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Opinion

You Can Thank President James Polk for This Nation

John Keller | @keller4liberty

James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States, mastered the art of diplomacy and foreign policy. Polk successfully used diplomacy to situate the United States as the dominant power in North America by securing the northern border with the British Empire as well as engineering a war with Mexico to acquire the American southwest.

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Judge Targets E-cigarettes

Warren Albrecht | United States

Paul Grimm, a district court judge for the District of Maryland ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin the process of regulating E-cigarettes. Judge Grim did not believe that the FDA was moving fast enough by the complaints from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the FDA and Alex Azar, the Secretary of the HHS among others.

An FDA spokesperson stated:

“[FDA] has and will continue to tackle the troubling epidemic of e-cigarette use among kids. This includes preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products like e-cigarettes and cigars, taking action against manufacturers and retailers who illegally market or sell these products to minors, and educating youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products…”

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America Needs a Blue Flu for Citizens’ Rights

Conner Drigotas | @CDDrigotas

The phrase “Blue Flu” describes a unique phenomenon: when mass numbers of police officers call out sick in a coordinated manner to protest a public policy. In states where police are legally prohibited from striking this has been a tool used by officers to leverage political power and enact change in government.

This is not a new tactic; in the past, it has been a means to promote the interests of police officers exclusively. In New York City, 1971, twenty-thousand police officers coordinated calling in sick to pressure public officials into giving officers higher pay and increased benefits – at the expense of the citizens’ bottom lines. The city acquiesced, and taxes went up. Police have used the Blue Flu in cities across America to fight for law enforcement causes. It’s time we have one in defense of citizens’ rights and for the protection of police officers who are asked every day to enforce laws that pit them against the citizens that they swore to protect and serve.

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Counterculture in the US: Naturality of Bohemianism

Dane Larsen | @_danebailey

The counterculture of the United States took the Western world by storm in the late 1960s. It was a cultural progression against the political and social establishment that emulated bohemianism. The movement achieved common goals underlying issues interpreted in a unique way. It was during this time that the unconventional lifestyle that had taken root long before Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock ’69 finally became orthodox.

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I’m One of Thousands who Left Maine and Hasn’t Returned

Conner Drigotas | Facebook Page

I was born in Maine in 1990, making me 28 years old. I was raised in Maine, went to high school in Maine and love my home state.

As I packed my bags to head off to college in 2009, I was going to live outside of Maine for the first time in my life. I planned to spend four years away, then return (better educated) to live and work in the home I love.

That was the plan.

Almost a decade later, however, I still have not moved back.

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