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    Common Core Arguments Have A Common Problem (Editorial)

Common Core Arguments Have A Common Problem (Editorial)

I have a confession to make: I do not have an opinion on the new common core standards. Since graduating from college, I have studiously avoided looking at any piece of educational material in order to avoid flashbacks to finals hysteria and certain unfortunate incidents with pop quizzes. But in many ways the arguments about universal standards for education are extremely familiar to me. Phrases like one-size-fits-all and high standards

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    Colbert Signs Off in the Only Way He Could Have (Review)

Colbert Signs Off in the Only Way He Could Have (Review)

For months the much vaunted finale to The Colbert Report has been talked up and dreaded, but yesterday it finally arrived. In a star-studded farewell with inside jokes and a touching message from the man himself, a nine-year old institution came to its end. The purveyor of truthiness signed off in the only way he could have, with a tribute all about himself, Stephen Colbert. But none of this may be what

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    Putin Voted Russia’s ‘Man of the Year’ Despite Tough End to 2014

Putin Voted Russia’s ‘Man of the Year’ Despite Tough End to 2014

Despite what can fairly be called a tough ending to 2014, Vladimir Putin has been voted Russia’s “Man of the Year” via a Public Opinion Foundation poll. 1,500 people voted in the Russian foundation’s poll and the only person they could come up with was the Russian president himself. Apparently the voters were short on imagination as they could not think of anyone in either the sport or culture categories.

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    Jon Stewart Rips Congress for Sneaky Budget Bill (Review)

Jon Stewart Rips Congress for Sneaky Budget Bill (Review)

Jon Stewart knows that Congress is deadlocked between Democrats and Republicans who seemingly cannot do anything together. He has been making fun of them all year for that very fact, so he should have been happy when that illustrious body passed a $1.1 trillion dollar budget bill that “kept the lights on” in Washington. This bill was so important that not having it would force another government shutdown. Crisis was

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    Cuba Relations are a bad Idea, and its Obama’s Fault

Cuba Relations are a bad Idea, and its Obama’s Fault

If you are a member of the TEA Party or a true Republican, your assertion is that anything President Obama does is bad for the country. If he turned sand into gold, he would be the cause of inflation. Today his announcement of seeking a relationship with Cuba after 50 years of embargos and denouncement is an effort to rescue the Cuban people from ostracism for conditions which have no

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    Colbert Mocks American Stupidity Over Gas and Sponsorship (Review)

Colbert Mocks American Stupidity Over Gas and Sponsorship (Review)

Last night’s Colbert Report covered issues like the drop in gas prices and rich people getting things named after them through sponsorship in an episode that basically mocked American’s stupidity. Short-sightedness and hubris took center stage last night as the titular host analysed what the new, low gas prices means. With the director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, he talked about the best future plans people can make about their

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    Poll: American Morality on the Decline

Poll: American Morality on the Decline

Commentary by James Turnage I placed this in an area designed for discussion because of the results of the poll. For me there is no discussion. Those who don’t know anything about the failed results of torture, and the effects on the victims, may think it is acceptable for the safety of others; they would be incorrect. This poll is definitive of what I have suspected for some time; American

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    ‘The Nightly Show’ Promo Stokes Expectations and Excitement

‘The Nightly Show’ Promo Stokes Expectations and Excitement

Comedy Central has released the first promotional video for The Nightly Show, stoking expectations and (hopefully) excitement for the show set to replace Colbert. Colbert is a tough act to follow, but new host Larry Wilmore has the experience to do a good job, or at least that is what people are hoping. Wilmore is not a big name to most people despite his experience and that is something the new promo

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    Jon Stewart Finally Thanks Bush for Being President (Review)

Jon Stewart Finally Thanks Bush for Being President (Review)

It happened. Despite many people’s disbelief and shock, Jon Stewart, the host of that bastion of comic liberalism The Daily Show, finally thanked President George W. Bush for being president. What could possibly have prompted such a change of heart? All it took was a combination of the CIA torture report and Vice-President Dick Cheney. That powerful cocktail was the subject of last night’s first segment as Stewart addressed the debate about

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    Colbert Kills Off Colbert in Last Week (Review)

Colbert Kills Off Colbert in Last Week (Review)

This is the start of Stephen Colbert’s last week hosting The Colbert Report and it seems he is tying up a few loose ends. In last night’s segment “Formidable Opponent,” he not only debated the CIA torture report, but he killed off imaginary debating opponent Stephen Colbert just in time for the last week of the show. After nine years, he finished up the segment where he began it in 2005, discussing

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