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Every Thanksgiving, since George H.W. Bush’s first official pardon in 1989, a turkey has been saved by the president. I like to picture the White House turkeys grazing on a sunny pasture, living out their glory years as a kind of recompense for the millions who shared a different fate. With their months in a bursting, anxiety-filled pen, eating steroid-spiced feed, behind them, these turkeys can...

NRA Debates: Shootings Due to Guns or the Mentally Ill?

February stands as the only month in 2013 that a mass shooting has not occurred in the United States. This year, there have been at least sixteen “mass shootings,” defined by the FBI as a shooting which kills four or more people. The most recent took place at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C. The shooter was named as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis.


Race to 2016: Volume 1

It may only be the end of Summer 2013, but it sure feels like we're entering the fall of 2016. Speculations are already being made as to who will be in the running to become the most powerful man (or woman) in the world. Political analysts have been throwing out names of potential presidential candidates for both the GOP and the Democratic Party.


The Summer of Equality

With Summer 2013 nearly gone, it has reigned one of the best summers for marriage equality. Within the first 14 days of May, three states had passed bills to legalize marriage quality. Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota were almost joined by Illinois as the latest states to allow same-sex couples to be married.


Where in the world is Edward Snowden?

If I had to guess where one could find Edward Snowden, I would say that he’s probably deep in a Kevlar factory, stitching himself a few pairs of bulletproof trousers.


Even with the possibility of death, Mandela's lessons will live on

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”


Susan Patton: Anti-Feminist or Realist?

Speaking for the vast majority of modern-day young women, not many like to be told they need a man to make it in life. Thus, it comes with little surprise that there was an outcry after Princeton University alumna Susan Patton wrote a letter to the girls on campus telling them to find a husband while there.


Moroccan Multiculturalism

Ithaca College student Megan Devlin was among the lineup of American students standing across from the unfamiliar Moroccan families that would soon become their own. Her eyes met with those of a little girl who gazed back in familiarity. When Devlin’s name was called, the little girl ran into her arms, cradled her face in her hands and kissed her on both cheeks.


Opinion: Enough is Enough

Hardly any of this makes sense to me.

First, it started at a high school in Colorado and then happened in malls, movie theatres, an elementary school, and now a sporting event. These senseless acts of violence are slowly killing my faith in humanity. When will the people committing these violent acts realize that enough is enough?


Fueling the Fire

“If a student’s college’s endowment portfolio has fossil-fuel stock,” says Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and a leader in environmental conservation, “then their educations are being subsidized by investments that guarantee they won’t have much of a planet on which to make use of their degree.”


Americans and the Second Amendment

On January 15, 2013, New York Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature passed into action the “toughest gun restrictions” in the nation, the first of its kind since the Newtown, Conn. and Webster, NY shootings. With this bill, naturally, comes opposition.


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