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November 7, 2012

US House of Representatives race Republican Alan Nunnelee has been re-elected to Mississippi’s first congressional district House of Representatives seat. Nunnelee’s strongest opponent was 37-yearold Democrat Brad Morris, a businessman and attorney from Oxford. Nunnelee will begin a two-year term in January.

US House of Representatives race Republican Alan Nunnelee has been re-elected to Mississippi’s first congressional district House of Representatives seat. Nunnelee’s strongest opponent was 37-yearold Democrat Brad Morris, a businessman and attorney from Oxford. Nunnelee will begin a two-year term in January.

“It’s an exciting night for all our supporters, and it appears I’ll be going back to Washington,” Nunnelee said last night after the election.

October 29, 2012

By and large, Amnesty International does good work. They represent the downtrodden and oppressed all over the world and bring attention to otherwise unknown human rights violations. Having said that, in a case currently before the Supreme Court, Amnesty International may have unintentionally blocked future plaintiffs from bringing cases about the U.S. government’s use of warrantless wiretapping.

October 26, 2012

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee defended attacks on Congress and continued his campaign to repeal “Obamacare” Thursday in a debate with the Democratic challenger Brad Morris at The University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee defended attacks on Congress and continued his campaign to repeal “Obamacare” Thursday in a debate with the Democratic challenger Brad Morris at The University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics.
The candidates were questioned by a panel of local journalists including Emily
Le Coz of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Jon Scott of the Oxford Eagle,
Sandra Knispel of Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Jennifer Nassar of The Daily Mississippian.

September 18, 2012

On Sept. 11, in an attempt to save a prospective $1 million, Congress decided to close six courthouses across the South.

On Sept. 11, in an attempt to save a prospective $1 million, Congress decided to close six courthouses across the South. One of the six is the federal courthouse in Meridian, which was built in 1933 during the Great Depression and has served as both a courthouse and a post office for the southern Mississippi town. The other five are Gadsen, Ala.; Pikeville, Ky.; Wilkesboro, N.C.; Beaufort, S.C.; and Amarillo, Texas. James Meredith filed his lawsuit against The University of Mississippi at the Meridian federal courthouse in 1961 to integrate the school.

September 11, 2012

In a recent Newsweek article writer Joel Kotkin argues that Millennials are a “screwed generation.” He asserts that a combination of high student debt loads (recently detailed in The DM) and high unemployment rates yield a disenfranchised group of young Americans, telling NPR’s Tell Me More host Michel Martin that recent college graduates are “going to inherit an enormous debt” run up by the federal, state and local governments — “that they are going to have to pay for.” Millennials face staggering personal and government debt in conjunction w

September 4, 2012

Outside of Hurricane Isaac coverage, the news and social media was saturated with commentary and footage from the Republican National Convention this past week in Tampa, Fla.
Prominent Republicans took the the stage to rally support for the party and convey their goals for the future of America. Party conventions were originally the last determining factor for establishing who would be the candidate for the respective parties in the general election.
Today, candidates are decided well before the conventions, leaving it to be more of a formality.

August 20, 2012

Students across the state of Mississippi and the country are feeling the pressures of student loan debt even before they graduate from college.

Students across the state of Mississippi and the country are feeling the pressures of student loan debt even before they graduate from college.
 

July 2, 2012

 
This past Thursday the Supreme Court voted to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care plan in a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., a known conservative, joined the four other more liberal justices in voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

July 2, 2012

It’s been 236 years since we told Mother England to have her tea and crumpets without us and Congress approved the final official document that became our Declaration of Independence.

 
It’s been 236 years since we told Mother England to have her tea and crumpets without us and Congress approved the final official document that became our Declaration of Independence. That fact is an absolute. But is that the only thing true about our time-honored tradition of celebrating the “4th”? 

April 4, 2012

The first of January 2013 looks nearer and nearer every day. On that day, automatic budget cuts and tax increases in the range of $8 trillion over the next decade will be enacted. According to Barclays Capital, if these are allowed to go into effect as is, growth in early 2013 could slow to as little as one tenth of 1 percent, putting us on the verge of another recession. 

 

The first of January 2013 looks nearer and nearer every day. On that day, automatic budget cuts and tax increases in the range of $8 trillion over the next decade will be enacted. According to Barclays Capital, if these are allowed to go into effect as is, growth in early 2013 could slow to as little as one tenth of 1 percent, putting us on the verge of another recession. 

March 27, 2012

As the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act nears its expiration date in July, advocates are working hard to campaign against rising student loan interest rates.

 

As the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act nears its expiration date in July, advocates are working hard to campaign against rising student loan interest rates.

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act lowered student loan interest rates from 6.8 percent fixed to 3.4 percent fixed, in attempts to help keep interest rates for student loans lower.  

As the summer months are coming up, a new student loan relief campaign aims to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

March 20, 2012

 

The 19th annual Oxford Conference for the Book kicks off this Thursday, March 22, with a lunch and lecture in the Faulkner Room of the J.D. Williams Library.

February 29, 2012

Recently, a fervent and impassioned debate hit both houses of Congress. It has caused hours of contentious discussions and set the political blogopshere on fire. However, this debate isn’t about the national debt, the unemployment rate, Syria or even our continued military presence in Afghanistan. Nope, this debate is about whether or not insurance is required to cover contraception. 

 

Recently, a fervent and impassioned debate hit both houses of Congress. It has caused hours of contentious discussions and set the political blogopshere on fire. However, this debate isn’t about the national debt, the unemployment rate, Syria or even our continued military presence in Afghanistan. Nope, this debate is about whether or not insurance is required to cover contraception. 

February 8, 2012

In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires federal contractors and grantees to provide drug-free workplaces in order to receive a contract or grant. Then in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private railroad companies to require employees to test negative for use of drugs upon hire and return from extended leave.

 

In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires federal contractors and grantees to provide drug-free workplaces in order to receive a contract or grant. Then in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private railroad companies to require employees to test negative for use of drugs upon hire and return from extended leave.

Later, in 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that schools can require students to pass a drug test as a prerequisite for extracurricular activities, like sports.

February 1, 2012

The 2008 presidential election between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama was purported to be about hope and change; the next president was going to change the status quo from a gridlocked Washington to a Washington that worked for the American people, rather than lobbyists and peddlers like Newt Gingrich, corporations and Wall Street. But the voters eventually got what they deserved. 

 

January 25, 2012

Though privacy and advancement are not often thought of together, the two will soon fall under the same banner of education.
The U.S. Department of Education’s recently announced that regulations have passed, and they will perform a dual function. First, they will safeguard student privacy. The regulations are also meant to give schools the flexibility necessary to share school data that can be helpful government investments in education.

Though privacy and advancement are not often thought of together, the two will soon fall under the same banner of education.
The U.S. Department of Education’s recently announced that regulations have passed, and they will perform a dual function. First, they will safeguard student privacy. The regulations are also meant to give schools the flexibility necessary to share school data that can be helpful government investments in education.

January 23, 2012

With his landslide victory in the South Carolina primary last week, Newt Gingrich rebounded from what seemed like a slowly dying campaign after hard losses in Iowa and New Hampshire. As former Speaker Gingrich is once again the national frontrunner, Republican voters should investigate his record and ask themselves if he is truly representative of the Republican Party.

 

With his landslide victory in the South Carolina primary last week, Newt Gingrich rebounded from what seemed like a slowly dying campaign after hard losses in Iowa and New Hampshire. As former Speaker Gingrich is once again the national frontrunner, Republican voters should investigate his record and ask themselves if he is truly representative of the Republican Party.

December 1, 2011

Is the government watching you? 

 

Big Brother is watching you. People have always been paranoid about the power of government. But with the recent rejection of the Udall Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, the idea of Big Brother taking you in the middle of the night has become more real.

November 30, 2011

Adam Blackwell says Rep. Frank has simply chosen to retire after a successful legislative career. 

 

Democrats in Congress will lose a strong ally at the end of the term, with the retirement of Representative Barney Frank. A longtime liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, Frank’s retirement comes at a time when his district’s boundaries are being redrawn, and when he is entering old age, currently 71 years old. 

November 28, 2011

Why is Newt Gingrich running for president? 

 

As Republicans are hopping off the Herman Cain train, former Speaker Newt Gingrich is gaining momentum in the current GOP presidential field. This marks a huge turnaround from a month ago, when experts were declaring Gingrich’s political aspirations a thing of the past. But as Republicans start to jump on the Gingrich bandwagon, they need to analyze who they’re really supporting.

November 2, 2011

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to get out of Washington and talk with folks across the country about how we can create jobs and get our economy growing faster. 

October 27, 2011

Vote, people! It’s a simple chance for our generation to have our voices heard.

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, we each have an opportunity to exercise our right to vote in a state-wide general election. 

I believe this is one of the most basic rights our generation has, and yet it is the one we take for granted the most. 

In a state like Mississippi, that is a shame, and exercising that right can be a reminder to the government that we have a voice and are willing to use it. 

August 29, 2011

Lying 90 miles from the southern tip of the Florida Keys is the country of Cuba.
It is a short commute; you could make it there in less than two hours by speed boat. Unfortunately, it is illegal for American citizens unless you are traveling for journalistic or educational purposes.
Before Cuba’s 1959 communist revolution, the United States traded with Cuba more than with any other country in the world. American companies owned the majority of Cuba’s farmlands and most of its mineral resources.

August 28, 2011

 

After 27 years of dreaming, the national order of Alpha Phi Alpha has spearheaded a monu- ment in Washington D.C. of Martin Luther King Jr.. Two Ole Miss students were present to ex- perience its completion, despite the approaching hurricane.

 

After 27 years of dreaming, the national order of Alpha Phi Alpha has spearheaded a monument in Washington D.C. of Martin Luther King Jr.. Two Ole Miss students were present to experience its completion, despite the approaching hurricane.