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Kyle Shamberg

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A Tourist's Guide to the New York City Subway System, or How Not To Be A D**K

(19) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 4:38 PM

For those unaccustomed to big city transit, riding the New York City subway system may seem a daunting proposition. Though the image many non-residents have of graffiti, boom boxes, and spontaneous knife fights is largely outdated (the trains are slightly cleaner, at least externally, and the rats much friendlier due...

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Three Simple Words to Fix the American Justice System: Trial By Combat

(7) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 6:02 PM

The United States legal system, both criminal and civil, is a sprawling, complex, and at times unfair leviathan. Despite the safeguards guaranteed under our Constitution, and despite practitioners' and jurists' most diligent efforts to procure just results, the system remains inherently fallible.

Our foremost legal scholarship...

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The Final Gift

(70) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 4:31 PM

We sit gathered around his bed, listening to his labored breathing. The tumor distends his belly like some malignant child crying to be born. The pain is palpable. It's time.

"When I give him the sedative it will only be four or five seconds and he'll be in a sort...

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The "Objective" UN Human Rights Council

(457) Comments | Posted October 30, 2010 | 11:54 AM

Late last month, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released its report on the May 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla incident, concluding that the Israeli commandos involved engaged in "extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions" of peace activists bringing supplies and humanitarian aid to the besieged territory....

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Repubs: Obama Is a 'Communerrorist' (Satire)

(13) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 3:10 PM

Earlier this week, Republicans unveiled their newest strategy for big gains in the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections: portray the President as a 'Communerrorist.' James Birnbaum, a Republican strategist and founder of the conservative Deficit and Budget Advocacy Group ("DBAG"), said that the term was targeted because...

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Campaign Finance Reform: Bite the Hand That Feeds You

(4) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 2:36 PM

In the United States, money is the root of all politics. You simply can't get elected without either being an independent millionaire (think Michael Bloomberg) or kowtowing to moneyed special interests. The latter is much more likely, and once they have you they don't let go: You're in their debt....

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The Second Coming

(39) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 3:44 PM

We are at a critical point in the evolution of American politics. The left has moved farther left, the right has moved farther right, and all lines of communication between the two sides have been cut off. The center has fallen into a vacuum. This is a dangerous trend, and...

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Is Monday Night Football Our Culture's Soma?

(8) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 6:55 PM

If you've been watching ESPN recently, you've undoubtedly seen the promos for its Monday Night Football program running ad nauseam. The premise, as it has been since the campaign began last year, is that MNF is a bastion of happiness in an otherwise bleak and dreary existence. After all, the...

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