Category Archives: Political ramblings

Stafford Subsidy Eliminated

(Re-posted on August 17, 2011 following interview on Let’s Talk About It) The new debt ceiling bill is unpalatable to many, but a provision that snuck in without much fanfare is killer to graduate students all over the country. Beginning … Continue reading

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Stafford Subsidy Eliminated- President and Congress Slam Living the Dream

The new debt ceiling bill is unpalatable to many, but a provision that snuck in without much fanfare is killer to graduate students all over the country. Beginning in July of 2012, Stafford loans will begin accruing interest while students … Continue reading

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Lawyers, Guns and Money: U.S. Supreme Court Threatens Campaign Finance Reform in NYC

By Janos Marton and Morgan Pehme Cross-posted at Huffington Post New York City’s campaign finance system, often lauded as the best in the nation, has a secret. It’s under attack. On the heels of last year’s devastating Citizens United decision … Continue reading

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Tough Times for Amsterdam

If you’ve done any serious living of the dream, you’ve probably been to Amsterdam.   The city is filled with scenic canals, cool museums, and fit bikers peddling their way around town.  That’s why someone like my mother loved visiting.  It … Continue reading

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The Evolutions of Political Parties: Studying the Founders, Part III

This is the third in a series analyzing historian Richard Hofstadter’s 1969 book, The Idea of a Party System. During a period when progressives’ frustration with the Democratic Party seeks constructive resolution, it is worth looking at the historical evolution … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Political Parties- Studying the Founders, Part II

This is the second in a series analyzing historian Richard Hofstadter’s 1969 book, The Idea of a Party System. During a period when progressives’ frustration with the Democratic Party seeks constructive resolution, it is worth looking at the historical evolution … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Political Parties- Studying Hofstadter and the Founders

This is the first in a series analyzing Richard Hofstadter’s The Idea of a Party System. During a period when progressives’ frustration with the Democratic Party seeks constructive resolution, it is worth looking at the historical evolution of parties under … Continue reading

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Four Loko Facing Imminent Ban

Wow.  So it’s come to this.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the FDA is set to ban Four Loko, along with other products like Joose (and presumably, Sparks) that combine caffeine with alcohol.  This follows on the heels of … Continue reading

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The Four Loko Battles Come to New York

“Four Loko, and drinks like it, are a toxic, dangerous mix of caffeine and alcohol, and they are spreading like a plague across the country.” -Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “Chuck Schumer, and politicians like him, are grandstanders who’d rather go … Continue reading

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Time To Get Back To Work

Tuesday night was a tough night for the United States.   The Republicans slaughtered the Democrats, not only winning back the House of Representatives, but also capturing state governments all over the country.  Because Republicans ran on a campaign of opposing … Continue reading

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