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BDS movement; Israel is not evil, but should be investigated

BDS movement; Israel is not evil, but should be investigated

02/21/2019 By Alexander Wolfe | Staff Columnist  Before President Trump captured headlines by declaring a national emergency to build his wall on the southern border, new members of the house Democratic caucus came under fire for antisemitic comments made regarding the state of Israel. That said when a topic becomes as taboo as antisemitism, it’s […]

More makeup companies should opt for natural, untouched look

More makeup companies should opt for natural, untouched look

02/14/2019 By Colleen Hammond | Staff Columnist  In the age of Instagram glamour and face-perfecting Snapchat filters, beauty standards for women seem to be straying further and further from reality. Nearly every major beauty corporation and retailer use highly edited photographs in their advertisements. Even bareMinerals, a company traditionally associated with their affinity for “natural […]

Threat of government shutdown looms; puts workers at risk again

Threat of government shutdown looms; puts workers at risk again

02/14/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor As federal workers began to recover from the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, a threat loomed still overhead: Would the government remain open for business, allowing funding for countless federal programs to continue flowing, or would it shut down once again if a deal wasn’t struck by […]

Politicians should consider merits of Universal Basic Income

Politicians should consider merits of Universal Basic Income

02/14/2019 By Timothy Rush | Staff Columnist Money. We all want it, and we all need it. Money is the quantitative tool that we use to purchase the goods and services we need to survive and get what we want. Society is built around this very concept. Our labor is purely based around the paycheck […]

Anti-vax movement to blame for outbreak

Anti-vax movement to blame for outbreak

02/14/2019 By Duke Staff In the age of widespread disinformation and “fake news,” few unenlightened conspiracy theories have been stranger than the rhetoric from the league of “anti-vaxxer” parents on Facebook. Derived from a 1998 study that has since been disproven, “anti-vaxxers” are a group of people who refuse to vaccinate their children for fear […]

New Post-Gazette cartoonist criticized for sexism, misogyny

New Post-Gazette cartoonist criticized for sexism, misogyny

02/07/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Once upon a time, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was a household staple. It would come to the door in its little green bag, and my father would bring it inside; it was the perfect companion to a cup of coffee. Back then, I was far more interested in the […]

Stay informed: Speculations for the 2020 Democratic nominee

Stay informed: Speculations for the 2020 Democratic nominee

02/07/2019 By Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist  I think it goes without saying that the 2020 presidential election will be the most important we will see in our lifetimes so far. No matter which way you lean, the issues that are going to be debated and the consequences of the outcome will have an immense […]

Trump panders at State of the Union

Trump panders at State of the Union

02/07/2019 By Duke Staff In the second State of the Union address of his presidency, Donald Trump began his annual address to Congress by calling for unity between parties following the longest government shutdown in history. “We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and […]

U.S. aversion to absolute executive power leads to success

U.S. aversion to absolute executive power leads to success

02/07/2019 By Alexander Wolfe | Staff Columnist “When you have power, people try to take it from you always,” said Lynne Cheney to her husband Dick while the two sat and puzzled about the man’s political future. At least, according to Vice director and writer Adam McKay. For those people who closely monitor executive activity, […]

Assault of Jussie Smollett proves yet again that bigotry still prevails

Assault of Jussie Smollett proves yet again that bigotry still prevails

01/31/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor In the early hours of Tuesday morning, while the Northeast and Midwest prepped for stunning bouts of cold, something even more chilling than snowfall and winter winds took place on the streets of Chicago. Jussie Smollett, known for his role as musician Jamal Lyon on Fox’s Empire, was […]