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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.

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Charities You Can Support This Holiday Season Instead Of The Salvation Army

When you hear those silver bells ringing, walk the other way.  As Christmas draws nearer with each December day, it is necessary to remember the things most important in life. Not the soft snow, or twinkling lights, or the craze of last minute shopping in crowded, over-decorated malls, but goodwill, love and the holiday spirit of cheer and human connection. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the New Year, the following days are

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The Harmfulness of Pork: A Secular-Based Statement

According to the research carried out by the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project for the Vital Signs Online, the world’s production of meat has tripled over the last four decades, increasing 20 per cent in just the last 10 years out of which Pork is the widely consumed meat in the world followed by poultry, beef and mutton. Hernando de Soto is called “The father of the American pork industry,” going back to the

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Is the Death of a President More Important Than the Death of Millions?

December 1 is World AIDS Day. It is meant to honor the millions of lives lost to the AIDS virus and to encourage people to help those who are living with it today. It was also the day after former President George H. W. Bush passed away. News outlets dedicated the day to honoring the memory of the former President instead of focusing on the epidemic that has been plaguing Americans for decades. The epidemic

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Opinion: Voting for Nancy Pelosi Isn’t About Voting for Her

On Wednesday, November 28, Nancy Pelosi learned that she will be a candidate for the House speaker, a decision that will be finalized with a floor vote in January. The odds looked pretty good for Representative Pelosi. Granted, her sole competitor Representative Marsha Fudge from Ohio dropped out and instead endorsed her, yet Representative Nancy Pelosi still faceed a challenge. Earlier last week, 16 Democrats wrote a letter openly stating how Pelosi is not fit

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Can People With Opposing Political Views Be Friends?

The recent midterm elections had a record-breaking voter turnout and sparked many heated discussions among communities around the country. At times when people are so passionate about politics, it is common for people to make generalizing assumptions about those with political ideologies that are different from them. We start to view them through a lens, and we are closed off to them. But let’s say you meet someone who is kind, shares similar interests with

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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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Taking the United out of the United States

The most abiding fact about the Trump era is that it has made America evaluate ‘political’ assumptions. The most relevant example is the midterms, where the only conspicuous assumption is that American politics has never been more divided, and less understood. Never mind what is to come, but how did we even get here? CNN will tell you that midterms mean impeachment, and FOX will tell you that midterms mean 2020. Trump and his political

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When They Come For Me: A Deadly Realization in the US

Martin Niemöller is not a name that the average person will recognize immediately. His words, on the other hand, have been ingrained in minds for decades, acting as a haunting reminder of when hatred goes unchecked. “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then

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The Abuse of Qualified Immunity Within the Police Force

The limitations of qualified immunity for police officers have always been a hot topic in United States. The concept of qualified immunity is known as a form of defense for government officials as well as for police officers when they are sued for infringing citizens’ constitutional rights. Citizens need to be aware that only individuals are able to declare qualified immunity against proceedings, not governments. If ever they sue both the police officers and government, then they can still

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