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David Cahn

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President Obama Is Wrong: College Education is Not For All

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:39 PM

President Obama says that every American should get an associates degree because college education is the road the middle class. Now he's announced that the federal government will foot the bill. On face value, this proposal addresses economic inequality and creates opportunity the masses. But the data is unequivocal: college...

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It's Time for Phase II: #BlackLivesMatter Needs a Political Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 9:19 PM

This week, students staged a die-in at University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutman's holiday party. Gutman responded to the "ambush" by leaving her own party. The protestors eventually left voluntarily. At Harvard, protestors initiated a failed attempt for 4.5 minutes of silence before primal scream, a...

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Meet the Grave Dancer: Sam Zell, Real Estate Billionaire

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:11 PM

I walked into Huntsman Hall at The Wharton School expecting to hear another Wall Street junkie spew rhetoric that half the audience wouldn't understand. Instead, I was startled when an older man in jeans and a T-shirt bolted into the room unexpectedly.

Next to me, a mysterious blue-eyed man in...

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De Blasio Announces Longer School Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 9:37 PM

It seems like all we hear about from Democrats nowadays is economic inequality. In New York City and Philadelphia, my home and college towns, respectively, this issue will be a crucial one during the midterm elections. Indeed, President Obama has called it "defining challenge of our time." And...

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Colleges Need to Protect Women in Practice, Not Just Theory

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 7:58 PM

"There are three girls sitting in front of you. Pick one to marry, one to fuck and one to kill." The interviewer, the President of a prestigious academically oriented student group at the University of Pennsylvania, had just asked me to sexually harass three women in their presence and expected...

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Don't Abolish Single Test Admissions for NYC Specialized Schools

(6) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 1:40 AM

Every Stuyvesant student remembers the day they took the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).

I was thirteen, a student at the Ramaz Middle School in Manhattan. I was taking the test on a Sunday due to religious observance. My alarm rang at 6:00 AM. I washed my face, said...

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Single-Sex Classrooms Are on the Front Line in the Fight for Gender Equality

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:54 PM

We're a society that talks with great frequency about gender inequality, but does little to combat it. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama lamented unequal salaries, noting than women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn. "That's an embarrassment," he said. "It is wrong." Likewise,...

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My Teachers Have Senioritis

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 12:15 PM

My teachers have caught senioritis. "I know you're seniors and you don't want to do you any work, but... " were the first words uttered by each of my teachers as I began the spring semester. In most of my classes, the homework load suddenly shrank and in some, it...

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Popular Does Not Mean Practical: The Case Against the Federal Minimum Wage

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:47 PM

An astounding 71 percent of Americans believe that the federal government should raise the minimum wage to $10.10, including 87 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans, according to Pew Research's most recent polls. Raising the minimum wage is so popular, in fact,...

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Young Jews Are the Key to Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 9:26 PM

Young Americans are notoriously liberal because they are constrained by neither cynicism nor historical failures. Over the past half-century, the campaigns they have spearheaded have initiated momentous social change -- from the civil rights movement in the 1960s to the gay rights movement that is mobilizing young people today. This...

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China Rejected Allegations of North Korean Human Rights Abuses

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 7:04 PM

On Monday, March 17, Chen Chuandong, a counsellor at China's mission in Geneva, publicly rejected allegations of North Korean human rights abuses. In his speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, he called the allegations "divorced from reality."

"The inability of the commission to get support and cooperation from the...

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Syria Will Worsen Over Next Decade, Intelligence Community Reports

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:09 PM

On Thursday, March 6, experts told the Senate foreign relations committee that "the likeliest scenario is that which the US intelligence community now predicts, which is the war continuing for another decade or more." The death toll, now at 140,000, continues to climb. Chemical weapons have...

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Why the Updated SAT Is Better for Students

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:31 PM

Exactly a year ago this week, I wasted four grueling hours taking the SAT. My peers were science fair winners, debate champions, poets and athletes, but for this short period of time, we joined together to meet the same goal: make the fewest careless mistakes possible and achieve an optimal...

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Why You Shouldn't Be Celebrating El Chapo's Arrest

(3) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Until Saturday, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, boss of the Sinaloa Cartel, was the most powerful and feared drug lord in Mexico. Based on intelligence that El Chapo had, after 13 years in hiding, started to come down from his mountain hideouts, a joint operation run by Mexican marines...

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Fighting Racism in the 21st Century Requires a Modern Formula

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 11:01 PM

Earlier this year, when the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional, much of this country responded with disappointment. The Voting Rights Act, originally passed in 1965, represented one of the most substantial pieces of legislation in American history. On both sides of the...

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US: Send Development Aid to the Sahel Region of Africa

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:25 PM

This Fall, the Sahel region has become a center of international attention with the United Nations calling its security situation "alarming" and deploying 12,600 peacekeepers to stabilize the region. This aid is desperately needed. Hillary Clinton recently called the Sahel a "powder keg" for terrorist activity....

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Free More Killers, Please

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:09 PM

News and politics can be bizarre. Over the past few years, we're heard Todd Akin assert that victims of "legitimate rape" are rarely impregnated, Sarah Palin declare that she can see Russia from Alaska, and read about a man who had his face eaten...

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Forgive Wiener, Not Spitzer

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Elliot Spitzer's entrance into the New York City comptroller race has taken the city by storm. There has been a lot of talk about whether Spitzer "deserves a second chance" and even more comparison of Spitzer's situation with that of Wiener. Spitzer doesn't deserve a second chance, but...

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New York's Mayoral Campaigns Are Failing

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Most politically active New Yorkers don't know what to think of this year's mayoral race. To date, we've heard very little about the candidate's platforms, even though the Democratic primary (which will likely determine our next mayor) is only a few months away. The main reason the campaign season is...

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Junior State Averts the Fiscal Cliff

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 12:03 PM

David is a member of the Junior State of America (JSA), a student-run political awareness organization for high school students.

Modern politics is plagued by a deadly polarization. America has come to a point where we do or die. The longer we stagnate,...

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