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Andrew Hsiao

Trump cutting foreign aid is not cruel

Donald Trump is planning to significantly cut the money used by the United States on foreign aid, and his opponents are unfairly using it to further the notion that he is an uncaring, cruel individual. Let me be very straightforward. Foreign aid has become a waste for American taxpayers. Providing aid sounds like a great idea, however, American foreign aid does little to help grow the countries America is trying to help. According to Time Magazine, three countries, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan, are currently in a massive humanitarian crisis. All are dealing with famine or the possibility for...

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Democrats fail to stop Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to be the next Supreme Court Justice on Friday, April 7. The previous day, Senate Democrats filibustered the confirmation vote, which forced Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the “nuclear option” that eliminated the 60-vote super-majority for a simple-majority vote of 51 members. Gorsuch had been a victim of political obstructionism by the Democratic Party, which has become a party of hypocrites and desperate political actors. Many Democrats became infuriated after Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, did not receive a confirmation hearing. Senate Republicans invoked the “Biden Rule.” In 1992, Sen. Joe Biden...

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The ‘Fearless Girl’ statue is misleading

While the “Fearless Girl” statue can be a good symbol for women, it is being used to promote an extremely illogical argument. On March 7, the statue was installed to celebrate International Women’s Day. It quickly became a popular tourist spot. Last week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the monument will stay on land belonging to the Department of Transportation. According to the New York Times, the artist of the statue, Kristen Visbal, said, “She was created to bring attention to the courage and unrealized power of women in so many fields, and she has clearly...

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Sears facing a grim-looking future

Sears and Kmart may soon be a thing of the past. Their parent company, Sears Holdings, announced to their investors last week that the company had serious concerns about its ability to continue operating. Since 2006, Sears has closed all of their stores in Canada and only 1,400 of around 3,400 stores that were operating in the United States at that time are still open. The company has not had an annual profit since 2010 and had a net income of negative $2 billion in 2016. Total equity of Sears Holdings is valued at only $9.36 billion. Sears merged...

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We should not accept terror in big cities

A deadly terrorist attack has struck London. On March 22, 52-year- old Khalid Masood drove a rented SUV across Westminster Bridge into pedestrians along the south side of the bridge. He later exited the vehicle and stabbed multiple victims in Parliament Square and the grounds of the Palace of Westminster before being shot dead by a close protection police officer. Five, including the attacker, were killed, and 50 others were injured. Three of the victims were British nationals including an unarmed police officer, PC Keith Palmer, and one American tourist, Kurt Cochran. Of the injured, four are in critical...

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South Korea’s president was removed: What’s going to happen now?

The removal of South Korean President Park Geun-hye is a turning point in South Korean politics, but it represents an interesting dilemma in terms of geopolitical interests in the region. She was impeached and removed over various corruption charges. Corruption has always occurred in politics regardless of time and location. The country has had many dictators, including Geun-hye’s father. The most well known, though, was Syngman Rhee, a key ally for the United States and the United Nations when he led the country during the Korean War (1950- 1953). Geun-hye’s removal shows that the democratic process works within a...

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A defense of Trump’s revised travel ban

President Donald Trump’s revisions to his original travel ban in his new executive order are both absolutely necessary and legally sound. First, lets get this clear: this is still not a Muslim ban. The executive order does not ban Muslims from immigrating to the country. Visas will not be issued to six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and only Iran is among the top ten countries with the largest Muslim population. The overwhelming majority of Muslims are not banned from immigrating or simply just traveling to the United States. To put the numbers in perspective, Indonesia...

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