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September 19, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Will Washington act on gun laws?

By | Apr 18, 2013

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, there was much talk about gun control laws and ways to curb the all-too-familiar headlines of mass shootings. The topic has recently found its way back to the national stage. Last week, President Obama handed over his weekly address to Francine…

Will North Korea spark a new war?

By | Apr 4, 2013

Last week, North Korea announced that its missiles would be ready to strike the U.S. mainland. A report distributed through its state-run news agency, KCNA, shows the country’s leader Kim Jong Un and his top military chiefs planning military attacks on Hawaii, Washington, D.C., Austin and Los Angeles. North Korea cut its military hotline with…

Foreign policy post-Chavez

By | Mar 24, 2013

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s self-proclaimed “Bolivarian” leader, passed away March 5, leaving many around the world asking: What will Venezuela look like without Chavez? Chavez, who led the country since taking power in 1998, seems to be just as divisive in death as he was when he was alive. Even his interim successor was contentious. Chavez…

It’s time to stop the sequester

By | Mar 1, 2013

Without further congressional action, on March 1 the sequester will take effect and will impose drastic across-the-board federal spending cuts that are meant to be evenly divided over a nine-year period and bring in a projected $1.2 trillion. These austerity-like cuts will decrease tax revenue and increase spending on benefits programs, like unemployment, further causing…

Hillary Clinton’s mixed legacy

By | Feb 18, 2013

Following former U.S. Senator John Kerry’s quick confirmation by the Senator, the new secretary of state joked he had big “heels” to fill as Hillary Clinton’s predecessor. Clinton is leaving the State Department with unprecedented approval ratings that could pave her way to a 2016 presidential candidacy if she wanted it. She became known for…

No good deals with Sandy aid

By | Jan 24, 2013

Even before it ignored the Hurricane Sandy Aid Bill and headed home fore the December holidays, the 112th Congress was the most ineffective session in history. After scrapping a vote on the larger $60 billion Sandy aid package earlier this month, House Speaker John Boehner was excoriated into holding a vote in this new session…

Budget discussion must move forward

By | Dec 14, 2012

President Barack Obama’s election victory was met almost immediately by a panic over the economy pulling a Wile E. Coyote and running off then edge of the cliff, realizing there is nothing beneath it and then subsequently hurtling downwards into oblivion. The “fiscal cliff” is a term that has been used to describe a bundle…

US must rethink alliance with Israel

By | Nov 29, 2012

If you are a bit confused as to what has been in the news about Gaza lately, you are not alone. And it’s probably because the prevailing US media narrative of what is going on over there is fundamentally skewed. We are being provided news sans the historical context necessary to understand why Hamas and…

Election results mark new era

By | Nov 8, 2012

President Obama won his second term by winning minority voters, particularly Hispanics, women and young voters. Some feared Obama’s voter turnout would be stifled by a lack of excitement about the election this year. This was not the case. While a win for the Obama camp was expected, it is where he drew support from…

As election nears, no clear winner in recent debates

By | Oct 26, 2012

In the past couple of weeks we have seen all four of the presidential and vice presidential debates that mark the final push at the closing of election season. With just more than a week left before Americans across the nation cast their votes Nov. 6, I think it is safe to say we have…

Romney’s “47 percent” video impacts undecided voters

By | Oct 4, 2012

When campaigning for president, you need to at least be able to pretend that you care about every vote.

Democrat and Republican convention messages and their implications on US voters

By | Oct 1, 2012

With October comes the much-anticipated debate season for our presidential hopefuls. But before the candidates begin their pulling-out-all-of-the-stops and finish-strong tactics for the final month of campaign season, let’s take a quick look at the effects of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Republican National Convention (RNC) on the public. The DNC and the RNC…