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GOP Debate: The Losers

While Cruz and Rubio owned the night, several other candidates did little but sow doubts about their future viability. However, Trump and Carson are in a category of their own. The Underperformers Kasich: Ohio Governor John Kasich started out forcefully, criticizing other candidates’ tax plans for relying on dubious assumptions, hammering Trump’s position on immigration, and attacking Carson’s tax plan. That attack was one of his first strategic mistakes. Regardless of his positions, Republicans would be wise to tread carefully around Dr. Carson….

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GOP Debate: The Winners

The GOP came into Boulder looking for direction due to Trump’s slump, Bush’s underwhelming candidacy, and Carson’s sudden rise to the top of the polls. All these elements have muddled the race over the past few weeks. The CNBC Republican debate provided the party with much-needed direction and set a new tone for the race. As for the actual debate, National Review provided the best and most concise summary with its headline “A Big Night for the GOP’s Cuban-American Duo”, as there were two…

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SCOTUS Promises 125th Exciting Term in a Row

               On Monday, October 5, the Supreme Court will hear the first oral arguments of its 125th term, a term that will include a number of cases that have the potential to overturn decades of precedent and convince many on the left, who celebrated last term as a liberal turning point, that their faith was misplaced and premature.         One of the cases the Supreme Court has decided to take on is Evenwel…

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CRs and UDems Come Together

Last Saturday, the College Republicans and University Democrats came together for a service project at a local park. Although this is not the first time that the CRs and UDems have found common ground, this is the first event within recent memory whose primary purpose is non-political. The two groups cleaned up the park and trimmed some tree branches during their rare coming together. Collaboration between the UDems and CRs, however, is not unprecedented. Just last week, after a visit from a group…

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UVa Students Draft Mental Health Bill

A wave of mental health legislation has been sweeping through the General Assembly after the son of Senator Deeds stabbed his father multiple times before killing himself. The tragedy, which occurred last November, is still generating press as lawmakers debate the merits of the legislation, which is sponsored by Senator Deeds himself. Among the mental health bills sitting before the Assembly is HB206. This bill, however, is unique because it did not originate in the Assembly. In fact, HB206 was drafted by…

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Bandow v. Reilly: Burke Society Hosts Debate on Foreign Interventionism

As the Burke Society hosted its November 4 debate with Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute and Robert R. Reilly of the American Foreign Policy Council, both sides agreed that recent events in the Muslim parts of Africa and Asia were heading towards fragmentation and uncertainty. Whether the United States should get involved in those foreign issues, however, was another question.

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Dr. Nigel Ashford on “Human Rights: What They Are and What They Are Not”

From the war in Syria to the struggle for gay equality, political activists have invoked diverse causes in the name of human rights. As various cultures disagree on the nature of a just society, however, finding a universal definition for these rights seems more illusory than ever in a globalized age.

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Of Social Psychology and Politics: Beauty Gaining Votes

“Attractiveness helps win elections.  Panu Poutvaara and his colleagues (2006) presented photographs of Finnish political candidates to research participants in many other countries (who would have no prior knowledge of these candidates) and asked them to rate the politicians on a variety of attributes including attractiveness.  They found that the ratings of attractiveness were the best predictors of the actual number of votes each candidate had gotten in the real elections.  A higher beauty rating predicted an increase of between 2.5 and…

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