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Jamie Boothe

Jamie Boothe is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in biochemistry,
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Not One for TalkingNot One for Talking

October 16, 2012 2:05 am 

This election year has seen U.S. energy policy and the debate on global warming (does it exist, if it does who/what is responsible, and what we should do about it) get quite a bit of airtime, but from a distinctly 2012 tack.

 

 

 

Biden, UncensoredBiden, Uncensored

October 16, 2012 1:54 am

The recent vice presidential debate between incumbent Joe Biden and challenger Paul Ryan was a fiery one to be sure, and now that a few days have passed and the outcome of the debate has been properly digested, several judgments can be made.

 


How’d We Get to Sesame Street?How’d We Get to Sesame Street?

October 9, 2012 10:55 am

Since only a fraction of PBS’s funding comes from the federal government, eliminating the subsidy would not end PBS, but the network would almost certainly change as it would be forced to corporatize and long-standing classic programs might be thrown to the wayside in favor of new material.

 

 

A Game of GroansA Game of Groans

October 1, 2012 10:24 pm

This week President Obama and Mitt Romney will come together, face-to-face, for the first time in front of the national audience. They will debate domestic policy at the University of Denver, moderated by PBS’ Jim Lehrer.

 

 

Is There a War on Coal?

Is There a War on Coal?

October 1, 2012 9:58 pm 

In the American context, there is a War on Terror, a War in Afghanistan, and a War on Drugs…but that is it. There is no “war” being waged against women, religion, or coal.

 

 

The Taxer ConspiracyThe Taxer Conspiracy

September 26, 2012 9:25 pm

Even in the face of an overwhelming wave of evidence that soundly contradicts their claim, they remain resolute in their conviction, undeterred by any well-grounded facts or presented documentation. They do so because their belief in this claim is based not on rational argument but rather on a deep hatred of the associated presidential candidate and what he stands for.

 

Freedom of Speech: In Defense of Defense

Freedom of Speech: In Defense of Defense

September 18, 2012 10:36 am

Obama should have said something to the effect of “I personally disagree with the filmmaker and his despicable film, but this country will ardently defend his right to produce it”.

 

 

The Reactor FactorThe Reactor Factor

September 15, 2012 4:16 pm 

With both the knowledge of over three decades of scientific and engineering innovation and an understanding of the failures of Chernobyl and Fukushima in hand, we can develop more nuclear power in a manner that ensures both safety and productivity... but only if we first reject fear and political doublespeak.

 

 

The Marathon SprintThe Marathon Sprint

September 11, 2012 9:44 am 

America has now gotten a good intimate look at both presidential candidates, but the battle for the White House continues.

 

 

 

Pumping PainPumping Pain

September 3, 2012 5:16 pm

Does $3.83 for a gallon of regular unleaded “threaten the U.S. economy” in the way Katrina or international wars did? Absolutely not. But due to inappropriate blaming or not, does the president know that it threatens his reelection chances? You bet.

 

 

Conventional Wisdom

Conventional Wisdom

August 27, 2012 11:55 am

While the GOP is looking ahead to the future, the priority is still having Romney replace Obama, and so every Convention speech (even Christie’s) will be about Romney, Romney, Romney. The Republican Party will show America its patriotic and conservative spirit – spirit that not even a hurricane can dampen.

 

 

Fired UpFired Up

August 22, 2012 6:52 pm 

Voters always knew this election would be about a choice, and the stark contrast between the two tickets provides the electorate with a very meaningful choice to make. Prepare yourself America; this is going to be a fiery election indeed.

 

 

 

The Corn UltimatumThe Corn Ultimatum

August 18, 2012 10:40 am

The new wave of right-wing Republicans often tout their ideological commitment to the free market, but agriculture always seems to be the “exception” that gets a sly wink and nod. These politicians should start by leading the push to keep corn on our plates and out of our gas pumps.

 

 

Romney-Ryan Offers Hope for AmericaRomney-Ryan Offers Hope for America

August 12, 2012 6:11 pm 

But even more importantly, the selection of Ryan sends the message that Romney will push for policies that he believes are best for this country, even if they may be politically unpopular.

 

 

 

Slanderer-in-Chief

Slanderer-in-Chief

July 23, 2012 10:14 am 

Eventually, negative attacks begin to backfire, particularly if they hone in on personal history details. While he may be an ineffective leader, Obama is certainly a genius campaigner, and now his own tricks are being used against him. 

 

A Tax By Any Other Name

A Tax By Any Other Name

July 8, 2012 7:07 pm

The president seems to think that he can have it both ways. He applauds the Court for upholding the law but then continues to deny that the mandate is a tax.

  

Race in a Race: Elizabeth Warren’s Ancestral Claims Stir ControversyRace in a Race: Elizabeth Warren’s Ancestral Claims Stir Controversy

June 25, 2012 11:31 am This controversy has captured national public attention because, frankly, average Americans are wondering why such value was put on Warren’s heritage and why the issue of racial minutia still holds importance to some.

 

Drill, Baby, Drill: Use American Energy Now, Not Never

Drill, Baby, Drill: Use American Energy Now, Not Never

June 22, 2012 8:03 pm

So long as the United States is dependent on oil as an energy source, it only makes sense to transition towards more domestic oil.

 

By Royal Proclamation: Obama Bypasses Congress to Dictate Immigration Policy

June 19, 2012 12:33 am

The move is not due to an act of Congress but is instead solely due to the president’s directions to the Department of Homeland Security. 

 

Walker, Wisconsin Governor

Walker, Wisconsin Governor

June 11, 2012 12:51 pm

Despite the local nature of the recall, it still has important national ramifications. The lessons learned from the Wisconsin recall election are pertinent to both presidential candidates and provide a preview for what to expect in the coming months.

 

Little Hope for Rio+20Little Hope for Rio+20

June 9, 2012 9:45 am

When most businesses are struggling to grow and hire new workers, many people see it as nonsensical for the government to dote on green companies. As such, the potential advances of the Rio+20 conference are preemptively restrained by the focus on fiscal growth in many developed countries.

 

Gone With the Trend

Gone With the Trend

June 4, 2012 5:48 pm 

More reports as poor as this one would reinforce an image of an economy that is...nauseatingly stuck in the middle of a recovery, leaving many Americans desperate for employment. If this is the case come November, Romney will have a very good chance to unseat the president.

 

The Bain Train

The Bain Train

 May 28, 2012 12:56 am

It was inevitable that President Obama and Vice President Biden would begin attacking Mitt Romney’s former role as co-founder and head of the highly successful Bain Capital private equity firm.

 

Wright-Wing PoliticsWright-Wing Politics

May 20, 2012 10:52 pm

However, using Wright in any way to attack Obama, or even mentioning Wright at all, would be about the most foolish thing either the Romney campaign or any of his supportive Super PACs could do.

 

Election 2012: The Buffett FoolElection 2012: The Buffett Fool

 May 15, 2012 10:12 pm

The President has been spending much time on the campaign trail advocating for the implementation of the “Buffett Rule”, a policy named after super-wealthy investor Warren Buffett.

 

Election 2012: Fool Me Twice

Election 2012: Fool Me Twice

April 29, 2012 4:58 pm 

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign constantly begs the American people to give Obama another chance to lead the nation, but when deciding who to vote for in November, remember what Obama did (and didn’t do) with his first chance.

 

Election 2012: Third Wheel

Election 2012: Third Wheel

April 17, 2012 7:11 pm

Traditionally, third-party candidates receive next to no attention in presidential races, mostly because it is an accepted truth that one could never win an election.

 

Election 2012: Super PAC-MenElection 2012: Super PAC-Men

April 10, 2012 7:00 pm

It is said that money talks, and indeed, individuals with great wealth want to influence this year’s election to serve their own purposes: Enter the Super PAC.

 

Election 2012: Supremely PoliticalElection 2012: Supremely Political

April 3, 2012 8:30 pm

The outcome of the 2012 presidential election could now be resting in the hands of nine unelected Supreme Court justices as they consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

 

Election 2012: Game Change 2.0

Election 2012: Game Change 2.0

 March 27, 2012 1:00 pm

There has been much buzz recently regarding who the GOP nominee will choose as a running mate, and rightfully so; as John McCain showed in 2008, the Vice Presidential pick can make or break a candidacy.

Election 2012: March Madness

Election 2012: March Madness

March 20, 2012 6:00 pm

March, previously forecast as the month that would decide the Republican presidential nomination (read: the month that Romney would clinch it), has instead reduced the race to an excruciating slog to 1144.

Political Minutes: Barnard Workers at Founder's Day

Political Minutes: Barnard Workers at Founder's Day

Not One for Talking