 troops into Northern Uganda is about U.S. strategic interests; a true humanitarian intervention would look quite different.
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Oct. 23, 2011

English-Only Language Legislation Hurts America

With America constantly striving to stay at the apex of the world's globalization, it must begin to take multilingualism and foreign language education programs more seriously.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Classism is Entrenched in British Student Social Clubs

Class-ridden social clubs at elite British universities give Harvard's and Yale's finals clubs a run for their money with their prejudices and social stratification.
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Oct. 14, 2011

Scotland’s Independence May Be Closer than You Think

The realistic threat that Scotland may declare its independence from the UK within our lifetimes is a serious concern for the UK and her allies, and should not be taken lightly.
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Oct. 31, 2011

Warren Buffett’s Chain E-Mail: Public Must Demand Economic Change

A now-viral interview of Buffett is making clear that if the American debt problem is to be solved, it must be done so through the demands of voters.
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Oct. 31, 2011

Government Should Fund NOAA and Marine Research, Not NASA Space Research

Given that 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored and the space program has experienced little to no progress in recent years, government funding for space research should take a back sea
Oct. 7, 2011

The Excessive Glorification of Steve Jobs

The Apple CEO was a great businessman, but not a hero.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Congress Isn't Acting As the Founders Intended

Congress has too many rules that help avoid compromise, making it look like more like a flawed parliamentary system.
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Oct. 27, 2011

London Riots Were Motivated by Poverty

New government statistics suggest the riots that hit British cities this August were driven by poverty, not "criminality."
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Oct. 6, 2011

Housing Market Failure, the Resulting Recession, and How to Fix It

Draconian federal measures are necessary to restore sanity to America's housing market.
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Oct. 24, 2011

Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation Requires Individual State Solutions

Blanket approaches to eradicating Female Genital Mutilation are proving to be ineffective. Countries must implement culturally relevant advocacy programs.
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Oct. 24, 2011

Ignoring Human Rights, Defense Dept. Considers Selling Weapons to Bahrain

Amnesty International is calling for the West to ban arms sales to human rights violators, but in the case of Bahrain, the DoD doesn't seem to be listening.
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Oct. 25, 2011

Why Is the Defense Dept. Considering Selling Weapons to Bahrain?

Amnesty International is calling for the West to ban arms sales to human rights violators, but in the case of Bahrain, the DoD doesn't seem to be listening.
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Oct. 4, 2011

Failing Fight Against Human Trafficking Requires Overhauled Strategies

Countries with severe human trafficking problems must implement localized, grassroots solutions in order to fight forced prostitution and labor worldwide.
Oct. 26, 2011

Team Mascots Should Raise Morale, Not Create Racial Tension

Racially offensive team mascots and names should be changed to further a sense of community, not kept by teams in the name of tradition.
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Oct. 4, 2011

Youth Uninspired to Vote in 2012

If the current political atmosphere continues to resonate through next year, most young voters will probably sit out the 2012 elections.
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Oct. 5, 2011

Obama's Reelection Chances in 2012 Are Good

Obama has time to communicate the wisdom of his progressive policies and the weaknesses of his political enemies, which will lead him to a victory in 2012.
Oct. 5, 2011

The Need to Regulate Cyber Warfare

Regulating our behavior in cyberspace is neither a sign of weakness nor convincing proof America will lose the upcoming "cyberwar."
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Oct. 26, 2011

Is Somalia A Quagmire With No Solutions?

Somalia has been a failed state for two decades, with no end in sight. Is there anything that can be done to fix this country?
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Oct. 28, 2011

Uruguay's Repeal of its Amnesty Law Sets Example for Algeria

Uruguay has repealed the amnesty law protecting those who committed atrocities during the 1973-1985 military dictatorship. Algeria, haunted by its civil war, should take note.
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Oct. 5, 2011

Turkey's Aggressive Military Strategy Will Not Resolve PKK Kurdish Issue

U.S. support to Turkey in its military campaign against the PKK is counterproductive and will not achieve peace and stability in Turkey or in the region.
Oct. 5, 2011

Why LGBT is Underrepresented on Primetime TV

Mainstream media needs to include more LGBT characters on their shows in order to better portray American society.
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Oct. 6, 2011

Save the Budget, Save the Nation: Cut the Army

The Army should bear the brunt of upcoming defense cuts, because it is the least well-suited of the armed forces to deal with future threats.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Youth Apathy Threatens to Hurt Obama in 2012

With their quality of life rapidly spiraling, young Americans will prove decisive on election day 2012.
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Oct. 27, 2011

Philanthropy is More Effective Than U.S. Foreign Aid

Small nonprofits and grassroots movements can better achieve the goals of large scale trickle-down development projects.
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Oct. 28, 2011

Why U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Iraq Is Wise

With the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the U.S. can finally stop trying to win the war and instead focus on providing stability through economic and diplomatic channels.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Why Occupy Wall Street Protesters Should Not Ignore Steve Jobs

Apple's dirty little secret: It has failed to create jobs or give back to society.
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Oct. 7, 2011

In Response to Condoleezza Rice: Adding Insult to Injury

In her recent PolicyMic post, Condoleezza Rice states that America tries its best at building democracy in the Middle East. Anna Day responds.
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Oct. 8, 2011

Smothering the Flames of Revolution in Tibet

Tibetans' protest for freedom is admirable, but will never gain the attention or critical mass it needs with its pointed message.
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Oct. 10, 2011

Arab Spring Doesn't Curb Trafficking of Women

As human trafficking continues to run deep in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has shown that it does not emphasize solutions to women's trafficking and sexual exploitation.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Herman Cain, Ron Paul Surge Forward With Simple Ideas

Cain and Paul's straightforward rhetoric and the weak GOP field are responsible for their growing prominence in the Republican primary contest.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Should Corporations be Considered People?

The Occupy Wall Street protesters are upset about the Citizens United court decision. Confused by this decision treating corporations as people, protesters are now out in the streets.
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Oct. 14, 2011

Advice for Working in Your Dream Non-Profit Job

What advice can you give young people who are balancing the oft-times competing values of financial success and making a difference? The Common Good's Game Changers weigh in.
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Oct. 28, 2011

Do Millennials Have a Bright Future Ahead?

A new report by the Young Invincibles reveals that for young people today, it is becoming harder and harder to either work or educate one's way into the middle class.
Oct. 29, 2011

How Romney's Mormon Beliefs Affect His Election Chances

Romney faces an uphill battle overcoming the stigma of his Mormon faith in the Republican primary. Perhaps Christians fear Mormonism's implications on their own faith more than its creed.
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Oct. 30, 2011

Private Industry Is Biggest Barrier To Military Budget Cuts

It may be an old Pentagon cliché, but the military-industrial complex is again attempting to prevent the defense budget cuts this government desperately needs.
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Oct. 17, 2011

What Happened to the American Middle Class?

For the past four decades, unregulated capitalism has increased at the expense of the American middle class.
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Oct. 18, 2011

NYU's Andrew Ross Tackles Student Loans at Occupy Wall Street

OWS protests talk about whether student loans are a form of servitude. Considering the rising cost of college and the struggles of recent graduates, the answer is definitely yes.
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Oct. 20, 2011

New Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Should Be Followed

The data shows that the prostate cancer test is a bad deal — far too many men are led to undergo needless and potentially damaging treatment. Men should forgo screening.
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Oct. 2, 2011

Why the UN Is Good For New York

Despite the headaches of the General Assembly week, the UN headquarters in New York provides significant returns.
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Oct. 2, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: This Is How the Movement Succeeds

As 700 people were arrested on Saturday, the Occupy Wall Street movement shows it has no clear mission. To succeed the movement must hone their demands and find unifying leadership.
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Oct. 3, 2011

Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal: Obama Is Right, Don't Stop There

Same-sex military couples and families should be afforded the same rights as heterosexual families as a next step towards more equality.
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Oct. 3, 2011

Bush Administration's Actions Don't Match Ms. Rice's Words

Despite its talk, the Bush administration did not consistently pursue democracy promotion across the Middle East.
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Oct. 3, 2011

Awlaki's Killing Puts American Values In Question

The assassination of Awlaki shows the U.S. is ready to move outside legal frameworks when conducting military business.
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Oct. 3, 2011

Do Young American Jews Still Support Israel?

Join the debate: With the Israel-Palestine issue again making headlines, do young American Jews feel as connected with Israel as their parents?
Oct. 3, 2011

3 Things That Surprise Me About Rick Perry's Hunting Camp

Three things that might surprise you about the Perry hunting ranch "scandal" around his camp called "N***erhead."
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Oct. 3, 2011

Are Finals Clubs Good for Harvard?

YOU DECIDE: There has been backlash against Harvard's exclusive finals clubs, which some say are sexist. What is the value of exclusive social clubs on college campuses?
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Oct. 3, 2011

With General Tantawi in Charge, Not Much Has Changed in Egypt

Despite public perception, the military regime that has run Egypt since 1952 is still in full control and making its moves to stay in power in the post-Mubarak era.
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Oct. 3, 2011

It's Time For International Intervention Against Assad in Syria

After the brutal crackdown of protesters by the Assad regime, the international community should come to the aid of Syrian protesters.
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Oct. 3, 2011

Bloomberg and Bike Sharing: Innovation Will Keep NYC Transportation Cutting Edge

A long-awaited bike sharing program will begin in New York City next summer as part of Mayor Bloomberg's successful vision for a "greener, greater" place to live and work.
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Oct. 4, 2011

U.S. Correct in Selling F-16 Upgrades, Not New Jets, to Taiwan

In the latest arms sale to Taiwan, the Obama administration makes the right choice: sell weapons to Taiwan, just not the big guns.
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Oct. 4, 2011

Rewriting the Egyptian Revolution

You weigh in: What has been left out of mainstream media accounts of the Egyptian revolution?
Oct. 4, 2011

Income Inequality at America's Elite Colleges

Join the debate: Do elite colleges like Harvard need to make their campuses more economically diverse by including more middle class and poor students?
Oct. 4, 2011

Is Self-Segregation a Problem On Campus?

Join the debate: Do racially-based student groups and ethnic theme houses promote self-segregation on college campuses?
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Oct. 4, 2011

Perry, Black Panthers, and Christie: Time for New Leadership

Neither GOP leaders nor Obama will inspire us until they stop seeking to do the least harm, and start striving to do the most good.
Oct. 4, 2011

Amanda Knox: A Perfect American Scapegoat

The Amanda Knox appeal was more than just a not-guilty verdict. It exposed the persisting cultural prejudices between America and Europe.
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Oct. 4, 2011

Chris Christie Chooses Wisely by Passing on 2012

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie rightly said "thanks, but no thanks" to those clamoring for him to join the GOP presidential race. He has work to do if he wants to be a viable candidate.
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Oct. 4, 2011

Romney's Illogical "Corporations Are People" Stance

Mitt Romney's speech at the Iowa State Fair put him in line with the U.S. Constitution, but out of luck with common sense. If corporations were people, they'd be put in jail.
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Oct. 4, 2011

Democratization in Middle East Needs Women

The transition to truly democratic states in the Middle East will require more inclusion of women in the political process.
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Oct. 4, 2011

Questions of Awlaki Citizenship Difficult to Answer in a Stateless War

The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki is legally unclear due to America's failure to reconcile the laws and procedures of the state with the ambiguity of a stateless war.
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Oct. 5, 2011

Will NGOs and Think-Tanks Bring Democracy to the Arab World?

You decide: What role will civil society and think-tanks play in the democratization of the Middle East?
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Oct. 5, 2011

8 Ways the GOP Has Become More Conservative

From climate change to immigration reform, the GOP has shifted quickly to the right and a created a new conservative consensus on issues since the 2008 elections.
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Oct. 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Movement Lacks Solutions

Occupy Wall Street protests identify America's problems correctly, but propose equally disastrous solutions.
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Oct. 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Demands the Voice of 99 Percent Be Heard

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been growing rapidly, not only on the streets of cities, but also on blogs where people are sharing their stories and grievances.
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Oct. 5, 2011

Thoughts On SlutWalk NYC

Write the caption: Cartoonist Priya Murali depicts a particularly poignant scene from SlutWalk NYC and asks you to weigh in.
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Oct. 5, 2011

Sarah Palin Was Right Not to Run for President

Sarah Palin made the right decision to stay out of the GOP race.
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Oct. 6, 2011

Keystone Pipeline Is Part of Canada's Unique Foreign Policy

Building the pipeline will be beneficial to the U.S. and reinforce Canada's attempts at gaining more influence on a global stage.
Oct. 6, 2011

Push-Button Killing Does Not Make Us More Violent

The gamification of modern warfare is not making us any more desensitized to violence than we have been in the past.
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Oct. 6, 2011

How Much Presence Should the Military Have in Iraq?

Weigh in: U.S. military officials have said a major combat force is no longer needed in Iraq, despite recent violence. How big of a future presence should America's forces have in the country?
Oct. 6, 2011

War Gamification's Costs to Society

The increasing trend of the gamification of warfare distorts the public's perception of war and carries huge psychological and physical costs.
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Oct. 6, 2011

Pictures of Occupy Wall Street: Voices From the Street

The Occupy Wall Street movement is gaining momentum. Here is a look at Wednesday's protests.
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Oct. 6, 2011

Democracy at Stake: Options for a “Spring” Aftermath

OFFICE HOURS: If America actively pushes democracy in the Middle East, will we empower the enemies of the West?
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Oct. 6, 2011

Carbon Talks Stall, At Disastrous Cost to Future Generations

OFFICE HOURS: America's failure to take emissions reduction negotiations runs the risk of ruining humanity's ecological safety net.
Oct. 6, 2011

Is Google+ a Worthwhile Social Network?

Google+ was built solely as a way for the company to get more information so it can continue to provide improvements its customers rely upon.
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Oct. 6, 2011

Putting a Price on the Ecosystem With Carbon Credits

How much is a forest worth? REDD, a newly evolving policy mechanism, is beginning to put a monetary value on the ecosystem with carbon credits, to offset the pollution of a company or country.
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Oct. 6, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Should Learn from Tea Party's Success

The folks at Occupy Wall Street would do well to learn from the Tea Party’s experience and direct their frustrations at Washington, not the financial industry.
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Oct. 6, 2011

What the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Have in Common

The #OccupyWallStreet movement is looking a lot like another major political force which recently swept the country: the Tea Party.
Oct. 6, 2011

Steve Jobs, Apple Founder, Dies

Steve Jobs was a creator of trends as much as he an innovator of technology.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Revolutionaries at Rest: Occupy Wall Street

An inside look at the day-to-day life of Wall Street's revolutionaries.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Why Legislative Term Limits Are Impossible

Many people believe there should be legislative term limits for congressional office holders, but history and congressional procedure suggest that this change will not be instituted.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Why I Support Occupy Wall Street

The economic system in America is undermining democracy. Even though #OccupyWallStreet does not have a clear cut agenda, it proves a very important point: Reform is needed in the U.S.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Henry Kissinger: America and China Don't See Eye-to-Eye

At an event in New York City, Kissinger's discussion on China sheds light on past and present Sino-American relations but fails to portray the whole picture.
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Oct. 7, 2011

Who Should Bear the Burden of America’s Debts?

Join the debate: Is President Obama’s solution to America’s deficit woes, increasing taxes on the rich, a good approach?
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Oct. 8, 2011

How Can Men Promote Gender Advocacy?

A gender diversified message is important in confronting the problems women face in the developing world.
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Oct. 8, 2011

Steve Jobs, The New Face of Pancreatic Cancer

Jobs' sudden death provides an opportunity to spread awareness for deadly and under-funded cancers.
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Oct. 8, 2011

Hurricane Reveals Need for Green Infrastructure Defenses in NYC

New York City must make several infrastructure adjustments in order to prepare better for damage caused by hurricanes.
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Oct. 9, 2011

Mitt Romney's 2012 Chances Look Good

With other GOP candidates falling short, Mitt Romney remains the leading choice for the Republican nomination.
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Oct. 9, 2011

Pakistan and America's Marriage of Inconvenience

The troubled relationship between Pakistan and the United States has reached a breaking point, and all efforts must be made to avoid a messy divorce.
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Oct. 10, 2011

Australia's Refugee Swap Illustrates Human Rights Failings

A recent international controversy between Australia and Malaysia highlights that a dangerous precedent could be set if Malaysia does not protect asylum seekers.
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Oct. 10, 2011

Selling Israel Bombs Hurts U.S. Foreign Policy

America hypocritically sells weapons to Israel while offering a few broken olive branches to Iran. Continuing this policy will worsen the U.S.-Iran relationship.
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Oct. 10, 2011

The U.S. is Right to Give Israel Bunker Buster Bombs

The U.S. made the correct decision to give Israel "bunker buster" bombs, and the impact has been vastly exaggerated in the media.
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Oct. 10, 2011

Why Progressives Should Support School Choice

Progressives miss the potential benefits of school vouchers when defending public schools against conservative critics.
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Oct. 10, 2011

The False Choice of School Choice

School choice is insufficient to close the achievement gap, and obscures the root problem of inadequate educational opportunities.
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Oct. 10, 2011

World Day Against the Death Penalty: Reflecting on Europe's Model

In America's death penalty debate, we should look at how Europe resolved its own anxieties about justice.
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Oct. 10, 2011

Netflix Plans to Nix Qwikster, As the People Wanted

Netflix has announced that it will not split into two separate websites for streaming and DVD rentals. All because of popular outrage and social media campaigns.
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Oct. 10, 2011

2011 Nobel Economic Prize Recipients Changed Economic Theory

The 2011 Nobel Economics Prize has been awarded to two deserving economists, highlighting the need for Americans to educate themselves on economic policy.
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Oct. 10, 2011

Global Economy Needs African Youth

Africa could be the key to reviving the global economy, but first we must invest in its young people.
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Oct. 10, 2011

The GOP Will Win Over Millennials in 2012

Republicans in 2012 will find a receptive audience among young voters struggling in the economy.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Would the GOP Candidates Pass Macroeconomics 101?

Weigh in: Ahead of tonight's GOP debate, candidates won't be adequately discussing fiscal policy or how to generate demand to inspire business growth. Do they need clearer policy ideas?
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Oct. 11, 2011

Why Herman Cain is Destroying the GOP

The Republican party's desperate search for a man to unify the right wing is being crippled by a circus of unelectable Tea Party candidates.
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Oct. 11, 2011

U.S. Must Stop Arming the Bahraini Government

The government of Bahrain has been torturing doctors, violently repressing its people, and imprisoning lawyers — all human rights violations that the U.S. government should not ignore.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Getting Gaddafi Will Help the West Leave Libya

To avoid another Afghanistan, NATO operations in Libya should continue until Muammar Gaddafi is either captured or killed.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Foreign Policy is the Key to Republican Success in 2012

During the GOP primaries, candidates should hone their foreign policy platforms and differentiate themselves from President Obama.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Could Superhero Phoenix Jones Be America's Crime Cure?

A true costumed crusader, Jones believes that civic involvement can replace police who are limited in fighting crime.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Why Hasn't the Syrian Revolution Succeeded?

Tell us: Why has the Syrian revolution been unsuccessful in overthrowing the current government?
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Oct. 11, 2011

Occupy Boston Crack Down Shows Divide Between Protesters, Officials

Police attacks on Occupy Boston and Veterans for Peace last night show OWS is becoming a strong multi-issue movement.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Dartmouth Revs Up for Tonight's GOP Debate

The student body and university are enthusiastic about hosting an essential part of the political process with tonight's debate.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Peace in Middle East is a Long Way Off With Tony Blair Involved

With unclear loyalties and a shady financial record, former Prime Minister Tony Blair should be nowhere near the helm of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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Oct. 11, 2011

In the Developing World, Cash is the Best Hand-Out the Poor Can Get

Cash transfers can inspire creative entrepreneurship in the short term, but can only realize the lasting change if financed over longer periods and accompanied by economic growth.
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Oct. 11, 2011

Debating Occupy Wall Street

List the reasons you are drawn to the Occupy Wall Street movement. What policy solutions do you hope to achieve?
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Oct. 11, 2011

Who Won the Dartmouth GOP Debate?

Share your thoughts on who won last night's GOP debate at Dartmouth College.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Missouri's Student Protection Act Goes Too Far

Missouri's bill banning contact between teachers and their current or previous students on social networking sites infringes on constitutional rights.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Canada's "New" Government Begs the Question: How Representative is Democracy?

The recent Ontario election sheds light both on how uneducated voters are regarding the electoral process and how poor the first-past-the-post democratic system is.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Does it Get Better? A Call for Anti-Bullying Legislation and Societal Change

Thirteen years after Matthew Shepard's death, does the "It Gets Better" campaign to combat bullying provide the right message to children struggling with their sexual identities?
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Oct. 12, 2011

New Voting Laws May Disenfranchise Millions of Americans

Republicans in many states are trying to pass voting laws that they claim will guard against voter fraud, but which may also disenfranchise minority voters in the U.S.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Democracy Not Very Popular in Canada

Voters in Canada’s largest province were inconvenienced Thursday when the opening of the hockey season was interrupted by an election. Half stayed home in protest.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Gilad Shalit Release Won't Broker Peace

The Shalit prisoner swap deal is perhaps important in future peace negotiations, but not under Netanyahu's hard-line government.
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Oct. 12, 2011

Despite the Federal Warning, Men Should Be Screened for Prostate Cancer

The potential side effects of prostate screening are a small cost compared to the risk of developing malignant cancer.
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Oct. 12, 2011