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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:44 am / in Asia, World

Taipei Personalities

by Illustration by Ilana Schulder As his first term approached its end, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang Party (KMT) was pitted against Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the first female presidential candidate in Taiwan. The January election, restoring incumbent Ma as president, captured international attention as many anticipated a resulting shift in the precarious relationship bet…

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by / on June 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

For Better or Worse: How the Electoral College Affects How Candidates Do Business

by Although they have fallen out of favor in the last century, the dowry system was once a commonplace method by which young women were paired off with marriageable men of equal wealth and stature. The man in question was, upon marrying the woman, entitled to a large sum of her father’s money in addition to a wife.  Suitable matches were made when and if a man determined that a woman’s dowry was large enough to be worth the pursuit, a…

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by / on October 19, 2003 at 4:44 pm / in Domestic, Election

Poll Bearers

by The Onion recently ran an article headlined “85 Percent of Public Believes Bush’s Approval Rating Fell Last Month.” The story discussed a made-up Gallup poll that measured how many Americans “strongly believe that the American people no longer strongly believe that Bush” is doing a good job. The Onion’s satire demonstrates the tenuous position polls hold in our society: simultaneously mocked and worshipped. Yet opinion polls, despit…

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm / in Domestic

Electoral Dysfunction

by On January 15, 2013, Rachel Maddow revealed that Republican-controlled legislatures in several states where President Barack Obama won in the last election are considering changing the way they send delegates to the Electoral College. Instead of electing the president on a winner-take-all basis, these states propose splitting their electoral votes proportionally based on which candidate wins a majority in each individual congress…

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by / on February 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Russian Defrost?

by This month, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev sent a bill to the Duma calling for the reinstatement of direct gubernatorial elections by the people of Russia’s provinces. The governors of Russia’s provinces currently are appointed by the Kremlin, which, through its dominating majorities in the Duma, did away with direct elections in 2004. The Kremlin can also fire governors essentially at will, resulting in governors who are more in…

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by / on September 11, 2012 at 9:44 am / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

The Marathon Sprint

by America has now gotten a good intimate look at both presidential candidates, but the battle for the White House continues. The Republican Convention achieved its goal of humanizing Mitt Romney and resetting his public image; personal testaments from his wife Ann and former members of his church painted a picture of a generous and friendly man far different than Obama’s portrayal of him as a ruthless corporate raider. The Democratic…

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by / on April 3, 2004 at 7:51 am / in Domestic, Election

Unshackling The DNC

by For three years the Democrats have wandered the political wilderness because they have lacked a unifying voice to lead the party. The party, so dependent on the presence of a single leader to give focus to the myriad interest groups that make up its base, has floundered in the absence of such an individual. Only the last few heated months of the primary race re-energized the party and propelled the Dems back into serious contention….

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by / on May 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm / in Content, Domestic, Healthcare, Issue

(My) Impending Healthcare Crisis

by When I broke the news to my parents this past Thanksgiving that I would not be seeking conventional employment after graduating this May, I was met with a surprising reaction: “You realize that you’re not going to be covered under our health insurance policy.” For a long time, I had been constructing a plan to show my parents that my decision not to work an office job was a viable path. Their revelation threw a wrench into my strate…

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Highway 270: Wrap-Up

by From Wikimedia Commons This article is the last of a biweekly series called “Highway 270,” which profiled heavily contested states in the 2012 election season. As polling stations open and we await the returns, I offer the last of the “conventional wisdom” for the 2012 presidential election season, as well as my predictions, about which I will probably be sheepishly vague after tomorrow night. In light of CNN’s tremendously helpful…

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by / on June 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Walker, Wisconsin Governor

by   This past week, Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, trounced his Democratic challenger, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, in a heavily publicized recall election. Only two years after being elected governor over Barrett, Walker faced recall due to public rage over his legislation that stripped public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. Walker’s margin […]

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