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In the global race for technological dominance, immigrants will be the key to our future.

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Immigration has always been a sensitive subject in U.S. politics, but, especially due to amplified anti-immigration rhetoric that arose during the 2016 election, the issue has almost become a metonym for the Southern border crisis.

But what about the border that we cannot see, the one of the “endless frontier”?

On May 21, Majority Leader Schumer introduced the Endless Frontier Act (S.3832), which aims to strengthen U.S. leadership in technological development, enhance American education to bolster U.S. competitiveness in technological sectors, and intensify the impact of nationally funded research and development (R&D). …


When the young John F. Kennedy ran for office in 1960, one of the greatest controversies of his campaign surrounded none other than his Catholic identity. “I am not the Catholic candidate for president,” he on the campaign trail to dispel any fears. “I am the Democratic Party candidate for president who also happens to be a Catholic.”

Kennedy became America’s first Roman Catholic president, but on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden became the nation’s second- and very few are talking about it. After a tumultuous four years of fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric, the proceedings at the 59th presidential inauguration…


The riot heard around the world

The U.S. Capitol at night.

In the Season 1, Episode 7 of The West Wing, the White House holds a State Dinner for the Thai president. During the evening, senior aides to the U.S. president ask a Thai official if he would be able to help secure the release of a French prisoner. After all, America is a champion for human rights.

“Mr. Ziegler,” the official responds, “does it strike you at all hypocritical that a people who systematically wiped out a century’s worth of Native Americans should lecture the world so earnestly on human rights?”

The Thai aide, though fictitious, was right. Hypocrisy has…


With lower carbon emissions, entrepreneurs who can develop nuclear technology are looking at an extremely profitable future.

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In his 2010 TED Talk, Bill Gates called for “energy miracles” and identified nuclear energy as one potential candidate. The Microsoft founder was right about an infectious outbreak occurring in the 21st century, and he may be just as right about the future of energy.

Although we have made little progress on nuclear energy in the last 10 years, the burgeoning urgency to combat climate change reminds us that Gates’s predictions may come true once again. …


Sampling political fear tactics of history’s leaders

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A common debate about governance has ensued since the very beginning of time: is it best to lead with empathy or with fear?

Niccolò Machiavelli would answer, without a doubt, that the only way to maintain law and order is to govern with fear. In his famous work ll Principe, or The Prince, Machiavelli advised those in power to employ tactics of fear to scare his people into submission if they hope to stay in power. …


But there’s still plenty of room for progress

At the 2017 State of the Union, congresswomen of the House of Representatives wore white to honor women’s suffrage. Photo courtesy of Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Flickr.

August 18, 2020, marks 100 years since states ratified the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

While the fight for suffrage required nearly 100 years of struggling, gender differences in voter turnout reveal that women have truly embraced their right to vote and flown with it. Still, there is progress to be made.

History

The women’s suffrage movement first began when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized a group of abolitionist activists at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. There, they drafted their own version of the Declaration of Independence, called the…


Think again.

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As the world enters roughly the eighth month of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us, including myself, have looked to the bright sides of our drastic change in lifestyle — more time with family, a booming stock market, and less environmental pollution.

However, as confirmed cases and deaths around the world have climbed to reach over 20.1 million and nearly 780,000, respectively, media attention on the pandemic has eclipsed some very important developments in Washington: major rollbacks on environmental regulations by the Trump administration.

On August 10, the White House announced that it would be lifting Obama-era regulations on methane…


Here’s why you should care.

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Abruptly on July 22, the U.S. ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, TX after accusations of spying, a national security threat to the United States. The U.S. gave China 72 hours to vacate the premise, which it did on July 25.

On July 23, at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke harshly about the necessary change in American attitude toward a communist China. Standing at the birthplace of President Nixon, who opened China to America and the Western world, Pompeo argued that, since Nixon’s aspirations had not succeeded…


The Greeks weren’t the founders of democracy for no reason!

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Having lived in the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., Plato was a famous Greek philosopher who flourished during the Classical period of Ancient Greece. He founded what we today refer to as Platonism — the Platonist school of thought — which championed the quality of human life above all under the assumption of unchanging, eternal realities. He also founded the Academy, the modern-day equivalent of a university that taught mathematics, natural science, astronomy, and dialectics, in addition to philosophy and politics.

Plato’s most famous work is Republic, a Socratic dialogue about justice, the order and character of a just city-state…


Oh, America

I admit: it’s more than just common sense

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Despite the obvious surge in coronavirus cases this past month, so many Americans continue to detest the wearing of face masks, citing rare health experts who are skeptical about masks’ effectiveness. Perhaps some Americans still do not believe the coronavirus is a real threat.

These Americans may very well be the same people who refuse to believe in climate change because there is “just not enough proof” that the climate is changing.

Why, then, do we clowns wear masks before scientists have formally declared a direct transmission cause? …

Channing Lee

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