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Ben Townsend
Ben Townsend is a University of Michigan alumnus and writer living in Brooklyn, NY.

Entries by Ben Townsend

The Resistance Bill de Blasio Will Face on his Affordable Housing Plan

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Despite being a long shot candidate when the New York City mayoral race began, Bill de Blasio won the election in a landslide. He won not only by talking about the problems of everyday people that so many politicians ignore, but also by proposing some very specific solutions....

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It Just Became Really Important for Brooklynites to Go Vote on November 5

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 4:54 PM


Unless he makes some terrible gaffe in the next few weeks, Bill de Blasio will most likely be the next mayor of New York City. He's leading his Republican opponent Joe Lhota by 50 points in the polls. All the media commentary...

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Was the Entire Breaking Bad Finale Just a Hallucination in Walt's Mind?

(6) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:34 PM

The Breaking Bad finale on Sunday night was a satisfying conclusion to the show, though some critics found it a little too satisfying. In some ways, the last episode departed from the series' well-established moral universe and became more like a Walter White revenge fantasy. Emily Nussbaum at the New...

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How Obama Lost The Public's Trust on Foreign Policy

(41) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 12:06 PM

When Barack Obama was a state senator in 2002, he made a now-famous speech asserting that there was no good reason for the United States to invade Iraq. He expressed skepticism about whether the subsequent occupation would be a success. It was a brave thing to do at...

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Why Right-to-Work Is Not Pro-Worker

(15) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 1:55 PM

May 1 was celebrated worldwide as International Workers Day. Below are some thoughts on recent changes to union laws in Michigan, the historic home of the American labor movement...

Last December, a strange thing happened. My home state of Michigan became right-to-work. Gov. Rick Snyder and his fellow...

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Uninsured People Do Die in Their Homes

(8) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 5:55 PM

In Cleveland this week, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed concerns about his proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare), a law that would insure an estimated 30 million Americans. Critics contend that depriving so many people of coverage would lead to unnecessary deaths. Romney...

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