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[Right Said] US Immigration Policy: Drawing the Line Between Who Gets In and Who Doesn’t

  Though I haven’t held such a position, I imagine that being a professional advocate for immigration reform must be one of the most frustrating jobs in the world. When he was first elected in ...
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(Left Said) Abortion: When Does Life Begin And Who Decides That? Why This Debate Matters

I’ll start by saying that I personally feel that abortion, when resorted to for the wrong reasons, is an immoral and selfish practice. In my own case, as is true for many people, the popular rationa...
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(Right Said) Abortion: When Does Life Begin And Who Decides That? Why This Debate Matters

Year after year, heart disease and cancer consistently rank as the top two causes of death in our country, accounting for around 1.2 million deaths or around 50 percent of all deaths per year alone. O...
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Left Said: The Right To Bear Arms: Are America’s Gun Laws To Blame for Recent Gun Violence?

As the rapper Kool A.D. says, it’s hard to answer the question of guns. Firearms, while deeply ingrained in America’s collective consciousness, are deadly, and in the style of self-fulfilling prop...
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Right Said: The Right To Bear Arms: Are America’s Gun Laws To Blame for Recent Gun Violence?

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” —Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution  ...
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Right Said: New Wave of Violence Deepens Old Wounds (Thoughts on the Latest Attacks in the Israel-Palestine Conflict)

Imagine for me, if you would, the following hypothetical scenario. You are lounging around in your apartment or house on a relaxing Saturday afternoon watching television, enjoying time with friends a...
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Left Said: New Wave of Violence Deepens Old Wounds (Thoughts on the Latest Attacks in the Israel-Palestine Conflict)

The New York Times on Sunday broadcast a video attempting to present an evenhanded explanation of the latest violence to befall the Gaza Strip. The narrator lays out the situation in tones befitting s...
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Right Said: The ‘B’ Word: Balancing America’s Budget

For almost the entire general election season, it has gone unnoticed. Neither presidential candidate talked about it in any great detail. The circumstances that led to its inception were set in motion...
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Left Said: The ‘B’ Word: Balancing America’s Budget

No more than a few days after the election and America’s political system already seems intent on hurtling itself toward oblivion, this time by way of the ‘fiscal cliff.’ For those who tuned out...
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Left Said: The 2012 Presidential Election: Endorsements, Predictions, and of Course, Why You Should Get to the Polls

  As all of us know that in order to win the presidency a candidate does not have to win a majority of the popular vote. Just ask Al Gore. Nope, thanks to the Electoral College, that old-timey in...
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Right Said: The 2012 Presidential Election: Endorsements, Predictions, and of Course, Why You Should Get to the Polls

  23 million people are out of work or underemployed. Anemic job growth is completely insufficient to even provide jobs for new entrants to the labor market, much less those already out of work. ...
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The Affirmative Action Debate: Leveling the Playing Field For Future Generations

Left Said: Each of us can attest to the absurdity of college applications. We spend four years pursuing the highest possible GPA, taking Advanced Placement classes, playing sports, joining clubs, volu...
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The Affirmative Action Debate: Moving Us Away From A Colorblind Meritocracy?

Right Said: Imagine for me, if you would, the following scenario: you go to an average public high school, take an absurd amount of Advanced Placement classes, attend night classes at a community coll...
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Left Said: Guns and Drone Strikes: How Obama Is Not Passive

During presidential campaigns we often forget that, despite acting to the contrary, America is not the center of the world. As a superpower — I would argue imperial power — the U.S. values the liv...
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Right Said: The President’s Foreign Policy: Why Hope Is Not a Real Strategy

When he made his speech before the British Parliament in 1982, President Reagan commented: “I’ve always wondered about the shyness of some of us in the West about standing for these ideals (indivi...
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