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Primary Debates Heat Up in Both Parties The nation’s first primary contest has done little to quell the rancor among presidential candidates, if this week’s primary debates are any indication. In the Democratic debate, long-time favorite Hillary Clinton and semi-socialist upstart Bernie Sanders dueled over policy specifics and definitions, holding heated exchanges over who better [...]

To Solve Mass Incarceration, Bring Back Pell Grants to Prisons

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(The writer is a Co-President of the Johns Hopkins Jail Tutorial Project) In 1994, Congress banned prisoners from accessing federal Pell Grants that help low-income students pay for college. The effects were drastic. In 1990, there were 350 college-in-prison programs around the United States. By 1997, only 8 remained. For the two decades after the [...]

Why do we hear so little about Latin America?

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Before one can claim anything about the dissemination of news on Latin America, one must acknowledge that the term “Latin America” is inherently misleading. The area of the globe we paint with these words spans from Mexico to Cape Horn: this space covers 6500 miles, and is home to over 620 million people. Latin America [...]

In Defense of American Universities

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American student debt reached an all-time high in 2015–last year’s collective debt also set a record at $1.27 trillion, according to the Huffington Post. This is not surprising, however, as college tuition and the volume of debt have been on the rise for quite some time. In 2014, Slate Magazine reported that “rising tuition rates [...]

The Oregon Standoff

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Since January 2nd, a group of ranchers have occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Their stand has prompted both accusations of terrorism and support, as reporters from news sources such as the Washington Post have praised and criticized the group’s purpose. At the heart of the issue is government land ownership in the Pacific [...]

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