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Supreme Court nominee Jackson possible beacon of hope for African-Americans

Supreme Court nominee Jackson possible beacon of hope for African-Americans

Kyle King March 12, 2022

On Feb. 25, President Biden announced his nominee to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.  A former law clerk for Breyer, Judge Jackson will be...

The double-edged sword of qualified immunity

Kyle King October 30, 2021

The United States Supreme Court recently released two unsigned opinions which ruled in favor of police officers seeking qualified immunity from allegations of excessive force. Qualified immunity cannot...

Inhumane Texas abortion ban exploits the vulnerable

Mia C. Vu October 17, 2021

The Justice Department's attempt to block the Texas abortion ban was supposed to buy Americans and advocates from both sides more time to engage in honest, open-minded debate on the matter. But after the...

For all the people

Stuart Lombard March 31, 2021

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 made it illegal to deny the right to vote based on race. It was passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat. The VRA was then expanded in 1983 by conservative...

We should wait to replace the Notorious R.B.G.

We should wait to replace the Notorious R.B.G.

Bethany Abrams October 2, 2020

Graphic by Alyssa Duckett. On Friday, Sept. 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) passed away, and the collective conversation of the nation shifted to the selection of a new Supreme Court justice to replace her....

It’s not time yet to abolish Obamacare

Giselle Barajas March 12, 2020

Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is currently being reviewed under the Supreme Court for the third time. While the ACA is not a perfect solution to the ongoing healthcare crisis,...

Cartoon by Cassie Talbot.

Blasey Ford can’t be lying

Rachel Leman October 4, 2018

I don’t claim to be an expert in sex crime procedures or interrogation, but I’ll say that there’s absolutely no way Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is falsely accusing Brett Kavanaugh. To argue that she...

Senate attempts to defund choice

December 18, 2015

Despite threats from Congress, Planned Parenthood appears to be here to stay, for now. Since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, the battle to keep abortion safe and legal has been...

Terrorism, police brutality linked through violent extremism

December 14, 2015

Nearly every day this year, reports of extreme violence flood the public consciousness. In just the last few months, there have been terrorist attacks in dozens of places globally by both “Christian”...

Faculty: Court drives nation toward equality

October 6, 2014

The Supreme Court’s decision to decline hearing appeals court cases on Monday, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in five states, shows a momentum towards equality, said religion professor Laura...

President must fulfill promises

January 24, 2013

Fittingly, President Barack Obama was sworn in last Monday for his second term of office on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Democrat or Republican, everyone can find at least a partial fulfillment of Dr....

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