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How the Terrorists Won this Round

Just days after Paris was hit by a coordinated terrorist attack that killed at least 129 people, French President Francois Hollande announced that his country would accept 30,000 Syrian refugees over next two years to a standing ovation, claiming it was France's "humanitarian duty" to honor its commitments to refugees. Half a world away, Republicans and several dozen Democrats couldn't muster up the same courage, and voted in favor of legislation designed to halt the resettlement of 10,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq to the U.S. In other words, while ISIL may not be destined to win in the long run, the terrorists have certainly won this round.  That's how terrorism works. A bunch of a**holes commit some a**holery, specifically to create fear. And if you succumb...

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Advocating for the Public Policy Interests of Young Americans

When I got my first job in the United States House of Representatives in 2004, I was overcome with excitement at the prospect of being part of something bigger than myself, and participating in something I knew would touch the lives of millions. Although the Congressman I happened to work for was nothing short of extraordinary, within six months I found myself bitter and jaded by the endless partisan squabbling and inability of anyone to accomplish anything in a system built on partisan division. It wasn’t simply disheartening – it sickened me to the core of my being, and made me question whether our democracy was irreparably broken. Since then, the gridlock has only gotten worse. That’s why I started the American...

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