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Hi reader,

Welcome back to school!! I hope you got some much needed rest over the summer. I personally did not; actually I am pretty sure you didn’t either. I hope you at least had some fun! We at the Oppy have had a rough summer since many of our veteran writers abandoned us (they graduated, but same difference), and our small board just got a whole lot more intimate (we are hiring and we don’t bite, we promise!!). While you were tiring away at your internship (daily happy hours), slogging through those summer classes (international vacations) and working on yourself (six hour Netflix binge) – you’ll be shocked to learn the earth continued to spin and somehow news kept on breaking.…

Opinion: We Can Not Make the Supreme Court Political

There has been quite a lot of discussion regarding the Supreme Court after their landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, which overturned the Roe and Casey rulings. The Dobbs ruling essentially ended the federally guaranteed right to an abortion and brought back that debate to the states. Some have called for President Biden to pack the courts to add more justices and tilt the favor back for more liberal rulings. Others have taken more drastic measures by paying for sightings of the U.S. Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe. Regardless of your political position, we need to be very careful with how we view the Supreme Court, as it is the fundamental glue that holds U.S.…

Roe v. Wade: Then, Now, & Forever 

Last week, a majority draft opinion by the Supreme Court was leaked, stating that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. The historic 1973 ruling has protected awoman’s right to an  abortion without government restriction for nearly 50 years. The ruling has fueled debates between “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” often rooted in the argument of whether abortion is suggestive of “killing” a living being, and therefore  murder or if abortion is ultimately a right to bodily autonomy. It has been scrutinized from the purview of political, evangelical, and scientific communities, with the overlap and distinction of one or more often informing an individual’s opinion on the matter.…

Did we fix it?

Here we are, folks. After about two years of me subjecting you all to my political eccentricities, this is the last time I will wax poetic on the, uh, let’s call them “quirks” of our federal government.

I know, I know, but you’ll be ok, I promise. Someone else will write about politics. Someone who actually covers it even! You’ll see.

While I am sad to lose my monthly outlet for expressing how adorable it is that five members of the Supreme Court were nominated by people who became President after losing the popular vote, I know that my work here has been instructive and impactful.…

There are no stupid questions. Only stupid people.

There really is no time quite like Confirmation Season. Don’t get me wrong, politics are beholden to a wide variety of nonsensical dog and pony shows, each involving their own special kind of dumb, but if the recent confirmation hearings for soon-to-be Justice Ketanji Brown-Jackson are any evidence, Supreme Court nomination hearings might just be the dumbest.

That’s big talk in a world in which Sen. Ron Blumenthal once grilled Facebook execs on whether or not they would take down “Finsta,” an app or service or who knows what that doesn’t actually exist, but here we are. 

Such is the nature of giving opposition senators free reign to say whatever they want with thousands of cameras on them.…

Information and Cyber Warfare in Ukraine

The Ukraine-Russia war will be marked in history as one of the first wars where cyber-attacks and modern information warfare came to the forefront of combat techniques along with traditional warfare. These warfare tactics are not just being employed by nation-states, but also by countless private organizations.

WHAT IS CYBER AND INFORMATION WARFARE?

A quick huddle on what cyber and information warfare means: Cyber warfare aims to neutralize an enemy’s critical systems supported through computers and computer networks. Targets can include banking institutions, electricity grids, power generators, water plants, nuclear plants, transportation systems, etc. An information warfare is the battle of truths, ideas, perceptions, and propaganda for manipulating morale, loyalty, influence, trust, and clarity of thought.…

What on Earth is Kyrsten Sinema doing?

Look. If you’re actually reading this column, or have any passing familiarity with what I typically write about, you probably already have a more-than-casual understanding of the political scene or, as I’ve said before, you’re my mother. You’re definitely not my wife, which I can say with some certainty.

If you are, in fact, not my mother, which is highly probable if we consider the global population and highly improbable if we consider my readership, then you fall in that first group. That means you don’t really need me to illuminate that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s defense of the filibuster makes no sense.…

Maybe We Should Boycott Olympic Boycotts

This weekend, upon hearing the Biden administration’s bold move to announce a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, I was thinking about the halcyon days of late 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, only to be met by the fierce international response of a U.S. boycott of the next year’s Summer Games in Moscow. Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviets cowered in the face of such a firm display of disapproval, and within weeks, the Soviets had left Afghanistan in one of the last great foreign policy achievements of the Carter administration.

What, what? Really?

Ok, so apparently this is less a major historical turning point and more a dream I, or possibly Jimmy Carter, had Sunday night.…

At long last, it’s Infrastructure Week

Week, month, maybe decade. Who knows? The point is after years of talking about America’s crumbling infrastructure, and talking, and talking, and talking, we might finally have gotten somewhere.

No promises, though.

The media would have you believe the start of Joe Biden’s presidency has been an unmitigated disaster, and while declaring that a whole 21% of the way through his first term is a bold choice, well, maybe it could be going better? I don’t know. Negotiating transformative legislation seems kind of hard when there’s one guy who is really into fossil fuels and the idea that you need bipartisan support to justify letting mothers stay home with their newborns.…

Close this browser tab and stop reading the news

Just kidding. My thoughts aren’t news and we’re desperate for clicks. Please read all of this — multiple times even! — and then stay tuned for my follow-up columns “Dave got writer’s block, you’ll never believe what happened next!” and “What Janet Yellen’s monetary philosophy means for your portfolio as told by 16 photos of adorable cats in Halloween costumes.”

That second one is going to be a real doozy. You don’t want to miss it.

Look, I don’t know if you’re exhausted by reading political hot takes. Maybe, like a sane person, you don’t consume the same volume of instant-gratification-fueled media that I do.…

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