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    Chapel Hill organization, CHALT looks to bring change to local politics

    Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town (CHALT) was formed in 2015 by a group of citizens who were unhappy with the policies of their town leaders. These individuals believed they would be more effective in expanding their beliefs if they formed a group with a specific platform. Two years later, CHALT has used their political and organizational experience to help elect four new Chapel Hill town council members. A self-described “grassroots” organization, CHALT is neither a non-profit nor a political action committee. It is organized by 10 people who form the main leadership group. CHALT has about 100 key members who attend regular meetings and about 1400 people who…

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    Turkey and US face off in Northern Syria

    In the Northern corner of Syria, bordering Turkey, two million Kurds live in a state of order as compared with the rest of the region. They have democratic and focused governments and a strong security force. Elsewhere, the once glorious cities of the Middle East have been ravaged by evacuating residents, drone strikes, insurgent guerilla fighting, and daily mortar shelling. In Kurd-controlled Syria, the largest ethnic minority in the fighting country lives in a state of order, as the region continues in violence. Kurds speak their own language and maintain a strong sense of self-determination and nationalism for their lands. In Syria, the Kurds have long been a repressed minority,…

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    Women Join Together in the “Times Up” Movement to Fight Sexual Assault

    Over the past year, sexual assault allegations, such as those related to the “Me Too” movement, seem to be a recurring story in the media, attempting to bring awareness to the victims of sexual assault. These movements have brought success in changing the dynamic for victims and stopping sexual assault, but critics believe that many victims are overlooked in these movements. To answer these flaws, a group of famous women have begun the new movement, “Time’s Up.” The group is attempting to bring awareness to those who have experienced sexual assault or gender discrimination. For some lower class women, who lack access to social media or a strong platform, it…

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    1st Amendment in Question: The Durham Notification Rule

    Following a summer of frequent and rowdy protests in Durham, notably the purported Ku Klux Klan march and a mob’s destruction of a Confederate statue, Durham County is now considering a policy change which would require protestors to notify the county 48 hours prior to a protest on county property if more than 50 individuals are expected to participate. If protesters failed to notify the county, they would be liable to be prosecuted as trespassers.   Many, including some on the Durham County Board of Commissioners, have expressed significant doubt surrounding the integrity of the policy change. They argue that it may stand as a repression of the right to…

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    Republicans pass new tax plan

    Less than a month ago President Donald Trump’s administration celebrated the anniversary of his election victory. On November 2nd, the Republican Party introduced for the first time a new GOP bill, which if put in place, will lower the corporate tax rate by 20-35%. “We’re working to give the American people a giant tax cut for Christmas. We are giving them a  big, beautiful Christmas present in the form of a tremendous tax cut.” said Donald Trump. The plan would lead to the elimination of the majority of business deductions and credits. A few additional changes to the previous plan are the lowering of deductibility of corporate interest expenses, implementation…