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"Obama Op-Ed Intriguing, but Vague"

President Obama has taken a lot of heat from the left over the past year. Many liberals were dissatisfied with the health care bill, which looked a public option, and many argued that it compromised too much. Equally frustrating for the left was his compromise with the right on tax cuts for the top one percent of Americans.


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The Righteous and the Wicked

Though I'm a huge sports fan, I've never been into college football. It's just a thing I have; I only like the ones with playoff systems. Even so, with all the hype surrounding the BCS National Championship Game between No.


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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor of the Spectrum, Colin Knoer got an arrow splitting bull's eye (Marijuana Legalization: The NORML Perspective, Jan.


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Insanity Argument Doesn't Hold Water in Arizona Shootings

The shooting in Arizona on Jan. 8 was one of the most shocking events in recent American history. With six dead, including a federal judge (John Roll) and a 9-year-old girl (Christina-Taylor Green), and Representative Gabrielle Giffords left severely wounded, the public couldn't help but wonder how anyone could commit such a heinous act. Now, with shooter Jared Lee Loughner in custody and awaiting trial, the question of his mental stability is being raised.


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"""brb i gotta drive"""

Forget seatbelts, let the kids fly free in the back seat, and chug that beer while you barrel down the road; just don't touch that cell phone in your pocket. This is the light in which a recent USA Today article seemed to depict Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood's most recent year in keeping American drivers safe.


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Directions to Alumni

Before break, I wrote a column in an attempt to generate excitement around the men's basketball team. Two things occurred to me after the article went to print.


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Quick Hits

Here are some random thoughts about some random things that have happened locally, nationally, and throughout the world while we were away from school. Winter Break Last year it was far too short, but this year it was about a week too long.


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Death of a Hero

Ever since I've known who John McCain was, I've liked the guy. When he ran for the Republican nomination in 2000, I rooted for him, and I was sad when he lost to George W.


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Peace Up and Deuces

It is a Spectrum tradition for outgoing seniors to write one last column to cap off their tenures. Usually, these banal pieces reiterate the clich


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Iran Divorce Rate Soars

Iran has celebrated the wedding of Imam Ali for over a millennium in a national holiday colloquially known as Marriage Day.


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Almost Perfect

It feels great to be one issue away from completing this semester, especially since we made it through more than three months without making a single mistake. Yup, you read that correctly: we've been flawless thus far. There was one time ? I think it was in October ? when we almost made a mistake, but we quickly discovered our near erratum and made the necessary adjustment to maintain our errorless semester.


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TCU Feeling Blue

The Texas-Christian Horned Frogs are the final hope for non-BCS football teams. They just finished the regular season undefeated, and they have received the utmost respect from the voters for their success this season.


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Professional Sports Widens The Gap Between Love and Money

When children begin playing sports, most of them do not imagine themselves below the stadium lights at a Monday night game, soaking in the neon light from the corporate advertisements and knowing that they will recoup at least a few hundred thousand dollars when their cleats meet turf. Romantics pine for the days when professional sports players made peanuts for representing a franchise and they had to maintain a second part-time job just to make ends meet.


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The Chinese Exercise Blatant Sexism in Selecting Chengguan Officers

The Chinese are making beauty a requirement for its female urban police force, the Chengguan. In order to overcome a public image of a violent, brutal force that intimidates and abuses citizens and merchants living in its urban areas, the Chinese police are going through a series of major facelifts. Some districts, like Guangdong, changed the police uniform from the traditional gray-green to a warmer blue, while places like Wuhan, located in the heart of China, have resorted to "staredowns" instead of physical action to enforce city rules. Xindu, a district of Chengdu, has implemented the most serious change.


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Noah's Ark-Themed Attraction is Problematic

Three years ago, the fine state of Kentucky blessed us with the Creation Museum, and now they're at it again. Indeed, another Christianity-based tourist attraction is going to be built in the Bluegrass State, and this time, it's a lot more ambitious. It's a full-scale of replica of Noah's Ark. The estimated cost for the park is $150 million, which will come from two organizations: the for-profit group Ark Encounter LLC, and the non-profit Answers In Genesis, which was also behind the construction of the Creation Museum. The planned park has been stirring up controversy because Ark Encounter seeks to recover 25 percent of the project's cost by recouping sales tax revenue paid to the state on tickets, lodging, and other goods. Many people believe it's wrong for a park promoting Christian beliefs and ideals to receive money from the state.


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