Jackson vs. the New Right: how a routine shift in the Supreme Court has become an ideological battleground
Judge Jackson is on track to becoming the first ever African American Supreme Court judge.

Jackson vs. the New Right: how a routine shift in the Supreme Court has become an ideological battleground

The Florida-raised Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has dominated the news cycle as of late, with several Republican politicians spending their time during her hearings trying to show off by accusing her of not knowing what a woman is, being a proponent of critical race theory…

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Recapping DeSantis’ recent legislation and presidential aspirations
Ron DeSantis has spearheaded several bills recently focused on strengthening parental rights and undermining the rights of public schools. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Recapping DeSantis’ recent legislation and presidential aspirations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has, in the past few years, gone from an otherwise irrelevant local politician to the golden boy of the far-right. Seemingly a shoe-in for the Republican presidential candidate, DeSantis has been lifted up to the national stage recently, and his most…

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Sunshine Protection Act raises debate between U.S. Senate and House of Representatives
If passed, the Sunshine Protection Act would abolish the Uniform Time Act, established in 1966.

Sunshine Protection Act raises debate between U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

The Sunshine Protection Act has emerged with the aim to eliminate the one hour time change—Daylight Savings Time—once and for all. The objectives of the bill are to make the time change either permanently sprung forward or fallen back, and to repeal Section 3 of…

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Mask mandates expire nationwide
New York City, which once had the highest death rate in America at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, recently lifted its mask mandate. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Mask mandates expire nationwide

In 2020, when COVID-19 began to spread across the country and quickly took control of the popular consciousness, it became associated with two things: masks and New York City. New York was, in the first six months of the pandemic, easily the hardest hit location…

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15-week abortion ban to be passed by DeSantis
Planned Parenthood "Stop the Bans" sign hanging in their booth at Manatee Pride 2022.

15-week abortion ban to be passed by DeSantis

Since 1973, American women have had the constitutional right under federal law to seek an abortion within 24 weeks of pregnancy. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case in Mississippi—known as Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Clinic—where the Republican majority favored shortening the period…

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Johns Hopkins paper claims lockdowns only reduced mortality by 0.2%
A photo of Gillman Hall at John Hopkins University. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Johns Hopkins paper claims lockdowns only reduced mortality by 0.2%

A striking paper published by the Johns Hopkins Institute has been making the rounds, once again heaving the cultural-political trenches erected around COVID-19 into disorder and galvanizing yet another round of controversy. The paper in question, A literature Review and Meta-analysis of the effects of lockdowns…

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Manatee death tolls continue to rise, experts are racing to feed and keep them warm during winter
Manatees feeding on romaine lettuce to substitute for their main food source: sea grass. Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Manatee death tolls continue to rise, experts are racing to feed and keep them warm during winter

This brief serves as an update on last semester’s feature on manatees and their alarming mortality rate. Since November, local advocacy groups are rushing to expand the public’s knowledge and to increase awareness. Manatees are essential to Florida’s unique aquatic ecosystem: they act characteristically as…

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Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young
A crowd of students and faculty gathered in the library on Feb. 17 to do a group reading of several selected pages from Maus.

Unbanning Maus with Professor Jessica Young

On Jan. 10, approximately two weeks before Holocaust Memorial day, the McMinn Country School Board in Tennessee unanimously voted to ban Art Speigelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus. As part of what some have identified as a larger effort to censor books dealing with critical…

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