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Vedika Bhaumik

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As New Forms of Housing Discrimination Arise, How Can We Take Action Against It?

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King Jr. This line is from Martin Luther King’s most famous “I Have a Dream” speech given in 1963. He was the greatest voice of the civil rights movement and called to end discrimination through peaceful protest. Many people

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Why A Universal Basic Income Is Not Viable In The U.S.

Imagine this: receiving monthly cash payments from the government to cover the cost of basic living expenses. Although it sounds great in theory, a universal basic income (UBI) raises major questions about its feasibility and economic consequences. In recent years, the idea has generated much interest and countries have been debating over the execution of a UBI. Most recently in 2016, Switzerland decided to hold a referendum over the implementation of a universal basic income.

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Is An Ivy School Education Worth It?

Choosing a college to go to has been a big decision for many high school students and their families across the world. For many, the academic dream is to attend an Ivy League college. To some people, certain Ivy schools have more value than others, however, all eight schools are known for their prestige and outstanding caliber. The colleges that make up the Ivy League are Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, and the University

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Slacktivism: A Cause of Concern

Donald Trump’s election was a catalyst for advocating change in all fields. As more and more people start to get involved with contemporary issues in the world, you would think that more impactful change is being made across the board. However, as more people take the time and effort to learn about present-day issues, a form of activism has risen to popularity: slacktivism.  Slacktivism is essentially “supporting” a cause through ineffectual and low-cost efforts, and

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How the Media Helped Elect Donald Trump

Voting is the backbone of American democracy, and the media plays a powerful role in many individuals’ voting patterns. Numerous media companies push their political agendas and will go to great lengths to prove their point, even if it means giving out inaccurate or biased information. In wake of the 2016 presidential election, there has been concern about how great of an impact the media had on the election; specifically social media platforms, such as

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Why Tax Cuts Benefit America

Tax cuts have been a controversial topic between Republicans and Democrats for decades on end, with much debate being over its effects on the economy and each class. With Trump’s tax bill passed a little less than a year ago, this debate has heightened. However, despite the fact that the economy is flourishing, critics continue to argue against the tax bill and tax cuts in general, believing that they have done more harm than good.

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The Problem With Protest Marching

Protests have notably increased ever since Trump went into office. Marching has been a prominent way of protesting and is a great way to bring awareness to a certain event or situation — however, in this day and age, it is not a productive way to invoke change, especially if it’s a political matter. As society evolves, we need to change the way we protest. For example, after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students

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Is Jimmy Carter One Of The Weakest Former Presidents Of America?

From 1977 to 1981, Jimmy Carter served as the 39th president of the United States. During his presidency, he had a huge focus on human rights and even attempted to intertwine human rights with foreign policy. Even though his advocacy for civil liberties was well-liked among many, he proved to be a weak leader, putting the United States in economic and diplomatic turmoil. For instance, Carter admitted the Shah of Iran into the United States

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Sean Hannity: Trump’s Biggest Cheerleader

Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent and influential commentators at Fox News, making over 35 million dollars annually. With a net worth of 80 million dollars, you probably think he did something spectacular right? Wrong. So how did this guy from New York become one of the best-paid and most famous people in the media? It’s pretty simple: his show Hannity. Hannity is widely known among both liberals and conservatives across America. It

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Bernie Madoff: One of the Greatest Fraudsters in American History

About nine years ago, on Mar. 12, 2009, Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty to committing one of the biggest frauds in America. Madoff pulled off something called a “Ponzi Scheme,” a scam where there are multiple groups of investors who are essentially paying for each other. So the second group of investors pay for the first and so forth. The excess money is pocketed by the person running the scam and in this case it’s Bernie Madoff.

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