Kristen Ellingboe
Kristen Ellingboe

Kristen is currently a journalism and political science student at Emory University.

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Aug. 1, 2013

Why the Russian Vodka Boycott Matters

Critics say that boycotting Russian vodka won't make a difference. Here's why it will.

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July 31, 2013

Bob Filner Needs to Go

Bob Filner has been mayor of San Diego for eight months, and he's already asking the city to pay his sexual harassment lawsuit costs and undergoing "intensive therapy." He needs to make an exit.
July 24, 2013

Yet Another Missouri Republican Just Said Something Stupid About Abortion

State Republican Senator Brian Nieves said abortion to save a mother's life is "just a matter of convenience." See the full Facebook controversy.
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July 17, 2013

Dear Obamacare Haters, Eat My Lower Rates

New York Governor Andrew Cumo just announced New Yorkers' health care costs are going to drop by 50%, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. At this point, the haters are just plain wrong.
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July 16, 2013

Warren Hill Death Penalty Delayed

Warren Lee Hill, a Georgia inmate on death row, had his sentence delayed due to a suit which argues that the use of anonymously-made lethal chemicals constitutes a violation of his rights.
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July 10, 2013

Ashley Dupré Will Unfairly Suffer For the Sake Of Eliot Spitzer's Comeback

Eliot Spitzer and a host of other prominent male politicians caught in sex scandals (like Anthony Weiner or Mark Sanford) are making comebacks. The women involved won't be so lucky.

July 9, 2013

Amanda Berry Video: Ariel Castro's Victims Speak Publicly For the First Time

The three Ohio women kidnapped by Ariel Castro for over a decade have released a video to the internet, thanking the public for their support and asking for privacy.
July 3, 2013

NC Abortion Bill: Outdoing Texas, North Carolina Tries to Ban Abortion and Islamic Law in One Bill

How to outdo Texas's draconian restrictions on abortion? North Carolina found out how, doing away with all but one of their abortion clinics and Islamic law in the same illogical bill.
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July 2, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: Jeb Bush Tries to Talk Some Sense Into the GOP

Jeb Bush is fighting hard for immigration reform, which he sees as the only way the GOP can climb out of its current hole. He's correct to do so.
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June 25, 2013

Mikhlif al-Shammari: Horrific Human Rights Violations Aren't Enough to Disrupt Saudi-U.S. Friendship

The U.S. likes to pretend it's helping "spread democracy" in the Middle East. But did you know our close ally Saudi Arabia doesn't even have a code of written law?
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June 20, 2013

Julian Assange: Still Hiding in Ecuadorian Embassy After One Year

The one-year anniversary of Julian Assange's flight to the Ecuadorian embassy has come and gone, and the WikiLeaks founder still has no clear end to his dilemma in sight.

June 15, 2013

Chicago Frat Picks On Black Postman In Racist Prank

Want to have every awful stereotype about fraternities reinforced at once? You could do worse than looking at this University of Chicago spot.
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June 11, 2013

Turkey Alcohol Ban: Is Erdogan Legislating Islamic Morality?

Abdullah Gül, president of Turkey, approved a bill restricting the sale and advertising of alcohol on Monday. That bill is one reason why Turkey has exploded in protests.
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June 7, 2013

Gloria MacKenzie: 84-Year-Old Florida Woman Becomes Largest Lotto Winner Ever

The real hero is the woman who let MacKenzie go ahead of her on line at the supermarket, and isn't bitter about it.
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June 5, 2013

NYU Professor: Obese Ph.D Students Lack the "Willpower" to Do a Dissertation

The internet, needless to say, did not take kindly to his suggestion.
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May 31, 2013

Gordon Gee Comments: America Outraged That OSU President Makes Fun Of His Sports Rivals

Sure, Ohio State University President Gordon Gee's comments about Notre Dame, Lousiville, Kentucky, and the Southeastern Conference were rude. But really ... why should we care?

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May 23, 2013

Man Shoots Up Strip Club After DJ Refuses to Play His Favorite Song

Does this say something about the culture of violence in the United States, or the power of popular music?
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May 20, 2013

Blame PBR-Swilling Hipsters For That $8.50 Bud Light You Just Ordered

Cheap beer prices have skyrocketed 9.4% since last October. PBR and hipsters are, in fact, the ones to blame. But before you break out the pitchforks ...
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May 17, 2013

Jason Collins Comes Out: What is the Future For Gay Professional Athletes?

With many professional athletes and public figures coming out as gay, the future seems positive for LGBT equality in sports.
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May 14, 2013

Is Hating Hipsters Now Cooler Than Being a Hipster?

I CAN’T KEEP UP. A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed only 16% of Americans have a favorable view of hipsters, with 42% of respondents viewing the group unfavorably.