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In February, I wrote in this space urging the Supreme Court to strike down the preclearance sections of the Voting Rights Act. The parts in question included Sections 4 and 5, which only applied to a handful of states, districts, or localities in in the nation. Those that were covered by these sections were...

The civil war in Syria is far more than just a conflict between a group of rebels and their government. It is a broader ideological battle in which many parties are involved. When the protesters in three Arab countries toppled their respective governments in just one year, Syrian opposition, who were oppressed by their government too, were inspired to follow suit. Yet...

As soon as the clock struck 5:01 Friday afternoon, I was out the door and beach bound for my college friend’s wedding. While my friends who were bridesmaids spent the majority of the day fulfilling their duties, I entertained myself with one of favorite pastimes — people watching. Around my second mojito, a family claimed the chairs and umbrella next to me. They appeared...

The next presidential election is three years away, however as soon as one election ends the rumblings begin about the potential candidates for the next election. One person being discussed for a presidential bid in 2016 is Ben Carson. Currently, he is a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology and pediatrics and the director of pediatrics neurosurgery at Johns...

onday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2004 Arizona law that required documentation of citizenship in order to register to vote. This has prompted many individuals, even in the media, to triumphantly claim that the Supreme Court has invalidated voter identification laws at the state level. Not surprisingly, these individuals are incorrect. First, the 2004 Arizona law was...

If there was ever an incident where ambiguity blurred the distinction between heroism and treason, the case of Edward Snowden is it. As a former employee of the CIA and NSA, Snowden has made recent headlines for being responsible for one of the biggest intelligence leaks in our nation’s history. Now said to have gone underground in Hong Kong, the rogue spy fears the...

The other night, me and three other guys were searching Netflix for something to watch. Someone suggested “Pretty Little Liars,” with a following statement of “I don’t really like it, but it’s okay.” It was at that moment that four guys all realized we had a mutual obsession with “Pretty Little Liars,” and every single one of us admitted it was our favorite...

Sunday night I tuned in to watch the Miss USA pageant. One of the contestants graduated from my high school and went to Mississippi State, majoring in aerospace engineering. I held my breath waiting for our state to be called out, only to be disappointed when impossibly tall, impossibly thin contestants were named the top 15. As I scoffed, thinking, “Not everyone looks...

Civil war has now raged on in Syria for over two years, and it has become a forgone conclusion that more direct efforts by the western powers will be needed for damage control in the region. Hopes of guiding this horrific scene to a peaceful state with diplomatic resolve are more or less hopeless, leaving the United States and other key western nations to ponder riskier...

Isn’t it great when a politician makes some sort of gaffe and the public gets all worked up over it? Who doesn’t like when the media takes some words out of context, turns them on their head and then repeats them over and over until people are outraged and someone’s credibility is hurt? In a Washington Post Live event about education and reform last week, Governor...