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Current immigration issues replaying history

While the immigration debate in America has been refocused on the executive action proposed by President Barack Obama that would allow up to 5 million undocumented people to stay in the United States without fear of deportation, I have been thinking of a different number, 1663.

Term limits are healthy, but are not sufficient

So I recently had a strange moment. No, I didn’t start watching Duck Dynasty or listening to Lana Del Rey. Are those even both things still? My strange moment was that I agreed with George Will on something other than baseball.

New Congress should reform U.S. prisons

The old maxim that politics is the art of the possible is on full display a week removed from the 2014 midterm election. Both parties are feeling out the political landscape to see what they can advance in the next two years. Few outside observers expect much in the way of real progress on the most ...

Scientific facts and religion can be harmonious

In the Oct. 26 edition of The New York Times, opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof called for America to “fix the escalator” of our broken education system. Citing data from a recent Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study, Kristof made the case that American education is going ...

University should be investigated for covering up Pendragon incident

Why is the University of Alabama covering up its response to the so-called “Authur Pendragon” threats? Your guess is as good as mine, but there is now little doubt the University has made a calculated decision to hide the truth. It is part of a bizarre strategy of silence mixed with doublespeak. ...

Feminism should be considered a force for equality, not a dirty word

The United States was not founded as an equal nation. Spoiler alert: our land was not perfect at its founding despite the best efforts of historical revisionists who try to paint infant America and its fathers as being nearly perfect. It is truly lazy to believe as a historian, for example, that the ...