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Barack Obama's resounding keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention was his introduction to the American public and political scene. His message of togetherness, political accountability and individual responsibility made him an overnight sensation and a serious candidate for more prestigious office at a time when he was just a state senator from Illinois. The national convention was the ideal stage for a young (politically speaking) ambitious politician bent on perfecting the union. Th...
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As I sat watching the premiere of Hard Times at Douglass High, a few thoughts came to mind during and after the documentary. For starters, the entire documentary parallels the 1989 docudrama, Lean on Me, which starred Morgan Freeman as Joe Clarke, principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. The movie revolves around Clarke's efforts to save Eastside High from state takeover if students failed to pass the basic minimum skills test. There are eer...
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I'm the new guy. New to the city, new to graphic design, new to the EdLab. Nine months ago I left a lucrative but tedious job as an electrical contractor in my hometown of Seattle to relocate and study graphic design. After experiencing the American marvel that is New York City, I fear that I may never feel fully content in any other place but here... My first two weeks here at the EdLab have been positive leaps as well. What I've enjoyed most about my experience thus far has been the approachable, receptive nature of the program. I've worked on numerous projects already, from Ian's animation-heavy brainchild Future Imperfect to collaborating with Chia-Ling to brand and advertise an upcoming series of art exhibitions. I've been able to get a few bites of everything.
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Of the three branches of the U. S. government, the most interesting and reclusive is the judicial branch: the Supreme Court. The road one takes to warm a seat on the Supreme Court is one of the great mysteries of American government. Under the federal system, the Supreme Court is the last court of appeals. A decision by the Supreme Court is the final word on that matter, though Congress has occasionally passed laws in response to a Supreme Court decision. There are no constitutional or statutory qualifications for serving on the Supreme Court. Article III, Section I, of our constitution states...
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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Morse v. Frederick that school administrators can take necessary action against students whose actions are deemed inappropriate on school grounds. In his opinion for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts stated “we hold that schools may take steps to safeguard those entrusted to their care from speech that can reasonably be regarded as encouraging illegal drug use. We conclude that the school officials in this case did not violate the First Amendment by confiscating the pro-drug banner and suspending the student responsible for it.” The issue at h...
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