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“Fake News” Does not belong on Our Campus

BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – OPINIONS EDITOR Last week a banner was hung in Cowan proclaiming a meeting for a “dialogue on Pro-life.” Yet, as was quickly ascertained, a dialogue was not the only intention of this meeting. The moderator was Brenna Lewis, a member of the non-profit organization Students for Life of America, whose mission…

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The Big Apple: Free Education in New York

BY OLIVIA MURRELL – STAFF WRITER  The state of New York recently created The Excelsior Scholarship, which will offer free tuition at two and four- year colleges. Only full-time students within the State University of New York system would be covered, however, this does encompass 64 campuses and over 1 million students. Students that come…

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High Hopes or Hopelessness: Trump and el-Sisi’s Budding Relationship

BY KATHLEEN MURPHY – STAFF WRITER After twin suicide bombings on Coptic Churches on the important Christian holy day of Palm Sunday in Egypt, American president, Donald Trump, called Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to express his condolences. While such exchanges among world leaders after tragedies are usually common, the sentiments expressed went beyond polite…

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Massacre in Mosul Underscores Trump’s ISIS Strategy

BY KATHLEEN MURPHY – STAFF WRITER As Iraqi civilians in Mosul find themselves trapped on the ground between retreating ISIS forces and American-backed coalition forces seeking to regain the city, U.S. coalition strikes threaten them from above. On March 17, an airstrike, if confirmed by the ongoing investigation, may have resulted in the highest death…

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Passion Politics: A New Hope for the Democratic Party?

  BY RACHAEL BLANDAU – OPINIONS EDITOR  Deep down in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia, a special election is taking place that could determine the trajectory of the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms. A lone face stands as the picture of a new, younger Democratic Party. At only thirty years old, this protégée…

Kentucky Charter Schools Signed Into Law

BY COLLEEN COYLE – STAFF WRITER Last week saw the passage of the Kentucky Charter Schools Bill, a contentious issue that lawmakers have been considering since 2008. Matt Bevin, Kentucky’s governor signed the bill into law on the March 22, making Kentucky the forty-fourth state to allow charter schools to be established. Proponents argue that…

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The Path of the EPA and Environmental Rollback

BY OLIVIA MURRELL – STAFF WRITER   What’s going on with the Environmental Protection Agency recently? The environmental justice chief, Mustafa Ali, resigned in early March in the face of proposed budget cuts coming out of the Trump administration. There could be a 30% or more funding cut for the EPA if Congress approves the…

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New CIA Leaks: Lots of Smoke, A Small But Growing Fire

BY KATHLEEN MURPHY – STAFF WRITER Certainly not the only embarrassment the United States’ government has experienced in the last two weeks, but one directed towards the already criticized US intelligence community, Wikileaks released one of the largest collections of classified material on March 7. This trove included 7,818 pages of files and 943 attachments…

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Winners Need to Go Home Too

BY LANEY TAYLOR — STAFF WRITER Fridays at 7:41 A.M. were punctuated by the side eye of my neighbor trying to take out the trash. The twang of Bluegrass Junction apparently warmed all cars but only some hearts. Fridays at 7:44 A.M. were marked by the palpable relief in finding a clear stretch of road…

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