Running the Unwinnable Race

John Dennis’ next few months look rough. Dennis, a San Francisco real estate agent, is traversing the city trying to generate support for his Congressional candidacy, but is often brushed off and met with odd looks. His kind — Republicans — aren’t welcome there. And in this election, Dennis is not just running against any…

A Method to Midterms Madness

There’s a general understanding amongst the members of the American public that midterm elections are not, for most presidents, terribly pleasant. Much like the reevaluation that sometimes follows a daring decision to consume dodgy oysters, the American public reconsiders the rumblings in its stomach and is gripped by a putrid sense of buyer’s remorse. As…

As Turkey Votes, Erdogan Sees His Power Grow

In the past week of unseasonably wet weather, campaign posters like a plague of mushrooms have sprouted across Turkey, a country gearing up for its first direct presidential election on August 10. Almost overnight, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s solemn, resolute face was plastered on nearly every billboard, installed in nearly every advertising column and…


United States

The Dangers of Prosecutorial Misconduct

The Dangers of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Taking a case all the way to trial is usually a hard, expensive and exhausting process.  Obtaining an audience in federal court is often more rigorous. Reaching the Supreme Court, which hears less than 1 percent of petitioners, is nearly impossible. So when a plaintiff or defendant appears in front of the Supreme Court three times,…

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A Whale of a Problem: The US Navy and Environmentalism

A Whale of a Problem: The US Navy and Environmentalism

During the 1990’s a team of researchers operating in the Mediterranean Sea discovered a mass stranding of beaked whales, a behavior whereby the whales purposefully beach themselves, usually dying in the process. Mass strandings are extremely rare, especially considering allof the stranded whales were declared perfectly healthy at the time of the event. Concurrent to…

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World

As Turkey Votes, Erdogan Sees His Power Grow

As Turkey Votes, Erdogan Sees His Power Grow

In the past week of unseasonably wet weather, campaign posters like a plague of mushrooms have sprouted across Turkey, a country gearing up for its first direct presidential election on August 10. Almost overnight, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s solemn, resolute face was plastered on nearly every billboard, installed in nearly every advertising column and…

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Why Breweries, Big Coal and Putin May Keep Fracking Out of Germany

Why Breweries, Big Coal and Putin May Keep Fracking Out of Germany

Following the Fukushima disaster in Japan, Germany ambitiously vowed to shut down all its nuclear capacity in favor of renewable energy sources. Germany has been expanding its renewable capacity for years. In 2000, Germany produced 4% of its energy through renewable energy sources. In 2013, renewables accounted for 23% of total energy production. This increase…

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Culture

From the White House to Brown: Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

From the White House to Brown: Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

The White House has officially donned its white hat. The highly anticipated First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault was released yesterday. The interagency task force, which falls under the purview of the White House Council on Women and Girls, is fronted by Vice President Joe Biden, US…

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Skaters in Cuba

Skaters in Cuba

Among Havana’s 1950s cars, bikes and motorcycle sidecars, one occasionally hears the roll and smash of skateboards, a mix of Cuban and international — frequently American — influences. In Cuba, they are known as “patinadores” although their Emerica and Vans brands also identify them as “skaters,” many of their Facebook names appended with “sk” alluding…

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