Life and Death in Trump Country
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Life and Death in Trump Country

What “deaths of despair” can teach — and warn us — about America’s future When Kate O’Neill wrote her sister’s obituary in October 2018, she never imagined that…

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Israel, Palestine and the battle for free speech in America
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Israel, Palestine and the battle for free speech in America

Texas’ Israel loyalty oath is a form of political coercion and a blatant attack on Americans’ right to freedom of speech In Texas, a state long heralded as…

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How California fails its inmate firefighters
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How California fails its inmate firefighters

  Volunteer inmate firefighters are at the frontlines of California’s wildfires but are often left jobless upon release Across the nation, Americans have been bombarded with harrowing images…

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Land of the free and incarcerated
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Land of the free and incarcerated

America must decide if it wants to rehabilitate prisoners or continue punishing them America prides itself on being number one in many categories, but there’s one “first place”…

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The hypocritical gaps in Republican party’s pro-life stance
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The hypocritical gaps in Republican party’s pro-life stance

Being “pro-life” often stops at policies concerning abortion The majority of people are indeed “pro-life” — it’s just that liberals are generally not willing to trade the life…

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Selectively defending the First Amendment
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Selectively defending the First Amendment

Democrats and Republicans cite the right to free speech only when it’s convenient for them This summer Nike launched an ad campaign featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick,…

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How social media is eclipsing books
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How social media is eclipsing books

Teenagers, adults spent more time on social media than reading books, magazines, newspapers The year is 2018, and no matter where we are, it’s quite a common sight…

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Gerrymandering undermines American voters and threatens the future of the country
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Gerrymandering undermines American voters and threatens the future of the country

Republicans have used gerrymandering to sway elections for the past decade While the most recent midterm elections yielded results that some would ecstatically call a “blue wave,” the…

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Anti-social social media
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Anti-social social media

From India to the U.S., social media limits face-to-face interaction and human connection Growing up between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, the thought of a connected world where…

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America’s silent epidemic: How the U.S. fails to address opioid addiction in indigenous communities
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America’s silent epidemic: How the U.S. fails to address opioid addiction in indigenous communities

Local governments must work with Native Americans to set up rehabilitation programs that honor tribal traditions and tackle the opioid crisis Lost in much of today’s rhetoric about…

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Democrats shouldn’t focus their efforts on impeachment
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Democrats shouldn’t focus their efforts on impeachment

With impeachment currently doomed to fail, Democrats need to look toward finding ways to compromise with Republicans While the results of the most recent midterm elections proved to…

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False intimacy on social media
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False intimacy on social media

  Fake friends, fake relationships that get portrayed as real in the virtual realm Social media has undoubtedly connected us in ways that we never really could have…

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Kanye. Trump. The Breakup.
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Kanye. Trump. The Breakup.

Kanye West and his separation from stupidity Hopeful news from the Yeezus himself. Kanye West has gone through an agonizing breakup with our celebrity-in-chief, Donald J. Trump. Mr.…

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Political violence as a symptom of democracy in decline
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Political violence as a symptom of democracy in decline

Why we should be worried about the rise in American violence Violence seems to be everywhere in America. Last month, police identified the perpetrator behind a series of…

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We must prioritize healthcare funding
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We must prioritize healthcare funding

State budgets should be reevaluated if Americans want affordable healthcare Despite efforts on behalf of Republicans to do away with the Affordable Care Act, 37 states have voted…

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