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Interview: Dissecting a Jury

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With the murder trial of George Zimmerman now underway, there has been a lot of attention not only placed on the prosecution and defendant, but also on the jury listening to their arguments.  Although the identities of the jurors in the case will not be released, we do know some information about the individuals, like [...]

SCOTUS & Gay Marriage: Two Reactions To One Big Issue

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One June 26th, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled on two landmark cases dealing with same-sex marriage. DOMA, which defined marriage as an act between a man and a woman was deemed unconstitutional.  California’s Prop 8 was not taken up by the court, thus essentially paving the way for the resumption of gay marriage in that [...]

The XYZs of 3D-Printing

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<<Featured Image Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes Briefly during past editions of Counterpoint, we’ve brought up the topic of 3D-printing. I figured that since this week’s show will likely be all about the Supreme Court cases, I’d take up a less well-known topic.   3D-printing: it’s like regular printing– same idea, different material– but [...]

The Constitution, Equality, and Reality

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Disclaimer: As a black American, this piece will specifically focus on my race in particular in regards to the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and Affirmative Action. I’ve never been interested in the Supreme Court until this year when many historical laws regarding the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and Affirmative Action (AA) have been up [...]

SCOTUS Decision: I’m Pleading the 5th

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On June 17th, the Supreme Court decided to pass a “landmark decision” in regards to Salinas v. Texas which impacts how one can go about claiming the right to not incriminate oneself (otherwise known as “pleading the fifth”).  The decision essentially stated that when an individual is not placed under arrest, the individual must explicitly evoke [...]

Counterpoint Clip: Eyes on SCOTUS

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Counterpoint: Eyes On SCOTUS by Wvumnews on Mixcloud   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 [...]

Counterpoint Recap: Abortion

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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 [...]

7 Reasons Why Arming the Syrian Rebels Is A Bad Idea

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Obama’s “red line” was the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war— and now the US is arming the rebels. The incident of the use of sarin gas on the battlefield only caused 150 deaths compared to the 90,000 deaths caused by conventional warfare. We’ve seen the same rhetoric pre-Iraq war with the [...]

Morning Headlines: June 18, 2013

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Here are some of the headlines that caught our eye this morning: Afghan forces are now in charge of security across their country.  NATO-led forces turned over control today for the last 95 districts in Afghanistan where troops from the U.S. and other countries have taken the lead since 2001.  Turning over security control started [...]

MDPD’s Reign of Terror: A Lack of Cultural Understanding?

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Growing up as the significant elder of two younger brothers, it is striking to see the precautions my parents take to raise the two young, black men even in the 21st century. Even more disturbing is that for the black community there exist a common hyper-awareness of appropriate conduct in the presence of police. There [...]