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A Princetonian’s Guide to the Sequester

by Eve Barnett We keep hearing and reading about the ominous “sequester” that will take place on March 1st, should Congress not take action. Despite all the hype being raised by politicians and reporters, the sequester is difficult to understand—what is it? And if it happens, how will it affect […]

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Inequality, Social Mobility, and Redistribution in Canada and the U.S.

Inequality, Social Mobility, and Redistribution in Canada and the U.S.

by Mark Sholdice Something I’ve come to realize since coming to Princeton from Canada is the praise given to my country by American progressives.  Canada, it seems, is viewed by many as a paragon of enlightened and liberal governance.  For instance, our relative level of economic equality seems excellent.  But […]

Republicans Filibuster Hagel: Grow Up

Republicans Filibuster Hagel: Grow Up

by Andrew Klutey The announcement last Thursday that a group of Senators led by John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were going to block a confirmation vote on Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, Chuck Schumer, effectively initiated the first-ever filibuster of a Defense Secretary nomination. While the move isn’t […]

The Minimum Wage Increase Will Be Passed

By Matt Strauser This past Tuesday, during his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out a bold new proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour from its current rate of $7.25 an hour. The White House estimates that if enacted, the reform would result in […]

State of the Union

State of the Union

By Madhu Ramankutty On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address. In the context of an increasingly polarized political climate, Americans eagerly anticipated the President’s remarks and vision for the nation—and the world. The speech turned out to be, as Press Secretary Jay Carney had […]

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The Drone Debate: An Opportunity

This week, the Obama administration released a so-called “white paper” outlining the legal argument for killing Americans with drones. The argument, which states that such killings are justified when an “informed, high level official” determines that an attack by an American affiliated with Al-Qaeda is “imminent,” raised more questions than […]

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WEEKLY RECAP: October 6th- 13th

WEEKLY RECAP: October 6th- 13th

By Nellie Peyton The presidential race has significantly tightened in the past week, which most pundits predicted it would as Election Day approaches.  The President’s lackluster performance in the first debate certainly contributed to Romney’s gain, and it is unclear whether or not the polls have settled yet from that […]

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WEEKLY RECAP: September 29 to October 5

By Matt Strauser The debate: Both sides claim victory, as we should expect, but let’s take a look at the factual accuracy of some of Governor Romney’s claims. Romney’s misleading claims from the debate:  President Obama cuts $716 billion from Medicare: Obamacare does cut money from Medicare, but those cuts […]

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Who makes up the 47%?

Who makes up the 47%?

By Matt Strauser What happened? On September 17th, an investigative news source released a “secret video” of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney speaking to a small group of wealthy supporters on May 17th. Uproar ensued in response to Romney’s comment that 47% of Americans do not pay income tax, are […]