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From the Barcelona terrorist attack to the killings of innocent students in Peshawar, Pakistan, the globe has been plagued by numerous terrorist attacks. According to the New Yorker, the deaths as a result of terrorist attacks have increased nine-fold since 2000. The emergence of religious extremist groups such as Al Qaeda has provoked fear and violence, exacerbating political instability and socioeconomic disruption in the globalized world. The major presence of terrorism in the modern world has promoted counterterrorist policy formulation worldwide. Intergovernmental offices such as the UN’s Office of Counterterrorism and social initiatives such as Life After Hate are just a few examples of how groups all over the world have dedicated themselves to combating terrorism in the 21st century. In our first Deep Dive, we will closely inspect terrorism in the 21st Century and the rise of Counterterrorism as a response to this growing global threat.

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With the delayed vote on Trumpcare in the Senate, America has reached a critical point in the healthcare debate. Disabled patients on Medicaid protested Jun. 22 outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. Prior to release, most discussion on Trumpcare in the Senate was kept secret. Based on Quinnipiac polling, Trumpcare has an approval rating of 17%. Single-payer healthcare, which would provide Medicare to all citizens, has an approval rating of 55% according to Vox. This all begs the question: why does the United States not have Medicare-for-All?

For years, America has failed to measure up to the healthcare outcomes of other developed countries. In a 2000 report by the World Health Organization, the U.S. ranked 37th in healthcare performance. In contrast, France, which has universal healthcare, ranked 1st. After the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, there were still many gaping problems with American healthcare. Many people opt out of Oba...

Freedom of the press has been a cornerstone in American democracy since the nation’s founding. Often called the fourth estate, a free press is meant to expose the truth without fearing the government’s retribution. However, the Trump administration currently threatens to undermine this constitutional freedom, as President Trump repeatedly and publicly his hatred for the mainstream media.

In a solo press conference held February 15th, 2017, President Trump referred to coverage of White House leaks as fake, blasting CNN for having “so much anger and hatred.” However, Trump acknowledged that the leaks were real and provided no evidence of CNN reporting unfairly. Three days later, he released a tweet that equated the mainstream media to fake news: "Don't believe the mainstream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL."

Trump’s statements are dangerous because they create public confusion, enabling more misinformation to seep into the public conscience. Though fair critiques ca...

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