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Ryan Denson

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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Trump kicks off presidency with authoritarian zeal

It’s been almost two weeks since Donald Trump took the oath of office. After a bleak day with a depressed inauguration turnout, President Trump and his newly formed alliance of Washington outsiders stormed the halls of the White House, ready to get down to business. Taking unilateral action, President Trump signed a flurry of executive orders into law in the first five days. Some of them were cheered by the public — pulling out of the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership — and some were downright weird. President Trump arrogantly proclaimed Jan. 20, his Inauguration Day, the National Day of...

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Republicans betray Americans with first step toward repealing ACA

On Jan. 12, the United States Senate, in the dead of night, took the first steps to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare. In a partisan 51-48 vote, the Senate allowed Obamacare to enter into budget reconciliation, which means when the actual repeal vote comes to the floor, it cannot be filibustered. All day before, Democrats introduced a series of amendments aimed at protecting many of the fundamental laws that make up Obamacare: protecting kids, women and seniors from undue burdens, discrimination, and uncertainty in the healthcare marketplace. Every amendment failed to...

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Why none of Trump’s nominees deserve confirmation

With less than a week to go before Donald Trump is sworn into office, a blitz of confirmation hearing have been taking place on Capitol Hill, and as expected it’s been a circus. Senate committees have been hearing testimony from a slew of Trump nominees, including Attorney General hopeful Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Needless to say, none of them passed the smell test. In fact, I don’t think there has ever been a more offensive and lackluster group of men who have...

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