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    Choosing an attitude of gratitude

    It seems as though since last fall, the world has hardly gotten a break from strife. Between mass shootings, political unrest, and more, it is easy to become overwhelmed in the face of evils. In a world where turmoil often feels all-encompassing, it is crucial to take a step back from the chaos and to be thankful for our daily lives and the blessings that accompany them. Although Thanksgiving was officially made a national holiday in 1864, its story begins much further back. In 1620, when 102 pilgrims from Plymouth, England travelled to America on the Mayflower ship, hoping that the New World would provide them with the religious freedoms…

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    Twitter, Trump, and the transformation of modern politics

    Politicians have the chance to use Twitter to re-create communication between the government and its people, but they must tread lightly.    On Nov. 3, President Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated for 11 minutes, providing America with a hiatus much overdue. While the 11 minutes of reticence were a nice break from Trump’s customary abundance of tweets, his disappearance from the Twitter-world was short-lived. Using Twitter as a medium for communication between the government and the people is a new concept. Founded in San Francisco on March 21, 2006, Twitter quickly gained global traction, becoming one of the top-10 most-visited websites by 2013. When first created, founder Jack Dorsey described…

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    Large problems won’t be solved by belittling others

    In the last 40 years, obesity rates have skyrocketed around the world. A new study conducted by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration has concluded that since 1975, the number of obese children and adolescents has increased tenfold. Similarly, more than one-third of adults in America alone are classified as obese. With stativvstical evidence this alarming, it is abundantly clear that substantial action must be taken to increase healthy living worldwide. The process of finding a solution, however, should not include shaming those who fall under the category of obesity. Fat shaming is a huge problem of its own. In an online survey conducted by Yahoo in 2015, it was found…

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    U.S. must redefine ‘terrorism’

    In today’s world, terrorism — without a doubt — is rampant. Since the beginning of 2017, more than 1,300 acts of terrorism have been committed globally. In light of recent events, however, the line between what is terrorism and what is not has become blurred. According to Title 22, Chapter 38 of the U.S. Code, the term “terrorism” is defined as “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” Furthermore, the USA Patriot Act of 2001 defines domestic terrorism as “activities that (A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the U.S. or of any state;…

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    ‘My country is better than yours!’: Trump, Kim Jong-Un spar with egos

    Imagine yourself back in the fifth grade. Two of the meanest kids in class are fighting, again, over who is the best goalie — a coveted position to play in soccer during recess. The two bullies begin calling each other names, and it becomes clear that the situation is going to end in a fight. All the other kids, aside from a few who are egging on the combatants, are begging the two troublemakers to cut it out before the teacher notices. However, with all the attention the situation has gained, both the kids continue to provoke each other and refuse to find a compromise, not wanting to be deemed…