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America’s Empathy Deficit Is Worsening

“I really don’t care, do u?” That was the message sprawled across First Lady Melania Trump’s jacket as she boarded her plane at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday, headed to a shelter for immigrant children in a Texas border town. As the controversy surrounding the undeniably high-profile former supermodel’s controversial choice of attire trends internationally, and her communications team claims ignorance, I find it increasingly hard to ignore a certain time-worn, yet sadly applicable, cliché:

Politics

Corbyn vs. May: Using Maths to Find the More Eloquent Speaker

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are, as of now, the two towering figures that seem to dominate politics in the United Kingdom. May and Corbyn – the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition respectively – have, in their careers, endeavored to master the art of speeches, political campaigning, and persuasive language. This art, however, is not by any necessity unscientific. The truth, in fact, is the opposite. A politician can completely alter the manner

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Betsy DeVos Just Reversed a Policy That Could Hurt Millions of College Students

Every policy-making decision taken or announced by any member of the Trump regime seems to be indicative of us as a society taking 100 steps back into a dark and recessive past. A past where women were are stupid and just emotionally unbalanced by nature, where a racist is a cool thing to be, where the state of our planet doesn’t matter, and where the economy isn’t constantly on the brink of a recession Now

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Betsy DeVos to Rescind Title IX Guidance and Revise Approach to Campus Sexual Assault Cases

On Thursday, Sept. 7, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. that the Department of Education is undergoing the process of rescinding the Title IX “Dear Colleague Letter” guidance presented by the Obama administration and editing the Department’s procedures for colleges investigating sexual assault cases in order to ensure equal consideration of the accused. Rescinding the precedents that the Department of Education had utilized to enforce active institution

Real Life

DARE To Do Drugs: The Problem With American Drug Initiatives

Growing up in a suburban neighborhood and attending an incredibly small private school of upper-middle class families, my exposure to drugs in my childhood was confined to limited, but resounding, message of “Don’t do drugs. You’ll die.” It was not until middle school when I switched from private to a public school that drugs were actually an issue that plagued the teenage population of America — and not just those who were from low-income families or

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Trump Plans to Repeal Plan That Limits Climate Change from the US

The Clean Power Plan, announced by President Obama and the United States Environmental Protection Agency in August of 2015, limits carbon pollution from power plants, the country’s largest source, but also maintains sustainability, reliability, and affordability due to the fact that each state has “customized goals to cut the carbon pollution that is driving climate change.” The Clean Power Plan was “Obama’s signature program to deal with climate change.” And it’s about to be repealed

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Sessions Spoke With Russian Officials During Campaign

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, met with Russian Diplomats in Washington last year during the 2016 election and is currently under fire for not disclosing those interactions in his Senate confirmation hearing, according to a story first reported by the Washington Post. On Wednesday Night, Sessions issued a statement: “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the Campaign.” However, the Department of Justice acknowledged on Wednesday that the two instances where Sessions

Former U.S. President Barack Obama in denim jeans, riding a bicycle down a nondescript suburban street
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Idolizing Politicians Too Much Can Be Dangerous

The complete glorification and idolization of public figures, artists and characters is perhaps the most widespread type of modern fandom around. These parasocial relationships, which can be described as “one-sided relationships, where one person extends emotional energy, interest and time, and the other party, the persona, is completely unaware of the other’s existence.”  This might sound familiar if you have ever spent time on Twitter or Tumblr, but recently this trend appears to be focused on the

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Trump Party Is Over…Now What?

Trump supporters are still chanting, and protesters are still protesting (or window breaking ). The inauguration weekend is over and everyone, including the president himself, is left in a party daze that’s pleasant for some and deadly for the rest. However, the party hats and confetti must be put away because now begins the dawn of an intriguing four years… It’s no secret that this inauguration was very different from previous inaugural ceremonies. What was

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Michelle Obama: Iconic, Inspirational, Impactful

First Lady Michelle Obama is one of the most popular pop culture icons in modern society. Even while her husband’s approval rating by the American public has fluctuated, Michelle’s has stayed surprisingly high, at 79% in 2009 at the start of her husband’s presidency and currently at 68% as the Obama family leaves the White House. As today, Jan. 17, is her birthday, I compiled a list of some of her best – and my

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