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Madeline Bruce

Madeline Bruce
Feminism

Why Women’s Issues are Political Issues

Recently, I accepted a position as a committee chair for the honors newsletter at my university. We had our first meeting, and I found out that all of my writers are men. This did not intimidate me. In fact, it made me feel even more in charge than I’d already felt. I led the meeting and held the attention of my writers the entire time. It was empowering. However, as the meeting began to end

Politics

The Parkland Shooting: A Year in Review

One year ago, a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He killed 17 students and faculty and injured 17 others, making it the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history and the 18th school shooting in 2018. In the weeks following the shooting, students from MSD began to organize. They created #NeverAgainMSD just days afterwards and started mobilizing. If they wanted to see any change be made in the realm

Real Life

5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives for Everyday Items

A huge conversation in the media lately has been about the inevitable doom of climate change. And, it’s true. If we don’t shape up our act by 2030, we will reach irreversible climate change. The majority of the change that has to come in the next eleven years is up to governments around the world and large corporations, both of which majorly contribute to climate change and rising global temperatures. However, there are things that

Politics

Justice Department Bans Bump Stocks

On Tuesday, the Trump administration issued a new federal regulation that officially bans bump stocks. The firearm attachments enable semi-automatic rifles, which are legal in the U.S., to fire like machine guns, which are illegal. They are most notable for being used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, which was the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S., in which a gunman used them to kill 58 people and wound hundreds of others in a span

Op-ed

Nabra Hassanen’s Killer Admitting to Her Murder is Only a Small Victory

On Nov. 28, the man who killed 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen on June 18, 2017 pleaded guilty to raping and murdering her on her way back to her community mosque from breakfast early that morning. The man, Darwin Martinez Torres, admitted to all eight counts in a plea deal that will help him avoid the possibility of the death penalty,  BBC said. However, the plea deal will impose a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Politics

Everything Wrong with Donald Trump’s March for Life Speech

On January 19, President Trump spoke at the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. via satellite. It was the first time a sitting president ever addressed the march since it was established. Trump praised marchers for helping women and giving them “life itself.” He said he was “honored” and “proud” to be addressing those at the march. He told the marchers that “because of you, tens of thousands of Americans have been born

Real Life

Male Birth Control To Be Tested in 2018

A new type of male birth control is set to be tested in 2018. More than 400 couples in six countries will participate in a clinical trial that will test a gel contraceptive. The men will rub the gel that contains synthetic hormones in their armpits and on their shoulders once a day. Researchers will track the gel’s effectiveness as the hormones build up in the men’s bodies. Last year, a similar clinical trial was

Feminism

Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes Abortion Bill

On Monday, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill passed by Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature that would have restricted the performance of abortions to 20 weeks after a pregnant woman’s last menstrual period. At a press conference before vetoing the bill, Gov. Wolf called the bill a “vile assault on women’s abilities to make their own decisions about their own healthcare.” Wolf signed the veto paperwork in a public ceremony in Philadelphia City Hall and said

Politics

Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

On December 14, the FCC will vote on chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to destroy Net Neutrality. If they vote to pass the proposal, the internet as we know it will cease to exist. Pai’s proposal will allow companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to choose the content their customers see. If you’re a Verizon customer who prefers to use Google as your search engine, you won’t be able to use it anymore because Verizon prefers

Politics

GOP Tax Bill Passes in the Senate

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Senate passed its tax reform bill with a narrow 51-49 vote. The vote was mainly along party lines, with Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee being the only Republican Senator to vote against the bill. In the final moments before the vote, democratic negotiators were continually making changes to the bill in an attempt to create a bill that was less favorable to the top 1% of the

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