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Low temperatures spark climate change debate. Again.

Low temperatures spark climate change debate. Again.

01/31/2019 By Duke Staff As temperatures dip to record lows in Pittsburgh and across the Midwest, residents are warned to avoid leaving their homes. Schools and universities have cancelled several days worth of classes in anticipation of the below-zero wind chills (including Duquesne, albeit late with their 8 a.m. cancellation on Wednesday morning). And, of […]

Democratic Party hopefuls ample in numbers, varied in policy

Democratic Party hopefuls ample in numbers, varied in policy

01/31/2019 By Timothy Rush | Staff Columnist While the government trekked through its longest shutdown in history, democratic presidential hopefuls didn’t put their announcements of candidacies and exploratory committees on hold. With less than two years until the presidential election, the Democratic Party has had a surge of declared candidacies and committee formations. Announced candidates […]

China: Not the savior we wanted, but the savior we need

China: Not the savior we wanted, but the savior we need

3101/31/2019 By Alexander Wolfe | Staff Columnist Although Russian Orthodox Christmas was Jan. 7, Vladimir Putin continues to get presents beyond the second $3,000 jumpsuit I’m assuming he asked for. The American government just ended a month-long shutdown, the European Union seems to be foaming at the mouth to humiliate Theresa May and the Treasury […]

SCOTUS rules in favor of anti-transgender military ban

SCOTUS rules in favor of anti-transgender military ban

01/24/2019 By Duke Staff Earlier this week, President Trump scored another judicial victory in his attempt to once again undo any important social progress made by previous administrations in the lead up to his presidency. In a 5-4 ruling, with the court’s conservative wing all voting in the majority, the Supreme Court of the United […]

Government shutdown continues at expense of working class

Government shutdown continues at expense of working class

01/24/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor The duration of the nation’s longest government shutdown has surpassed the one-month mark, and as the crisis comes to a boil, almost everyone is starting to feel the heat. Federal workers, either furloughed or working without pay, are struggling to make ends meet. With rent or mortgage bills, […]

Seeing and believing: We must curb spread of misinformation

Seeing and believing: We must curb spread of misinformation

01/24/2019 By Rachel Krotseng | Staff Columnist  A goldfish’s short term memory is three seconds long. Daddy Long Legs are the most poisonous spiders in the world, but they’re so small that they can’t bite you. Calculations show that a bumblebee should not be able to fly. All of the dinosaurs died when the meteor […]

Gillette commercial tackles toxic masculinity, sparks debate

Gillette commercial tackles toxic masculinity, sparks debate

01/24/2019 By Sean Armstrong | Staff Writer The Gillette commercial is just the latest social justice scandal to divide Americans on the left and right of the political spectrum. Personally, I agree with the message in the commercial, but much of the discussion that has occurred in reaction to this ad is unhelpful at best […]

As debate surrounds Trump’s wall, immigrants remain vilified

As debate surrounds Trump’s wall, immigrants remain vilified

01/19/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Above all else, America is, has been and will always be a nation made up of immigrants. Is that a controversial statement? Well, it shouldn’t be. Every white citizen in the U.S. today is an American because somewhere in their family’s lineage, someone was not. Be it a […]

Government shutdown impacts all

Government shutdown impacts all

01/17/2019 By Duke Staff Today, the government shutdown enters day 26, having surpassed the record for longest government shutdown in U.S. history (the former record holder being 21 days in the Clinton Administration). However, through all of the political infighting, pointless press conferences and heartbreaking reports of federal workers struggling to make ends meet, there […]

A year in review: Tragedy, politics and progress define 2018

A year in review: Tragedy, politics and progress define 2018

01/17/2019 By Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist  I always feel anxious at the beginning of a new year. Who knows what I will remember 2019 for? Will it be a year of positivity and growth, or will it be daunting and discouraging? Although I cannot know what 2019 holds for me or anyone else, I […]