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Trump-Acosta feud continues, rekindles discussion of fake news

Trump-Acosta feud continues, rekindles discussion of fake news

11/15/2018 By Mitchell Taylor | Staff Columnist CNN has come under fire for the actions of its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, following an unusually heated press conference. Videos of the event show a persistent Acosta refusing to give up the microphone to the White House intern, despite President Trump’s repeated demands to do […]

Election recap 2018: Midterms bring blue wave, diversity

Election recap 2018: Midterms bring blue wave, diversity

11/08/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor  On a chilly fall morning, lines began to form outside of polling locations all around the U.S. Following a series of massive social media movements aimed at encouraging all who could — mainly America’s young people — to vote, Telegraph estimates that about 113 million people participated in […]

Now is not the time for conspiracy theories

Now is not the time for conspiracy theories

11/08/2018 By Duke Staff Just a few short weeks ago, we used this space to address Pittsburgh media and ask that they cover the death of Marquis Jaylen “JB” Brown with tact and courtesy. We wanted to put a stop to wild, irresponsible speculation and conspiracy-weaving that was making the rounds. Now, with over 70 […]

Election Day should be holiday

Election Day should be holiday

11/08/2018 By Hallie Lauer | Features Editor In 1845, Congress decided that Election Day would be on the first Tuesday of November. This decision was made largely because it was a full day’s ride with horse-drawn buggies to the local polling place, and in order to prevent disruption to the sabbath, or market days which […]

Felon disenfranchisement a form of voter suppression

Felon disenfranchisement a form of voter suppression

11/08/2018 By Timothy Rush | Staff Writer Voting is a staple of modern American democracy, one that is held sacrosanct among the American populace. As the midterm season wraps up, and many of us exercise our right to vote, there needs to be the acknowledgement of those who are still unable to vote in our […]

As anti-Semitism rises in the U.S. and the Jewish community mourns, Pittsburgh comes together with unity and grace

As anti-Semitism rises in the U.S. and the Jewish community mourns, Pittsburgh comes together with unity and grace

11/01/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27, shots rang out in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood. Located in Squirrel Hill, the Tree of Life synagogue was the scene of a horrific anti-Semitic hate crime when suburban Baldwin native Robert Bowers stormed the temple and opened fire during the morning Shabbat […]

After tragedy, voting more important than ever

After tragedy, voting more important than ever

11/01/2018 By Duke Staff Unreal. Sickening. Saddening. Horrifying. These are the thoughts on so many minds as our whole city is still reeling from the horrific massacre that occurred on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. 11 Jewish worshippers were gunned down, along with six wounded (four were police and SWAT […]

CW’s ‘Supergirl’ shows TV’s first transgender superhero

CW’s ‘Supergirl’ shows TV’s first transgender superhero

11/01/2018 By Rachel Krotseng | Staff Columnist The focus of Supergirl has always been equality and change, and now it is making history by casting Nicole Maines for the role of Nia Nal, a cub-reporter at Cat-Co Worldwide Media, television’s first transgender superhero. The current political divide between people on matters of immigration is reflected […]

Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy sparks gun control debate

Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy sparks gun control debate

11/01/2018 By Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist  “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” “Cars kill people, too, but we don’t ban cars.” “I need guns for protection in my home.” The list of arguments from proponents of the Second Amendment goes on and on. To me, they are not arguments. They are excuses. And […]

College students should be open to other points of view

College students should be open to other points of view

10/25/2018 By Kelly Myer | Contributor College students are one of the biggest crusaders of free speech. However, they are one of the demographics that most avidly censors their incoming information. Either online or in favor of trigger warnings and safe spaces, college students make sure to communicate that the First Amendment is only applicable […]