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All Quiet on the Western Front? Macron’s Hollow Victory

By Alec Vandenberg I hate to burst your baguette, but Macron’s triumph over Le Pen last week represented more of a relief than a victory for Western democracy and values. Instead of affirming the European Union, the Eurozone, and mainstream French politics, voters repudiated Marine Le Pen and her National Front’s extremism and nativism –hardly… Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front? Macron’s Hollow Victory

The Failure of TrumpCare: A Divided Republican Party

By: Kailas Rajan On the campaign trail last September, Donald Trump promised that when he became president, he would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare) with a healthcare plan that covered everyone, had lower premiums and costs, and would be “better for everyone.” For many Americans, these were passionate words that railed against… Continue reading The Failure of TrumpCare: A Divided Republican Party

Satire: Moderate republicans accused of selling souls to constituents

By: Alec Vandenberg After moderate Republicans helped block the passage of the American Health Care Act, many clamored for their blood, claiming that they had “sold their souls to their constituents.” Fuming special interests hastily searched for their representative’s contact info, swearing to vote them out of office next election cycle. “This is a government… Continue reading Satire: Moderate republicans accused of selling souls to constituents

The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back: How Saudi Arabia and Iran's Proxy War Could Destroy the Middle East

By Mana Afsari The threat and actualization of proxy war has rendered the Middle East the ultimate challenge to United States foreign policy. Attempting to put out the wildfires of conflict in Yemen, Syria, Iraq or Lebanon has fruitlessly exhausted the resources of the military and intelligence agencies alike, without mitigating the flame of origin:… Continue reading The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back: How Saudi Arabia and Iran's Proxy War Could Destroy the Middle East

The Irony of the “Forgotten America” Under Trump’s Administration

By: Sydney Ahmed To say President Trump is shaking things up in the White House is an understatement. Since his inauguration, over 2,000 bills have been introduced to Congress. Many proposals completely overturn progress made by Obama’s preceding term and some are outrageous in nature, stating a lone sentence to describe the termination of an… Continue reading The Irony of the “Forgotten America” Under Trump’s Administration

Budget Cuts: Declaring War on Agencies not Named Defense

By: Alec Vandenberg While in the 1960’s President Lyndon B. Johnson unveiled his War on Poverty, today President Trump has declared war on almost every agency not named Defense, Homeland Security, or Veterans Affairs. To strengthen the Pentagon, Trump has weakened nearly every aspect of the US budget and government.  Undoubtedly, the Environmental Protection Agency… Continue reading Budget Cuts: Declaring War on Agencies not Named Defense

A Plea to my Fellow Millennials

By: USC TAPP Staff The real Silent Majority this election wasn’t the first-time, blue-collar workers in the Mid-West –it was us Millennials –not because we voted, but rather because we didn’t. This year, Millennials officially overtook Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation and for the first election Millennials aged 18-35 matched the baby boomers’ share… Continue reading A Plea to my Fellow Millennials