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In trying times, like those we are facing today in the global fight against COVID-19, there arises a sense of unity across the nation. Historically, we have seen people “rally around the flag” while seeking hope in these times of distress. This sense of collective identity tends to boost an incumbent leader’s image.. Contemporary examples...
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The filibuster is the right of extended debate in the Senate. Essentially, it is the ability to talk a bill to death. In the U.S. Senate, a senator (or group of senators) can take the floor and continue speaking on a bill under consideration to block the measure from being voted on. A senator can...
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The legislative powers of the United States Congress are explicitly stated in the Constitution. Article I Section I states “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives”. The enumerated powers of Congress are laid in out in Section...
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The Melians were stuck between the two warring regional powers of Greece: Athens and Sparta. When Athens came to conquer the neutral island of Melos, the Athenians justified the attack saying, “…the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.” The Athenians did what they could by slaughtering all the men...
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Based on the Electoral College winner-take-all system, we don’t need to be confident in our ability to count each vote accurately. We only need to be confident that we can count enough votes accurately to be certain of the electoral outcome in each state. If a national popular vote determined the presidency, each vote would be critical.
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The debate over whether NFL players should have to stand for the national anthem has been going on for over a year. It began when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, and has led to more players, coaches, and staff following his lead. It has also led to intense debate in America...
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According to the U.S. Constitution, the government must conduct a decennial census to count all people living in the United States. The census statistics are then used to compute the congressional representation for each state. For many years, as the population of the U.S. grew at every census, so too did the size of the...
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Since being legislated in 2010, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” has been a polarizing policy across partisan and ideological lines. Polls showed that a majority of American public opinion was against the law until the beginning of 2017. The trend reversed after Donald J. Trump’s presidency. According to the most recent data by...
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The United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among developed countries. In the 2012 presidential election, only about 55% of the voting age population cast a ballot. Voter turnout is even lower in midterm election years when the president is not up for reelection. Many journalists, pundits, and political science scholars have...
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The presidential candidate nomination system is not specified anywhere in the U.S. Constitution. Instead, the nomination process has evolved over time to the system we have today. This evolution has led to a somewhat complicated system for choosing the nominees, with each party and state developing their own rules and methods for selecting delegates. Party...
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