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Ryan Denson

Enough “thoughts and prayers,” do something!

There’s a vicious cycle in America. A mass shooting happens, people are killed and injured, shock and melancholy sets in across the nation – for about a week and a half. Then what? Well, thoughts and prayers, naturally, but then what? Absolutely nothing. That’s it. In the United States, the term thoughts and prayers, while good-intentioned, has become the new, de-facto screw you. Ever since the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, mass shootings have become the norm. Cowardly and lobbyist-beholden leaders have bowed down to the American gun lobby, namely the National Rifle Association. Because of the NRA’s powerful...

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Ivanka Trump is not a feminist

Compared to her father, Ivanka Trump is a semi-decent human being. She’s young, beautiful, well-spoken, stylish and carries herself with grace. She’s successful. She’s a wife and mother. And yes, as much as some may hate to admit it, she’s influential. She has the ear of her father, the President of the United States, more so, perhaps, than anyone else. She has helped shape her father’s political image, his demeanor and even his policies. She’s his go-to advisor on just about everything. She is essentially a de-facto First Lady, yielding an unprecedented amount of  power with her dad. And...

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Identity politics are — whether we like it or not — a part of today’s politics

After a bruising defeat to a woman in the Democratic Primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders launched into a diatribe against identity politics — that is, “a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.” Sanders, in his usual blunt and misguided terms, said, “It’s not enough for someone to say, ‘I’m a woman! Vote for me!’ No that’s not good enough.” He was obviously still bitter that he lost to Sec. Hillary Clinton. But it should be noted that at no time during the campaign...

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Trump’s budget is cruelty incarnate

Unveiling his first budget blueprint as President of the United States (coupled with his support of the Republican replacement for Obamacare), Donald Trump has signaled that he has no problem screwing over 99 percent of America if it means giving the one percent a comfortable tax break. President Trump ran on the platform of protecting, promoting and helping the most vulnerable of society while punishing the rabble- rousers and moochers. Unfortunately, his first budget blurs those lines quite heavily. In a nutshell, according to CNN, the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Education and the EPA will all...

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The case for the Equal Rights Amendment

Antonin Scalia, former Supreme Court Justice and judicial darling of the right, once said, “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is if it prohibits it. It does not.” In light of this past International Women’s Day, amidst turmoil with the new Administration, this frightful and mainstream opinion is why America needs an Equal Rights Amendment. There are currently three other justices like Scalia sitting on the court (Thomas, Alito, Roberts), and President Donald Trump is looking to appoint another, Neil Gorsuch, who is ideologically to the right of Scalia. But...

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GOP alternative to Obamacare is a cruel, ill-prepared sham

After seven years of pounding their chests, clutching their pearls and screaming from the rooftops, Congressional Republicans have finally unveiled their Obamacare replacement. It has become clear that the ill-conceived, hastily fashioned replacement is an inhumane, shoddy piece of red meat to bolster the Trump White House, which has been marred in crisis. The most ironic part about this bill is that it will most likely hurt Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters: the elderly and the middle class. In a nutshell, here’s what the replacement, inappropriately titled The American Health Care Act, entails and will do: First, it will...

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The case for an Equal Rights Amendment

Antonin Scalia, former Supreme Court Justice and judicial darling of the right, once said, “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is if it prohibits it. It does not.” In light of this past International Women’s Day, amidst turmoil with the new Administration, this frightful and mainstream opinion is why America needs an Equal Rights Amendment. There are currently three other justices like Scalia sitting on the court (Thomas, Alito, Roberts), and President Trump is looking to appoint another, Neil Gorsuch, who is ideologically to the right of Scalia. But this...

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Michael Flynn is the first of Trump’s appointments to go

Irony is dead in the age of the Trump Administration. For two years, President Donald Trump and his camp of right-wing minions called for Hillary Clinton to be “locked up” for her role in her infamous email scandal despite no actual filing of criminal charges. The minion most vocal — aside from Trump himself — was General Michael T. Flynn, who served as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Obama. As of Feb. 13, Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor in shame, plagued in scandal and criminal wrongdoing. Flynn, a highly decorated and once respectable officer in...

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Betsy DeVos could spell doom for America’s public schools

In honor of Betsy DeVos becoming Education Secretary, here’s a problem for the math majors: If you have $200 million and need 51 votes in the Senate to get a job you aren’t qualified for, how much money will you have to give each senator to buy their vote? I the case of Betsy DeVos, she could only get 50 votes. That’s why Vice President Mike Pence had to make history and be the magical 51st vote to get DeVos over the threshold. Never before has a vice president been a tie-breaking vote for a cabinet nominee. DeVos was...

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The problem is not Muslims; it’s white men

President Donald Trump has issued over 15 executive orders since taking the oath of office. The most egregious of these was the Muslim ban, in which refugees, visitors, green-card holders and foreign allies of the American government from seven majority-Muslim countries were denied entry into the United States. In all, over 100 refugees were detained and interrogated like common terrorists. Countless more were sent back without interrogation, and many more were told to stay in their home countries. Images of young children, wheelchair-bound elderly and torn-apart families being paraded around as common terrorists in our airports were been splashed...

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