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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 [...]

Morning Headlines: June 17, 2013

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Here are some of the headlines that got our attention this morning: President Obama spoke before a crowd of mostly young people in Northern Ireland overnight before the start of the two-day G8 summit.  His speech in Belfast comes ahead of talks scheduled for later today with British Prime Minister David Cameron.  One of the [...]

Counterpoint 06/14: The Relevance of Affirmative Action

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Our debate on the relevance of affirmative action was easily one of the most heated ones we’ve ever had on the show (a clip is below). Race is always a tricky topic to talk about when many of the issues surrounding it remain unsolved in our country. But debates such as the one we had [...]

The Farm Bill and Poverty in the United States

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  This week, the U.S. Senate passed an extensive, 955 billion dollar Farm Bill package that will extend certain subsidies and crop insurance packages for the next 10 years. The Senate also cut $3.9 billion from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which allows low-income families to pay for food costs, through the food stamp program. The [...]

Morning Headlines: June 14, 2013

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Here are the headlines we’re following this morning: Britain’s foreign secretary says he agrees with the U.S. assessment that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels. William Hague says the UK has presented evidence of the use of chemical weapons in Syria to UN investigators. Meanwhile, two senior western diplomats say the U.S. is looking [...]

The NSA Leaks A Week Later: What Next?

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Over the weekend it was revealed that the whistleblower behind the NSA leaks was a man named Edward Snowden. Snowden is presumably in Hong Kong, although there hasn’t been any confirmation yet, other than the fact that he checked out of a hotel there recently. There has also been chatter about Snowden having a bid [...]

Morning Headlines: June 11, 2013

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Here are some of the headlines we’re following this morning: Federal authorities are working to file charges against the government contractor who told the news media about secret surveillance programs.  Edward Snowden provided documents about the programs to “The Guardian” and the “Washington Post.”  The 29-year-old Snowden flew to Hong Kong and has since dropped [...]