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BIPP: Is “America first” really making us great again?

Nicole Marrone, Contributing Writer

April 19, 2018


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Throughout one of the most polarizing presidential races, then-candidate Donald Trump vowed that he would “Make America Great Again” by putting “America first.” A harsh critic of the Obama administration, Trump criticized former President Barack Obama of entering trade agreements in which the...

BIPP: New census question draws controversy over citizenship and response rates

Harry Morris, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2018


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The 2020 census may seem like a distant matter, but the preparation and controversy surrounding it has already started. The census is important for determining how districts are drawn, where resources and funds are allocated, and how many representatives a state will have in Congress. The U.S. Department...

BIPP: Is there a balance between privacy and data collection?

Yiwei Wang and Andrew Schlicht

April 4, 2018


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The recent Facebook privacy scandal has shocked many of its users across the world. The sudden loss of trust and confidence of users placed Facebook in a very difficult situation. The company aimed to appease users who felt their privacy had been violated and at the same time accused Cambridge Analytica of breaching...

BIPP: Trump brings in new face to head National Security Council

Zachary Krivine, Contributing Writer

March 29, 2018


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In a tweet on March 22, President Donald Trump announced that John Bolton, the former Ambassador to the UN under George W. Bush, would be replacing H.R. McMaster as his National Security Advisor. Some had predicted this was coming for months, but many were stunned and outraged, with some of the flak...

BIPP: Effects from new tariff on steel and aluminum imports will reverberate throughout the economy

Yiwei Wang and Andrew Schlicht

March 8, 2018


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President Donald Trump proposed a new tariff March 1 on steel and aluminum imports, levying a 25 percent tax on imported steel and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum. This news surprised many across several industries, including automotive, soft drink, and construction firms. All of these industries...

BIPP: How should we prepare our children for the harshest realities of life?

Jackson Pierce-Felker, Contributing Writer

March 1, 2018


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President Donald Trump met with the nation’s governors on Feb. 24 to address the previous week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Among the many ridiculous things he said, was a single gem of wisdom regarding the NRA: “They are doing what they think is right.” I think...

BIPP: The Trump economy: How long can we ride the business cycle?

Zachary Krivine, Contributing Writer

February 22, 2018


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By almost every measure, the American economy is healthy. The unemployment rate stands at 4.1 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2000. Stock indices have risen around 30 percent since President Donald Trump’s 2016 election. Consumer and business confidence are as high they have been since the Great...

BIPP: Stronger ties, stronger enemies

Madison Simon, Contributing Writer

February 15, 2018


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Since its inception, North Korea has been thought of as a hermit state, isolated from the rest of the world. However, the 2018 Olympics may be a turning point. As of late, North Korea and South Korea have been attempting to improve relations and reunite the Korean Peninsula. North Korean leader Kim...

BIPP: China follows U.S. on its tax reform legislation

Yiwei Wang, Contributing Writer

February 8, 2018


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The recent tax reform in the United States has not only a far reaching impact on a domestic level, but also on an international one. China, among other countries, has implemented a series of changes in its own tax code in response. In 2017, China transformed its tax system by publishing a plan on deepening...

So you want to be American?: Chain migration and family unification

Jackson Pierce-Felker, Contributing Writer

February 1, 2018


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There has been a lot of talk of chain migration in the news, particularly after the Trump Administration reported that the United States annually resettles more immigrants than the entire population of Washington, D.C. Before passing judgment on new immigration policies, we should fully understand the...

BIPP: GOP Tax Plan: Budget-Buster?

Zachary Krivine, Contributing Writer

November 30, 2017


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Having produced no major legislative victories, President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are facing a great deal of pressure to pass their tax overhaul, likely the most comprehensive tax reform since 1986. The merits of the bill have been discussed and debated for months, but the bill seems...

BIPP: Trump and Xi set two different tones at Pacific Rim Summit

Yiwei Wang, Contributing Writer

November 16, 2017


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President Donald Trump delivered a speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam to Pacific Rim leaders on Nov. 10, in which he said that the United States will no longer be taken advantage of. More specifically, Trump expressed his concern about the trade imbalances between the...

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