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“Arab Spring” – The Morning After

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  We all remember the rallying cry that sparked a wave of revolutions throughout the Arab world.  The people were tired of being held down by oppressive government rulers, and they wanted to be a part of the decision making process. In short, they wanted to become a democratic country. Through a string of civil protests, [...]

Snowden Episode II

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I’ve been away from the Edward Snowden story for a while, so this week, I thought I’d touch on it again and see what’s changed. After a somewhat-tense departure from Hong Kong, Snowden has been in international limbo for a week, stranded at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport since the U.S. government revoked his passport, which [...]

Student Loan Rates Double. Now What?

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Student loans mean a lot to a lot of people. I personally will be taking out some loans for law school, and many of the people I know at school are taking out undergraduate loans. Student loan interest rates for most undergraduate students doubled from 3.4% to 6.8%. Members of Congress found this unacceptable but [...]

After Same-sex Marriage Rulings, An Interview with SAVE Dade

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SAVE Dade is an LGBT advocacy organization that, as its name suggests, is based in Miami-Dade County.  After the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was constitutional, they are beginning to see the fruits of their advocacy work, and the advocacy of others who seek marriage equality Below, C.J Fortuno, Executive Director of SAVE Dade and [...]

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 [...]