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How Hillary Can Win

On Sunday evening, Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy for President of the United States, setting the stage for a historic campaign that many believe will culminate in American having its first Madam President. And while many within the Democratic Party assume she’s a shoe-in for the party’s nomination, it’s important to remember that many people presumed the same thing back in 2008. Then Barack Obama happened. The fact is, the Presidency of Hillary Clinton is not a sure thing, and she’s sure to face an uphill battle if she wants to become the next President. Of course, in a number of ways Hillary is the perfect candidate: She’s got the brains, the name recognition, a massive following, and a husband...

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From Territories to States

Last night, John Oliver used his show Last Week Tonight to discuss the often-ignored topic of U.S. territories, and how U.S. citizens and nationals living in U.S. territories have been systematically denied both the right to vote in federal elections, as well as fair representation in Congress, for decades. While it might seem ironic to have someone who speaks in a British accent lecture America about taxation without representation, the fact is that Mr. Oliver was correct in both his facts, and his analysis of said facts. For decades the United States has relegated those U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals who live in any of the United States’ territories to second-class citizenship, whereby said people can carry U.S. Passports, but aren’t...

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Did Cheney Just Admit to Violating the UN Convention Against Torture?

In his recent dispute of the contents of the Senate Torture Report, former Vice President Dick Cheney effectively admitted that both he and President Bush were guilty of violating the UN Convention Against Torture. Oddly enough, despite the fact that the report absolved the Bush Administration of a great deal of responsibility for the CIA’s actions by claiming that the White House had been mislead by the CIA, the former vice President disputed the report’s findings, stating, “The notion that the agency was operating on a rogue basis was just a flat out lie.” He went on to reject the allegation that his boss, President George W. Bush, was kept in the dark. “He was in fact an integral part...

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Apologizing for America

The New York Times published an article on Sunday claiming that the Bush Administration will be disputing the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee report (click here to download) condemning the use of torture by the CIA in the years immediately following 9/11.  This is particularly disappointing given that it's become increasingly clear that the United States did, in fact, engage in conduct that constitutes torture. While many Americans are often quick to talk about American exceptionalism, the same individuals generally avoid honest discussions about what's transpired when our nation falls short of the high standards we claim to live by. The problem with such an imbalanced perspective is that a nation that can't admit it's faults can never outgrow such faults. Whereas Mitt Romney repeatedly chastised the American...

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The Root of Our Apathy

Less than 37% of eligible voters showed up to polls on Election Day this year, resulting in the lowest voter participation rate our nation’s seen since 1942. Of course, as the media digested the election results in the days that followed, there was plenty of blame to go around. However, if one factor played into the low voter turnout above anything else, it was apathy, and it’s a serious problem. While some have specifically blamed the election results on Millennials for their low-turnout, a recent Salon article by Matthew Segal and Johanna Berkson made the case that politicians haven’t given young Americans a reason to go to the polls because they’ve failed to take strong stands on the issues that young people care about.  Though true, the...

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