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What Country Do We Live In?

It isn’t too often in American history that we ask ourselves, “What country do I live in?” After all, the U.S. has spent decades fighting totalitarian regimes guilty of infringing on civil liberties. We have poured billions of dollars in a war to democratize regions that haven’t known freedom for centuries. So, in light of [...]

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Drones: Coming to a City Near You

Earlier this February, the Department of Justice released a document outlining the specific circumstances under which the United States can apparently conduct lethal drone strikes on American citizens. In other words, you might want to take shelter because the Obama administration feels entitled to killing suspected criminals with the push of a button. What happened [...]

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Horoscopes: Winter 2013

TBS can read your mind…

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The Fourth Estate is in Escrow

“Politics” is now a dirty word. Like “drama,” hearing it in conversation makes some people anxious, others apathetic, but almost no one smile. “Politics” is no longer a reference to the hallowed democratic principles and practices that have been defended for over two centuries by the blood, sweat, and tears American patriots. We use the [...]

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Jerry Brown Thinks We’re Stupid. And He’s Right.

“We have to pass Prop. 30!” “We have to save the UC!” Does this sound familiar? Less than 5 months ago, UCLA students felt blessed by the presence of Governor Jerry Brown at his rally in Bruin Plaza. He, along with members of our own faculty and USAC officers, stood before us telling us it [...]

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The War on Women – Literally

Under duress from equality advocates, outgoing Defense Secretary Panetta is lifting a ban on female service members from serving in front-line combat roles. I’m not going to necessarily offer a suggestion as to if this is right or wrong, but am going to point out the ramifications and implications this move serves. Some of you [...]

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Reviewed: The Veggie Grill

My meat-loving father, a U of A alum, made a bet with me, his vegetarian daughter,  earlier this year over a UCLA v. Arizona football game. Lunch was at stake. If his alma mater won, we would be dining at a steakhouse, and if UCLA proved victorious, I was free to drag him to a [...]

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The Academian Nut: Thomas Harrison

Fiefdom: Wherever socialism promotes output and progress. So maybe his own little world inside his own little mind? Soapbox: Italian 46 Offense: Intellectually raping his captive audience Question: If you’re not going to stick to Italian Cinema, can we at least discuss something useful? “A positive view of human nature is shared by the likes of Wilhelm Reich and [...]

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Distant Conflict, Distorted Perspectives: My Time in the Holy Land

In the United States, the mainstream media paints a depressing picture of Israel’s place in the Middle East. Images of violence and radical terror engulf our television screens and compel us to form an opinion based on convoluted, distorted perceptions. On college campuses, students face stark dichotomies between student organizations. At UCLA, Bruins from Students [...]

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“Socialism is a Philosophy of Failure”

Don’t blame us. Blame Sir Winston Churchill. He said it. The recent Occupy Wall Street protests are remarkable not only for their spontaneity, but also for their sheer ignorance. The fact that such a huge burst of ignorance can emanate from people in the United States is not only disheartening, but bodes a terrible future [...]

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