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GM CEO Mary Barra testifies before Congress about GM's defective ignition switch. The switch involved a spring that was too weak and would collapse under heavy weight from the key. Image by Forbes (no free equivalent image of Barra was available).

Deadly Error: GM’s Faulty Ignition Switch

In February 2014, General Motors, one of the biggest American automotive conglomerates, recalled almost 1.6 million of its cars due to a defect. Since then, the recall has expanded by almost a million cars, topping 2.6 million as of March 28. Some of the cars recalled include those of some […]

Subsidies and How the Government Can Fix Them

Subsidies and How the Government Can Fix Them

What do 18th century fur trappers, the Transcontinental Railroad, the airplane and the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 have in common? They were all disasters. Why? Government money. The fact of the matter is that the United States federal government is terrible at subsidizing innovation. In the 1700′s, the Feds […]

The NSA, Big Data, and Privacy (and Captain America)

The NSA, Big Data, and Privacy (and Captain America)

WARNING:  This article contains major spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you have not yet watched the film, I recommend that a. you do so, and b. you do not read this article yet. Thank you in advance for preventing me from ruining your movie-watching and article-reading experiences. In […]

2014 Midterm Election Map

Golden Opportunity: Can Republicans Recapture the Senate in 2014?

The November midterm elections are approaching quickly. These races will place the seats of all senators who were last elected in 2008 and all current congressional representatives up for grabs. Some special races are also being held for currently vacant positions in Senate that would not be normally put up […]

by · April 1, 2014 · United States
Protesters in Kiev march in opposition to Russia's invasion of Crimea. Image by 	ВО Свобода.

Ukraine: Where East Meets West

From military intervention, to political conditions on humanitarian aid, to economic isolation, the United States has flaunted its political power throughout the world for decades. But with Ukraine becoming a battleground between East and West, one may ask, “What role should the U.S. play in this looming conflict?”  There is […]

The interior of the headquarters of the National Security Agency in June 2013.

Looming Battle: Why Reforming the NSA Is Riskier than It Looks

Today, internet and mobile communication play a huge role in our daily lives. People from one country can now talk to people in another nation thousands of miles away, instantly. The sad reality is that terrorists have also learned to adapt this technology to their advantage. This persistent threat of […]

by · February 5, 2014 · United States
A Rocky Road to Citizenship: Will Congress Pass Immigration Reform?

A Rocky Road to Citizenship: Will Congress Pass Immigration Reform?

President Obama recently signed into law the first budget deal passed by Congress since 1986.  Being the astute politician that he is, the President has taken advantage of a recent surge in bipartisanship by calling a meeting between House leaders and the White House cabinet. As a Washington Times article […]

by · January 30, 2014 · United States
Graffiti of Edward Snowden in New York City. Image by squirrel83.

NSA Reform: Who’s Watching Who?

In the recent months since Edward Snowden leaked confidential information about the activities of the NSA, Americans have begun to understand to a greater degree of accuracy their true level of privacy. A variety of reactions to the leaked information were seen throughout the United States, as many cried out […]

President Obama talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. This is the first phone call between Iranian and American leaders is decades.

Two Steps Forward, and (Hopefully) Zero Steps Back

Iran has presented many challenges to U.S. foreign policy over the years. In 1979 it was the hostage crisis, in 1986 it was the arms-dealing “Contra Affair,” and in 2014 it seems that the greatest foreign policy challenge will be achieving success in a nuclear deal with Iran. Earlier this […]

Participants wave a combination of the LGBT and American flags at the 2012 Washington, D.C. gay pride parade. Image by Tim Evanson.

Oppressed Love

For the past few years, same-sex marriage has been a hot button issue throughout the United States. There has been a considerable shift in public opinion surrounding homosexuality, and also an incredible amount of legislative progress in legalizing same-sex unions, as New Mexico and Utah* recently became the sixteenth and […]