Casey’s Given me a headache

Champagne Problems

I got 99 (champagne) problems and Monday’s political columnist Casey Given is one. It has only recently struck me that The Daily Californian’s only political columnist possesses an ideological mindset that is far from mainstream. Rhetoric major Casey is so eloquent that, up until recently, I found myself nodding in agreement
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Speaking frankly, persuading subtly

On Thursday, Representative Barney Frank took the stage of a crowded Dwinelle lecture hall, addressing an enthusiastic audience of students with his typical congressional swagger. Best known for his former chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee (and remarkable comeback abilities), one would expect the Massachusetts congressman to speak about
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Robert Reich’s ‘poverty’ of truth

Given Insight

Every Friday at noon, a swarm of students descend upon Wheeler Hall abuzz with excitement. Though they represent an array of majors, one would hardly guess so by the singular topic of their conversations. That’s because these students have temporarily put their test tubes and problem sets aside to enroll
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Iran and the West: How portrayals justify intervention

As the ideological groundwork for military strikes on Iran is laid by certain media outlets and hawks in Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv, there is a wide array of parallels to be drawn between the disastrous past and the contentious present. One underlying presumption that is a constant recurrence, however,
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Giving up the ghost

NATIONAL ISSUES: Conservative politicans need to stop using Obama’s birth control mandate to score quick points this election season.

Political arguments often blur perceptions between right and wrong. In allowing religiously-affiliated institutions to shift the cost of birth control to the health insurance companies they contract, President Barack Obama fulfilled a moral obligation to provide uniform healthcare to all Americans and a political obligation to compromise with respectful dissenters.
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Demonizing democracy

Given Insight

Students, faculty and online commenting trolls, the libertarian troublemaker is back! Last semester, I was called an “idiot,” a “frat boy rhetor” and — my personal favorite — a “dumb libertarian who jerks off to Ayn Rand.” Yet, despite the fact that my IQ is greater than 30, I don’t
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State of the Union address renews hope

When I flopped down on a friend’s couch to watch the State of the Union address with my pizza and Diet Coke, I’ll admit that I didn’t have high hopes for this particular address. As a lifelong Democrat, I fervently supported the president’s first campaign — proudly donning my Obama
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