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Debate Forum 2/23/11

Congress agrees to 90-day extension of the Patriot Act The USA PATRIOT Act is an acronym for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism. Fortunately, everyone knows it today as simply the Patriot Act. It was signed into law with little debate or opposition only 43 days after […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/23/11

Patriot Smacked By Ben Tompkins With the possible exception of the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act is the premier piece of post-9/11 action that made most moderate people go “wait, what?” “You heard us.  If you want to keep your children safe, you’re going to have to accept that the Constitution only works when […]

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Debate Forum: Right 2/23/11

The Patriot Act Continues to Keep Americans Safe By David H. Landon The 10-year anniversary of 9/11 is almost upon us. The more time that passes, the more difficult it becomes to remember the raw feelings of fear and anger that were triggered by the cowardly attack on civilians who were simply going about their […]

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Debate Forum: Topic 2/16/11

President Obama Doubles Down on High-Speed Rail Vice President Joe Biden announced last week that President Barack Obama will ask Congress to approve a six-year, $53 billion program for construction of a national high-speed and intercity rail network, which he envisions will “jump-start job creation.” Biden stated during the announcement that there is a pressing […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/16/11

High-speed rail can’t wait By Maha Kashani “There’s a fundamentally new competition going on in the rest of the world,” said Vice President Joe Biden on Feb. 8 when he announced the six-year, $53 billion plan to invest in high-speed rail for the future of our nation. I cannot understand how the rest of the […]

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Debate Forum: Right 2/16/11

Obama Plays Railroad Tycoon with Our Tax Dollars By Mark Luedtke I loved electric trains when I was a kid. My first model train was a classic “O” gauge model I got for Christmas. You could put drops in the smokestack and it would smoke as it chugged around the tracks. My family used to […]

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Debate Forum Topic 2/9/11

ARAB EARLY SPRING 2011 It seems that the famed and failed “Arab Spring of 2005” was only delayed. In 2005, the world media bantered about a catch phrase to describe the budding signs of democratic reform in states throughout the Middle East. They called it the “Arab Spring.” We are now looking at the Arab […]

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Debate Forum: Left 2/9/11

Leave it to the people to create real change By Rana Odeh For decades, we have seen enough American and European interventions in the Middle East, and with that interference, an insurmountable amount of corruption, oppression and violence. It is time for the voice of the people in the region to be heard, and it […]

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Debate Forum: Right 2/9/11

And We Wonder Why Arab Muslims Hate Us By Mark Luedtke Much as the government of the Soviet Union propped up tyrannical governments in Eastern Europe for the benefit of the Soviet ruling class, the U.S. government has long propped up tyrannical governments in the Arab world for the benefit of our ruling class. These […]

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Debate Forum Topic 02/02/11

A Review of the Obama State of the Union Speech Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, states that the president “… shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” While it is […]

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Debate Forum Left 02/02/11

Who Took Third Place in Miss Alaska? By Ben Tompkins I’ve never in my life heard a public figure who has such a consistent and level-headed dedication to the elevation of discourse and realistic view of reality as Obama. I think if he weren’t so eloquent it wouldn’t work, because generally partisanship is much more […]

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Debate Forum Right 02/02/11

How can we win the future with the same old Obama plan? By David H. Landon President Obama hoped to deliver a State of the Union address last week that would lay the groundwork for his legislative agenda for the next two years. Despite all of the trimmings, bells and whistles, his speech needed to […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/26/11

To raise or not to raise? At the current rate at which the U.S. is spending money, experts predict that the country will exceed the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling currently approved by federal law by the end of March. Government officials from both political parties agree that under no circumstances would it be acceptable for […]

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Debate Forum Left 01/26/11

Let’s Get our Priorities Straight By Rana Odeh The obsession with reducing the national debt is often used as an excuse to cut funding to essential government programs that help support the less fortunate members of society. When conservatives threaten to not increase the national debt ceiling unless government spending is cut to 2008 levels, […]

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Debate Forum Right 01/26/11

Repudiate the National Debt By Mark Luedtke Last February, Congress raised the debt ceiling to $14.29 trillion, and the on-record debt will reach that limit sometime in March. Congress must raise the debt ceiling or the federal government will be forced to default on its debt. But that number is as phony as a $37 […]

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Debate Forum Topic 01/19/11

New Versions of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer lose the “N-word Editor’s note: This conversation contains language that some may find offensive. Reader discretion is advised. Last week, the NewSouth, Inc. publishing company of Alabama, announced it will be releasing an altered version of Mark Twain’s classics, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures […]

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