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Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Opinion: There will be no peace with the Taliban  

Last week, despite forceful opposition from his advisors, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, President Trump planned to meet with Taliban leaders on U.S. soil at Camp David. Negotiating peace with the Taliban is a far cry from the hard-nosed candidate Trump who promised to “get-tough” with suspected terrorists, openly advocating a resumption of waterboarding and “much worse.”

A war fought, a lesson unheeded 

A war fought, a lesson unheeded 

On Sept. 1, it will have been 80 years since Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. The war would claim roughly 70 million lives and feature some of humanity’s lowest and most shameful episodes. When people look at the contemporary political situation in the United States and choose to label the current administration as similar to 1930s Europe, inevitably most on the political right, and even certain moderates, will call this an exaggeration.

American democracy is alive and well

American democracy is alive and well

With all of this duly noted, we are left to wonder whether or not President Trump is actually a threat to American democracy. In order to reach a definitive conclusion, we’re going to examine the three inextricable tenets that serve as the foundation for any free society.

Strong government does not impede innovation and growth

Strong government does not impede innovation and growth

So far, the tension between public policy and private entities has been made out to be an ideological issue. People are asked to make value judgments on issues like healthcare and education, deciding which groups they can trust on sensitive problems.

The Singapore Declaration: Simple, optimistic, and highly Ineffective

The Singapore Declaration: Simple, optimistic, and highly Ineffective

Last June, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) met to discuss how to improve relations between the United States and North Korea. On June 12, 2018, they signed a document, known as the Singapore Declaration, that broadly mentioned that the U.S. would normalize relations with North Korea in exchange for “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”

UConn reflects on Trump’s new contraception regulations

UConn reflects on Trump’s new contraception regulations

After new changes to employee contraception rules were announced by the Trump Administration last week, students and faculty at University of Connecticut have reflected on what their effects will be.  
One day after the midterm elections last week, the Trump Administration finalized new rules which will allow most employers to refuse coverage of contraception regardless of religious beliefs. 

Trump’s plan for the opioid epidemic is a start, but that’s all it is

Trump’s plan for the opioid epidemic is a start, but that’s all it is

The opioid problem in this country is not a secret. The issue has been growing in magnitude for years and people are readily aware of its existence. Unlike other issues such as the environment and abortion rights, one thing Americans seem able to agree on is the need for a reduction in the number of opioid-related deaths that occur each year.

Trump: the silver spoon fed welfare king

Trump: the silver spoon fed welfare king

Due to all the justifiable commotion over Kavanaugh's confirmation, it is likely you haven’t read the groundbreaking New York Times article about how Trump and his family avoided paying tens of millions of taxes. Next time you have twenty minutes, please search “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father” and just give it a read through. Such an important article shouldn't fall by the wayside due to other news.

Weekly Column: Trump lacks common sense and human decency regarding immigrant children

Weekly Column: Trump lacks common sense and human decency regarding immigrant children

This past week, it was discovered the Trump Administration plans to pay for immigrant children they have obtained custody of by cutting funding from crucial programs like cancer research and HIV/Aids prevention. If you’re like me, you’re probably also thinking about how ridiculous this sounds. Of all of the programs that should be suffering due to a questionably ethical decision (like forcibly removing children from their families for no good reason), our cancer and HIV/AIDS research are some of the last that should be cut.

Census citizenship question is a short-sighted attack

Census citizenship question is a short-sighted attack

Many will be surprised to hear that there hasn’t been a citizenship question on the standard United States census since 1950. I certainly was; it seems like it would be a good idea to know how many citizens reside in the United States, right?

Trump, nativism and the Tea Party legacy

Trump, nativism and the Tea Party legacy

The Tea Party burst onto the national scene in 2009, wearing silly hats, waving American flags and presenting themselves as small government revolutionaries. In reality, their movement hinged on convincing white Americans that their way of life was being threatened by immigrants, multiculturalism and a black President.

Shake-ups in the White House and the increasingly heated battle with Mueller

Shake-ups in the White House and the increasingly heated battle with Mueller

The White House is spiraling out of control, and Trump’s strategic “shake-ups” represent more of a ploy and a near-desperate attempt to better handle the Mueller investigation as it enlarges and endangers Trump’s standing. No better example illustrates this than Trump’s increasingly vocal attacks on Mueller in the past few days.

The new party of Trumplicans

The new party of Trumplicans

Since about the beginning of 2016, the Republican Party has been going through a major ideological shift. The George W. Bush-era Republicans fought hard to stop the new wave of Trumplicans; their attempt failed in epic proportions and it was a beautiful sight. In just over a year since President Trump took office, the shift has become increasingly apparent.