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Why Young People Don't Participate in Politics

The UN High-level Meeting of Youth attendees reflect on young people's disillusionment with today's political culture.
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Obamacare vs. Romneycare

Tim Pawlenty's term, "Obamneycare," is a misnomer.
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Online Petitions: Slacktivism at its Best

While the Caylee's Law e-petition has become viral, e-petitions should not be seen as effective democratic tools, but rather civic laziness.
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Swedish Reforms Threaten the Welfare State

Due to welfare state reforms, there may be a decline of social egalitarianism in Sweden.
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Gov't Shouldn't Cut Art to Save Budgets

In budget cuts, arts programs are often the first to go, even though art education provides socio-economic well-being.
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LOtR: A Philosophy of Questions

The Lord of the Rings describes a world of complex and varied political and social structures. It is up to the reader to judge their respective merits.
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South Sudan: Human Rights Advocacy Requires Broader Scope

If the human rights advocates want to maintain a foothold in South Sudanese development, they must address a broader range of internal and foreign affairs.
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The Path to Statehood: South Sudan Follows Precedent

South Sudan's independence shines light on the different approaches that other prospective nations are using to achieve statehood.
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Bromarriage: The GOP's Best Strategy

Embracing gay marriage is the GOP's only hope of winning the 2012 election and will solve everything from environmental sustainability to the violence in the Middle East.
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America: A Nation, Not a Business

America can not be run like a business, as conservatives argue, else we put the basic interests of the American people at risk.

Three Golden Reasons to be Pro-Hacktivist

Hacktivists are upstanding members of society, and here's why.
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Obama Will Win Independent Vote in 2012

Obama is more concerned with winning over independents than connecting his base, a winning strategy for 2012.
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Rising Debt in Europe Puts Germany’s Leadership to the Task

Germany must relinquish its role as defender of the euro to save both itself and Europe.
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#311: Social Media's Role in @Japan'sDisaster

In the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, social media has begun to revolutionize disaster management.
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Keep Taxes Coming

Taxation is not theft. It helps provide public goods — like infrastructure — which benefit society.
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No Need to Reinvent Money

The "virtual" currency Bitcoin may just be a currency fad, but its emergence tells us a lot about the state of our "real" economy.
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A Public Failing: Understanding CIA Analysis

Post 9/11, the public and the media have focused on the "now" rather than in-depth forecasting.
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A Family Affair: New Thai PM Distances Herself From Brother

Thailand's new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra must disassociate from the country's former PM, and brother, the corrupt Thaksin Shinawatra.
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Conservatism Under Attack on College Campuses

A liberal bias in universities has ignited a fervor among young conservatives for their voices to be heard on campus.
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Top 5 Most Overrated U.S. Presidents

Taking a look back on these presidents' histories reveals some unsettling facts about the people who've led our country.
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Solar Energy: An Expensive Path to Job Creation

Clean energy projects, like solar, guarantee neither cost-effective energy efficiency or permanent job creation.
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How Immigrants Can Fix Our Economy

Policymakers can grow the economy by reforming immigration laws to attract highly skilled workers.
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Disarming Libya: The Next Big NATO Project

It is imperative that the international community develop a plan to avoid future conflict with armed Libyan rebels, as they did in Kosovo in 1999.
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EU Military Doomed to Fail

Poland, Germany, and France want to form an EU military high command, but this is a pipe dream.
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Yemen Suffers As Water Becomes Scarce

Yemen faces catastrophic famine as extreme drought conditions continue to ravage the country.
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Think Pakistan Will Come Around? Think Again

The U.S. will put a lot of stock into a country that is on a moral decline to hold Afghanistan once the military begins its departure.
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Jerusalem Post Reporter Talks Israel-Palestine

A senior Palestinian affairs correspondent shares his personal opinion on Palestinian-Israeli relations and the on-going conflict in the region.
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Detainment of Student Activist Angers Egyptians

21-year-old student Loai Nagati was unjustly detained and transferred to military prosecution during Cairo's recent protests in Tahrir Square.
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U.S. Intervention in Libya Undermines Nonproliferation Strategy

NATO intervention in Libya reveals America's incompetent and inconsistent strategy when dealing with nonproliferation.
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What is the Real Value of a College Education?

The Department of Education created new federal regulations which aim to shape up America's worst-performing for-profit colleges.
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U.S. Needs a New Counter Terror Strategy in Yemen

To eradicate Al-Qaeda, the U.S. must learn from past mistakes in Yemen by working with different groups to prevent autocrats from monopolizing the country's security forces.
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Do Not Raise Taxes; Cut Waste

Increasing taxes on wealthy Americans is not going to solve the country's economic woes.
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The Resource Curse Haunts Chile-China Trade

Chile's high trade volume of copper to China may be making it's economy dependent on a single product.
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Ivory Coast Moves Closer to Civil War

While the country again teeters and moves closer to anarchy, the West has forgotten about the African nation.
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Kagan's Dissent: "All the Law Does is Fund More Speech"

The Arizona law does not limit speech; it funds additional voices in politics.
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Syria’s Collapse Would Send Seismic Waves Through Region

The future of the Assad regime has implications for the political balance of the entire Middle East region.

Net Neutrality Keeps Internet Costs Down

Network neutrality is necessary to prevent internet service providers with near-monopoly market power from taking advantage of consumers.
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America's Failed Negotiations With a Nuclear Iran

Dr. Emily Landau of the Institute for National Security Studies discusses Iran’s nuclear capability, its future nuclear growth, and how that affects the rest of the world.
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U.S. Must Not Disengage from Afghanistan

America abandoned the country at the end of the Cold War and, as the global leader, we can't make the same mistake again.
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Women Still Lose in Politics

Females comprise a startlingly low percentage of government seats at all levels of office, and poor recruitment strategy is to blame as women are less likely to run for office.
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What’s Sex Got to Do With American Politics?

From Clinton to Weiner, sex scandals are eroding America's more puritan and moral approach to politics.
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Cash-Strapped Al-Qaeda Digs Into North African Pockets

With an operating budget of just "thousands of dollars," Al-Qaeda has turned to kidnappings and ransom in North Africa for funding.
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Georgia Fills Job Gap With Modern-Day Chain Gangs

Governor Nathan Deal plans to bring in mostly non-white probationers to take farm jobs that migrant workers left when the state passed a strict immigration law.
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Our Generation's 1776 Moment

On July 4th, PolicyMic writers share their thoughts on our generation's most important challenges. What do you think our revolutionary moment is?
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"Green" Energy Threatens Asian Ecosystem

Rising demand for palm oil in the global marketplace has led to deforestation and species depletion in Borneo, exacerbating climate change.

Behind the Virtual “Cloud,” a Trail of Smoke

Data centers, the internet's infrastructure, support ever-expanding technology. But as this industry grows, so does its environmental footprint.
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Local Governments Help Build Egyptian Democracy

By "aiming local," Egypt's new municipal councils present an opportunity for reformers to strengthen Arab democracy.
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For Greece to Reach Austerity, History Must Repeat Itself

To determine the future of Greece one only has to look at the painful political and socio-economic transitions of its Eastern European neighbors.
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The United States of Grilling

We hold these truths to be self-evident ... life, liberty, and the pursuit of barbecuing?
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Lebanon’s Pollution Spoils Economy

Lebanon poorly funds infrastructure developments and other projects that would prevent environmental hazards, harming the country's tourism-based economy and public health.
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UN Pres: We Won't Accept Regimes Who Kill Their People

In an exclusive interview, the UN General Assembly president talks Libya, global health, and UN reform.
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Tensions Rise as South Sudan Independence Approaches

South Sudan has grown more distrustful of Khartoum as the region's July 9 independence day draws near.
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A Guide to Donating Effectively

The problem is not that we are giving; it is how we are giving.

Systematic Racism Still Exists

Oscar Grant's death highlights the presence of systemic racism in America and exemplifies the need for institutional reforms to curb police brutality.
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The Media Loves a Good Gaffe

Blunders by politicians may be great fodder for the media, but voters appear not to care.
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California Governor Imposes Controversial Internet Tax

Jerry Brown wants to tax internet retailers to get California out of debt, but this will only force businesses to leave the state.
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UN: Internet Access is A Human Right

Providing internet access to all is a necessary step in socio-economic development in poor countries.
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Pres. Clinton: Young People Must be More Informed

PolicyMic reports from Campus Progress' National Conference in Washington, D.C., as President Clinton and other speakers charge our generation to turn truth into power.
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The Conservative Message Paradox

Expecting conservatives to fix government programs they oppose is like allowing inmates to run a prison.
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Chevy Volt + $1 Gas Tax Will Solve Energy, Deficit

Raising the gas tax could be just what America needs to shift towards green technologies and lift the country out of the recession.
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NATO Missile Defense "Infringes" on Russia

Despite NATO's best efforts, Russia still believes Europe and the U.S. want to harm their interests.
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U.S. Shouldn't Protect Hollywood

America may not be the best at producing movies anymore, but that only means we should shift our priorities elsewhere.
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A Global Army Can Create Peace

A truly international army must take over the U.S.'s role as the world's peacekeeper.
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Casey Anthony Verdict Upholds Justice

The verdict is an example of our judicial system working to ensure that even the most demonized among us get a fair trial.
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Obama Letters Help Acknowledge Vets' Invisible Wounds

Obama's decision to overturn a policy on sending official condolence letters to families who lost soldiers to suicide sheds light on mental illness in the military.
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Servicewomen Closing Gender Gap in Politics

Female veterans, with their military service highlighting their honest commitment to the country, are poised to become a major force in electoral politics.
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UN: Midwifery Can Lower Child Deaths

Enhancing midwifery services and building trust between the community and health services in developing countries could save thousands of mothers and children.
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Obama's '08 Election Inspires Copycat Campaigns

Socialist leader Martine Aubry's campaign for French president mimics Obama's in 2008, indicating that many still admire his success.
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Keep Them Looking Up

While some see America's weapon du jour as "flying killing machines," drones are important and effective counter-terrorism tools that keep our enemies' eyes trained nervously on the skies.
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5 Ways to Make a Difference in the 2012 Election

As the presidential election approaches, here are some ways to influence the vote without using your wallet.
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Inflationistas Harm Economic Growth

We need to stop spreading fear of hyperinflation, as the Fed should be engaging in even more unorthodox policies to curtail unemployment.
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Michele Bachmann: I Am America

Michele makes her case for president. Hilarity ensues.
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The Social Networks: Privacy and the Law

Social networking legal rights are something people must understand when publishing on sites like Facebook.
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Stalled Doha Round Opens Trade Opportunities

With the Doha Round facing hurdles, alternatives to trade liberalization should be considered.
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'Huck Luck' Will Cost Pawlenty Nomination

The former governor may be the first in, first out in the 2012 presidential race.
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The Injustice of Lebanon's UN Tribunal

The recent indictment in the investigation of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination may prove ineffective in bringing his killers to justice.
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Financial Regulation Will Not Kill Jobs

Studies that write off financial regulations as job killers are shortsighted; the long term gains of regulation outweigh any short term losses.
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Nuclear Energy Dangers in A Post-Fukushima Age

Fukushima should be used as an incentive to replace nuclear energy with sustainable alternatives.
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The Two Stories of South Sudan's Independence

There are many different views on South Sudan's independence and what it means.
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Safeguards Against Economic Downturns

The financial crisis from 2008 may have sent our country into a debilitating state of unemployment and debt, but we can use it as a lesson for better government regulations.
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Assassinating An American Al-Qaeda Leader

The laws protecting Americans from prosecution without just cause should not be set aside for convenience, as they have been with Anwar al-Awlaki.
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DSK Might Not be President, But Don't Write His Political Obituary

The New York sex scandal might kill his French presidential hopes, but Strauss-Kahn still has a future in politics.
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Strauss-Kahn Will Exit Politics of His Own Free Will

Without the possibility of presidency, Strauss-Kahn may feel too over-experienced for lower-level positions and leave politics.

Title IX Needs a 21st Century Makeover

Title IX has drastically impacted college athletics, but it is a 40-year-old policy that needs to be updated.
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India's Real Estate Industry Dangerously Unregulated

India's continued lack of a real estate watchdog is a problem for consumers and the wider economy.
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Obama 2012 May Lack the Youth Vote

The youth vote won Obama the White House in 2008, but which way will they swing next cycle?
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Palestinian Statehood Would Benefit Everyone

If Palestine is acknowledged as an official state, negotiations with Israel will become far more concrete.
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Cracks in Egypt's Leaderless Revolution

With only anger and dissatisfaction to unite a diverse political spectrum, Egypt's unique revolution may soon splinter and fall.
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Education Reform on the Wrong Track

In order to solve our education problems, we need to look outside the box and outside the schools.
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Understanding Russia's Lukewarm Position on Missile Defense

Russia does not need missile defense cooperation, nor does its historical relationship with the West encourage such a project.
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Muslim Brotherhood’s Youth Wing Faces Internal Divisions

If the religious organization does not respond to youth concerns, the Egyptian political group risks splitting into factions.
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Criticizing GOP on Debt Issues is Shortsighted

Criticism of Republicans for being stubborn in debt-ceiling talks are baseless.
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Festive Atmosphere Marks Day of Rage in Tahrir Square

At the Day of Rage this Friday, the atmosphere in Tahrir seemed more like a carnival with a festive but determined crowd set to take back the revolution.
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Online Petitions: Simple and Effective Democracy

The recent Change.org petition for the creation of "Caylee's Law" demonstrates the power of online organizing as an effective venue for activism.
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Concerns Over Indian Nuclear Plant Blinded by Politics

The alarming safety and economic concerns for the world's soon-to-be largest nuclear power plant is being dangerously buried in a political free-for-all.
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Privatization of State Arts Agency Sets Dangerous Precedent

With many leaders calling for privatization of government functions, it is important to understand the impacts of outsourced state activities.
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Time to Raise The Debt Ceiling

With the U.S. possibly ready to default on its debt within a matter of weeks, politicians are irresponsibly turning a very serious issue into a reckless game.

Differences Between Men and Women are Perceived

The media adheres to a male/female gender binary, which constrains people to limiting, socially constructed definitions on transgender issues.
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Egyptian Protestors Are Winning A Battle Of Will

Despite recent court case decisions threatening Egyptian democracy, protesters' steadfast opposition is a positive sign for Egypt's future.
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The Two Sudans' Oil Problem

Oil production still links newly independent South Sudan to its northern neighbor, Sudan.

NBA Lockout Endangers Local Businesses

Many small market businesses, like those centered around the Indiana Pacers, will feel the pinch if the NBA doesn't have a season.
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Sports: The Missing Link to Conflict Resolution

For West Bank youth, soccer games and sporting events may be the key to bridging divides and bringing peace to Israel-Palestine.
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Celebrating Liberty in New Hampshire

"Live Free or Die" rings true in New Hampshire during an annual gathering of activists and anarchists.
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South Sudan Now Needs Socio-Economic Development

As Sudan and South Sudan settle as uneasy neighbors, it will be important to focus on infrastructure in order to maintain lasting peace.
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A Pragmatic Perspective on the National Debt Crisis

The most realistic solution to the debt ceiling calls for compromise that may be hard to swallow for today's generation of idealists.
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Huntsman Gives GOP a Chance to Woo Young Voters

Jon Huntsman has an opportunity to bring young voters into the GOP fold, and should start in New Hampshire.

Obama Chooses Tech Innovation in Debt Debate

Whether or not Obama's compromise on the debt debate wins out, he has shown that he stands for investing in innovation over protecting entitlements, which will ultimately help the economy.

Lose-Lose Situation for the Student Athlete

The emphasis in the U.S. on degrees over professional careers for college athletes is a zero-sum game, as students get poor athletic training and a questionable education.
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Doubts Raised Over Cost of British Aircraft Carriers

Despite cost concerns, the Royal Navy should continue to push ahead with this important military project.
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Government Waste: Do You Know it When You See it?

There is no exact science to determine what constitutes government waste, but here are some examples.
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3-Step Guide to Fixing the Meat Industry

Consumer awareness campaigns, removing corn subsidies, and regionally-focused mid-sized meat processors could stamp out nasty animal feed and slaughter operations.

Google+ Does It Better

Google's competition with Facebook manifests itself in a new social networking site that blows everyone else out of the water.
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Libertarianism at Core of Drug Legalization

America's war on drugs is fruitless and, worse, violates liberty. Portugal shows drug decriminalization can be successful.
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Give Iraqis the Freedom We Promised

Iraqi independence need not be delayed, as the U.S. occupation has become an irritant for the Iraqi people, and has done far more harm than good.
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Obama's Populist Peril

Obama appears on the brink of adopting a populist strategy for 2012, but this has not served Democratic presidential candidates well in the past.

E-readers Won't Survive an Apocalypse

Unlike books, e-readers are not a durable technology for the ages. Civilization risks letting electronic texts slip through the cracks.
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Over-Extraction Destroying Ocean Ecosystem

After spending five weeks sailing the Pacific, one author saw the atrocities of the fishing industry firsthand.
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Morocco Sidesteps Democratic Reform

The new Moroccan constitution shows that, even with reforms, democracy is far from a reality.
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Obama Won't Win Debt Talks With 14th Amendment Option

Of the options facing the GOP and the president, Obama invoking the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling is out of the question.
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Budget Battle Distracts From Anti-Environmental Cuts

Special interests are attempting to carry out a coup against valuable environmental regulations, and clean air and water standards.
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Neo-GOPs Are the Future of U.S. Politics

Republicans will lead the way this decade, with their mainstream policies and creative views.
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Winners and Losers in the New Hampshire Primary

The state will play a major role in the GOP horse race primary season, and here's a look at who will win, place and show.
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Oil: America's Kryptonite

Oil dependence has become America's biggest weakness, one we must begin to eliminate.
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Mitt Answers Michele: Why My Brain is Bigger

Michele Bachmann threw down the gauntlet. Mitt Romney picked it up.
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Fasting as a Method of Public Protest in India

Are hunger strikes a form of extra-constitutional blackmail, or a legitimate form of political protest?

How Cyber Hackers Get Press

An author's brush with an Anonymous member was strange, especially when looking at the nebulous inner workings of a hacking collective seeking political legitimacy.
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How Brews Will Whet Our Economic Whistle

America's craft-beer industry is a prime example of how local economies are leading the way to economic recovery.
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Breaking the Chinese Monopoly On Rare Minerals

The recent WTO ruling against Chinese export limitations on raw materials is not just a mandate for China to open its doors — it is impetus for the U.S. to seek out alternative sources.
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Eco-Tourism: Where Money and Preservation Intersect

Developing eco-tourism can help overcome environmental degradation.
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Assassination Highlights Afghan Security Concerns

With the killing of Hamid Karzai's brother, the fate of southern Afghanistan and the effectiveness of security both remain uncertain.
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South Sudan Youths' Identity Crisis

Moving forward, many South Sudanese youths will have difficulty adjusting to cultural and social alienation.
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Women's Vital Role in the Palestine-Israel Conflict

A conversation with female Palestinian leaders on women's role in promoting a peaceful two-state solution.
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Public vs. Private Schools: An International Perspective

The question of public or private education on an international level is not a competition like it is in the U.S.; both sectors serve different purposes and populations.
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The Centrist Solution to Greek, U.S. Debt Crises

The economic woes of both Greece and America show striking similarities: an unchecked, partisan policy environment.

Atheism: An Identity, Not A Choice

Atheists need to first attain status as a legitimate minority in order to end discriminatory statements against them.
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The International Dump Yard Economy

Economic growth for ship-breakers have come at a huge environmental cost.
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Consuming Intelligence: The "Study Stimulant" Problem on Campus

Student abuse of "study drugs" is widespread. University mental health facilities and pharmaceutical companies should help curb this problem.
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Trade Schools: The Answer to Diverse Learning Styles

Specialized schools that cater to students' specific interests and learning styles could put them on a more efficient track to success.
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Empathy, Perspective Missing from Israel-Palestine Talks

Before beginning peace talks, Israeli and Palestinian leadership should take a walk in the other side's shoes.
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California Is Destroying its Universities

California will cut higher education funding by $650 million, which hurts both the state's students and its economic future.
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Bachmann Gets Spike in Polls, But It Won't Last

The GOP presidential candidate has seen an 8 point jump in New Hampshire polling in the last month, but this will fizzle like Donald Trump's high ratings in April.
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New Gov't Health Board Hinders Long-Term Health Care

Major concerns are growing that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will cut access to care, yet another criticism of Obama's 2010 health care bill.
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Youth Can Solve the GOP's Identity Crisis

The current political climate gives GOP a chance to reach out to grab the attention of a new segment of young moderate voters in search of a representative party.
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A Front Page Crime: Outing the Special Forces

The WSJ published a picture of special ops soldiers' faces, a tactless act could very well endanger the soldiers and their family.
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Obamacare Savings Grossly Miscalculated

A recent report proves that both practically and fiscally, Obamacare’s champions have no idea how the new health care system will work.
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Rising Long-term Unemployment = Unskilled Workforce

Long-term unemployment is higher then ever, but reducing that statistic while simultaneously preserving a skilled workforce presents many challenges.
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Houston, We Have a (Spending) Problem

The space program is past its prime in innovation and development, and it should not remain a federal priority.
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