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Gender reveal parties dangerous, not just to the environment

Gender reveal parties have been in the hot seat for a while now, even before one in California started a wildfire. This wildfire has grown to what the New York Times reported as “20,000 acres as of Sept. 18” and that “a firefighter died on Sept. 17 battling the blaze.” This is not the first […]

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China’s disastrous actions warrant US separation

The United States ought to continue to decouple its economy from that of the People’s Republic of China. Our dependence on power-hungry and despotic authoritarian regimes is dangerous and unnecessary. In an interview with Chinese state-run news outlet Global Times, former Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political […]

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Trump Administration’s handling of mail-in voting raises concerns

Mail-in voting seems to be all the rage these days. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, mail-in voting had been on the rise. In the 2018 election, 26 percent of votes were cast by mail and according to the U.S. News, “just over half of voters went to the polls in person on Election Day in […]

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The apocalypse may be coming, but life isn’t over

2020 has undoubtedly been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in weeks of quarantine, economic shutdown and the fastest stock market crash and recovery in history. But as much as COVID-19 has dominated the news, so much more has happened. We’ve seen graphic videos of police brutality resulting in social unrest and bringing deeper […]

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Millions of Americans face pandemic-induced eviction

An estimated 30-40 million Americans are at risk of losing their homes by the end of the year according to a study conducted by the Aspen Institute. Federal financial support from the CARES Act expired at the end of July, which put more Americans back at risk of eviction due to COVID-19 related complications. Even […]

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Kennedy’s challenge to Markey shows true goals of Democrats

Last week, Massachusetts held its primaries for various national positions. One of these races pitted Ed Markey, an incumbent senator, against Joseph Kennedy III. Kennedy, of course, belongs to the prolific political dynasty dating back decades. Markey held his seat with 55.6 percent of the vote. Unlike many recent high-profile primary challenges, Markey’s challenger is […]

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TU navigates first week during the pandemic

If you are a returning student, campus may look a little different than you remember last semester. Students are not attending the same institution they were forced to leave earlier this year — we are now re-entering TU in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the university has implemented new policies affecting the […]

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Republicans use cultural signifiers to garner support at convention

Last week’s Republican National Convention gathered all of President Trump’s most loyal acolytes to deliver speeches, ranging from the monotonous to the off-the-walls insane. There was a bit more discussion of policy than the Democrats had, though the greatest passion was reserved for more cultural sentiments. The convention’s speakers fixated on the chaos in the […]

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QAnon and Save the Children

The past few months, during the Black Lives Matter movement, a global pandemic and an election year in the nation, a new contender in the attention economy has appeared. QAnon, a now-mainstream conspiracy theory from an anonymous user named “Q” who claims to have insider information on Trump’s administration, purport sthat Trump is secretly fighting […]