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I paid my taxes for the first time on Tuesday. April 18 is Tax Day, if you have not heard. This is not the first time I’ve filed a tax return, but it is the first time I have paid any taxes. Something about watching my $36 being sent to the United States Treasury filled me with glee. Hopefully these dollars will not be spent on a bomb, or on an aircraft carrier or on...

If one pays any attention to the news emanating constantly from Washington D.C., it may have become a bit confusing and overwhelming in the past week. At least for me, someone who tries to stay reasonably informed, it has taken a large amount of effort to understand the basic facts of the situation. One may have noticed that Donald Trump’s approval rating has sunk even lower, hovering now at around 36 percent. One may have...

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Donald Trump has already won one metric as president: he is the fastest president of the United States to have an unfavorable rating. It’s not a surprise, at least mathematically. Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote by 2.8 million votes. Now, she lost the election on account of that pesky Electoral College, but still that is a popular majority. So it is not difficult to see why his unfavorability rating would be so low....

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There has been much written about this election. Go to any social media site and it’s staring the reader in the face. Visit any news website or crack open a newspaper and the same is true. There are a huge number of words I could put to paper, which many people, who are smarter and better writers than I, have already written and published. When deciding on a topic for this week, I wished to...

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One of the strangest aspects of the 2016 election is the lack of a conversation about possible changes coming to our country once January hits. Sure, both sides have slung mud at the other, with accusations of potential destruction of our democracy running rampant. Many believe Hillary Clinton will destroy the rights of everyday Americans and raise taxes to draconian levels. On the other side, people believe Trump will deport Muslims and Mexicans while simultaneously...

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Questions about the legitimacy of the United States government and its institutions should never be taken lightly. When a candidate for president disavows the system, it reduces the trust the populace has in that system. Donald Trump’s fears of a rigged election are misplaced and dangerous. The United States has a unique system of governance in that the government is an unqualified bipartisan representative democracy. There is nothing in the Constitution mandating an adversarial system...

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When Hillary Clinton walked out in a red pantsuit, the tone for the first debate was set. Fashion misgivings aside, if there is one thing Clinton demanded, it was respect. Coming into the debate, voters’ expectations were for Clinton to win. Ten percent more of voters considered Clinton the favorite, according to a CNN/Gallup poll. Expectations were met. That is not to say that the debate did not matter. It did matter. To many Americans,...

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Libertarian ┬ácandidate Gary Johnson has recently been making waves. From tethering himself to memes to making a whistle stop tour on various media, the libertarians’ nominee for president of the United States has attempted to break through the 15 percent threshold. Fifteen percent, the polling necessary to be included in the presidential debates, is make-or-break for a third-party candidate. The Commission on Public Debates, or CPD for short, is the nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that...