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Oregon State Troopers and Portland police advance through tear gas and fire works while dispersing a protest against police brutality and racial injustice on September 5, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Portland has seen nightly protests for the past 100 days following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images/TNS)

OPINION: The violent protests and riots must end

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer September 7, 2020
Ending this violence requires a bipartisan and nationally coordinated approach. The first step is to restore order by deploying the National Guard. While the Guard will likely have to use some force against civilians and protesters, the risk of injury from looting and rioting is much higher, and the Guard is needed to flatten the curve of the unrest. It’s sad that we need to send them in, but just like flattening the curve of the COVID-19 virus through social distancing, we must face the music and do it.
Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take the stage to deliver remarks at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The pair will be regularly tested for coronavirus as campaigning intensifies in the weeks before the election. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

OPINION: Kamala Harris was a clear pick for Biden’s VP

Sarah Levinson , Contributing Writer August 29, 2020

We are eight months into 2020 and we have seen a global pandemic, continuing riots and protests related to Black Lives Matter (BLM) and a president relentlessly failing his constituents. Presidential candidate...

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks at a town hall meeting at the Colin Powell Center in Minneapolis. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

6 Women in politics you should know

Cierra Noffke, Culture Editor August 28, 2020
Even though each of the women who are running or currently hold a political office has her own agenda, it’s refreshing to see Congress inching toward better representation of the American people. Here are six women, in particular, to keep an eye on during these turbulent times. None of these introductions are meant to be the full picture. Each woman has her own backstory, complete with scandals, backlashes and bullying that are worth the exploration. 
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OPINION: Staying informed this election is important

William Becker, Staff Writer August 25, 2020

During the 2018 midterm election, I was an election official and also worked at a democratic call center. The two jobs obviously stayed very separate, but needless to say, I was deeply involved.  Having...

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OPINION: Dealing with the rise of political demagogues 

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer August 18, 2020

If the past two presidential primaries have proven anything of substance, it is that demagogues are as pervasive as ever in our electoral politics. Demagogues being political figures who play off the...

The fight over the future of the video-sharing app TikTok is unwinding globalization.

OPINION: In defense of Trump’s actions against TikTok

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer August 13, 2020

If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? In such a scenario, I would say no. Most others would, too, because the safety risks of jumping off a cliff are very obvious. This activity...

A photo of the TikTok app on a smart phone screen

Trump signs executive order to ban social media app TikTok

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer August 11, 2020
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Aug. 6 banning two Chinese apps, including TikTok, starting Sept. 20.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduces Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally at Renaissance High School on March 9, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/TNS)

Joe Biden names Kamala Harris as VP running mate

Caitlyn Dark, News Editor August 11, 2020
Washington, D.C. — Several months after confirming he would choose a female running mate, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named California senator and former fellow presidential candidate Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about economic recovery during a campaign event at Colonial Early Education Program at the Colwyck Center on July 21, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

OPINION: For Joe Biden, it is three distinct paths

Nicolas Ziccardi, Contributing Writer July 25, 2020

There is no doubt that both parties know this may as well be the most consequential election of our lifetimes, especially if you will be voting against the incumbent this November. When Joe Biden kicked...

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ICE reverses disputed July 6 international student policy

Caitlyn Dark, News Editor July 17, 2020
Washington, D.C. — After facing intense pressure and backlash, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has dropped its most recent addendum to its international student visa policy.
OPINION: A dirty rock and a skeevy hard place. How do you vote between allegedly immoral people?

OPINION: A dirty rock and a skeevy hard place. How do you vote between allegedly immoral people?

Darius Melton, Opinion Editor May 2, 2020

In March, former Joe Biden-staffer Tara Reade accused the presidential candidate of sexually assaulting her back in 1993. Reade’s former neighbor, Lynda LaCasse, has corroborated this story, saying she...

Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (left) and Senator Bernie Sanders point fingers at each other as they take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020.

These are not radical ideas: Sanders’ democratic socialism vs. the democratic establishment

Marshall Brown, Contributing Writer March 19, 2020

As the world grapples with an unprecedented health and economic crisis, the Democratic Primary marches on. It remains a race between former Vice President, Joe Biden, and the self-described democratic...

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