"After Charleston: Congress Must Pass The Manchin-Toomey Amendment" by Bert Clere
"The law would prevent those with a criminal record from buying guns as well as prevent purchases by those with mental health flags as determined by individual states. Had the law been in place at the time, the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, would most likely have been prevented from purchasing the weapons with which he carried out his attack." (Image: "Charleston Shooting Memorial Service" by Nomader.)
"Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Amtrak and the Deterioration of American Infrastructure" by David Faris
"Amtrak’s inability to afford advanced train control technology laid bare the rot at the core of the country’s public infrastructure." (Image by Ivan T.)
"Intimacy on the Internet" by Sarah George
"Essentially, the courts have suggested that anything knowingly exposed to the public (defined loosely enough to cover home, office, and family environments) has no reasonable expectation of privacy." (Image by Surian Soosay.)
"Farewell with a Smirk" by Bill King
"[I]n contrast to the climactic or emotional farewells of their peers, contemporaries and forefathers, Mad Men and Letterman both chose to go out with far more nuanced conclusions, which is to say, they chose to go out their way."
"Barack Obama and Ta-Nehisi Coates: A View From the Sidelines" by Bert Clere
"For Coates, the institutional deck is stacked against inner city black youth, and he resents the fact that Obama places the burden for success on blacks themselves rather than more forcefully calling out the racist structures that helped create ghettoes and urban poverty in the first place." (Image by Montesbradley.)
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