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The U.S. Federal Reserve System grapples with the inflation dilemma

September 22, 2017


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Yiwei Wang, Contributing Writer The U.S. Federal Reserve System is frustrated with the current inflation rate, which, on average, has been hitting below the target percentage of 2 percent. The Federal Reserve defines inflation as a “general increase in the overall price level of the goods and...

Analyzing the complex relationship of North Korea, Russia, and the US

Madison Simon, Contributing Writer

September 14, 2017


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It seems like every time my phone buzzes, it's news on Russia and North Korea popping up in my notifications. The headlines are jarring: “North Korea launches another missile test,” or “Russian cyberhackers, where will they strike next?” Most Americans realize that we have sour relations with...

Trump sets tone with unpopular presidential pardon

Caldwell Harden, Contributing Writer

September 7, 2017


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President Trump made headlines Aug. 25th when he made the controversial decision of pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. The month prior, a federal judge found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court-issued order demanding an end to the detainment of individuals his staff believed...

A surge in Afghanistan… again

Zach Krivine, Contributing Writer

August 31, 2017


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“America first”: two words with which President Donald Trump has characterized his campaign, his presidency, and his movement at large. A key element of Trump’s political philosophy is that on many occasions, the United States has engaged in too many military conflicts around the globe that have...

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy: Public demands Trump release his tax returns once again

Caldwell Harden, Contributing Writer

April 20, 2017


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April 18 is typically referred to as Tax Day, the deadline for U.S. citizens to file their individual income tax returns to the federal government. In 2017, April 18 will be remembered for other reasons. Americans in various cities across the country organized protests demanding for President Donald Trump...

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy: An international and scientific history of Sarin

Jackson Pierce, Contributing Writer

April 13, 2017


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Sarin: colorless, tasteless, odorless. A weapon of mass destruction impossible to detect until it’s already too late. An agonizing death, unless an antidote is administered quickly. Those who escape death may still suffer permanent neurological damage. The World Health Organization recognizes Sarin...

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP): Drug war revival: President Duterte and the Philippines

Jackson Pierce, Contributing Writer

April 6, 2017


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Newly elected 16th President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has lived an action-packed 72 years. Upon his election as Davao City mayor in 1988, Duterte became immensely popular among constituents, in spite of crude homophobic and sexist jokes made in public speeches. Though his humor would...

Bucknell Institute of Public Policy: One month out from France’s presidential elections

Zachary Krivine, Contributing Writer

March 30, 2017


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The French, unlike many Americans, do not have the luxury of viewing presidential elections as an afterthought, and our North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally and fellow Western democracy is in the midst of a heated race to determine who will be its next president. Given the deep economic, political,...

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP): The real “tax” of soda: Sugary drink-related obesity plagues the nation

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP): The real “tax” of soda: Sugary drink-related obesity plagues the nation

Caldwell Harden, Contributing Writer

February 23, 2017


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In 2013, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), proposed the “Sugary Drinks Portion Cap Rule,” which came to be known as the “soda ban.” The ban prohibited the sale of sodas more than than 16 ounces in establishments such...

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP): The rockiest of starts for President Trump

Zachary Krivine, Staff Writer

February 16, 2017


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For those who cover politics for a living, I would imagine the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election were marked by a degree of sadness, given that Hillary Clinton was heavily favored to become the 45th president of the United States. I believe that many thought they would miss the excitement...

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP): Predators: At home and abroad

Jackson Pierce, Contributing Writer

February 9, 2017


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I just finished the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” which follows an American company of World War II soldiers as they fight their way across war-torn Europe. It’s an incredibly disturbing series that displays the graphic horrors of war: the endless slaughter, the hail of bullets that could...

Bucknell Institute of Public Policy: New administration is not making sexual assault a priority

Caldwell Harden, Contributing Writer

February 2, 2017


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Growing up, my idea of Title IX began and ended with the fact that it was the legislation that allowed me to play sports just like my male counterparts. As I have grown to better understand the legislation, I have come to realize how many opportunities I have been afforded because of it, and how thankful...

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