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Brian Levin is an Associate Editor at The Huffington Post. He previously served as a New York City Urban Fellow to Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot. In 2011, he graduated summa cum laude from Yale College where he studied Political Science.

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What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

(19) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Ever since Edward Snowden started leaking information about the NSA's surveillance programs, there has been a vocal chorus of outrage on the left and right alike. Pundits, lawyers and groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to tea party organizations have called the surveillance...

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This Independence Day, Let's Celebrate Our Dependence on One Another

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 10:17 AM


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Today, we traditionally celebrate our independence. Specifically, we mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the storied manifesto drafted by Thomas Jefferson and signed by representatives from the 13 colonies who risked their lives to make the case for separation from...

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Boehner Should Drop Hastert Rule, Honor Pledge to Let House 'Work Its Will' on Immigration Reform

(11) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 3:35 PM

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio


In a June 11th appearance on Good Morning America, Speaker John Boehner commented on the future of comprehensive immigration reform in the House...

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Illinois House: Pass Marriage Equality to Make the "Land of Lincoln" Worthy of its Name

(21) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 1:44 PM

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If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would surely deliver "The Springfield Address" that goes something like this:

Eleven score and seventeen years ago our fathers and mothers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,...

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Apple's Tax Avoidance: 'Not Illegal' Does Not Mean Moral, Right or Acceptable

(5) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 5:14 PM

Last week, I wrote a "Letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook from a Disgruntled Shareholder," expressing my grievances about Apple's tax avoidance. I wrote because I find it immoral that Apple, the wealthiest company in America, has not paid U.S. taxes on at least $74 billion over the...

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The I-5 Bridge Collapse and the Urgency of Fixing Our Crumbling Infrastructure

(11) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 3:19 PM


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It's everyone's worst nightmare: You're driving along and all of the sudden your stomach drops like you're on a roller coaster and you see steel and debris and other cars flying everywhere. As you are about to plunge into the river, you...

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Immigration Reform Will Make Our Communities Safer

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:11 PM

I support comprehensive immigration reform for a whole host of reasons. There's the moral angle: its wrong to have draconian laws that are out of sync with reality and keep 12 million people hiding in the shadows. There's the economic side: we need immigrants with a wide variety of skills...

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Letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook from a Disgruntled Shareholder

(60) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:30 PM

From: "Brian Levin"
Date: May 21, 2013 5:15:01 AM
To: tcook@apple.com
Subject: Letter to Tim Cook from a Disgruntled Shareholder

Dear Tim,

I'm upset--and no, it's not because Apple's share prices have fallen 37% since last September. I'm 24 and got most of my shares around...

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Minority Rule and What We Can Do About It

(62) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Yesterday the United States Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey amendment to the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, a first-stab attempt at addressing our national gun violence pandemic. It called for extending criminal background checks to all commercial gun purchases, namely those at gun shows and on the Internet, that...

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Equal Signs on Facebook: How Social Media Can Cause Social Change

(7) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 11:05 AM

You have no doubt seen the Human Rights Campaign's new red and pink equal sign avatar that is sweeping through Facebook this week as well as pictures and status updates affirming support for same-sex marriage. But what does it all mean? Why does it matter?

Social media can be petty...

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The Universal Relevance of Passover

(5) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 1:06 PM

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As I put the finishing touches on the second night of Passover Seder I will lead tonight, I wanted to share a few thoughts.

The first being that the message of Passover is universal and relevant, transcending time, place and culture. Yes, human trafficking...

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Obama's Message to Israeli Youth on Peace: 'Yes You Can!'

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:05 PM

A true friend does not standby idly by as his buddy stands on the top of a building on the brink of jumping. Nor is a true friend a "Yes" man who reflexively nods his head no matter what, always doling out dollops of praise. Rather, a true friend is...

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A Win-Win Solution to Stop the Sequester

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 4:39 PM

The clock is ticking before the sequester rears its ugly head. The automatic, across the board spending cuts will not just bring annoyances like even longer lines at airports. We will all be more vulnerable as meat inspectors and Pentagon staffers are furloughed, children do not receive essential vaccines, and...

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From Hotels to Bands to NASCAR, Plenty of Room to Cut Military Budget Without Compromising Security

(27) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:56 AM

You probably did not know that you are an investor in a vast network of hotels from South Carolina to Hawaii to Japan. Just as Starwood runs Westin, Sheraton and St. Regis, the Department of Defense operates Air Force Inns, Inns of the Corps and the Navy Lodge,...

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The GOP's Electoral Strategy: Gimmicks and Exclusion

(7) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 2:59 PM

In the run up to the 2012 election, Republicans, understanding the changing demographics working against them, devised a desperate solution to bolster their chances of winning: tactical ploys to skew who showed up to the polling place and stayed to cast a ballot. Scaling back early voting reduces opportunities to...

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Why the Senate Should Confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Well before President Obama formally nominated Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense on Monday, senators, pundits, and community leaders started grumbling over the choice. Their grievances against Hagel include a homophobic remark he made for which he has since apologized profusely, a comment he made mischaracterizing...

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House Republicans Must Choose Fiscal Responsibility Over Ideological Zealotry to Avert Fiscal Cliff

(23) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 2:36 PM

Talk of our impending dive over the Fiscal Cliff is everywhere. But, unlike a hurricane preparing to wreak havoc as it races towards land, this is not inevitable. In fact, it is patently avoidable—all it takes is a bill to pass both houses of Congress and President Obama's signature on...

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The Cancer of Gun Violence Requires the Policy Equivalent of Chemotherapy

(26) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 11:21 AM

When people are diagnosed with cancer, doctors do not simply advise them to take ibuprofen to alleviate the pain. Rather, doctors typically act systemically, using chemotherapy and radiation in attempt to obliterate the cancer. Of course, these treatments are often difficult and there is always the chance that the cancer...

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As Gunmen Continue to Terrorize Our Public Places, the Courts Continue to Weaken Our Gun Laws

(125) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 3:42 PM

The tragic juxtaposition of this week's gun-related events suggests the presence of a malignancy in our country. Hours before yet another shooting at Portland, OR's Clackamas Town Center and three days before 26 people, excluding the gunman, were reportedly killed in a rampage at Newtown, CT's...

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Musings on the 'Holiday Tree'

(5) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 2:49 PM


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It's that time of year again. Under the guise of tolerance and political correctness, "holiday trees" are sprouting up everywhere. Christian leaders have objected to the transformation of a religious custom into a universal and generic winter practice; for example, Chicago's Cardinal George

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