Search Results for "campaigns" : 78

by / on September 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Will Citizens United Win It for Romney?

…ocial-welfare groups” known as 527 organizations could raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals and run campaigns without being accountable to a party or candidate. They were unlikely to do so, because there was considerable legal risk – three famous 527 groups (swiftboat veterans amongst them) violated federal laws on disclosure in 2004 – and personal risk – any ad campaigns would have had to be attributed to the particular individual….

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Arctic and Antarctic, Cover Story, Domestic, Environmental, National Security, World

Diplomacy on Ice

by Illustration by Kaela Chambers Antarctica is home to more than emperor penguins and a few dozen humans with science citizenship barricaded in small hermetic bases. It is also host to an estimated 200 billion barrels of hydrocarbons, alongside large quantities of gold, silver, uranium, and many other rare metals underneath a pristine ice cap still virgin of commercial exploitation. Securing a territory with such a rich underground,…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm / in Cover Story, Domestic, Fall 2013, Judicial, Media

Warrants for Torrents

…f the MPAA and RIAA’s tactics were focused solely on litigation; both associations invested heavily in publicity campaigns to convince people to stop willfully sharing copyrighted material. Among these campaigns is the famous “You Wouldn’t Steal a Car” video, which was played in many theaters before movies as well as on DVDs. The video likened piracy to petty thefts such as stealing a handbag and more serious crimes like stealing a car. While the…

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by / on June 12, 2012 at 11:56 am / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Carbonated Controversy

by From Wikimedia Commons This past week, New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg introduced a ban on sugary drinks, making the sale of non-diet soda and coffee, amongst other beverages, illegal at popular locales like movie theatres, sports bars, and restaurants. The announcement was quickly met with disdain, anger, shock, and sarcasm as New Yorkers attempt to understand Bloomberg’s unusual and restrictive proposal. Supposed “debates&#…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 11:02 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Oiled Up and Ready To Go

by In October, 73.7 percent of voting Columbia College students supported a ballot initiative to divest from fossil fuels. “Divestment” refers to a process of withdrawing funds from a company or sector, usually to make a political statement. In 1985, under overwhelming pressure from students, Columbia’s trustees agreed to divest from corporations operating in South Africa in protest of the country’s apartheid regime. Today…

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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 May 2, 2007 at 8:56 pm / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World


by “I don’t drink Starbucks.” That used to be my mantra. They had destroyed Spinelli’s and were squeezing Martha’s, and I did not appreciate it. It wasn’t that I did not love their orange-mocha frappuccinos (I did), but I felt like buying their coffee would be an unforgivable breach of my ethical codes. Today, I’m an addict. What changed? I heard about their contributions to local communities and their—supposedly—great labor practices…

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by / on April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm / in Election 2012

Election 2012: Super PAC-Men

by 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. Super Political Action Committees (super PACs) are a new paradigm in campaign finance that has arisen out of the controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court case in 2010. The effect of the Court’s decision is that individuals, or individuals gr…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:04 am / in Africa, Cover Story, Issue, Main Menu, World

27 Million Bound

by In July 2009, President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa and took his wife and daughters to the Cape Coast Castle, a ghostly whitewashed fort in Ghana that was used to hold and ship Africans to the Americas during the time of the Atlantic slave trade. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Obama compared visiting Cape Coast to visiting Birkenau: “The experience of slavery is like the experience of…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm / in Content, Domestic, Election, First Person, Issue

Letter to a Young Candidate

by Dear young candidate, A few years back I, too, was a hardworking, idealistic college student who, like many politically active students, thought I might run for office one day. Friends of mine would join me to discuss politics as I tended bar after class at the West End (now Havana Central). We talked about political races the way most people discussed football stats. To us, watching Meet the Press on Sunday mornings was as exciting…

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