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Rising Dems to Watch for in 2016

The 2016 presidential election cycle may seem distant, but the Democrats have a crop of promising, up-and-coming politicians to keep an eye on.
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The ACA's Downfall

Health care reform tried to extend coverage to our generation through subsidies and an expansion of Medicaid, but higher premiums and restricted access will only worsen the problem.
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Fixing Obesity is One of America's Biggest Problems (Literally)

The growing fad of vegetarianism is a small part of having a healthier America. Increased health education and government subsidies for organic produce will help stop obesity.
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America: A Land of Immigrants With an Immigration Problem

Our government should not accommodate illegal immigrants, as it is a burden on tax payers and our social systems.
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Remember the Fourth Amendment?

The U.S. government keeps infringing on and restricting citizens' rights for the sake of "protection." It's time to step back and let the free market protect Americans' security.
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A Post-Teach For America Reflection: The Case for Teacher Assistants

Educators need to spend more time educating; our teachers hold valuable expertise and their time should not be spent on administrative tasks. Teaching assistants can help in this area.
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Diversity and Creativity: The Future GOP Candidates

The current GOP presidential field is devoid of diversity and ideas; however, rising stars in the party are poised to build a new, inclusive Republican Party that can appeal to young voters.
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Drilling at Home Does Nothing For U.S. Oil Addiction

The U.S. needs to shift energy priorities away from foreign countries' oil, as well as resist the temptation to start drilling at home. What is needed is an alternative energy source.

Home-Wreckers: The Women Behind High Profile Infidelities

The men in high profile political infidelities suffer a great amount of public scrutiny, but most of their mistresses are just as responsible for the scandal.
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The Second Scramble for Africa

Africa is exporting its farmland. While some view this as a revival of imperialism, it is actually a valuable opportunity for Africa's agricultural sector.
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France Bans Facebook & Twitter On Air

France stymies social and economic progress by prohibiting news outlets from mentioning Facebook and Twitter.
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McCain: GOP "Isolation Strain" Has Moved Center Stage

The GOP presidential candidates share an isolationism streak that concerns Sen. McCain. This anti-war trend will both help the American people and GOP prospects.
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Obama Withdrawal Strategy Not Bold Enough

Obama's strategy for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan fails to slam the door on the war. Made with the best intentions, the strategy falls short of expectations.
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With Austerity Vote, Greece's Future TBD

If the Greek government cannot pass its newest austerity package, Greece should be kicked out of the eurozone and go back to its former currency.
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NYC Gets More Expensive, Less Diverse

The proposed phase-out of the rent stabilization system threatens New York City’s colorful diversity, as it will keep certain groups out of the city.
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With Zawahiri in Charge, Al-Qaeda Turns to North Africa

Under new leadership, Al-Qaeda will turn its attention to North Africa, where revolutionary instability has created a timely opportunity to spread its mandate through regional offshoots.
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Arab Regimes Can't Democratize Without Oil Revenue

Authoritarian Arab states rely on oil revenue to maintain a military presence over their people. But cutting this revenue would also hurt social welfare programs, hindering democratization.
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Palestine's Future Rests in Hands of Youth

Nonviolent protest scored a victory in the West Bank - but will its young leaders become the face of Palestine's politics?
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Can Courts Be Objective on LGBT Issues?

Proposition 8 supporters say that Northern California District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to strike down the ban was improperly influenced by his personal life as a gay man.
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As Oil Prices Fluctuate, We Need Long-Term Solutions

With oil back at $95 a barrel, the IEA decision to increase world oil supply to drop oil prices proves to be a short-term fix for a long-term problem.
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#Tahrir All Over Again: On the Ground at Cairo’s #Jun28 Clashes

Reporter Anna Therese Day was covering Egyptian opposition demonstrations when clashes with the Egyptian police escalated into one of the largest protests since the Egyptian Revolution.
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Lines Between Cyber Attacks and Cyber Crimes are Muddled

Despite U.S policymakers recent attempts, we are a long way from full defining the distinction between cybercrime and cyberattacks.
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China's Power Introduces a New World Order

China's growing power is leading a new multipolar world in which America will not always be on top.
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A Solution to Avoid Bubbles By the Fed

To avoid creating asset bubbles, the Fed should increase interest rates, which would encourage immediate borrowing and investment.
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Police Brutality in Morocco Will Only Strengthen Protesters

As protests continue to grow in Morocco, police violence is increasing. Rather than a deterrent, however, this only fosters more Moroccans to rebel against the regime.
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Obesity: America's Best Export

Globalization has brought fast food and sedentary lifestyles to many countries. We should tackle this problem in the same way we tackle tobacco consumption.
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The Future Leader of the GOP

Where will Republicans find their next superstar candidate? They need not look farther than their own pool of young election workers.
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Syria's Uprising Deepens Lebanon's Instability

As the Arab uprising hits Syria, threatening the current regime, the fragile situation in neighboring Lebanon is becoming more hazardous.
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Al-Qaeda and Drug Trafficking, a Dangerous Partnership

There is evidence of links between terrorist and crime organizations, most notably Al-Qaeda and drug cartels. To combat this, U.S. counterterrorism and anti-crime communities need to collaborate.
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Stability Trumps Religion in Saudi Arabia's Arab Spring Policies

Saudi Arabia agreed to provide foreign aid to Egypt in order to ensure the region’s harmony. For the Saudis, any religious motive comes second to securing Egypt's political stability.
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The Gender Bias in Foreign Policy

Gender is polarized in U.S. foreign policy discourse. Female politicians must either fit the "masculine" norm of national security or be stereotyped as "soft".
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International Courts Should Uphold the Rights of the Accused

The criminal tribunal for the Rwandan genocide has been heavy handed in its verdicts, showing there is a clear lack of due process in its decisions.
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Europe's Youth Fight For True Political Representation

European countries recently erupted in protest due to the economic and political issues plaguing the continent. As with the Arab Spring, protesters used social media to fuel their movement.
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Egypt's Military is the New Mubarak Regime

The Egyptian military and the youth reform movement cooperated during the protests that overthrew the Mubarak regime. Now the military apparatus has turned against its former ally.
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In Foreign Policy, Don't Underestimate the Young Guns

Leaders of countries most obstructive to U.S. foreign policy are also among the youngest in the world. Younger American leaders would be better suited to counter them.
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Nasrallah's Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah supported the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, demanding justice. Yet, in his most recent speeches, Nasrallah turned against those same people and supported authoritarian
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What FIFA Can Teach Us About Global Governance

Soccer's governing body has gotten a black eye from scandal in recent weeks. FIFA needs to reorganize and prove it is a democratically healthy supranational organization.
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Water: A Source of Conflict and Instability

Access to water is a source of conflict between neighboring nations with scarce resources. Water disputes need to be resolved through a concerted international effort.
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Steroids and Study Drugs: the Cost of Getting an "Edge"

Our culture tacitly approves both students' and athletes' use of performance enhancing drugs. Our society should implement strict regulations and enforcement to curb these rampant drug aids.

The Case For WikiLeaks As Legitimate Journalism

WikiLeaks is a media platform allowing people to leak information. This helps make it a legitimate journalistic source.
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In Yemen, Too Early To Celebrate Saleh's Departure

Saleh's departure signals the need for a new approach by the Yemini movement to prevent losing nonviolent methods to violence and confusion.
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Parental Paralysis in Education

The misallocation of funds and lack of parental support are major factors in America's lag in test scores. Parents from poorer neighborhoods must be equally engaged in their child's education.
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French Warship Sale to Russia Concerns NATO Allies

The French decision to sell military ships to Russia will lead to tensions among France's allies still haunted by the Soviet era.
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Divers Battle Lionfish for Control of Coral Reefs

Invasive lionfish are destroying Caribbean ecosystems and economies. Now, scuba divers from Florida to Honduras are fighting back to save the reefs and their fishing livelihoods.

Beyond Social Media and Toward Hacktivism

Social media is getting a lot of attention for changing the way democratic struggles play out. But the new frontier for democracy might be hacking with a political purpose: hacktivism.
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The Woes of Indian Muslims

Although Muslims constitute 15% of India's population, they're marginalized economically, politically, and socially. This raises questions about India's status as the world 's largest democracy.
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America Needs a Laissez Faire Education System

New regulations on for-profit universities reveals a deep issue: Federal intervention is ruining the U.S. education system. Let the market find Americans high-quality, but low-cost education.
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Mark My Words: Revamping Civics 101

American citizens' ever-growing ignorance on civics and history is nearing a tipping point that is threatening the nature of our government. Without knowledge, democratic abuses run rampant.
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Why Qatari Planes Roar in Libyan Skies

Qatar has been at the forefront in the NATO-led intervention in Libya. In supporting the rebels, Qatar seeks clout and political leverage in the region and with the West.

To Defend Our Democracy, We Must Defend Wikileaks

Investigative journalism, as we know it, is in trouble. Trying the Wikileaks' founder under the Espionage Act would damage the Fourth Estate.
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America's "Gold Door" of Liberty Slams Shut

Businesses will start to be fined for hiring illegal immigrants, and could even be shut down by the state for repeat offenses. This new law will create discrimination in employee hiring.
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Torture May Work, But Who Cares?

Opposition to torture is not about protecting terrorists, nor is it un-American. It is about the morality and legality of a technique that has played an uncertain role in Osama bin Laden's death.
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Styrofoam: The Jersey Shore of California

Friday satire: The California senate voted to ban Styrofoam containers. The rest of the world should follow this environmentally good decision and vote to ban MTV's Jersey Shore.
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Without Women's Rights, the Egyptian Revolution is Pointless

An Egyptian military general admitted "virginity checks" were conducted on female protesters, but a woman's position in Egyptian society makes this hardly surprising. Such harassment is the norm.
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Why the Affordable Care Act Is Good for Young Adults

The Affordable Care Act has helped young people afford better health insurance and avoid insurers' discrimination against preexisting conditions.
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Yemen Tribes Destroy Dream of Civil Society

While tribes have played a key role in Yemeni politics for over three decades, they are keeping Yemen from moving forward. Protesters must not be sidelined from their goals by tribal violence.
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Drones in the Skies over Yemen Again

Amid concern that Al-Qaeda will consolidate power as Yemen slips into civil war, the U.S. turns to its weapon du jour: Predator drones. And rightfully so.
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Obama Tried (and Failed) to Fix the Economy

The money is there, but Obama's and the Democrats' policies have prevented the U.S. economy from recovering and lowering unemployment. The debt ceiling talks will only continue stagnation.

The NCAA Unfairly Cashing In

College players should be paid for their athletic contributions in major sports. Schools and the media unjustly reap huge profits from the NCAA system. Players can only hope for huge payouts.
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Business Climate Darkens for Carbon Trading

The carbon exchange and carbon credit market is vital in solving climate change issues. The UN must craft a strong emissions cap agreement to help this niche market expand and cut emissions.
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Obama Gets "C" on Financial Report Card

Obama scores high on bank regulation, but completely fails on foreclosure prevention, giving him an average score on overall financial reform.
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The Dark Alternatives to Assad

If Pres. Bashar al-Assad doesn't implement the desired reforms of protesters, Syria will risk civil war, theocratic governance, and becoming a failed state.
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Hardly High Time to Legalize Drugs

Drug legalization wouldn't curtail transnational crime or protect public health. It would be similar to the government saying smoking is good for you.
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A Higher Calling for Race Cars

Cancelling the Formula One race in Bahrain is a perfect opportunity to draw public attention to the human rights catastrophe within the country.
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The Political Celebrity

We live in a time where politicians' personal lives are in the public eye, and our generation must decide how we separate personal failings from political ones.
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America's Hypocrisy With Dictators

The Arab Spring calls into question the American foreign policy of supporting dictatorships in the name of stability.
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Examining the Debate: Pawlenty Falls Short to Romney

Monday's debate did little to secure Tim Pawlenty as Mitt Romney's main challenger. Instead, Tea Party candidates like Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin stuck out.
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Objection! There Should Be No Mubarak Trial

Egypt's trial of Hosni Mubarak may give the Egyptian people their revenge, but it costs other revolutions a shot at reform.
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The Best Way to Fight Terror

Foreign assistance is only 1% of America's budget, but it is the most effective tool in combating terrorism. Aid builds and strengthens our ties with developing nations' peoples, stemming terror.
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Artifact Safe Haven

Britain should continue to protect the Rosetta Stone and Elgin Marbles at the British Museum, but should pay conflict-prone Egypt and Greece reparations for these artifacts.
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America Can End AIDS in Africa

Providing people in poor countries with access to HIV/AIDS treatment is not only a moral imperative but also makes economic sense.

What LeBron Could Learn From Obama

LeBron James' career, much like President Obama's 2007 campaign, is being prematurely written off. James should take cues from the president on how to be a winner.

The Invisible Hand of Google

Ethics don't drive Google. The company uses the veil of a "Don't Be Evil" business philosophy to retain broad appeal and paying advertisers.
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Gates' Farewell Warning to Europe

Robert Gates' final speech in Europe has issued a blunt warning about the future of NATO. Whatever your views of the alliance, Gates has made clear the potential for U.S. disengagement.
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In Egypt, Police are the Revolution's Greatest Obstacle

Police brutality was a driving force behind Egypt's revolution. Four months later, human rights activists believe police abuse is still rife.

Internet Security's Growing Pains

Recent website hacks provide a wake-up call for companies and institutions to address fundamental internet security concerns, especially as the internet grows.

The Drawbacks of NPR Being Radio Silenced

As Congress looks to cut funding to NPR, we should realize that public media provides strong journalism not found elsewhere, especially with business-driven outlets.
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Why Weiner's Infidelity Matters In Politics

Weiner's full-time job is to be an up-standing leader, on and off the clock. We hold other professionals to round-the-clock standards and politicians are no different.
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When Sarah Met Donald: Letters From Juno

Another One of Sarah Palin's E-mails Found! (or not)
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Colleges Should Treat Sexual Assault and Hate Crimes Equally

Sexual harassment on college campuses is pervasive, even at the most prestigious universities. Universities must have zero-tolerance for these crimes.
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West Texas Lizard vs. Your Wallet

Faulty evidence for determining that the dunes sagebrush lizard in West Texas is going extinct may lead to federal government regulations that could make energy prices jump.
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Export? Forget it

The jet gives America a technological and military edge that it should strive to keep.
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Let’s Consider Selling

Given instability in the Middle East and China's rising power, the U.S. should consider selling an export variant of the F-22 fighter to balance power with closes allies.
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"Minority Report" Meets Homeland Security

Homeland Security began testing a new privacy tool that can "sense" if you are about to commit a crime. But the government should take privacy cues from the likes of Facebook and Google.
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The Perils of Drone Seduction

Unmanned Predator drones may be a convenient weapon after a decade of costly wars, but their unchecked use could pose significant political and strategic problems.
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Romney, Paul: Withdraw Troops Now

Some mainstream conservatives now believe Afghanistan can't improve unless American forces leave the region, but they fail to realize the potential consequences of this drawdown.
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After Veto, California Property Rights Still Not Safe

The scourge of redevelopment agencies in California must be stopped. They take advantage of eminent domain and hard-working property owners.
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The Iraqi Mosaic Remains Intact

After sectarian violence erupted in Iraq, most Americans thought the country was divided. But Iraqis have always been a unified people, and remain so today.
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Biodiversity in the DMZ Could Pave Way to Peace

In the world's most militarized space, environmental preservation should be used as a basis for mutual de-escalation.
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#Spanishrevolution: Roots of the Movement

An interview with a member of the 15M movement — Spain's democratic uprising — gives personal insight to how the movement began, what protesters want, and how they are organized.
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Entering an Era of Realism

Realist conservatives in America should not be vilified by other conservatives as isolationists, as the U.S. needs to focus on its problems at home.
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When We Don't Need U.S. Aid

Rather than debating how best to deliver economic and technical aid to the Middle East in order to support democracy, the U.S. should be debating whether this aid is needed or wanted at all.
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#Spanishrevolution: The Future of the Movement

An interview with a democratic activist in Spain continues, as he sheds light on the future of the 15M movement and how it has effected the political environment.
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"Hangover 2" Should Have Been Filmed in Cleveland

Government subsidies for film production are sending movie locations overseas, taking away jobs from young Americans and undermining artistic creativity.
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Sudan's New War

Fighting has flared up in Abyei, the disputed oil-rich region in Sudan. Only a local solution with international help can bring about peace in this contested region.
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Tax the Dead!

Taxing the dead would help generate profits and pay Medicare expense. Medicare would have the first claim to your inheritance, as opposed to your heirs.
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Private Universities: The Real Deal

Who said you can't afford a Yale education? Private institutions use tuition money more efficiently, and they have a better total value compared to public schools.
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Time for Gingrich to Exit

Gingrich should abandon his sinking campaign for president and rally behind a stronger Republican candidate like Texas Governor Rick Perry.
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Oil and the Continuation of the Iraq War

As U.S. and Iraqi policymakers backtrack on the proposed deadline for the exit of American troops, revelations of big oil profits indicate why.
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The Media Fog of War

History shows American media and government have worked hand-in-hand to facilitate public support for policy decisions, especially on war. Our society can't accept this partnership.
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The Spanish Cucumber Pickle

Germany's false accusation that Spanish cucumbers caused an E. coli outbreak shows the need for national governments to defer to international entities on infectious outbreaks.
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History Lessons for U.S. Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring

Obama risks repeating his predecessor’s mistakes by directly intervening in the Arab Spring uprisings.
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State Schools: Leading the Way

Public institutions are more than keggers and tailgates — they are leaders in research and produce graduates who can better give back to their communities.
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Will North Korea Use its Nuclear Arsenal?

The rouge nation has shown it has a loose trigger finger, so what's to stop North Korea from using a nuclear weapon.
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Ruling With an Iron Fist

To set a precedent, the ICC must convict war criminals quickly and decisively, avoiding any acts of impunity.
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A Truly Universal Court

The ICC should form a more concrete judgement system which would affect a broader range of global citizens.
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Financial Reform Alienates Minorities in Home Ownership

Recent mortgage reform prevents minorities and the young from owning homes by charging higher rates or delaying home ownership for up to 14 years.
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20-Somethings Who Still Play with Toys

Despite the stagnant economy, small business owner Jake Brereton has used a socially responsible business model to steer Green Town Toys to success.
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America's Next Terror Threat

As U.S. support for military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan wanes, Al-Qaeda operations in Yemen and Somalia are accelerating, demanding America's focus.
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Obama Impersonator Yanked Off Stage by GOP

As the presidential election heats up, the GOP seems to only have one strategy: bash Obama. But this plan is already backfiring on Republicans.
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Global Fish Population Barely Treading Water

In order to save our fish populations from overfishing, we need to place 40% of the world's oceans off-limits through marine reserves.
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American Medical Group Association Rejects Centerpiece of Obama's Health Care Plan

News that the provider will not participate in the cornerstone of health care reform, the creation of Accountable Care Organizations, deals a blow to Obama's plan but is a victory for patients.
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Congress Takes the Lead on Aid to Pakistan

Congress should continue to question how money from the "Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund" is spent by the president.
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Absurd Parallels Between Herman Cain and Bibi Netanyahu

Herman Cain’s remark that he would require Muslims serving in his administration to take a loyalty oath seems absurd in the U.S., but this type of policy is common in Netanyahu's Israel.
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Life of A Female Middle East Reporter (Part 1)

A "dumb blonde" question goes a long way when trying to defuse a heated room full of Hezbollah fighters.
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GOP Campaign Kicks Off

John Giokaris and Matt Newill reflect on the first GOP 2012 presidential debate.
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"Superman" Charter Schools Might Not Be So Heroic

A New York City lawsuit filed by the NAACP and United Teachers Federation against charter schools should be applauded for advancing equity.

After Budget Cuts, Cal Baseball Rallies Funds and Swings for the Fences

Cal baseball is competing for the College World Series, just months after the university nearly cut the team due to budget woes.
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Germany Reforms Its Military, But to No Avail

Germany has an ambitious military reform plan to increase military effectiveness. However, contradictory national pacifist impulses and a NATO military commitment complicate the issue.
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Life of A Female Middle East Reporter (Part 2)

As long as there are Iman al-Obeidys, we need Lara Logans to bring stories of sexual assault in conflict zones to light.

"X-Men," and the End of Multiculturalism

The X-Men may consciously embrace progressive multiculturalism, but by trying to be everything to everyone, the franchise forgets that not all differences are created equal.
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Libya Bombing Transcends Party Politics

Democrats and Republicans are now more often siding with each other on foreign policy issues, blurring ideology.
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Comrades in Protest

Like in the Arab world, the European masses take to the streets in protest against government corruption, which has ravaged their countries’ economies.
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The Second Arab Spring? Not Quite

European protests are more like distant cousins than brothers with the Arab Spring uprisings.
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Big Picture: Scenes from Egypt's Anger Friday

Freelance American journalist Anna Therese Day captured the following pictures on the front lines of the violent clashes of Egypt's Anger Friday.
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Palestinian Human Rights Activist Sees Limited Opportunity for Peace

The executive director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group explains why he sees little progress in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.
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Peru Elects its President, But Uncertainty Still Reigns

Peru will be waiting to see whether president-elect Ollanta Humala sticks to his moderate reform platform or turns to his more radical roots.
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Biofuel and Trade Reform Can Help Global Food Output

In times of highly unpredictable food prices, it is important to engineer sound policies to limit the negative impact on developing countries' poorest households.
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Walmart Decision Upholds Discrimination

By reversing the lower court’s decision in Dukes v. Walmart, the Supreme Court created legal cover for national discrimination under the guise of efficient business.
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Rejecting His Generals, Obama Chooses Winning Strategy

Obama should make his own war decisions. Generals are concerned with military objectives, and their role does not necessarily evaluate the full spectrum of decision-making.
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Econ Reform Tops List for Tunisia and Egypt

Higher standards of living in post-Arab Spring countries are being deflated by poor economic conditions. Government spending could solve this.
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GOP Aims to Block Some Voters in 2012

In the fight for control over the White House in 2012, Republicans in some states are resorting to a new, questionable effort to push out the Democrats: Stop them from voting.
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For Egypt's New Government, a New Direction on the Nile

Egypt's new policy on usage of the Nile shows that the post-Mubarak government is serious about improving its relations with other African countries.
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Global Drug Legalization

The economic and humanitarian crisis created by the War on Drugs, can only effectively be solved by drug legalization.
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A Better Global Strategy

Resolving the global drug problem requires a tough overhaul of the current failing policies.
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Isolationism Is Not the Answer

The GOP and some Americans argue that the U.S. can't afford to be a superpower, but today's world is no place for isolationism. U.S. isolationism is not an option.
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Bankers and Blondes: A Love Story

The parallel paths of Goldman Sachs and America's (former) favorite heiress are uncanny.
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As Powers Disagree, the Libya Question Deepens

Diplomacy will end the conflict in Libya. A two state solution would be too costly, a pro-longed war counter-productive.

Stewart's Fox Interview: Media Sensationalism in a Sound Bite

Beneath the headlines about Jon Stewart's interview on "Fox News Sunday" lies the debate about the media's troubling tendency toward sensationalism.
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Health Care Debate Asks the Wrong Question

We should stop discussing policy issues like health care in terms rights and spend more time discussing costs, benefits, and evidence.
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Health Care as a Right Opens Pandora's Box

Intrinsically, we would like to say there is a "right" to health care, but deeming it so distracts us from the worthwhile goal of expanding access to quality care.
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The Survival of Israel Depends on the U.S.

Israel depends on the U.S.'s economic and military support, and recent comments made by Obama only encourage Arab opposition.
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Why You Should Buy Knockoffs

The lack of piracy and trademark laws in the fashion industry force designers to constantly create newer, better trends.
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The 1986 Economic Strategy

With the debt talks stalled, we should explore the historically successful strategy of eliminating all tax subsidies and closing all tax loopholes.
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We Need an Open Forum

University speech codes undermine intellectual growth and jeopardize the education of the unlucky few who are wrongfully disciplined for expressing their thoughts in public.
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Restricted Speech is Warranted

Private universities should be tolerant learning environments, which may mean restricting free speech.
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Buy Local, Eat Better

Several Boston and New York start-ups have developed a local food model that sidesteps the industry's middlemen, supplying better produce at a competitive price.
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Obama Cannot Abandon Afghanistan

Despite America's growing distaste for the war in Afghanistan, total withdrawal now is a mistake. The U.S. should continue to build Afghan institutions, and should up the number of civilians.
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A Teenage Congressman? It Could Work

Constitutionally, Federal representatives must be older than 25. But young people could add interesting views to Congress. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate them.
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Job Seekers: Health IT is Hiring, Expensive Degree Not Needed

A two-year degree from a specialized health IT program can get a student or mid-career employee a better-paying job cheaper and faster than a four-year school.
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Compromise Will Determine GOP's Fate

House Republicans should work alongside Democrats on the debt ceiling and budget to show that the party will do what is necessary for the nation.
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A War With Canada

Foreign countries are stealing tens of thousands of potential U.S. jobs each year by offering better incentives for movie makers. It's time for the U.S. to start a tax war.

Companies Cash in on Your Online Reputation

Websites which keep track of a user's social networking "influence" are hardly about proliferating the author's views and more about corporatizing him or her.
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The African Union Should Replace NATO in Libya

The African Union may be a more legitimate multinational organization to broker peace in Libya, as its peace strategies have already been accepted by Gaddafi.
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"Spend What Is Necessary" No Longer Applies to U.S. Wars

Less than a decade after Bush's "War on Terror," military spending and American engagement overseas have fallen out of fashion.
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As Students Fail U.S. History, Politicians Distort the Past

Politicians relentlessly manipulate U.S. history for their own political gain. Without a proper education in history, citizens will not be able discern what is actually true.
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Ai Weiwei's Freedom Doesn't Fix #ChinaHumanRights Record

The political dissident may have been released from prison, but he still cannot speak or travel freely.
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Has Obama Lost His Mojo?

When will the president regain the optimism and gusto that made him popular with young people last election?
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Electoral College Reform Hinges on New York

New York should lead the way and abolish the archaic Electoral College system.

The Double-Edged Sword in Revolutionary Social Media

Facebook and Twitter caught Arab leaders off guard, but those same leaders are now using social media against their own people.
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Obama's Economic Waste Campaign Littered With Vagueness

Though Obama is saying all of the right things in planning to combat government waste, his plan lacks serious, meaningful proposals.
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H2O Scarcity Compounds India-Pakistan Issue

Dam projects in the Indus River Basin make water a potential weapon that targets the internal stability of Pakistan. Without water access, Pakistan resort to violence.
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Grocery Consumers Pay More for a Good Story

In the era of natural food, marketers know how to appeal to consumers. Creating a narrative of cows and lush fields makes consumers more willing to pay the high price for organic food.
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Libertarians Led Charge for NY Gay Marriage

When we stop framing issues in terms of Left vs. Right and instead use liberty over government control, more people come on board to build honest coalitions.
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Greece Approves Austerity Package, Media Jumps on Old News

Once again the world's attention has turned to Greece, stoking up drama in the country that invented it. Though the coverage is relevant, the hype may not be.
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India Ups Interest Rates, A Misguided Monetary Policy

The Reserve Bank of India's plan to curb inflation is short-sighted and will threaten the country's GDP growth.
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International Failure in Kosovo Gives Rise to Resentment

Until the situation in Kosovo improves, it serves as a cautionary example of the perils of humanitarian intervention elsewhere.
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Sex Scandals Don't Close the Hill's Gender Gap

Women don't capitalize on their demographic's lack of scandals, simply because the public doesn't care. Female politicians need another strategy to gain footing in a male-dominated Washington