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Philosophy

Ockham’s Razor

Ockham's Razor is a well-known concept within philosophy and logic. It stipulates that in trying to understand something and to determine the solution to a given...

George Herbert Mead & Pragmatic Philosophy

George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) is a major figure in Philosophy and (along with Willam James and John Dewey), is one of the founders of...

Bertrand Russell & “Appearance and Reality”

One of the most well-known and influential philosophers of the 20th Century was Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, essayist...

What Is Philosophy?

Philosophy (literally meaning "love of wisdom" in Greek) is the study of general and fundamental queries concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason,...

Ayn Rand: Capitalism and Objectivism Manifested in Atlas Shrugged

One of the most significant political theories of the 20th Century is Ayn Rands Objectivism. Rand is known for promoting the philosophical idea of...

What Is Utilitarianism

In the 1861 essay “What Utilitarianism Is,” John Stuart Mill defines the theory of utilitarianism and addresses the common misconceptions people have regarding it....

LEGALITIES

Will They Impeach? Part Three

What Does The Release of the Mueller Report Mean For The Trump Presidency The two-year long investigation led by...

Russia, Ukraine Conflict Heats Up After A Year of Relative Calm

After a year of relative calm, the ongoing territorial disputes between Russia and Ukraine heated up late this week. On November 25, the Ukrainian...

Trump Impeachment (Week Six)

President Donald Trump's Defense Team Begins Their Opening Arguments President Donald Trump’s lawyers began their opening arguments in the impeachment trial...

Our Dictionary

What Is A Discography?

One of the essential tools used in the research and documentation of recorded sounds is the Discography. The main purpose of any...

2020 Presidential Election

Former Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein To Testify In Senate Regarding Trump-Russia Probe

A key figure behind the US investigation into links between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign will testify next week...

Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar Drop Out, Endorse Joe Biden’s Candidacy

In a last-minute bid to unite the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, Senator Amy Klobuchar and...

Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Democratic Caucuses

Senator Bernie Sanders won the caucuses in Nevada, solidifying his frontrunner status in the race for the Democratic nomination. “We’ve brought together a multigenerational, multiracial...

2020 Election: Joe Biden Opens Up 13 Point Lead Against President Trump

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has opened up a 13-point lead over President Donald Trump, the widest margin this year, according to...

Country Profiles

What is the Middle East?

The Middle East is the term for a region consisting of countries in Southwest Asia and the Northern part of Africa. The term "Middle...

Saudi Arabia Country Profile

Saudi Arabia (officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)) is a Unitary Islamic absolute monarchy located in the Middle East constituting of the bulk of...

Iran Country Profile

*(This article was originally posted on December 30, 2016, but was updated in response to President Trump's visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel and...

Cultural Studies

Trump Administration Authored Report Says that Climate Change Damage is “Intensifying Across the Country”

On November 23, the US government released a long-awaited report stating the effects of global warming and climate change in the US are worsening...

Hamas: Political Heroes or International Terrorists?

In the Islamic world, there has been much debate over the relationship between Islam and politics. Some Muslims argue in favor of increased secularism,...

Ali Shariati & Liberal Islamic Political Thought

One of the most important political theorists in Iran over the past century was Ali Shariati. Shariati was a well-known Iranian intellectual active during...

Pascals Wager

Pascal's Wager is a philosophical concept developed by French philosopher Blaise Pascal during the mid 17th Century. The argument is rooted in the concept...

“The Elusive Republic” Book Review

Throughout the 1980 book The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America, Drew McCoy attempts to explore the competing economic visions in the U.S....

Our Legal

One of the most controversial areas of property law is the idea of Adverse Possession. In its most basic form, adverse possession...

History

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”

In the third chapter of the book “Democratization: theory and experience,” Laurence Whitehead looks at the concept of civil society and its relationship to...

“FDR’s Folly” Book Review

Throughout the 2003 book FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression, Jim Powell argues that the policies of U.S....

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”

In the book “The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations, An Analytic Study,” Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba present a study...

History of the Republican Party

The Republican Party is one of the two main political parties currently active in the United States. Founded by anti-slavery activists, economic modernizers, and...

Media

Political Communication in President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Address

One of the most significant tools in political communication is the use of public addresses and statements by the President of the United States....

“Street Fight” Political Documentary Summary

“Street Fight” is a 2005 political documentary directed by Marshall Curry. The film documents the 2002 Newark mayoral election between 16-year incumbent Sharpe James,...

Predictions for 2020-2030

Many people are asking if the Democrats will take back the House of Representatives in 2018? I suspect they will make significant gains. Upsets...

President Trump Threatens To Shut Down Social Media Sources Critical Of His Policies

President Donald Trump on May 27 threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies for stifling conservative voices, a day after...

Recorded Sounds

What Is A Discography?

One of the essential tools used in the research and documentation of recorded sounds is the Discography. The main purpose of any...

2018 ARSC Conference Overview

Readers of the blog know that I am an enthusiast of recorded sound. Last month, I was excited to attend the annual conference for...

From The Vault: Five Selections From My Record Collection (#1)

As a follow-up on my post regarding record collecting as a hobby, here are five 78 RPM records from my extensive Record Collection These...

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Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. US Economy Adds Record 4.8 Million...

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The House of Representatives on July 1 passed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that would sharply increase Infrastructure spending on roads and...

Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Trump Administration On Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

The Supreme Court ruled on July 8 that the Trump administration may allow employers and universities to opt-out of the Affordable Care...

President Donald Trump Withdraws The US From The World Health Organization

The US has formally notified the United Nations that it is withdrawing from the World Health Organization, following through on an announcement President Donald...

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The US economy added a record 4.8 million jobs in June, according to federal data released on July 2, but a surge...

A Political Reading List (Left)

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Hundreds of officials who worked for former Republican President George W. Bush as a July 1 are set to endorse Democratic Presidential...

Mississippi Passes Resolution Removing Confederate Symbols From Its State Flag

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill on June 30 abandoning the state’s flag and stripping the Confederate battle flag symbol from...

Iran Issues Arrest Warrant Against President Trump In Response To General Qasem Soleimani’s Killing By US Drone Strike

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in...

House of Representatives Passes Bill Granting Statehood For Washington DC

The House of Representatives voted nearly along party lines on June 28 to grant statehood to Washington, D.C., the first time a...

OurWeek In Politics (June 24, 2020-July 1, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. House of Represenatatives Passes Bill Granting...

OurWeek In Politics (June 17, 2020-June 24, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1.Supreme Court Blocks President Trump's Efforts To...

Amid A Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic In US, President Donald Trump Announces Plan To Eliminate Federal Funding Of Coronavirus Testing Sites

As Coronavirus cases continue to spike across the US, the nation on June 24 saw its largest daily increase in confirmed new infections since...

Senate Vote On Police Reform Bill Fails

A Republican-sponsored bill meant to rein in police misconduct in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis failed in the US...

President Donald Trump Announces Year-Long Suspension of Employment-Based Immigration Visas

President Donald Trump on June 22 issued a proclamation suspending some employment-based visas, including H-1B visas for highly skilled workers, through the end of...

Supreme Court Blocks President Trump’s Efforts To Eliminate DACA Program

In a major rebuke to President Donald Trump, the US Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration's plan to dismantle a program...

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OurWeek In Politics (June 10, 2020-June 17, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1.President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Outlining...

Amid Rising Tensions With NATO, President Trump Announces US Troop Cutbacks In Germany

President Donald Trump said on June 14 that he plans on cutting back the number of US troops in Germany to 25,000,...

2020 Election: Joe Biden Opens Up 13 Point Lead Against President Trump

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has opened up a 13-point lead over President Donald Trump, the widest margin this year, according to...

Supreme Court Rules That Federal Civil Rights Law Protects LGBTQ Workers From Discrimination

Federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers, the Supreme Court ruled on June 14. The landmark ruling will extend protections to millions of...

President Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Outlining Better Police Practices

Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 16 that he...

OurWeek In Politics (June 3, 2020-June 10, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Minneapolis City Council Announces Plan To...

Google Analytics: Iranian, Chinese Hackers Targeted Biden & Trump Campaigns

State-backed hackers from China have targeted staffers working on the US presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden, a senior Google security official...

President Trump Announces Intentions To Hold In-Person Campaign Rallies Again

US President Donald Trump plans to start holding campaign rallies again in the next two weeks, a Trump campaign official said on...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Announces Efforts To Remove Confederate Symbols From US Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed a years-long quest to remove the remaining Confederate statues from the US Capitol as calls to erase...

US Unemployment Rate Declines By 2.5 Million In May

The American economy defied forecasts for a Depression-style surge in Unemployment this week, signaling the economy is picking up faster than anticipated...

Minneapolis City Council Announces Plan To Dispand Police Department In Wake Of George Floyd’s Killing

The Minneapolis city council has pledged to disband the city’s police department and replace it with a new system of public safety,...

OurWeek In Politics (May 27, 2020-June 3, 2020

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1.President Trump Threatens To Deploy Military In...

Trump Administration Announces Intentions To Declare Antifa A Terrorist Organization

President Donald Trump tweeted on May 31 that the US will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization, even though the US government has no...

Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden Denounces President Trump For Response To Protests Over Racism & Police Brutality

Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden on June 2 blasted President Donald Trump’s response to US protests over racism and police misconduct,...

Senate Republicans Block Measure Condemning President Trump’s Response To Anti-Racism Protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked a resolution proposed by Senate Democrats that would have censured President Trump's response to protesters...

President Trump Threatens To Deploy Military In Response To Protests Against Police Brutality

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OurWeek In Politics (May 20, 2020-May 27, 2020)

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2020 Election: Joe Biden Leads President Trump By Six Points In Latest Poll

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Congress Passes Bill Authorizing President Trump To Place Sanctions On China Regarding Human Rights Abuses Committed Against Uighur Muslims

The House of Representatives on May 27 passed legislation calling on President Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible...

Former Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein To Testify In Senate Regarding Trump-Russia Probe

A key figure behind the US investigation into links between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign will testify next week...

President Trump Threatens To Shut Down Social Media Sources Critical Of His Policies

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OurWeek In Politics (May 13, 2020-May 20, 2020

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1.House of Representatives Approves Fourth Coronavirus Stimulus...

Federal Judge Approves Lawsuit Alleging That President Donald Trump Orchestrated Fraudulent Marketing Schemes

4 A federal judge on May 18 allowed a federal lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump, his three eldest children and...

Study: Coronavirus Lockdowns Have Reduced Carbon Emissions To 14-Year Low

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced countries around the world to enact strict lockdowns, seal borders, and scale back economic activities. Despite these...

Iranian Parliament Passes Sweeping Anti-Israel Legislation

The Iranian parliament (Majlis) approved a bill on May 18 including a list of measures against Israel, such as the establishment of...

House Of Representatives Approves New Coronavirus Stimulus Package

On May 15, the House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion tax cut and spending bill aimed at addressing the devastating economic fallout from...

OurWeek In Politics (May 6, 2020-May 13, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week 1.US Unemployment Rate Hits Highest Level In...

OurWeek In Politics (April 8, 2020-April 15, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1.Bernie Sander Drops Out Of Democratic Primary...

OurWeek In Politics (March 4, 2020-March 11, 2020

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. In Democratic Super Tuesday Primary Race, Joe Biden and...

Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar Drop Out, Endorse Joe Biden’s Candidacy

In a last-minute bid to unite the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, Senator Amy Klobuchar and...

Former Vice President Joe Biden Wins South Carolina Democratic Primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden on February 29 decisively won the South Carolina primary as the first Southern primary contest reshaped...

OurWeek in Politics (February 26, 2020-March 4, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Former Vice President Joe Biden Wins South Carolina Democratic...

Analysis of the 2020 Iranian Parliamentary Elections

The Iranian conservatives will dominate the country's new parliament following an election marked by the lowest voter turnout in decades, according to state...

Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Democratic Caucuses

Senator Bernie Sanders won the caucuses in Nevada, solidifying his frontrunner status in the race for the Democratic nomination. “We’ve brought together a multigenerational, multiracial...

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Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. President Donald Trump Announces 2021 Fiscal Year Budget

OurWeek In Politics (January 29, 2020-February 5, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Senate Acquits President Donald Trump In Impeachment Trial

2020 Iowa Democratic Caucuses Results

In an early Iowa Democratic caucus vote count, Senator Bernie Sander held a slight popular-vote lead, while...

Trump Impeachment (Week Six)

President Donald Trump's Defense Team Begins Their Opening Arguments President Donald Trump’s lawyers began their opening arguments in the impeachment trial...

OurWeek In Politics (January 22-January 29, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week 1. President Donald Trump's Defense Team Begins Their Opening Arguments

“Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer Debate the Constitution” Video Response

A significant point of debate within the American legal system is what type of jurisprudence approach will bring about a fair and just interpretation...

OurWeek in Politics (January 15, 2020-January 22, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Impeachment Trial Of President Donald Trump Commences

OurWeek In Politics (January 8, 2020-January 15, 2020)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. House of Representatives Votes To Send...

OurWeek In Politics (January 1, 2020-January 8, 2020)

Happy 2020! Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Iranian General Qassem Soleimani Killed In US...

OurWeek In Politics (December 18, 2019-December 25, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. House of Represenatatives Approves Impeachment Articles Against President Donald...

Trump Impeachment (Week One)

  President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 18, becoming only the...

Boris Johnson Promises To “get Brexit done” In 2020

UK prime minister Boris Johnson, secured a crushing victory in the December 12 UK general election as voters backed his promise...

Will They Impeach?

House Judiciary Committee Approves Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump On December 13, the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment...

OurWeek In Politics (December 12, 2019-December 19, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. House Judiciary Committee Approves Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

OurWeek in Politics (October 31, 2019-November 6, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. House of Representatives Passes Impeachment Inquiry Resolution on Party-line Vote

OurWeek in Politics (October 16, 2019-October 23, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. US, Turkey Reach Temporary Cease-fire Agreement...

OurWeek in Politics (October 9, 2019-October 16, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Vice President Mike Pence, Other Trump Admin. Members, Refuse To Cooperate With House Impeachment Inquiry Against Pres. Trump

The Trump Inquiry Continues

The growing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions regarding Ukraine took another turn this week when top Congressional Democrats added Vice...

OurWeek in Politics (October 2, 2019-October 9, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Trump Impeachment Inquiry Widens

OurWeek in Politics (September 17, 2019-September 24, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. House of Representatives Launches Formal Impeachment Inquiry Against President Donald Trump

“China’s Belt and Road Initiative” Video Response

This video by CaspianReport presents an overview of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Project. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced...

OurWeek In Politics (September 3, 2019-September 10, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Iran Backs Off Of More JCPOA...

OurWeek in Politics (August 27, 2019-September 3, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. US, Taliban, Reach Preliminary Peace Deal To End Afghan...

Baseboards!: An Ezra Stone Story

Baseboards! By Ezra Stone 8/16/15-8/18/15 Arthur Kill was alone at the bar drinking his third martini when he felt...

Joe Biden Candidate Profile

One of the main candidates running for the Democratic Presidential nomination is former Vice President Joe Biden Background

OurWeek In Politics (August 20, 2019-August 27, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. President Donald Trump Places Expanded Tarrifs On China, Encourages...

Bernie Sanders Candidate Profile

One of the frontrunners for the 2020 Democratic nomination is Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Background

OurWeek In Politics (August 13, 2019-August 20, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Trump Administration Introduces Regulation Denying Citizenship to Immigrants Who Use...

OurWeek in Politics (July 30, 2019-August 6, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Mass Shootings in US States of Ohio and Texas...

OurWeek in Politics (July 23, 2019-July 30, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Robert Mueller Gives Sweeping Congressional Testimony Regarding Trump Campaign's...

OurWeek In Politics (July 9, 2019-July 16, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. US Court of Appeals Finds President Trump's Blocking of Twitter...

Amid Increasing Political Tensions With US, China Boosts Relationship with Russia in Recent Summit Meeting

China and Russia have signed more than US$20 billion of deals to boost economic ties in areas such as technology and energy...

President Trump Announces Deal With Mexico to Forestall Planned Tariff Increases

President Donald Trump backed off his plan to impose tariffs on all Mexican goods and announced through Twitter on June 7 that...

OurWeek In Politics (June 5, 2019-June 12, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. President Trump Announces Deal With Mexico to Forestall Planned...

President Trump Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes

3 President Donald Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or...

Anti-Abortion Bill Reignites Debate Over Reproductive Freedom

On May 15, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a controversial abortion...

OurWeek in Politics (May 14, 2019-May 21, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Alabama Legislature Passes Controversial Anti-Abortion Bill

Will They Impeach? Part Four

Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) said on May 18 that he had concluded President Donald Trump committed "impeachable...

OurWeek in Politics (May 6, 2019-May 13, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. President Trump's Tax Returns Leaked, Revealing Decade of Business...

Concepts in Property Law: Adverse Possession

One of the most controversial areas of property law is the idea of Adverse Possession. In its most basic form, adverse possession...

OurWeek in Politics (April 16, 2019-April 23, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. Redacted Version of Mueller Report Issued To Public

What is Trumpism?

Ever since he first announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in June of 2015, US President Donald Trump has given the...

OurWeek In Politics (April 9, 2019-April 16, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested

Anaysis of the 2019 Israeli Election

With the vast majority of votes counted in Israeli elections by the end of April 9, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked set...

OurWeek In Politics (April 2, 2019-April 9, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. The Trump Administration Places the IRGC, A Branch of...

Supreme Court Holds Hearings On Congressional Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court returned to the subject of partisan gerrymandering on March 26, appearing divided along ideological lines as it considered for...

OurWeek in Politics (March 26, 2019-April 2, 2019

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. President Donald Trump Announces Intentions To Close The Southern...

Will They Impeach? Part Three

What Does The Release of the Mueller Report Mean For The Trump Presidency The two-year long investigation led by...

OurWeek in Politics (March 19, 2019-March 26, 2019)

Here are the main events that occurred in Politics this week: 1. The Long-Awaited Mueller Report Is Released, Finding No Direct...

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