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2011 Memories, 2012 Dreams Contest

Look back to 2011 or forward to 2012 and reflect, analyze, discuss and/or predict what you see.

Dec 05, 2011 to Dec 31, 2011

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There’s still hope: How the economic troubles of 2011 can inspire us in 2012

Posted by: T-Lon

Hercules :: CA :: USA | Dec 24, 2011 | humanitarian-news

One good thing about hardship – it inspires people. And if America’s economic troubles of 2011 can inspire people in 2012, then there is always hope. And someday, we may all look back at this and laugh. Since the economic...
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The American Pundit

The best articles written on the 2012 election in general.

Jan 02, 2012 to Nov 05, 2012

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Where do the Republican Candidates stand on comprehensive immigration reform?

Posted by: Dava Castillo

Washington :: DC :: USA | Jan 06, 2012 | political-news

Do the Republican candidates have anything to offer that the current administration has failed to accomplish? Many might exclaim, “a lot!” The Republicans are in a unique position to offer real, comprehensive immigration reform proposals, but will they? Barack Obama...
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Jan Brewer just fired up black America

Posted by: Harold Michael Harvey, JD

Atlanta :: GA :: USA | Jan 28, 2012 | political-news

Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, just did what President Obama could not do. She just fired up black America and ensured that African Americans will vote in record numbers in this fall's presidential election. Brewer met Obama on the...
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Why Roe vs. Wade must be upheld: a constitutional perspective

Posted by: Hardy Wright

Washington :: DC :: USA | Feb 14, 2012 | political-news

In 1973, a case played out before the U.S. Supreme Court that was to become a landmark decision on abortion. In Roe vs. Wade, the justices determined that a right to privacy offered under the 14th Amendment's Due Process clause...
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Was there really any GOP choice other than Romney challenging Obama?

Posted by: James A. Hamilton

Madison :: WI :: USA | Mar 31, 2012 | political-news

March 31, 2012 Given the favorable results for Republicans of the 2010 mid-term congressional elections, an economy still in shambles, and the president’s low approval in polls, it seems more, higher quality Republican candidates should have challenged Obama. This argument,...
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350309-veronicas

The NRA angle: Should we all 'Stand Our Ground' and strap on our guns?

Posted by: VeronicaS

Sanford :: FL :: USA | Apr 01, 2012 | political-news

The Trayvon Martin travesty has awakened several conversations simultaneously. There is the dark side of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law: Why was this law necessary? Then there is the racial profiling angle, which many say is the crux of the...
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A moment in history: a reaction to Obama's gay marriage endorsement

Posted by: Michael Springer

San Francisco :: CA :: USA | May 09, 2012 | political-news

In the distant future, May 9, 2012, will be looked back on as an important day in the history of gay rights. In the short-term, we can say that the president has taken a public stance on what has possibly...
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The United States, a nation gone awry: the war that has been waged against the working poor in the political arena

Posted by: Amee Ellsworth

Washington :: DC :: USA | Jun 10, 2012 | political-news

People often talk about political perspectives. Conservatives tout little government intervention and a free market in the context of the wealthy and corporations, while liberals tout humanity and caring for people from the individual perspective. The two sides are constantly...
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VP Biden hammers Romney in front of black journalists

Posted by: ClydeHughes

New Orleans :: LA :: USA | Jun 21, 2012 | political-news

NEW ORLEANS -- Vice President Joe Biden didn’t say anything new to members of the National Association of Black Journalists Wednesday night at its annual convention, but his defense of President Barack Obama’s administration and attacks on Republican challenger Mitt...
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The quiet suffering of the American People

Posted by: juliebryant

San Rafael :: CA :: USA | Jul 26, 2012 | political-news

I see Tax Games are afoot in the Senate and the House again. The Senate passed the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, hopelessly knowing that the House will veto it, that it was what we call "symbolic." I have never...
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American theocracy: The rising influence of religion in US politics

Posted by: CarolynMcGraw

Valley Center :: CA :: USA | Aug 15, 2012 | political-news

Democracy in the United States is taking on shades of theocracy. While Americans distrust theocratic rule in other countries, we are increasingly willing to accept Christian doctrine as a base upon which to build public policy. American culture is represented...
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The battle of the base panderers

Posted by: alstephenson

Chicago :: IL :: USA | Aug 18, 2012 | political-news

With the choice of Paul Ryan for vice president, the Republicans have pretty much told moderate, independent voters to "go take a hike." A couple months ago Barack Obama did the same thing after announcing his support for gay marriage...
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'One-term proposition' may be only promise President Obama will keep

Posted by: Redhanded

Charlotte :: NC :: USA | Sep 07, 2012 | political-news

"You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades." That was Barack Obama's plea to Democrats and Republicans...
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Mitt Romney’s political 'suicide bombing': Talibank thinking #1

Posted by: Junior Campbell

Norwich :: United Kingdom | Sep 19, 2012 | political-news

The Nobel Prize-winning South African writer Nadine Gordimer called it “poverty of the imagination." In one of my favorite quotes, she describes it as a species of what we may call spiritual impoverishment: the kind of “weak faith” behind the...
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Bull Moose Redux: Why Arizona in 2012 will split the Republican Party

Posted by: Bryan Cranston

Washington :: DC :: USA | Oct 16, 2012 | political-news

Just three weeks before the 2012 election and the Arizona Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican whip Jon Kyl has the major party candidates in a statistical dead heat. By all rights, Rep. Jeff Flake should have romped away...
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January Writing Assignment: Which of the Republican presidential candidates has run the best (or worst) campaign and why?

The authors of the best responses published in January will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5000 grand prize. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1000 words. At least one winner will be chosen from articles submitted January 3 to January 15, and at least one winner will be chosen from articles submitted from January 16 to January 31. Official rules here.

Jan 03, 2012 to Jan 31, 2012

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Ron Paul is a 'Paine' to the GOP

Posted by: colincolensogmailcom

Washougal :: WA :: USA | Jan 10, 2012 | political-news

The best or worst campaign? Who cares about the worst campaigns, but for the joy of schadenfreude which is ever so blissful when those deserving cop it? Only the petty-minded stay focused on tales of downfall of the incompetent and...
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Election 2012: Why Newt Gingrich has run the best campaign of all Republicans

Posted by: Chris Carson

San Francisco :: CA :: USA | Jan 31, 2012 | political-news

Back in June 2011, as the rest of the Republican hopefuls were jogging laps, trying to get in shape for the mad dash to the nomination in 2012, Newt Gingrich was floating around the Aegean Sea with wife Callista, just...
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February Writing Assignment: What do you think of the job Barack Obama has done as president, and do you think he deserves re-election? Why or why not?

The authors of the best responses published in February will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5000 grand prize. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1000 words. At least one winner will be chosen from articles submitted February 1 to February 15, and at least one winner will be chosen from articles submitted from February 16 to February 29. Official rules here.

Feb 01, 2012 to Feb 29, 2012

501548-tlon

Should America re-elect Barack Obama?

Posted by: T-Lon

San Francisco :: CA :: USA | Feb 13, 2012 | political-news

People are funny. In 2008, Americans voted by a clear majority to elect Barack Obama as president of the United States. But during the mid-term elections just two years later, Americans voted overwhelmingly for members of Congress who were directly...
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The reasons (conservatives claim) Obama doesn’t deserve re-election

Posted by: Victoria Lee

Fort Collins :: CO :: USA | Feb 21, 2012 | political-news

I've been asking around: Why doesn't Obama deserve re-election? I've been trying to appreciate the reasons die-hard conservatives are so adamant on the subject of Obama not deserving a second term. So far, the only true absolute I've been able...
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March 1-15 Writing Assignment: Who will win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul or someone else? Discuss your reasoning and how you think the eventual GOP nominee will fare in the November election.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published March 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of March. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Mar 01, 2012 to Mar 15, 2012

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Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Mitt Romney

Posted by: Richard Sepulveda

New York City :: NY :: USA | Mar 15, 2012 | political-news

Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and Mitt Romney By Richard J. Sepulveda Political junkies and pundits brandish terms like “flip-flopper” and “centrist” around when referring to someone whose ideological convictions are questionable. However, they ignore the reality of the relationship...
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March 16-31 Writing Assignment: Excluding Obama, who was the best (or worst) president in American history, from George Washington through George W. Bush? Explain your reasoning.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published March 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of March. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Mar 16, 2012 to Mar 31, 2012

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Presidents are like kisses or sex - often, the first is the best!

Posted by: Dan Gersten

Mount Vernon :: VA :: USA | Mar 17, 2012 | political-news

Came across three kids, probably about 12 or 13 years of age, arguing, much as I did when I was around their age and growing up in 1950s New York City. Of course, being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan, my side...
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April 1-15 Writing Assignment: In honor of April Fool's Day, The American Pundit is seeking political satire submissions. Have fun with this one, but be sure to label your entries as POLITICAL SATIRE.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published April 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of April. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Apr 01, 2012 to Apr 15, 2012

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Romney to name Ron Paul as VP, according to documents in a cheesehead (Satire)

Posted by: MikeofVirginia

Green Bay :: WI :: USA | Apr 03, 2012 | political-news

Green Bay, Wis. - Mitt Romney has agreed to name Ron Paul as his Vice President, but only for his first term as president. This startling revelation was the result of the accidental discovery of a copy of a written...
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April 16-30 Writing Assignment: Is the American political system broken? If so, how do we fix it? If not, explain where it works. If a little of both, how do we keep the good and get rid of the bad?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published April 16-30 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of April. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Apr 16, 2012 to Apr 30, 2012

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Who broke our political process and our government?

Posted by: Wordsmith76

Madison Heights :: VA :: USA | Apr 22, 2012 | political-news

A soldier is advancing upon an enemy fortification and is cut down by machine gun fire. His abdomen has been ripped open by the stream of bullets fired by the enemy. He lies in the mud in agonizing pain desperately...
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The Separation of Inc. and State

Posted by: Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh

Washington :: DC :: USA | Apr 30, 2012 | political-news

The efficacy of a political system is a matter as subject to material evidence and deduction as any other, but in the spirit of democracy, there is, perhaps, no better place to begin a discourse than with the consensus. According...
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May 1-15 Writing Assignment: What will it take for a "third party" to level the playing field with Democrats and Republicans?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published May 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of May. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

May 01, 2012 to May 15, 2012

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A third party of mice

Posted by: bramdavis

Louisville :: KY :: USA | May 08, 2012 | political-news

In Canadian politics there is a fable called mouseland. Mouseland is where the mice lived and played. They even had politics and voted on Election Day for their favorite political party. A political party made up of big, fat, black...
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May 16-31 Writing Assignment: The much-anticipated Facebook IPO was May 18. How has social media, including but not limited to Facebook, changed American politics? What role do you see social media playing in the 2012 presidential election?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published May 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of May. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

May 16, 2012 to May 31, 2012

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Social media and power politics

Posted by: Herbert Dyer, Jr.

Chicago :: IL :: USA | May 29, 2012 | political-news

“Information is power, not money or education.” - Dick Gregory Control of the production and dissemination of information is the cornerstone of every successful, modern, mass political movement. As far back as the invention of the printing press, information processing,...
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Social media and the possibility of making it a three-way presidential race

Posted by: PaulHorton

Washington :: DC :: USA | May 31, 2012 | political-news

Could social media provide a window of opportunity to attract independents for the Libertarian contender, Gary Johnson? When I went to research social media and politics, I was a little surprised by the present state in the battle for social...
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June 1-15 Writing Assignment: One election can change everything. Write about how America and the world would be different if any of the eight U.S. presidential elections since 1980 had gone the other way - Carter defeating Reagan, for example, or McCain winning against Obama.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published June 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of June. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Jun 01, 2012 to Jun 15, 2012

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A more democratic world without Ronald Reagan

Posted by: Mark Pere Madrona

Manila :: Philippines | Jun 15, 2012 | political-news

“He may be a son of a bitch, but at least he’s our son of a bitch.” – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, referring to Nicaragua’s Anastasio Somoza in 1939 United States presidents take pride in calling themselves the “leader...
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June 16-30 Writing Assignment: In November, Coloradans will vote on legalizing marijuana. Recently, Rasmussen measured 56 percent support for legalization nationally. Has the time come to legalize cannabis for both recreational and medical usage? Why or why not?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published June 16-30 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of June. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Jun 16, 2012 to Jun 30, 2012

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Ban corn, legalize marijuana: two questions

Posted by: JamesStotter

Columbus :: OH :: USA | Jun 29, 2012 | political-news

First, imagine this: Marijuana is declared legal and corn is declared illegal. What do you think would happen? Many things. The price of marijuana would fall due to the increase in supply and there would, at least initially, be a...
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July 1-15 Writing Assignment: Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, how will the health care debate play out in the 2012 presidential campaign?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published July 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of July. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Jul 01, 2012 to Jul 15, 2012

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Obamacare: thoughts on moving forward

Posted by: Karl Gotthardt

Washington :: DC :: USA | Jul 03, 2012 | political-news

As a Canadian, I support universal health care and consider it a right of every citizen. Having said that, President Obama could have taken a page out of Canada's National Health Care Act, which mandates provinces (equivalent to your states)...
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It's only women: Why Medicaid is the next easy target in the health care debate

Posted by: ttrapani

Austin :: TX :: USA | Jul 13, 2012 | political-news

In June of this year, the ubiquitous gavel that was heard around the world fell on the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the Supreme Court of the United States. Chief Justice John Roberts’ surprise defection to the...
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July 16-30 Writing Assignment: Selecting a vice presidential running mate is often considered an early indicator of a presidential nominee’s decision-making. If presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney has not made a VP pick when you read this, whom should he pick and why? If he has already made the pick, do you think he made the right choice? Why or why not?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published July 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of July. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Jul 16, 2012 to Jul 31, 2012

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Hey Mitt, here's what you'll do about the VP slot

Posted by: MaryMcKay

Washington :: DC :: USA | Jul 26, 2012 | political-news

This election year is reminiscent in many ways of 1980, when Ronald Reagan won the presidency. The polls indicated a close election between him and President Jimmy Carter for most of the year, followed by a landslide that few saw...
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August 1-15 Writing Assignment: From concerns about voter fraud to voter disenfranchisement to the reliability of electronic voting machines, the integrity of American elections has become a political issue. What needs to be done to restore the American people's faith in the electoral process?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published August 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of August. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Aug 01, 2012 to Aug 15, 2012

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Democracy dead? No!

Posted by: Benjamin Burton Jr.

Atlanta :: GA :: USA | Aug 02, 2012 | political-news

Over the past decade or so, the political landscape in America has shifted, dramatically. After what many considered a time of plenty during the Clinton administration, Americans were thrown into a proverbial political tailspin during the 2000 presidential race between...
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August 16-31 Writing Assignment: Does the media place too much emphasis on the superficial aspects of politics at the expense of meaningful, investigative coverage? Or do you think full coverage of stage-managed events – such as the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions – is also necessary to keep the voting public as informed as possible? How could media coverage of the campaigns and candidates be improved?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published August 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of August. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Aug 16, 2012 to Aug 31, 2012

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Election 2012: Let the mudslinging begin

Posted by: tjlarson

Colorado Springs :: CO :: USA | Aug 21, 2012 | political-news

We have once again arrived at what some may call their most favorite time, election time. Personally, I prefer to call it the messiest time. As the election draws closer, our candidates are pulling out all the stops and sharpening...
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September 1-15 Writing Assignment: This writing assignment gives writers a theme instead of a specific question: Money in Politics. You can take it from there.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Sept. 1 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of September. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Sep 01, 2012 to Sep 15, 2012

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Politicians want your money and your vote, but money only wants power

Posted by: TomCleveland

Washington :: DC :: USA | Sep 12, 2012 | political-news

Political pundits are having a field day with how many millions in contributions were raised by both political parties during the month of August. Obama and Romney each raised more than $110 million for the period, but these amounts do...
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September 16-30 Writing Assignment: Former Vice President Al Gore recently called for an end to the Electoral College, saying the president should be elected by popular vote because people who do not live in battleground states are "effectively disenfranchised" since candidates focus so much on the swing states. Is the Electoral College needed, or does it impede true democratic representation?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Sept. 16-30 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of September. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Sep 16, 2012 to Sep 30, 2012

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Abolishing the Electoral College doesn't go far enough

Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Griffin :: GA :: USA | Sep 20, 2012 | political-news

So former vice president Al Gore thinks we should abolish the Electoral College. He says it's a relic of a long-ago time when states were concerned with how much power they had in what started as a loose confederation of...
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October 1-15 Writing Assignment: October is presidential and vice presidential debate month. The Writing Assignment for the first half of October is a broad one, asking readers to focus on some aspect of presidential or vice presidential debates, either in the 2012 election cycle or in history.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Oct. 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of October. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Oct 01, 2012 to Oct 15, 2012

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Mitt Romney's Dunkirk spirit buoys up Republicans

Posted by: INVIGILATOR

Dunkirk :: OH :: USA | Oct 04, 2012 | political-news

The worldwide audience did not see a knockout punch from Mitt Romney, but President Obama seemed to be reeling a little, maybe even looking slightly lost, throughout Wednesday's first presidential debate. In true Dunkirk spirit, Romney rallied his thoughts and...
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The real loser at last nights debate? Big Bird

Posted by: Lauren Brown Jarvis

Denver :: CO :: USA | Oct 04, 2012 | political-news

I don't know about you, but 28 years after it's educationally necessary, I still tune into "Sesame Street" from time to time. I have no children of my own and my Tickle Me Elmo-loving baby sister turned 16 this year....
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October 16-31 Writing Assignment: Write a column endorsing a presidential, Senate or House candidate, doing your best to persuade readers that your choice for president is the choice they should make, too. Ideally, endorsement columns will be 400-600 words.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Oct. 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of October. For this topic, submissions should be 400 to 600 words. Official rules here.

Oct 16, 2012 to Oct 31, 2012

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Obama is a clear choice for a second term

Posted by: Brodzky

Chicago :: IL :: USA | Oct 31, 2012 | political-news

He has been accused of being too black and too white, too left and too right, but compelling evidence suggests he is a pragmatic centrist with a core of ideals rooted in some of the most dramatic political struggles in...
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November 1-15 Writing Assignment: Election Day falls on Nov. 6, so the final American Pundit Writing Assignment segment offers two options. Nov. 1 to Nov. 6 (noon PST): Write a column that includes your prediction for who will win the presidential election, with sound reasoning to back up your pick. Nov. 6 (12:01 p.m. PST) to Nov. 15 (11:59 p.m. PST): Analyze the outcome of the presidential election and what the results mean going forward. Writers may submit reports on either or both. Thank you for your interest and participation in the The American Pundit 2012!

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Nov. 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of November. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Nov 01, 2012 to Nov 15, 2012

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Where we are headed

Posted by: Frederick Hodges

Memphis :: TN :: USA | Nov 14, 2012 | political-news

Think of the American economy as a car. In the passenger seats sit the American public. In this car there is no driver, but rather three passengers arguing over who will drive as the car rides on cruise control towards...
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Obama’s re-election advantage

Posted by: PJesep

Schenectady :: NY :: USA | Nov 03, 2012 | political-news

Several factors give President Barack Obama an edge over challenger Gov. Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential election: 1. Organization. In Boston they play stick ball. In Chicago they play hardball. Romney’s field organization is good, but will be no match...
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The best articles written on American politics in general.

Feb 18, 2013 to Nov 30, 2013

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Why do 'red states' have more poverty?

Posted by: itobin53

Tampa :: FL :: USA | Feb 24, 2013 | political-news

Americans do not have to guess what the country would be like if the small-government, conservative economic agenda were implemented on a national scale. Many Republican-controlled, predominantly Southern “red states” already have. The result is not an abundance of prosperity...
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The budget battle: The Good Society vs. The Greedy Society

Posted by: Herbert Dyer, Jr.

Chicago :: IL :: USA | Mar 14, 2013 | political-news

Why is the current debate over the national debt and deficit so heated? For both political parties, the answer boils down to a moral question. Republicans and conservatives constantly raise the spectre that our huge and overweening debt and deficits...
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Supreme Court pursues pragmatism, not justice, in LGBTQ rights

Posted by: PJesep

Washington :: DC :: USA | Mar 27, 2013 | political-news

The Supreme Court of the United States, if oral arguments heard on Tuesday and Wednesday are an indication, is not likely to expand civil and human rights for LGBTQ Americans in all 50 states. It reflects pragmatism, not justice. Polls...
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Critics of Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal lack critical thinking

Posted by: Harold Michael Harvey, JD

Atlanta :: GA :: USA | Apr 10, 2013 | political-news

Editorial “If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity,” Albert Einstein once said during the early days of the 20th century. I’m beginning to feel what Einstein meant some 100 years later as the Atlanta Public Schools...
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Silence after Miranda rights read to accused Boston bomber

Posted by: Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi

Boston :: MA :: USA | Apr 26, 2013 | disasters-news

Accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was read his Miranda rights by a magistrate judge Thursday and immediately went silent. Although the suspect could not speak because of injuries to his throat and neck, he had written responses and cooperated with...
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A Black Panther style NRA: The quickest way to get Congress to act on gun reform

Posted by: VeronicaS

Washington :: DC :: USA | May 07, 2013 | political-news

Opinion Congress has stomped on all major legislation aimed at gun control, and the most powerful gun group in the nation is ecstatic with the results, judging by the rabid rhetoric spewed by some of its top gun and political...
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Economy shows strength, but does the president deserve credit?

Posted by: joegorski

Prescott Valley :: AZ :: USA | May 29, 2013 | political-news

The indicators are all around us: housing market heating up, stock market at record highs, consumer confidence at a five-year high, lower unemployment rate, and on and on we could go. The American people tend to give credit or blame...
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Internet surveillance — the antithesis of democracy

Posted by: Robert Myles

Washington :: DC :: USA | Jun 08, 2013 | political-news

"You can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience." So said President Barack Obama this week as he sought to defend the practice revealed by The Washington Post and The Guardian newspapers that...
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Trickle-down trickery

Posted by: Rob Lafferty

Eugene :: OR :: USA | Jul 08, 2013 | political-news

"I don't blame anybody for using the tax code to their advantage. It's a game we play. I see nothing wrong with playing the game, because we set it up to be a game.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham We never...
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Ted Cruz, his background and why he deserves a kick in the tea bag

Posted by: Barry Ellsworth

Washington :: DC :: USA | Oct 03, 2013 | political-news

Ted Cruz, the poster boy for the ultraconservative tea party, has made quite a name for himself since his election as the junior senator from Texas in 2012. He created a flap with his filibustering in the Senate, rallying the...
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Get Obamacare enrollment off life support before it's too late

Posted by: Eric Ham

Washington :: DC :: USA | Oct 30, 2013 | political-news

As numerous polls show, the American public excoriated the GOP for the government shutdown. But with that now temporarily behind us (the next doomsday deadline is Jan. 15), attention has turned—rightly so—to the bungled roll-out of the online-application process of...
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February 18-28 Writing Assignment: President Obama laid out a broad agenda in his State of the Union address, including tax increases, immigration reform, gun control and more. What area(s) do you think he should focus on going forward, and how should Republicans respond?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Feb. 18-28 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of February. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Feb 18, 2013 to Feb 28, 2013

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New priorities for 2013 and beyond

Posted by: Mike Sarzo

College Park :: MD :: USA | Feb 18, 2013 | political-news

When President Barack Obama defeated former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney Nov. 6 in a bitterly contested election, that alone sent a signal to pundits everywhere. With the Senate swinging more forcefully to the left and the House remaining in Republican...
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March 1-15 Writing Assignment: Identify at least one area in which you think federal spending should be reduced and/or at least one additional means for the federal government to raise revenue. Explain your reasoning.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Mar. 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of March. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Mar 01, 2013 to Mar 15, 2013

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Robbing Peter to pay Paul: Caught in the government spending game

Posted by: tjlarson

Washington :: DC :: USA | Mar 01, 2013 | political-news

It is no secret that the federal government has a serious cash flow problem: It tends to spend money faster than it can take in. For this reason, it also tends to find itself embattled in various spending crises. Who...
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March 16-30 Writing Assignment: Since losing the 2012 presidential election, members of the Republican Party have been discussing what they must do to win in 2016. What advice do you have for the GOP as the party looks for answers?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Mar. 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of March. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Mar 16, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013

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Will the RNC heed the advice of its consultants?

Posted by: TomCleveland

Atlanta :: GA :: USA | Mar 20, 2013 | political-news

The Republican National Committee this week released the results of a three-month study that delved into “what went wrong in the 2012 election and how to set the party in the right direction for future elections.” Entitled the “Growth and...
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April 1-15 Writing Assignment: In honor of April Fools' Day, write something with a political theme that makes us laugh. It could be an Onion-like spoof, creative satire or just plain ole humor, but make it funny.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Apr. 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of April. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Apr 01, 2013 to Apr 15, 2013

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President announces Communist Muslim Reign of Terror (Satire)

Posted by: Brodzky

New York City :: NY :: USA | Apr 12, 2013 | funny-news

Responding to glib abbreviated spoofs of his incessant moderation, President Barack Obama sharply departed today from deep compromises with the Nation's political and economic establishment to launch a new "Communist Muslim Reign of Terror." After an unannounced arrival in Manhattan,...
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April 16-30 Writing Assignment: Immigration is one of the most controversial issues in US politics. What measures should the federal government take to establish fair, workable immigration policies?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Apr. 16-30 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of April. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Apr 16, 2013 to Apr 30, 2013

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Five key issues in immigration reform

Posted by: T-Lon

San Francisco :: CA :: USA | Apr 28, 2013 | political-news

Chances are, you know someone who is undocumented and living illegally in the Unites States. Statistics show that as of 2011, there were 11.5 million people residing in the US without proper legal status – a problem that has been...
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May 1-15 Writing Assignment: In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, how can government effectively battle terrorist threats while simultaneously ensuring that citizens maintain their constitutionally guaranteed rights and liberties?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published May 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of May. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

May 01, 2013 to May 31, 2013

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Slow and steady wins the race: Hard lessons from the tragedy in Boston

Posted by: Benjamin Burton Jr.

Boston :: MA :: USA | May 10, 2013 | political-news

Three weeks ago, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev achieved the sort of infamy usually reserved for criminal masterminds and megalomaniacs. Authorities allege that the brothers placed two IED's, similar to those used in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by enemy...
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May 16-30 Writing Assignment: How will the onslaught of scandals affect President Barack Obama's second term?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published May 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of May. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

May 16, 2013 to May 31, 2013

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Republicans trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, and it's hurting Americans

Posted by: Cyberiante

Washington :: DC :: USA | May 19, 2013 | political-news

While fun is fun, the Republican insistence on trying to harm the Obama administration’s programs and goals by refusing to let go of the matter of IRS targeting of right wing hate groups has begun to affect the smooth workings...
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June 1-15 Writing Assignment: This month, the US Supreme Court will rule on hot-button issues such as same-sex marriage, affirmative action and patenting human genes. Write about one or more of these topics, either before or after the court rules, focusing on the political implications of the decision(s).

The author(s) of the best response(s) published June 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of June. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Jun 01, 2013 to May 15, 2013

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Why did Supreme Court have to rule gene patents illegal in the first place?

Posted by: Don Crothers

Washington :: DC :: USA | Jun 13, 2013 | political-news

It seems that the big story on everyone's minds today is the recent 9-0 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States declaring "naturally occurring human genes" unpatentable. In short, simply because a researcher manages to isolate the existence...
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June 16-30 Writing Assignment: The US Supreme Court is poised to rule on California's same-sex marriage ban before the end of June. Discuss -- either before or after the ruling -- how the movement for gay and lesbian rights has affected and continues to affect US politics.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published June 16-30 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of June. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. This topic is presented by Fred Karger. Official rules here.

Jun 16, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013

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Guest judge Fred Karger picks pair of winners for June 16-30 American Pundit contest

Posted by: Fred Karger

Laguna Beach :: CA :: USA | Jul 08, 2013 | political-news

I read with great excitement the essays in Allvoices’ American Pundit writing assignment for late June. Since it was based on my column on the Supreme Court and its two same-sex marriage decisions, I had particular interest. As a new,...
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Same-sex marriage and taking politics personally

Posted by: penandsword

Oakland :: CA :: USA | Jun 29, 2013 | political-news

As my mom tells it, one day when I was five years old, I marched straight up to her, put my hands on my hips and announced in no uncertain terms that I was never going to get married and...
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July 1-15 Writing Assignment: Write an article describing your idea or concept for a federal law. It could be as modest or as grand as you like, but write as if your idea will be the starting point for legislation. Please keep entries between 400 and 1,000 words.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published July 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of July.Official rules here.

Jul 01, 2013 to Jul 15, 2013

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New federal law proposal: A natural rights amendment

Posted by: Duane Smith

San Marcos :: TX :: USA | Jul 15, 2013 | political-news

The struggle to control the ideological rudder of American policy-making and social direction predates even the establishment of the United States and greatly influenced the creation of our founding documents. The desire to champion the basic human rights of self-determination...
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July 16-31 Writing Assignment: From the recent US Supreme Court decision on voting rights to the Trayvon Martin case, race has come to the fore of the American political conversation. Write about some aspect of racial politics in the United States, be it historical, current or what you foresee for the future.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published July 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of July. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Jul 16, 2013 to Jul 31, 2013

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Thoughts on President Obama's Trayvon Martin speech

Posted by: RenoBerkeley

Santa Fe :: NM :: USA | Jul 19, 2013 | political-news

President Barack Obama made an impromptu speech Friday, touching on some very sensitive topics regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting and the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman. Already, conservative pundits are protesting, claiming the president is race-baiting. The fact is,...
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Trayvon Martin vs. George Zimmerman: Which of your inner wolves is stronger?

Posted by: tailkinker999

Richmond :: VA :: USA | Jul 22, 2013 | political-news

When Trayvon Martin was killed, I instinctively felt that an unarmed 17-year-old football player was no match for a grown man trained in mixed martial arts. On top of that, if Zimmerman was really afraid Martin was up to no...
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August 1-15 Writing Assignment: Is the Obama economy getting better, worse or just treading water? Are you better or worse off than you were when Barack Obama became president? What can be done to ensure improvements come sooner rather than later?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published August 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of August. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Aug 01, 2013 to Aug 15, 2013

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The one-armed economy

Posted by: JamesStotter

Columbus :: OH :: USA | Aug 15, 2013 | political-news

“Never underestimate the difficulty in changing false beliefs by facts.” - Henry Rosovsky Today, the US stock market, particularly as measured by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is loitering a little below its all-time high, and the stock market is...
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My vision and Obama's economy

Posted by: marcierose

Los Angeles :: CA :: USA | Aug 13, 2013 | political-news

I admit I had nothing but hope for Barack Obama's potential when he was elected president, but it seems our political system has made it virtually impossible for him to achieve his goals. And, I, for one, am very disappointed...
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August 16-31 Writing Assignment: Over the course of US history, public opinion has shifted on a great many political issues. What issue(s) do you think the public will feel differently about 10 years from now? Is there an issue you've changed your own mind on in the past decade?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published August 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of August. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Aug 16, 2013 to Aug 31, 2013

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Psychedelics: The next frontier in drug legalization

Posted by: PaulHorton

Washington :: DC :: USA | Aug 30, 2013 | political-news

The phrase "reaching the tipping point" in regards to marijuana legalization is being repeated in the media, due in part to the recent apology from Dr. Sanjay Gupta admitting, "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years...
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September 1-15 Writing Assignment: The volatile and violent situation in Syria has led President Barack Obama to seek congressional authorization for military action against the Syrian regime, led by President Bashar Assad. How would you rate Obama’s foreign policy record, be it toward Syria or other nations?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published September 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of September. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Sep 01, 2013 to Sep 15, 2013

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Syrian deception is a specter of the past

Posted by: larsknutson

Sacile :: Italy | Sep 06, 2013 | political-news

Melvin Small wrote a piece in "Modern American Poetry" a while back about the lead-up to war, taken from "Oxford Companion to American Military History." The gist of the lead-up goes something like this: The president undersells US involvement in...
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Barack Obama, his own words

Posted by: Pleas Lucian Kavanaugh

Washington :: DC :: USA | Sep 15, 2013 | political-news

In addressing the foreign policy of America’s 44th commander-in-chief, there is, perhaps, no better place to begin than with the words of Barack Obama himself. Senator Obama, that is. In a 2007 interview with The Boston Globe, the former constitutional...
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September 16-30 Writing Assignment: School is back in session -- and total federal student loan debt in the United States exceeds $1 trillion. How can we make higher education more affordable? What other areas of the US education system also need attention?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published September 16-30 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of September. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Sep 16, 2013 to Sep 30, 2013

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Here's what's driving up the cost of college education

Posted by: Frances Stotter

Columbus :: OH :: USA | Sep 25, 2013 | education-news

I’ve been there, done that, at every level. I’ve been student, instructor, administrator. I’ve watched college costs spiral beyond the reach of middle America. The whole financial aid system, powered by the US Department of Education, is partly responsible. Another...
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America's education: A failure to learn?

Posted by: preetamkaushik

Chicago :: IL :: USA | Sep 26, 2013 | education-news

Like its health care system, America’s education system has been broken for some time. The saving grace seems to be that on education there does not seem to be as wide of an ideological, right vs. left divide that has...
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October 1-15 Writing Assignment: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has generated strong emotions among both supporters and detractors. Why is health care so politicized in the US? What's your stance on the new law and why?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published October 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of October. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Oct 01, 2013 to Oct 15, 2013

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Government shutdown, debt ceiling crisis are fallout of American class conflict

Posted by: JOHN-THOMAS DIDYMUS

Washington :: DC :: USA | Oct 01, 2013 | political-news

Although the preponderance of political motive in the Republican push to defund President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is obvious, Republicans justify the move in economic terms as part of an overall goal to cut spending and redress the problem...
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With Halloween approaching, this segment of The American Pundit asks for creative interpretation on one or more of the following themes: political tricks and treats, ideological ghosts and partisan goblins, maddening masks and scary puppeteers.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published October 16-31 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of October. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Oct 16, 2013 to Oct 31, 2013

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Crime victim chooses hope and healing over hate and destruction

Posted by: April Johnson

New York City :: NY :: USA | Oct 23, 2013 | humanitarian-news

A lot of people are in jail or facing jail over hate crimes they commit out of ignorance. However, one man not only forgave but asked the courts to only sentence his attacker to community service. The catch? The attacker...
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In the five months since Edward Snowden exposed controversial NSA data-gathering practices, additional revelations have uncovered US spy programs directed at some allies. What must be done to protect the privacy of individual Americans? How can the US regain the trust of nations and leaders who may feel betrayed?

The author(s) of the best response(s) published November 1-15 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the first half of November. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Nov 01, 2013 to Nov 15, 2013

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Avoiding Big Brother is harder than you think

Posted by: jmark

Fort Meade :: MD :: USA | Nov 08, 2013 | technology-news

For those of us who've been receptive to the news stories of the day, no reports are in more circulation than ones concerning NSA surveillance programs. Since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began leaking out evidence of the secret programs,...
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The surveillance state and civil liberties after Edward Snowden

Posted by: aymaan30

New York City :: NY :: USA | Nov 13, 2013 | causes-news

The Edward Snowden episode that revealed NSA's PRISM program has provided us with compelling evidence that the communication technologies that we use today are invasive by design and giant databases are searchable by anyone in the absence of defined regulation....
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Half a century after his death, President John F. Kennedy remains an important part of the American experience. Write about some aspect of JFK, be it historical, political, sociological, cultural, mythological or all of the above.

The author(s) of the best response(s) published Nov. 16-30 will be awarded $250 each and will be eligible for the $5,000 grand prize. At least one winner on this topic will be chosen from articles submitted during the second half of November. In general, submissions should be 400 to 1,000 words. Official rules here.

Nov 16, 2013 to Nov 30, 2013

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JFK never knew the hate that slew him

Posted by: Jack J. Prather

Asheville :: NC :: USA | Nov 18, 2013 | political-news

Fifty years ago? No, that can't be! It seems like we just lost him. The young president was a good man who captivated us with the promise of hope, who injected "vigah" into our weary nation. But he was struck...
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An America without Oswald may have been a very different place

Posted by: Michael Rappaport

Griffin :: GA :: USA | Nov 30, 2013 | political-news

It was 50 years ago this month that a man with a gun changed our country forever. As difficult as it may be for some to imagine, the United States of America of Nov. 21, 1963, was not a place...
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The American Pundit political writing contest will not return for 2014, but Allvoices will feature political stories on this page in 2014. Please visit Allvoices.com for the latest in news, commentary and opinion on a variety of topics by citizen journalists from across the globe.

Dec 01, 2013 to Jan 01, 2100

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