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Sammy Koppelman is a high school student in New York City.

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The Obamacare Fight: An Emblem of Civility

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 3:10 PM

The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act 37 times since it was passed just over three years ago. Republican lobbyists have spent an obscene amount of money trying to change the public's perception of the law. And Republican governors in states...

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From Mean Girls to Kubrick: Learning About Good and Evil With Soman Chainani

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 12:31 PM

My sister tells a story that, when Soman Chainani first came to our house (a long time before he became a New York Times bestselling author), the first thing he asked her was: "How are you planning on getting a boyfriend?" Right at that moment, we all knew that Soman,...

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CPAC: Like-Minded People Getting Together

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 10:43 AM

The organizers of CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference), running diverse panels on topics ranging from "The Future of The Movement: Winning With Generation X/Y" to "Trumping The Race Card," were trying to make a statement: the Republican party is not just a bunch of old white men...

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Resorting to Booing

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 8:55 AM

When I was a boy, at Knicks games, my dad would never let me boo players on opposing teams. He would say, "You don't know these people. They've never harmed you. And as brutally as they may be beating up on the Knicks, there's no reason to stoop to the...

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One Would Think...

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:16 AM

One would think that the defining athlete of a generation confessing to cheating in his sport and lying to the public would come as a shock to society. One would think that the millions of children who wore his clothing, looked up to him as a hero and studied his...

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Hope in the Face of Uncertainty

(15) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 7:16 AM

Hoping that Roger Federer will win Wimbledon, that the Yankees will make the playoffs or hoping that "60 Minutes" will be on after football doesn't take much audacity. These hopes are pretty much bound to become realities. Likewise, in 2008, after witnessing a charismatic, idealistic, first-term Senator defeat an American...

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Lowering Expectations

(105) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 9:18 AM

The 2008 presidential election was one of the most vicious in US history. Both Senator John McCain and President Barack Obama's organizations spent millions of dollars on attack ads that tried to damage the reputations and records of the men running for office. But even in the midst of that...

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5 Issues Being Debated This Election That Affect Teens

(15) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 9:13 AM

Whether it's about the national debt, health care, or unemployment, talk surrounding "The Next Generation" always looms large in Washington. Politicians plead to parents and grandparents alike that their political beliefs will lead to a better future for America's youth than the beliefs of their opponents. A lot of the...

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Pussy Riot: The Cost of Standing Up

(53) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 3:48 PM

In third grade, after "several complaints from parents," my school placed a ban on dodgeball playing in school. Administrators claimed the game was "just too violent for elementary school students to play" and it put certain kids in uncomfortable situations. Just like any angry 8-year-olds in America might react, two...

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"Hunger Games" Actress Willow Shields Talks About Growing Up Alongside Prim

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Actress Willow Shields -- who you may know as Prim in "The Hunger Games," Katniss's doe-eyed little sister -- idolizes Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie; two actors who, like Willow, started their acting careers at a very young age. And she's following closely in their footsteps already. At just 12...

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10 Things You Forget About School Over the Summer

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 12:36 PM

As the four seasons (and upcoming movie!) of Phineas and Ferb demonstrate, "104 days of summer vacation" can sometimes take a very long time to pass by. And we don't blame you if, while you're "building a rocket, fighting a mummy, or climbing up the Eiffel Tower," you...

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Texting: The First Regression in Human Communication

(8) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 12:25 PM

Human beings are unique in that we are exceptional communicators. We have established languages and alphabets, which have enabled us to express our thoughts and feelings to one another, and over the past 250 years, technology has substantially increased our ability to interact. In 1792, Samuel Morse invented the telegraph,...

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Sympathy for the Devil

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 12:27 PM

I love ragging on politicians as much as the next guy. Just read this, or this or this. What better way to make fun of these womanizing, attention-whoring elected officials than mocking how often they flip-flop on their views and give up moral high...

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Jennette McCurdy Opens Up About Photoshop, One Direction, and Being Part of 'Generation Love'

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Jennette McCurdy, who you probably know as the meat-loving, prank-pulling, hilarious tomboy Sam Puckett on Nickelodeon's iCarly, is a girl on a mission. She's partnering with Pinnacle Foods' "iCarly iCook with Birds Eye" program to show kids that veggies are cool. I caught up with Jennette to find out how...

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10 Things Parents Just Don't Understand About Teens

(71) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 3:14 PM

24 years ago, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) dropped their timeless teen anthem "Parents Just Don't Understand." More than two decades later, parents still buy us clothes that seem like they're "from 1963," and claim that we "don't need" friends who laugh at our...

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Summer Comedy Playlist!

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 1:03 PM

To pass the long hours in a hot, sticky car on your summer road trip, there's nothing like listening to jokes by some of your favorite comedians. While you're settling in for a long ride, take a break from your favorite top-40 hits and switch it up with a comedy...

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Marcelas Owens: A Reason to (Affordable) Care

(1) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 8:50 AM

Leading up to the Supreme Court's verdict on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, news channels showed the video reel of President Obama signing the bill into law over and over again. Standing next to the president in every clip of him signing the bill is an...

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Mark Cuban, The Newsroom and the Media's Attachment to Generalities

(30) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Earlier this week, Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks went on ESPN's sports talk show First Take, and lacerated the sports media for their constant use of "generalities" over facts to avoid making concrete arguments. He claimed that members of the sports media, in particular...

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Affirmed

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 9:17 AM

If I began to add up the hours of homework I've done since entering high school, I think I'd cry before I got to the total. But regardless of the exact number, I can look at myself in the mirror and know that I have worked HARD these past two...

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Obamaness

(133) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 8:20 AM

I've unequivocally and publicly supported President Obama since his 2008 primary campaign. And throughout his Presidency, whenever I've been asked why I still support him despite the prolonged economic downturn, I've answered with the facts. Only the facts. That his policies are working. The Affordable Care Act has provided millions...

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