National Politics

The Future of Political Advertising: 5 Takeaways from the 2012 Election Cycle

In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, political operatives on both sides of the political spectrum are licking their wounds, casting blame, and reflecting on what went right and what went wrong this election cycle. Media consultants and ad buyers are perhaps pondering their fate the most. Despite spending more than $900 million on […]

My Very Unscientific Election Predictions

Though far from Nate Silver over at FiveThirtyEight, I decided to make a few predictions, figuring I can’t do worse than many of the cable news pundits. With less than 24 hours before the polls open, it looks like Obama will get out the vote in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and maybe Virginia to win the Electoral […]

Media

Q&A with Lawrence Pintak: New Media provoked Arab Spring

Former Daily Evergreen Editor-in-Chief Gavin Mathis sat down with Lawrence Pintak, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication founding dean, Wednesday to discuss the uprising in Egypt, the role of new media in the Middle East and President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy. Here is an excerpt from their conversation: Why is this string of revolutions […]

Revenge of the Nerd: Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and Diplomacy in an Open Society

Whistleblower, terrorist, hacker – Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has accumulated as many labels as enemies since his organization began releasing more than 250,000 secret cables between U.S. diplomats in November.  What Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have done for social networking, Assange and Wikileaks have done for transparency in government affairs, placing the geopolitical power structure […]

Law

Say no to drug prosecution: End the war on drugs with civil disobedience

No one enjoys reporting for jury duty. Sitting for hours as lawyers poke and pry at your beliefs is about as exciting as waiting in line at the DMV. Jury duty is one of those civic responsibilities touted by high school government teachers that gets ignored later in life – except for a jury in […]

Casualty of War: The First Amendment and the Ground Zero Mosque

As Americans watched the World Trade Center turn into a mass of mangled steel, engulfing lower Manhattan in a cloud of smoke and fiery ash, the best and worst qualities of the nation’s character were revealed. We might not have succumbed to fear and intolerance at that moment, but our tendency to abandon our principles […]

Education

Waiting for Change: Race to the Top unleashes the potential of American Schools

Millions of students wake up every morning, pack their books and walk to schools that are failing them and their country. For the first time in the nation’s history, many education scholars fear the current generation of high school students will be less educated than their parents. In order for American schools to produce a […]

International Politics

Not on Obama’s Watch: President takes stand for human rights in Libya

American-led forces unleashed a fury of missile strikes on Libyan installations this week, plunging the United States into a third Middle Eastern conflict and signaling the emergence of President Barack Obama’s own distinct foreign policy doctrine. In a shift away from the quagmire of mishaps that defined his predecessor’s foray into the Middle East, Obama […]

Revenge of the Nerd: Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and Diplomacy in an Open Society

Whistleblower, terrorist, hacker – Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange has accumulated as many labels as enemies since his organization began releasing more than 250,000 secret cables between U.S. diplomats in November.  What Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have done for social networking, Assange and Wikileaks have done for transparency in government affairs, placing the geopolitical power structure […]

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