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Executive Discretion as to Immigration Reform

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced broad changes to the immigration system via executive action. The most significant of these changes will extend protection from deportation to about 4.3 million more unauthorized immigrants – roughly 4 million parents of US citizens or green card holders will be covered under a new “deferred action” program, … [Read More...]

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The Truth About Common Core

When it comes to education, America finds itself in a challenging position. U.S. students consistently lag around the international average in science, math, and reading comprehension. According to … [Read More...]

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First Amendment Free Speech and In-Group Bias

Social scientists have long posited that humans have an innate tendency to favor their own group over others - called "in-group bias." In 1906, sociologist William Sumner proclaimed how "each group nourishes its own pride and vanity, boasts itself superior, … [Read More...]

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The Biology of Political Belief

The past few decades have seen a wave of research challenging the notion that we are the conscious authors of our actions. Benjamin Libet famously used EEG to show that brain activity in the motor cortex can be detected 300 milliseconds before a person feels … [Read More...]

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The Problem with Mandatory GMO Labeling

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced legislation earlier last week that would give the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) sole authority for GMO labeling. According to Pompeo, the purpose of the bill, called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 … [Read More...]