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The controversial and highly contested Senate Rule 22

This article provides an insight into the origins of and rationale for the controversial and highly contested Senate Rule 22. Or, more commonly known as the “filibuster”. By focusing on the rule’s historical significance, it enables us to understand how the rule emerged and developed into a ubiquitously applied Senate…

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Both parties are making district maps that guarantee a win for anything but good ideas

Every ten years, we take a census of our population and where we live in the United States. Then the state legislatures use the results of the census to draw district lines for members of the House of Representatives, the state legislatures, and other jurisdictions for elections. For at least…

The prime suspect? Blandness.

It’s quite a popular talking point amongst modern conservatives that Europe is in irreversible decline. Probably the most commonly given reason for this belief is that mass migration, especially from the Middle East and North Africa, is eroding traditional European customs and beliefs. The best-known exponent of such views is…

White men are empowered to play law enforcer — Rittenhouse and those celebrating him got the same systemic memo

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In the wake of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, there’s plenty enough frustration and anger to spread around.

First, at Rittenhouse, for traveling across state lines and patrolling the streets of Kenosha with an assault rifle to “defend property,” not his own, against potential looters following the police shooting of Jacob…

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