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The Republican dominated House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday which would cut roughly $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the coming decade. Representative and Majority Leader Eric Cantor who was the leading force behind the bill stated that, “[It was] wrong for working, middle-class peopleContinue Reading

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At present, Congress has an approval rating of 14 percent. The truly concerning thing about this statistic is that it’s not that low because Americans disagree with the laws Congress is passing. They’re angry that Congress isn’t passing any laws at all. Americans are increasingly doubtful that Congress is aContinue Reading

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It seems like so long ago that Hosni Mubarak’s regime finally toppled after months of protests.   After a century of unrest in the Middle East, it seemed as though democracy was on the way in and dictators were on the way out.  Now this sense of optimism seems to beContinue Reading

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My name is Siri Manning, and I am a senior Political Science major from Breckenridge, MN.  My political beliefs have always been fairly fluid due to the fact that my dad, a pastor, has refused to go into detail about his ideas on politics my entire life in order toContinue Reading

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It seems that President Obama has a chance to catch his breath.  Capitalizing on Secretary of State John Kerry’s seemingly off the cuff hypothetical, Russian President Vladimir Putin and diplomat Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov pounced on the opportunity to resume negotiations in disarming Syria’s chemical weapons.  Maybe, just maybe this diplomaticContinue Reading

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My name is Nikolaj Hagen, I am a senior from Osakis, Minnesota and I am majoring in Political Science and Scandinavian Studies.  My political beliefs are drawn from my background as a dual citizen of the U.S. and Denmark and heavily influenced by my parents.  Growing up, my parents espousedContinue Reading

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Concordian debates, part I: Two student political bloggers debate American intervention in Syria See the opposing argument here. We are all fascinated by moments rich in irony, like when the builders of the Titanic promised that she was “unsinkable,” or when Brett Favre put on a Vikings jersey and ranContinue Reading

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Concordian debates, part I: Two student political bloggers debate American intervention in Syria See the opposing argument here. As talk of a Syrian intervention increases, Americans seem increasingly exhausted, tired of war, tired of looking out for the world, tired of getting tangled in other states affairs, and tired ofContinue Reading

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Threats of war from North Korea are nothing new. The Stalinist country has long played the part of the town drunk that’s been kicked out of the bar and now sits outside challenging people to a fight. Their most recent outburst of aggressive rhetoric has certainly been of a largerContinue Reading

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For the United States the war in Afghanistan is finally approaching an end. President Obama’s deadline for troop withdrawal is set for the end of 2014, and for many in America this could not come sooner. The conflict, now more than a decade old, has resulted in the deaths ofContinue Reading