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Americans, Terrorism, and Social Stability

Many Americans today fear the threat posed by radical Islamist movements. Nearly three quarters of Americans are concerned about terrorism, according to the Pew Research Center. However, this fear felt by a large majority of the population could be a little overblown. The Strategic Value of Fear In a little-known congressional hearing earlier this year, Brian Michael Jenkins of the RAND Corporation cast doubt on the threat posed by these groups to the nation. “There is no agreement that terrorism represents an existential threat to the nation” he said. He even cast doubt on the idea that “terrorism poses a greater threat...

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Matal v. Tam: A Win For Free Speech

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down rulings on several cases they had accepted for review. With respect to the First Amendment, the Court’s decision  in the case Matal v. Tam will be remembered as a victory for free speech advocates for many years to come. The court voted unanimously; however, the justices disagreed on the reasons for their ruling. Justice Gorsuch took no part in the proceedings. Naming A Rock Band Unlike many of SCOTUS’s recent cases, the facts of Tam are fairly straightforward and easy to follow. As stated at the very beginning of the Court’s opinion, “This case concerns...

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Title IX: Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Last week, I wrote about the history of Title IX and what the law was designed to accomplish. However, since the law was passed in 1972, its purpose has evolved from regulating schools’ admissions offices and athletic fields to monitoring their bedrooms and bathrooms. This piece of legislations expansion is the result of actions undertaken by the Judicial Branch and Executive Branch. But, for the purposes of this article, we will examine how Title IX addresses the issue of sexual assault. What is the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)? OCR is an office within the Department of Education. It’s mission is to...

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