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Berating does not belong in politics

The two major sides of the political spectrum seem to have an idealized enemy that is not representative of the entire party as a whole. Both liberals and conservatives alike use this straw man argument to identify their own party’s antithesis. They use stereotypes to create ugly portraits and reinforce them with cherry-picked examples of…

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G20 leaders ostracize Obama’s platform

Barack Obama flew to China to attend the G20 meeting in Hangzhou in late August to stake new flags in Asia and reaffirm the role of the United States as the world’s leading economy. He faced quite a hostile reception. China’s president and host of the meeting tried to humiliate the U.S. president while Philippines’…

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Zuckerberg’s initiative creates legacy

The hopes and dreams of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg went up in smoke and flames as a SpaceX rocket carrying a $200 million satellite exploded on the launching pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This satellite was an integral part of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, which was launched in August 2013. Zuckerberg propelled the initiative in order…

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USG Report: Students should peruse CUNY’s capital plan

CUNY administration recently released a revised copy of their five-year master plan titled “The Connected University CUNY Master Plan 2016-2022.” The document outlines the next five years of the university on a general level and includes student population expectations, requests for university funding, campus capital projects and much more. For students of both CUNY and…

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Politicker: Schlafly shapes Republican ideals

Even if you have not heard of Phyllis Schlafly, you might have heard about her passing. More importantly, you probably have not noticed how her legacy affected the way the Republican Party approaches its stance on women’s rights in the United States. She did not think the GOP had to worry itself with something she…

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Brazil’s instability may halt progress

The government of Brazil has recently confirmed its involvement in and support of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Since Brazil is one of the top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, this is a step in the right direction toward combatting climate change. Brazil’s actions may inspire other nations to act accordingly in order…

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Clients need protection

On Aug. 31, Dropbox announced a major security breach of usernames and encrypted passwords. As a result of the breach, about 70 million account credentials were stolen. It is believed that the breach happened because Dropbox users supposedly used simple passwords, or used the same password across all or most of their accounts. After cracking…

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Pope befittingly grants Mother Teresa sainthood

Pope Francis named Mother Teresa a saint in a canonization Mass on Sunday, Sept. 4. One hundred thousand tickets were distributed for the monumental event in Vatican City. The worshippers that day included nuns from the Missionaries of Charity, a multitude of cardinals and bishops, leaders of state governments and Queen Sofia of Spain. Mother…

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Kaepernick faces attacks

The San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick is facing backlash because of his decision to sit during “The Star Spangled Banner,” the anthem played before many U.S. sports games. Most people stand and place their right hand over their heart as a way to express patriotism and honor the military troops fighting overseas. Kaepernick has…

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Voter registration efforts in CUNY combat political apathy

With the Oct. 14 presidential election registration deadline in mind, CUNY implemented its first university-wide initiative to encourage students to register. On CUNYfirst, students can find their “NYS Voter Registration Form,” a personalized voter registration form that can be filled out and brought to select members of the Undergraduate Student Government. With many of the…

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