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Trump on the Civil War This article from The New York Times reports on an interview where President Trump expresses his view on the civil war, and how he believes that if Andrew Jackson were president during the time of the civil war, there wouldn’t have been a civil war. …

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“Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns”   The image above links to a very interesting Washington Post article that gives an account of a teachers experience shadowing a high school student for a few days. First of all, I think this is …

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This very well may be my favorite video of all time. It is so well done. It addresses so many issues in just one video. The fact that this commercial was able to bring people together to discuss difference over a beer really got me thinking about this class, and …

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This commercial has received a ton of backlash for basically saying that a pepsi is capable of ending differences in opinions. The gist of the video is this: Kendall Jenner gets news of a protest happening, where police are stationed to control the chaos. Kendall Jenner then walks out with …

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American University is attempting to become involved in the conversation surrounding transgender people. It almost raises unnecessary attention to it because there is not really a reason to post something like this outside of the doors, with elaborations about what gender inclusive bathrooms mean. It seems more like a way to …

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“The near-endless stream of ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and grand openings in recent years focused attention on Shaw’s renaissance. The long-vacant O Street Market — the site of a 1994 shooting that resulted in a teenager’s death and the wounding of eight others — was reborn as luxury apartments and a …

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These are the words of Joan Didion, from her book “Slouching toward Bethlehem.” It struck be because of the relatable nature of it. She’s talking about being around twenty years old, and how people this age tend to experience things and unconsciously think that whatever they are experiencing is only …

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After Your Death By Natasha Trethewey   First, I emptied the closets of your clothes, threw out the bowl of fruit, bruised rom your touch, left empty the jars   you bought for preserves. The next morning, birds rustled the fruit trees, and later when I twisted a ripe fig …

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“Some people are like clouds. When they go away, it’s a brighter day.”   This was an anonymous quote that I saw on a bumper sticker. I just think it’s really clever and functions well because it’s so simple. I think of clouds and the sky in general as something …

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Part 1: We often walk around without giving the things around us much thought. After all, we are all so focused on our phones or in our own worlds, therefore we don’t have time to think about what is going on around us. Along the same lines, this lack of …

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