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US President Joe Biden (right) and former US President Donald Trump (left) during the first presidential debate on June 27. PHOTO COURTESY OF EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES

Trump’s search for his 2024 running mate: Here’s why Sen. Tom Cotton will never be selected

Vinod Kripalani July 9, 2024

This November, I won’t be voting for former President Donald Trump for a multitude of reasons. This is mainly because he is a threat to democracy based on the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks and misrepresents...

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Stony Brook University alumna Isabella DeLuca seen participating in the Jan. 6 riot. DeLuca is currently in custody for her involvement. // PHOTO COURTESY OF OPEN-SOURCE VIDEO

Stony Brook alum arrested for participating in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Sky Crabtree, Assistant News Editor March 20, 2024

Isabella DeLuca, a Stony Brook University alumna and conservative social media influencer, was arrested Friday for playing an alleged role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. DeLuca was taken into...

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Is humanity approaching its end?

Allan Li February 13, 2024
Recently, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that they would be setting the Doomsday Clock at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been to signaling a metaphoric “doom” for humanity. Even though the clock’s messaging may mean that we are approaching the end of the world as we know it, the sense of urgency that this symbol is supposed to instill is just not there.
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Candidate Quality has been a contentious topic among young voters as the presidential debates linger on the periphery. ELEMENTAL 5 DIGITAL/UNSPLASH.COM

Lack of civic engagement among young voters: a candidate quality issue

Vinod Kripalani January 25, 2024

A recent study from Harvard Kennedy School indicates there is a major disconnect between current political affairs and younger voters. The most concerning result of this study is that an increased...

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The U.S. House of Representatives could decide who becomes president in 2024

Joseph Patti November 28, 2023
The top candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties — current President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and former President Donald J. Trump — are not in favorable positions despite leading in their respective primaries. Come election day, if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, the United States House of Representatives will elect the future president.
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Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, in 2011. The rapper has come under fire in the past month for spreading antisemitic comments to a large audience.  SUPER 45 MUSICA INDEPENDIENTE / FLICKR

Celebrities promoting hate speech need to be deplatformed

Julia Borghetti November 10, 2022
#OPINION: Celebrities who spread misinformation and encourage their fans to discriminate against others need to be deplatformed. 
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On Oct. 27, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk purchased social media platform Twitter. On Thursday, Musk tweeted, The bird is freed.  Wikimedia via license

The ‘Elon Musk Era’ will make our Twitter fears come true

Anya Marquardt November 1, 2022
#OPINION: Elon Musk's landmark $44 billion purchase of Twitter has many severe repercussions, and, quite frankly, puts users in a pretty big dilemma. 
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Let’s face it: Trump’s coming back (in spirit)

Tim Giorlando October 23, 2022
#OPINION: I wish I could say all of the candidates Trump endorsed this year lost tremendously. However, candidates who impersonate his rhetoric usually make it to the general election, clearly indicating that the seven years Trump has been relevant aren't a temporary stint. 
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Nostalgia: tricking our memories and media

Skylar Sena September 30, 2022
#OPINION: CM Punk’s berating of his colleagues and backstage political strife got me thinking — given his history of conflict and displeasure in his former company, why bring Punk back to the squared circle in the first place? The answer is simple: nostalgia.
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Trump’s tiny hands are struggling to cling to power as QAnon’s influence grows

Michael Cleary August 30, 2021
Trump supporters are showing their support for the former president. However, Trump may not have this much support in the coming months.
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To go green, we must take smaller steps in legislation

Anya Marquardt April 24, 2021
#OPINION In order to address climate change, legislation must be passed. Even if we don’t agree with all the Green New Deal proposes, we can see it as a positive step toward solving one of the world’s most pressing problems.
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What a botched public health response can teach us one year after COVID-19 hit the U.S.

Benjamin Joffe April 15, 2021
#OPINION With all that happened in 2020, it's easy to overlook some valuable lessons we can take away from both our collective and individual experiences. We must understand how challenges that may seem independent from one another are connected. 
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