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Counterpoint April 11: Sebelius Resignation, Miami-Dade Voting Rights Concerns

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | April 11th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

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This week, we talked about the Sebelius resignation and various voting rights issues, stemming from the recent rule for Miami-Dade concerning bathrooms. I was incorrect in saying that it prohibited people from stepping out of line, and it apparently is about whether or not the buildings where people go to vote are required to provide access to bathrooms, specifically, handicap-accessible restrooms.

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Counterpoint 4-4-14: “Cuban Twitter” and SCOTUS on Political Donations

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | April 5th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

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Today, we took on the SCOTUS ruling that set the stage for unlimited political donations. As expected, Jordan opposed and Nicole agreed. Are corporations people? I’m inclined to say no. As for the “money-in-politics” question? I’m actually not too bothered by it; I’d support a flat-amount or a total cap, but that seems rather idealistic. As-is, as much as people complain about it, money in politics kind of keeps the whole game going. I digress; the other part of the show focused on the recent reveal of the “Cuban Twitter” launched by the U.S. I honestly don’t feel too strongly on the subject because the Castro regime isn’t exactly conducive to U.S. interests, nor to the interests of the people. That said, it was probably an over-reach and we probably shouldn’t be launching psy-ops quite so loosely– especially without presidential approval, as recent reports allege. Anyways, catch the re-cap after the break. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint March 21st: Crimea & Elections feat. Alex & Meg

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | March 22nd, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

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So this week, we talked about Crimea again. We had previous Counterpointers Alex and Meg join us and weigh in. The conversation seemed to be heading towards “it’s not our problem,” a viewpoint shared by one of my personal heroes, Ron Paul. After that, we moved to the Jolly/Sink election, and good ‘ol Reps vs. Dems in various upcoming elections. Shout-out to Meg McGee, our previous host, and Alex Alduncin, a previous commentator, for coming on the show. We also had a higher-that-normal volume of listener texts (which we love). Anyways, if you missed it and want a replay, hit the jump below–

Counterpoint 3/7/14: Ukraine, State of the State, & House of Cards, feat. Kamila Orlova

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | March 8th, 2014 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

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This week, we were luck enough to have Kamila Orlova, a student here at UM who hailed from Russia, to speak with us about the Ukrainian situation. Additionally, I let Jordan rant about his gripes with Florida Governor Rick Scott, and for the last few minutes of the show, we talked about the first season of House of Cards (we will talk about the second season in the near future). Discussion was good, as usual, even though we were missing our usual conservative commentators, but I thought I played a decent devil’s advocate to bridge the gap. Anyways, hit the jump below to listen to the show. Keep it locked.

Counterpoint 11/01: Jackson Hospital Referendum

By Meg McGee | Counterpoint | November 1st, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

This week on Counterpoint, we sat down with UM alumni and law student, Tara Irani about the upcoming referendum to fund upgrades to Jackson Hospital.

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Brazil to Defend Against NSA Snooping

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | October 15th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

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Over the weekend, Brazil announced its plans to throw off the NSA’s ability to snoop in on their internal affairs. The system is still in development, but the idea is that a new form of secure communication is being developed that will not allow traditional NSA intrusions into it. The move comes after revelations that the NSA had infiltrated Brazilian governmental communications. An email system with the same intent is being developed for the public.

If only the same was happening in the U.S… But oh well, I’m relatively happy for Brazil actually doing something about the NSA. This brings up the idea of extra-legal justice: since the NSA is actively violating legal and moral standards, it is certainly acceptable to abandon diplomatic channels and solve the problem unilaterally. A similar solution needs to be developed in the U.S. I’ve put forth the needs for privacy before, so I’ll keep it short– it’s not just the idea that you’re being watched, it’s the mentality that comes with it: that one will never truly be able to create/express themselves freely without the threat of silent eyes judging them from some dark cubicle in some data center. It may seem like some paranoid musing, but we’ve seen after the Snowden leaks that at the very least, it’s not out of the question.

Anyways, it’s a slow news cycle: anything other than the debt ceiling, the shutdown, or the ensuing bickering that comes with it has been pushed way off to the side. Don’t forget to tune in Friday, when we’ll be talking about all of the above and more.

 

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Counterpoint Recap 9/20: Obamacare or Shutdown

By Meg McGee | Counterpoint | September 23rd, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

This week the Counterpoint team debated the politics behind Obamacare and why Washington is constantly in a deadlock. It is apparent on both sides of the aisle that neither is budging. Is it worth it to sacrifice Obamacare in order for the government to keep running? What is the importance of social welfare programs? This discussion even had our two Democratic correspondents debating with each other. Listen to the audio and decide for yourself.

Later this week we will be airing UM President Donna Shalala’s discussion with student media on Obamacare.

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Counterpoint Clip: Eyes on SCOTUS

By WVUM News Staff | June 25th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

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The Counterpoint team presents their preliminary thoughts on the historic cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 including looks at the Voting Rights Act and two cases regarding same-sex marriage.  Aired June 21, 2013.

Counterpoint is live Fridays at 1pm ET on WVUM 90.5FM in South Florida and worldwide at WVUM.org

Counterpoint Recap: Abortion

By Meg McGee | Counterpoint | June 23rd, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

On Friday’s show, we weighed in on the House of Representatives passing of an abortion bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. One of our contributors, Matthew De La Fe made a moral argument against all abortions, stating that people do not care enough about the unborn children. The moral argument is certainly a valid one– but who are we to restrict a woman’s freedom to choose? The circumstances in which a woman needs an abortion are usually dire, whether the pregnancy is the result of rape or a one-night stand, it is none of our business what she decides to do with her body and her child. Getting an abortion is not a simple decision but is made with careful thought and consideration. It is no walk in the park, and it does take a toll on the woman both physically and psychologically. Every woman is left with the memory or thought of the child they weren’table to keep. This is what my pro-life colleagues are unable to understand.

The politics of the abortion debate really rely on the rhetoric we hear not only just from pro-choice but from pro-life as well. Pro-choice voters are seen as “baby killers” and I’m sure we all know someone that makes a coarse joke about getting an abortion. Pro-life voters are seen as waging the “war against women” and sometimes make insensitive comments about rape.
For example, Representative Trent Franks stated, “Rape resulting in pregnancy is very low.”
If the Republicans want to convince the American people they are “pro-women”, they need to change their tone or no one will be on their side.

If the Republicans want more children born in America, they need to vote on bills for free healthcare, education, and social services, so that women will not have to abort a child merely based on their financial conditions.

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Counterpoint: Plan B, School Drug Testing, Chartwells Workers Union

By WVUM News Staff | May 4th, 2013 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Our student panel chats about this week in news.  This week’s show got heated with discussion of the minimum age requirement to acquire Plan B medication and whether the idea of a union for Chartwells workers is a good idea.

Kevin Sands steps in for Meg as host.

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