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Snowflake Protesters — Struggling to find a Struggle

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Posted by    Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:00am 11/14/2015 at 7:00am

We’ve all seen the news coverage,the videos, the photos, the quotes, the hashtags.

Students across the country have erupted in protest and campus takeovers in response to perceived institutional and interpersonal racism on their campuses, most notably at the University of Missouri and Yale, but also at Ithaca College, Amherst College, and...

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Did Phony Sexual Harassment Allegations Sink Carl DeMaio? (#CA52)

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Posted by    Monday, June 15, 2015 at 4:18pm 6/15/2015 at 4:18pm

Sexual harassment allegations levied against Republican Carl DeMaio by an ex-campaign staffer derailed the GOP rising star’s otherwise successful campaign. DeMaio’s upsetting loss last November was arguably attributed to these tenacious claims, but now it turns out...

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Free Speech on Campus: ‘F*ck Masculinity’, ‘Fight the Straightness’

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Posted by    Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:40pm 5/2/2015 at 8:40pm

Let me preface this by asking: Is anyone really surprised?

This past May Day students and faculty at Cornell marched across campus and sat in a street intersection for over an hour delivering riveting speeches about everything they detest about this country, their university, and their peers.  They later paraded through the farewell party for...

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Obama Administration Scandal Bracketology

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Posted by    Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00am 3/27/2015 at 10:00am

President Barack Obama’s administration has been one rife with scandals. Some pertain directly to the President himself and his own actions–like the recent immigration executive order that some say unconstitutionally side-stepped Congress–and some to members of his administration, like the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and the Secret Service’s...

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Socialism 101: Cornell Students Revolt Against Obamacare-like Health Fee (#FightTheFee)

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Posted by    Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 5:00pm 2/14/2015 at 5:00pm

“Socialism is like a nude beach. Sounds pretty good until you actually get there.” Iowahawk on Twitter

Last week, Cornell’s President David Skorton dropped a bombshell on the student body when he announced, in an email sent to all students, a $350 student health fee to be levied on all students who...

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Ithaca: 10 Square Miles of Liberal Anti-Vaxxers, Surrounded by Reality

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Posted by    Monday, February 9, 2015 at 10:00am 2/9/2015 at 10:00am

Due to the alarming outbreak of measles across the country, so-called “anti-vaxxers” are coming under extreme criticism. As well they should be.

I won’t delve into the particulars of the measles outbreak–Legal Insurrection’s Leslie Eastman offers more analysis and some solutions. I’m more interested in the narrative surrounding “VaccineGate.”

Of course, the mainstream...

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Will the Fed Raise Rates in 2015?

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Posted by    Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8:30am 1/12/2015 at 8:30am

Entering 2015, most economists expected that the Federal Reserve would finally begin raising short-term interest rates. Fewer than two weeks in to the year and that thesis is already beginning to crumble.

For seven years, the Fed kept interest rates at rock-bottom levels and employed a massive money-printing program called Quantitative Eas...

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Rising Islamism, Falling Oil Threaten to Disintegrate Nigeria

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Posted by    Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 1:00pm 1/4/2015 at 1:00pm

With low oil prices threatening the country’s economic survival and the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram threatening the lives citizens daily, Nigeria finds itself entering 2015 in a dangerous and deteriorating position.

Back in April reports of Boko Haram’s abduction of 300 teenage girls in a Nigerian village shocked...

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Could Greece set off a Euro crisis in 2015?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 8:30am 12/31/2014 at 8:30am

The label “Sick Man of Europe” has been awarded to many a European nation and empire since it was first used to describe the decrepit Ottoman Empire in the mid-19th century.

Today, it seems the entirety of Europe, save the United Kingdom and Switzerland, is worthy of the “sick man” title. The Eurozone...

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Is Russian Economy Rushing to Disaster?

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Posted by    Friday, December 26, 2014 at 7:30am 12/26/2014 at 7:30am
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 1998.

Back in 1998, there was a resurgent US economy while Europe, Japan, and emerging markets floundered. The dollar strengthened and oil prices plummeted. We also had an embattled second-term Democratic president with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress.

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3 Ways Chuck Schumer’s Airfare Probe Ignores Economic Realities

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:30am 12/23/2014 at 11:30am

Last week, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he wants the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation to investigate why airfares are not decreasing along with falling oil prices.

On the surface, Schumer’s observation makes sense. Crude oil and jet fuel prices are strongly correlated, and on aver...

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What Ever Happened to Bitcoin?

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Posted by    Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:00am 12/19/2014 at 10:00am
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In the race to the bottom, the Russian ruble has finally surpassed oil as a worse-performing asset.

Over the year, the ruble has tumbled 46% while WTI, the price measure of North American oil, has fallen 42%. Most likely, each will end the year even lower.

But the claimant to...

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Vice Planning IPO — The Making of a Media Empire?

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:30pm 12/17/2014 at 7:30pm

There’s only one man in the world who is in journalism to get rich. That man is Shane Smith, the CEO and co-founder of Vice Media, Inc. 20 years in the making, Smith’s growing media empire has amassed him an estimated $400 million fortune, and according to widespread reports earlier this...

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Anatomy of a Campus Anti-Capitalist

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Posted by    Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 6:20pm 12/13/2014 at 6:20pm

The opinion of capitalism as the greatest evil known to man is not only the dominant view at Cornell and other college campuses, it is the irrefutable dogma of the mindless droves of the overwhelming majority of faculty and students.

They look at the injustices in the world, at the inequities, and...

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Venezuela On the Road to Default

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Posted by    Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:30am 12/11/2014 at 8:30am

Over the summer I covered the Argentine government’s default on its debts owed to U.S. hedge funds—its second default in just 13 years.

Now fellow Latin American socialist paradise Venezuela is gearing up for a default of its own, as precipi...

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Carl DeMaio Defeated in CA-52

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Posted by    Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:30pm 11/10/2014 at 2:30pm

California’s 52nd district will keep its current representative in Congress for the next two years, as Republican Carl DeMaio failed to oust incumbent Democrat Scott Peters last Tuesday.

The election results were not finalized until 72 hours after voting booths closed, and the final tally came down to 51.25% for Peters and...

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Republican Carlos Curbelos Flips FL-26

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Posted by    Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:00pm 11/9/2014 at 4:00pm
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It’s been nearly a week since the Republican midterm election wave—(see also, tsunami, deluge, shellacking, take your pick)—so I think it’s appropriate to reflect on some key House races we’ve been covering since the summer.

First up is Carlos Curbelos’s successful flipping of Florida’s 26th district out of the hands of Democrat...

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