Erin Lahman
Erin Lahman
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Chelsea Manning Pardon: We Can't Ignore the Impact of Aggressive U.S. Foreign Policy

Chelsea Manning's sentence and letter, requesting a pardon, raise a critical issue. Americans should seize this moment to discuss the “blowback” of aggressive, U.S. foreign policy.

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The Libertarian Answer to the Minimum Wage Debate

Politicians and pundits need to ask why the cost of living is rising so dramatically that a minimum wage increase would be necessary.
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Supreme Court Gay Marriage: True Marriage Equality Means Getting the Government Out

Regardless of what the 2008 voting electorate decided in California or if SCOTUS nullifies DOMA, there are still some pressing details that deserve attention.
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Syrian Civil War: Obama Has Been Secretly Sending Machine Guns to Syria For Months

An estimated 93,000 Syrian casualties have resulted from the civil conflict since April 2011, but how long has the United States really been arming these "rebel" groups?
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Tired Of Politics? You Can Still Make a Difference By Refusing to Vote

Will a single vote really change the expansionary federal government powers or ensure proper checks and balances are in place between the three major branches?
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PRISM Scandal: What Are the 9 Internet Companies Accused Of Helping the Government Spy On Americans?

Yet another surveillance overreach has been exposed as attention shifts now to internet companies involved in spying on Americans.

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Bloomberg Marijuana: Medical Pot "One Of the Greatest Hoaxes Of All Time"

Bloomberg was recently quoted saying, “There is no medical [marijuana]. This is one of the great hoaxes of all time.” And pigs fly!
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March Against Monsanto: Instead Of the Government, Let Third Parties and the Market Regulate GMOs

Conscientious consumers should not seek a federal regulatory approach that a lot of anti-GMO protesters have been calling for. Market-based regulations ensure that the best quality food is sold.
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Bradley Manning Trial: An American Hero Gets Court-Martialed On June 3

On June 3, the highly anticipated court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was arrested for leaking hundreds-of-thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, will take place.
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Medea Benjamin: Obama's Heckler Deserves Credit For Standing Up to Drone Warfare

During President Obama’s speech about the use of drones, there was a courageous woman who interrupted and demanded an explanation. It was none other than Medea Benjamin, Code Pink co-founder.
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Ben Bernanke Testifies: Why We Need A Full Audit Of the Federal Reserve

A full audit of the Federal Reserve would lead to more transparency in the Fed, a government organization which often operates behind closed doors.

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5 Topics President Obama Won't Dare Address Thursday When Discussing Drones

This Thursday, President Obama will speak at National Defense University in Washington D.C. to address the use of Predator Drones for extrajudicial killings and other counterterrorism practices.
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Benghazi Attack 2013: Fortress Embassies Don't Work, and It's Time to Stop Building Them

Since 2001, there have been eight attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates, mostly in the Middle East, so we should take a long look at our foreign policy before we just build more.
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Hussain Al Khawahir: Saudi Man Detained At Detroit Airport For Carrying Pressure Cooker

Federal immigration officials have arrested a Saudi traveler in Detroit Metropolitan Airport who was transporting a pressure cooker for (*drum roll*) cooking traditional Middle Eastern cuisine.
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Elizabeth Warren Student Loans: Bill Would Include Failed Policies That Caused Housing Bubble

Elizabeth Warren's student loans bill repeats the same failed policies of minimizing lender risk through taxpayer subsidies while keeping interest rates artificially low to encourage more loans.
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Kerry Russia Trip: Syrian Civil War At Forefront Of Discussions With Putin

Secretary of State John Kerry was kept waiting for three hours by Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of their meeting on Tuesday.