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TIME’s Person of 2018 Continues To Be A Political Statement

Time magazine released the 2018 Person of the Year Tuesday morning on the Today show.  The Guardians are what TIME called the group of people selected: Jamal Khashoggi, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Maria Ressa, and the Capital Gazette. The selected people are all reporters who have been jailed, indicted, or murdered because of their profession.  Time named the Guardians, and added a short statement: the War on Truth. The War on Truth, according

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Legislators Have Less Than A Week To Renew the Violence Against Women Act – Here’s What This Means

In September, Congress voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) until Dec. 7 as part of a general spending bill, which left many domestic violence advocates concerned about the future of the act. VAWA was first proposed by former vice president Joe Biden in 1990, and the idea gained traction in the wake of the Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas hearings until it was successfully passed in 1994. It has been hailed as

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4 Things No One Is Addressing About the “Migrant Caravan”

Since Oct. 12, when 160 Hondurans started their journey from San Pedro Sula, Honduras to the US boarder to seek asylum, they and the so called “migrant caravan” that they make up has been a hot topic. From daily video footage of the caravan as it traveled through Central America to fear-mongering statements from the President, there is a lot being reported. But much of the reports ignore vital facts that brought us to the

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Supreme Court to Deliberate on the Death Penalty

This November may prove pivotal in life and death, punishment and mercy. The United States Supreme Court is currently in the midst of two proceedings with the potential to uproot essential tenets for the continuation of capital punishment. The first is that of Madison v. Alabama. The case of Vernon Madison questions whether states can execute mentally-disabled inmates who no longer remember their crime. The defense argues that killing Madison would be unconstitutional as his

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Her Avante-Garde Political Transparency

“I am the people I work for,” tweeted Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, garnering over 16,000 retweets and more than 109,000 likes. My dad died when I was 18, my mom scrubbed toilets + drove drove schoolbuses, I bartended to help her, and still won a Congressional primary at 28. I’ll take my family over a fat bank account any day, and my experience makes me a better legislator. I am the people I work for. https://t.co/NMWGeUIwNS

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Agricultural Child Labor Is Legal In The U.S. & Countless Children Are Suffering Because Of It

Every year, thousands of children and teenagers gather along rows of tobacco to pick the leaves for cigarette companies. In front of them are long and physically heavy workdays in extreme heat, with neither adequate breaks or proper shade. Together, they are part of a larger group of agricultural child workers who remain invisible and unprotected by the state. Since child labor still isn’t something of the past in the U.S., these children have to

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Democratic Maryland Re-Elects Republican Governor

On Tuesday, as a part of the momentous 2018 midterm election, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was re-elected for a second term in office. Hogan is a fairly popular figure, and there is always the added factor of incumbent advantage, so why is this so unusual? Larry Hogan is a Republican. Maryland is a deeply democratic state; in 2016 votes for Hillary Clinton outnumbered votes for Donald Trump by about 26.4 percent and in 2012 former

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Here’s Why Florida Restoring Voting Rights To Felons Is Important

In a key-ballot initiative, Florida will now restore voting rights to citizens convicted of felonies, with the exception of murder and sex offenses, after they serve their time. Approximately 1.5 million people are currently barred from voting in Florida because of past felonies, a statistic that represents 10% of Florida’s adult population. 64% of Floridians agreed to restore felon voting rights. The key-ballot initiative required for a majority of 60% support to pass. Previously, felons

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Washington State Rejects Climate Change Initiative

During the last two years, climate change has taken the back seat. Between the looming threat of nuclear war, children being put in cages, and rampant transphobia in the White House, it’s no surprise that carbon emissions aren’t at the forefront of people’s minds. However, with the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords and the Trump Administration’s complete neglect of the issue, the deadline for global catastrophe is only moving up. On Tuesday, Washington

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The Social and Political Impact of America’s 2018 Midterms

What are midterm elections and what do they mean for US politics? Midterms, as the name may suggest, are elections that occur halfway between each presidential election. During these, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate (35/100) are up for election; members of the House are up for election every second year, whereas Senators serve six-year terms. Fifty-one seats are needed for a party to gain control of

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