Alexandra Cardinale
Alexandra Cardinale

Alexandra Cardinale curious, quirky, and vivacious student currently researching Communications, Business and Law at New York University. Her extensive study in 16 countries have given her a unique perspective on both domestic U.S. policy and current international policy outside. She works to apply this inquisitive point of view to her writings here at PolicyMic and to any and all of her political discussions.

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Jan. 14, 2014

A Brief History of How Marijuana Became Illegal in the U.S.

Criminalization has its origins in racism and hysteria-fuelled ignorance.

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Nov. 27, 2013

Black Friday History: The Story Behind the Mad Dash For Stuff

While you might think the consumerist craze is a recent phenomena, Black Friday is just about as American as Thanksgiving turkey.
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Nov. 15, 2013

Number Of 3D Printed Guns Could Explode With Expiration Of the Undetectable Firearms Act

The ban on "undetectable guns" may give rise to a wave of newly legal weapons and ammunition.
Nov. 14, 2013

Healthcare.gov Was Targeted for a Cyberattack, According to One Obama Administration Official

Healthcare.gov's near hacking has led to heated debate in the Committee for Homeland Security.
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Nov. 13, 2013

The FEC Will Let You Donate Bitcoins to a Political Campaign

A new proposal may allow campaigns to accept Bitcoins as donations. But the law may not be able to keep up with all the complications that come with cryptocurrency.
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Oct. 18, 2013

How the Shutdown Could Make Federal Employees Richer

A default in the bill passed by Congress may end Obama's call for a pay freeze since 2010.

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Oct. 17, 2013

5 Inspiring Images From Texas's "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" Anti-Rape Protest

The happy news of the day- El Paso hosts a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" March to bring awareness to gender violence, rape and sexual assault.
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Oct. 16, 2013

In This Economy, People Turn to Their Bodies to Pay the Bills

Hair, blood, sperm, sex are some of the legal items being traded in times of financial desparation. The underground market for illegal body parts however continues to boom.
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Oct. 15, 2013

Don't Blame Gerrymandering For the Government Shutdown

Though arguments are valid, sharp and vehement on both sides, evidence shows that the shutdown is not quite as controlled by gerrymandered districts as you might think.
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Oct. 10, 2013

National Parks Closed to the Public, Open to Loggers

Shutdown frustration ensues when the public discovers that while national parks are closed to citizens, they continue to remain open for miners, loggers, drillers and other land-related workers.
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Oct. 8, 2013

John Boehner Orders Congressional Gym to Stay Open Despite Shutdown

The only reason Congress needs access to a gym would be to outrun the mobs of people wondering where their taxpayer money went.

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Oct. 5, 2013

Wendy Davis Challenges Republican-Dominated Texas In Upcoming Governor Race

Wendy Davis, every Democra'ts friendly neighborhood abortion rights hero, takes a stand in her home state of Texas, bringing education, health care, and economic reform to the table.
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Oct. 4, 2013

Switzerland's Marijuana Policy May Be the Best One Yet

The Swiss government is on the forefront of enacting effective marijuana legislation by decriminalizing its use.
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Oct. 3, 2013

Watch This Millionaire Tell Poor People They Can Live Without Food Aid

Conservative pundit Bill Kristol predicts that for those on government nutritional aid, “no one will starve" until a compromise is reached. The problem is that they will.
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Oct. 2, 2013

Public Schools to Take the Heat in Government Shutdown, But Loans Will Stay Intact For Now

While private schools may seem sheltered, and student loans safe for the time being, the situation surrounding public education is deteriorating frighteningly fast.
Sept. 29, 2013

Miss World Protests: Violent Extremists Won't Stop Beauty Pageant

Though it might be hard to think the work of a beauty pageant holds much clout, the vicious threats faced by the Miss World Beauty Pageant make this competition today's new cultural revolution.

Sept. 26, 2013

David Gilmour is "Not Interested" In Books Written By Women — So What?

University of Toronto professor David Gilmour is "not interested in teaching books taught by women" not because he's a misogynist, but he's not passionate enough about them.
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Sept. 22, 2013

Secret Documents Reveal U.S. Air Force Almost Dropped Deadly H-Bomb On North Carolina

Had one safety mechanism not initiated, the history of the entire U.S. East Coast could have looked a whole lot different.
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Sept. 20, 2013

Porn Stars Return to Work As L.A. Lifts Filming Ban

After an outbreak of HIV infections led to a moratorium on filming in the porn industry, filming has resumed after the industry approved new STI testing standards.
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Sept. 19, 2013

This Guy Was Robbing a Disabled Veteran — Until His Mom Stepped in

When Michael Bray was caught on camera assaulting and robbing an 85-year-old vet, his mother stunned the world when she convinced her son to turn himself in.