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Debate Forum: 2/28

Le disconnect Should we consider French ‘unplugging’ law in the US? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration by Angel Boligan   From the country that brought you Coco Chanel, universal health care, and the Statue of Liberty comes the latest in French fashion: the right to disconnect. Oui. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, French lawmakers introduced a series […]

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Debate Forum: 2/21

Milkshakes and manslaughter DQ manager on the hook for teen’s suicide By Sarah Sidlow When the Dairy Queen ice cream franchise conglomerate changed its slogan to “DQ: Something Different,” it probably didn’t have involuntary manslaughter in mind. But in Missouri, recent events have the two going hand-in-hand. It starts with 17-year-old Kenneth Suttner—overweight and speaking […]

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Debate Forum: 2/14

We don’t need no education (department) DeVos gets hired, DoE gets fired? By Sarah Sidlow Last week, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of education pick by the smallest possible margin, calling in Vice President Mike Pence, the official tie-breaker, to tip the scales 51-50 in favor of Betsy DeVos. Pence became the first VP […]

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Debate Forum: 2/7

Sin cities Dayton weighs undocumented immigrant police policy after executive order By Sarah Sidlow   Phrase to know: “sanctuary city.” As in, not your imaginary safe haven where the coffee is always free and the home team always wins. If the term rings a bell, it’s probably because it’s been in the news. A lot. […]

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Debate Forum: 1/31

  The ‘art’ of the deal No room for arts in Trump’s budget By Sarah Sidlow It didn’t take President Trump very long to find the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk, or the presidential rubber stamp. In addition to other symbolic executive actions, Trump and his team have been working diligently to uphold his campaign promise […]

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Debate Forum: 1/24

’Til Trump do us part At the dawn of a new era, was Barack Obama a good president? By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Illustration by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle Real talk: Donald Trump has taken over the biggest boardroom in the land. He was put there by 61,900,651 American voters who were ready for a […]

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Debate Forum: 1/17

Drink your haterade Should the legal ‘hate crime’ classification exist? By Sarah Sidlow Eyes on Chicago, where four young black men and women kidnapped, bound, beat, humiliated, and threatened to kill a mentally disabled teen—and filmed it for Facebook. The victim is white; he’s 18-years-old and suffers from schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. Prosecutors said […]

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Debate Forum: 1/3

What’s in your wallet? The minimum wage debate By Sarah Sidlow It’s been about three years since the “Fight for $15” became a thing. In case you missed it, it’s the most recent movement calling for minimum wage hikes across the country. It was also a hot topic on the campaign trail (is that finally […]

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debate forum: 12/28

Faking it Apparently, not everything on the internet is true By Sarah Sidlow Breaking news: maybe you shouldn’t believe everything you read online. Still here? Great! Read on—we won’t lie to you. According to Pew Research Center, 62 percent of adults get news on social media. Two-thirds of Facebook users get news from the site. […]

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Debate Forum: 12/20

School’s out forever For-profit ITT Tech loses federal funding, and everything else By Sarah Sidlow The back-to-school season was even more stressful than usual for one big group of students this year. Recently, the company that operates one of the country’s largest for-profit chains of colleges, ITT Technical Institute, announced it was closing the school’s […]

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Debate Forum: 12/13

Driving me crazy Driving services brawl over prime airport real estate By Sarah Sidlow A fight at the airport. Because air travel isn’t already stressful. Luckily, unless you’re a driver (Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or otherwise), you probably won’t end up duking it out in the parking lot. In fact, all of this fighting might actually […]

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Debate Forum: 12/6

On the offensive The Slants, the Redskins, and the law against disparaging trademarks By Sarah Sidlow The Supremes are cleaning out their summer inbox.  Among the hundreds of petitions seeking review, the High Court has hand-picked eight to address. One item up for consideration: an Asian-American dance-rock band, and possibly by extension, the Washington Redskins […]

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Debate Forum: 11/29

Tax. Period. Should pads and tampons be taxed? By Sarah Sidlow Fun fact: women on average spend more than 2,000 days on their period in a lifetime. Here’s another: women on average spend at least $70 every year on menstrual products like tampons and pads. Not having fun yet? How about a trio of representatives […]

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Debate Forum: 11/22

Suicide squad? Chelsea Manning’s second attempt raises questions By Sarah Sidlow In July, Chelsea Manning attempted to commit suicide in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. As punishment, she was sentenced to solitary confinement. In October, as she started her first night, she attempted suicide again. Manning is a former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year […]

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Debate Forum: 11/15

Because she couldn’t just go as a cat Law professor’s blackface raises First Amendment concerns By Sarah Sidlow Costumes and bad judgment are often the bookend cornerstones of Halloween. And since 2016 seems to be a hallmark year for bad decisions, it’s no surprise that this was a headline: “Law professor placed on leave after […]

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Debate Forum: 11/8

Comey Island FBI director makes lots of enemies in announcing Hillary Emails, Part II By Sarah Sidlow ‘Twas the week before voting, and all through the place, the pollsters were rejoicing the end of this race. And then, from nowhere, the FBI wailed: “But wait! There’s more! More Clinton emails!” You’ve heard of the “Nightmare […]

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