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Donald Trump’s Ambush On Rep. Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar garnered remarkable support in the state election for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2016. She was later applauded by the public when joining U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, leaving her in the history books for monumental firsts. Most notably, she became one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress. She represented diversity in the political community, which made a push for her appeal. But among this support, Omar has persistently faced

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Those Living in Poverty Should Not be Held Accountable for the Environment

There has been evident progress regarding the environmental movement in the United States. Initiated in the 1960s, this modern initiative has been ingrained into society and has spurred debate over issues such as climate change, veganism, etc. Inherently, this movement is most prominent in more affluent communities. Unequivocally, it is quite difficult to be within the reigns of poverty and extensively contribute to the global urge to “Go Green!” in a world that does little

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Can The Green New Deal Actually Be Considered Socialism?

In the past few months, the creation of the Green New Deal has sparked a debate across the country. Climate change and its mitigation have finally become hot button discussion topics, which greatly adds to the momentum of the Sunrise Movement and the climate action movement in general. But at the same time, the Green New Deal has received widespread criticism both as a document and as a doctrine. Most recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch

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From Denim Day to Every Day: Why “Small Scale” Advocacy Matters in the #MeToo Era

Jeans are a staple of my daily life. They’re the first thing I go for when I don’t know what to wear. They match with a lot of my shirts and sweaters. They’re familiar. Some say that denim is too constricting, but I think it’s comfortable. The cottony, flexible fabric feels almost natural at times, especially when it’s worn out from years of walking, dancing and all sorts of movement. American blue jeans have become

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The Future of Abortion and Legislation That Challenges It

It’s what liberals feared and conservatives hoped for when Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in the Supreme Court. Abortion is going to be challenged. Most recently, laws in Mississippi and West Virginia have been modeled after in North Dakota’s newest abortion bill. North Dakota’s Governor Doug Burgum signed legislation on Wednesday criminalizing doctors to perform second-trimester abortion, while Georgia and Ohio’s legislature which has submitted an approved ban criminalizing doctors from performing an abortion if a

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How Speaking The Same Language Can Solve Global Problems

Once, when I was in kindergarten, I got on an older relative’s nerves, and she told me to stop “pushing buttons.” Later, she paused, asking me if I even knew what “pushing buttons” meant. I responded, “No, because you say I’m pushing buttons, but I don’t see any buttons!” This endearing childhood story actually demonstrates a very real and all too common problem in our society: we often fail at communicating effectively. On an interpersonal

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Bernie Is A Millionaire, So What?

On April 9th, Bernie Sanders admitted to a crowd of supporters that he indeed was a millionaire and promised that he will release his tax records. After this happened, there was an uproar by some on the right, claiming it’s hypocritical for Sanders to be “democratic socialist” and also be a wealthy person. For example Dan O’Donnell, a conservative radio host, cheekily tweeted, “Hey @SenSanders, just heard the great news about you becoming a millionaire.

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Why I Don’t Stand For the Pledge of Allegiance

I learned the Pledge of Allegiance in kindergarten, at the age of five. It is so ingrained in my head that I could recite it in my sleep. And now, eleven years later, I no longer stand up at the beginning of each school day and pledge my allegiance to the United States of America. I remain in my seat. Why? Here’s my reasoning: I refuse to pledge my allegiance to my country if my

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Trump’s Threat to Close the Border is Desperate and Irresponsible

On Apr. 2, Trump claimed that he will close the border no matter what happens to the economy—it seems at this point he does not care. The president is determined to deal with the issue that’s been his biggest promise in his administration since it started, a solution to the so-called border problem. He’s pushed and pushed to get his supporters an acceptable solution and for much of his administration, it seems he has been

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