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Privatization benefits space exploration

Recently, astronomers found at least seven additional planets located about 40 light-years away, a discovery that has once again spurred talks about expanded space travel and exploration. The planets, all of which were found orbiting the “ultracool dwarf” star TRAPPIST-1, are around the size of Earth. Since the planets are in temperate zones, it is…

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Immigrant raids must forego warnings

The subject of how the U.S. government should enforce immigration laws has always been fragile. The current political climate does not make the topic any easier to discuss, especially given the fact that refugees are facing restrictions on coming to the country. Many people favor enforcement through raids, citing the need to strictly adhere to…

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Media ban infringes on democracy

President Donald Trump barred multiple media outlets from an off-camera press briefing with White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Feb. 24. Outlets such as the BBC, BuzzFeed, CNN, the Guardian and The New York Times, among others, were denied access. The off-camera briefing took place in Spicer’s office, instead of typically used James S….

Organ donation needs to occur often
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Organ donation needs to occur often

In the United States, a person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, joining around 120,000 others who are already on it. Over 120,000 people were in need of an organ transplant at the end of 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 33,606 organs were…

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USG Report: CUNY students need time off to cast a vote

When CUNY was chartered, it was written that the university must promote civic engagement among students. In past years, this has taken the form of voter registration drives and rallies to promote civic activity among students. It is time to take a larger step forward to ensure CUNY and, specifically, Baruch College students participate in…

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Dams require additional maintenance funding

Nearly 200,000 people were evacuated from northern California counties recently due to a possible spillway from the Oroville Dam. The weather changes in the state of California have contributed to this mandatory evacuation ordered by the government. Usually a drier state, California is experiencing the most rain in its history. While global warming is a…

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Grammys reveal racism

Many people have begun to call out the Recording Academy for numerous instances in which it has awarded white artists over black artists, despite having received less critical acclaim for their albums. This year in particular, the issue circulated around Adele’s Grammy award for her album 25. Critics of the decision believe that Beyonce should…

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Safety protocol cannot infringe on rights

In recent months, travelers at airports all across the United States are being asked with increasing frequency to unlock their phones. Sidd Bikkannavar, a scientist who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is a U.S.-born citizen. He has not traveled to any of the countries listed in President Donald Trump’s travel ban and he works…

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Politicker: Outrage culture poisons discourse

Since the election of President Donald Trump, outrage culture has come to the forefront. This was never an isolated phenomenon, but this election cycle has caused it to become visible on national headlines. Social media has been a major catalyst in creating outrage culture. What was a fleeting story in a newspaper in the past…

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Automation calls for better job training

According to a White House report on artificial intelligence, an estimated 2 to 3 million transportation-related occupations will become automated in the years to come.  Millions of people around the world are in jeopardy of losing their jobs due to the advancement of technology. Workers in these fields will not be the only ones negatively…

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