Why Russia isn’t dangerous
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Why Russia isn’t dangerous

By placing Russia on a scary list, the U.S. government ignores reality In January, the State Department revamped its system of travel advisories, making it easier for American…

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Have Trump’s Twitter wars brokered a peace between North and South Korea?
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Have Trump’s Twitter wars brokered a peace between North and South Korea?

Diplomacy in the digital age Donald Trump is undoubtedly the first President of the United States to use Twitter as a form of diplomacy. That is, if you…

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The (Orange) Juice is Loose!: Is Trump the new OJ?
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The (Orange) Juice is Loose!: Is Trump the new OJ?

How the Trump Era evolved out of the OJ Simpson saga If the OJ Simpson ordeal had not occurred and was instead a work of fiction produced decades…

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Shorter showers don’t conserve that much water
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Shorter showers don’t conserve that much water

Agriculture is the real culprit in California’s water worries After I graduated from high school, my family and I spent a month in a cabin on the west…

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Domestic terror is not as big of an issue as you may think
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Domestic terror is not as big of an issue as you may think

By playing on our fears, the media has inflated the threat of Islamist terrorism From 1995 to 2014, 3,264 people died in the U.S. from acts of terrorism.…

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Questioning articles and news outlets that are “recommended” for you
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Questioning articles and news outlets that are “recommended” for you

The recent inundation of fake news in emphasizes the need to be distrustful of targeted ads and certain news sources 2018 has been one of the most pivotal…

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Ignorance is not bliss: Staying informed is a social obligation
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Ignorance is not bliss: Staying informed is a social obligation

Why tuning out and avoiding the stress of following the news is one of the most lazy, offensive and irresponsible things one can do It’s a privilege to…

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Veganism isn’t entirely unproblematic
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Veganism isn’t entirely unproblematic

The vegan lifestyle is both inaccessible and not as green as you’re led to believe In the wake of increased public awareness about the consequences of climate change,…

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State of Ignorance: How Bing and Scott Pruitt go hand-in-hand
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State of Ignorance: How Bing and Scott Pruitt go hand-in-hand

The removal of “climate change” from the EPA website mirrors the struggle between Google and Bing Americans love withholding information in lieu of explicit opposition to a problem.…

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The perfection of St. Petersburg
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The perfection of St. Petersburg

How Russia’s northern capital tops the bucket list If you’ve ever read Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” you’ll be familiar with its rather famous opening line, which goes…

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U.S. assistance may not always be perceived as assistance
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U.S. assistance may not always be perceived as assistance

The Iraq War casts a shadow over future U.S. intervention in the Middle East After 9/11, the U.S. was more unpopular in the Middle East than in any…

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Exploiting private users’ information for opposition research
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Exploiting private users’ information for opposition research

Private data harvesting unlikely to stop after Cambridge Analytica scandal In the wake of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony, many people have come to the conclusion that…

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Phantom Thread is not “propaganda for toxic masculinity” but a genius satire of it
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Phantom Thread is not “propaganda for toxic masculinity” but a genius satire of it

A case study in society’s worsening ability to make distinctions Some might insist that I shouldn’t discuss toxic masculinity because I’m a cisgender white male. However, a recent…

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The gravity of the Iran Nuclear Deal
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The gravity of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Leaving the deal could result in yet another war in the Middle East Iran-U.S. relations have been characterized by overt hostility for decades, with both countries affirming rather…

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The Sponsored Speech Paradox: Bill Maher has a point about the Laura Ingraham advertiser boycott
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The Sponsored Speech Paradox: Bill Maher has a point about the Laura Ingraham advertiser boycott

Boycotting is a perfectly valid form of speech, but the left must consider its implications Recently, on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the political-comedy program’s outspoken host angered…

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