by Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton It’s that time of year again — time to bite our nails in fear of another government shutdown for the next eight days. The U.S. Congress is currently faced with the challenging prospect of passing a spending bill to fund the next fiscal year into 2015, and the U.S. […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton In an interview last year, President Obama expressed that he was proud of his protection of the “Dreamers”—those people who illegally immigrated to the United States as children. However, he posited that he would not be able to continue saving them and the expanding group of immigrants from deportation. […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekah_paxton In America, we pride ourselves on having wide access to global media and information, because in the pursuit of happiness we are free to gather information and knowledge for ourselves at our own risk. This may be in danger of change. There are pretty widely known reports of nations like […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekah_paxton On Monday, politics and culture periodical The Week released a video highlighting how men and women running for election this past Tuesday attempted to distance themselves ideologically from the President. Surprisingly, these criticisms of Obama come from a variety of candidates on both sides of the aisle and in […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton No matter how progressive it may seem, the United States still battles with racist tendencies. We often say or think that we are past all of the dark times of civil rights violations, but they remain today in more intrinsic, undermining ways. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton Two pastors in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho are under fire according to a state law which they claim violates their right to religious liberty and freedom of expression — all because they denied to perform traditional marriage rituals for same-sex couples. A new local ordinance in the city is set […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton A second case of Ebola in the United States has been found, and the outbreak of the deadly virus is already becoming politicized. Anthony Zurcher, editor of BBC’s Echo Chambers blog, reported on Monday that the United States’ potential mishandlings of Ebola patients and isolation may be a result of lack […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton Name-calling is a part of communication from the moment we start talking. Inevitably, it pervades politics too. BBC News Magazine writer Jon Kelly recently published an article on this very topic. He poses the question, “Why are lattes associated with liberals?” In his article, he dissects the reasoning behind […]

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By Bekah Paxton, Staff Writer @bekahpaxton Memorizing dates and long, less-than-memorable names is important for a history exam. There’s also this test called LIFE, and if we are going to be functioning members of society, we need to know what’s going on in it. This column is here to do “political science” — to break down the […]

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