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Perspectives from abroad

“Part of being an American abroad means answering questions.” If I had heard this statement prior to my experience in India, I would have judged it and coated in the lens of egotistical nationalism. However, I am learning to put down the sword and recognize the truth. Sure, the U.S. has a problem with placing…

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Another Facebook fiasco

This week proved to be an enormously entertaining and contentious time for big technology. The news of Amazon’s location for HQ2 was overshadowed by Facebook’s devastating scandal, which was published in the New York Times. The main focus of the story in the Times seems to be the manner that Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg,…

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The new Brexit proposal

On Wednesday, November 14, Theresa May emerged from 10 Downing Street after an “impassioned” five-hour cabinet meeting to announce the final decision to approve a draft of a potential Brexit deal. Throughout this entire strenuous process, May has stated that “no deal would be better than a bad deal.” However, after finalizing the proposed Brexit…

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Apocalyptic images of California

The death toll from the Camp Fire in Paradise, the most destructive fire in the history of California, has surged to 25 people, with more than 100 people still missing in the northern part of California. The scenes are disturbing. Abandoned cars with melted tires errantly scattered in front of motorists who were fleeing their…

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Drama at post-midterm polls

On Tuesday, the midterm elections proved to be yet another thrilling, “made for TV” political event. As of right now, it looks like the Democrats have taken the House as they have picked up around 32 seats, a supposed referendum on Trump, and the Republicans have held and expanded their lead in the Senate by…

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Pre-midterm fight takes on the bots

Yesterday, the last of the November midterm votes had been collected, bringing a close to one of the most coarsely polarizing elections in the United States. By now, much of the United States has either seen the results of a predicted “blue wave” or not. In the weeks leading up to this political event, the…

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Huge stakes in contested midterms

This past weekend, President Donald Trump held a rally in Montana in which he stated, “We have our military, now, on the border. And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today… Barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight.” The President repeated similar remarks in his Florida rally as well. This…

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Fake news or spooky pseudonyms?

With the month of October coming to a close, many members of the press corps are now changing their names back to normal, thank God; however, many of their “spooky” surnames were quite catchy and creative. Cue the usual, goofy, corny jokes. Names such as “Caleb SkHull,” “Booe! Gabriel Simonson,” “Grim Creature” (Jim Treacher), “Scarin’…