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People speak and judges listen

The United States Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, 572 U. S. ____ (2014) that invalidated aggregate contribution limits has been denounced by activists across the political spectrum. However, some critics have an unthinking response and might change their minds if they seriously consider the Court’s reasoning. First, the case was… Keep Reading

Dumbing down the SAT

As a former tutor and poor public school student who excelled on the SAT, I hold strong feelings about the College Board’s decision to overhaul the exam’s future structure. In March, College Board President David Coleman publicized some changes: a more generous fee waiver program to help low-income students and a partnership with Khan Academy to offer… Keep Reading

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A critique of the Federal Reserve System

On December 23, 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Reserve Act to establish the third central banking system in the US, which facilitates funds transferring between banks, issues paper money, regulates commercial banks, lends as a last resort, and conducts monetary policy. The blueprint was drafted in a secret 1910 meeting on… Keep Reading

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Destroying fundamental American principles

Today governments conduct unprecedented warrantless mass surveillance on citizens at home and abroad. Because defenders of such policies cite reasons of national safety and the greater good of society, opponents are often labeled extreme or insane. Yet the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution clearly affirms “the right of the people to be secure in… Keep Reading

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