And They’ve Come for the Founders

(Mark Graves)

However, as one watches the Founders find their way into the crosshairs of so many, perhaps the obvious needs to be restated.”

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Columbus Belongs Not Only to History

(Evan Frost / MPR News)

“And one example of this—among others—is how prominently he features in a particular tradition of philosophy: that of philosophical pessimism.”

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Going Deeper Than a Famous Quotation or Two

“By inviting further exploration of a quotation’s origin, we might re-discover great and complicated thinkers, who, it turns out, have far more to offer than a single phrase.”

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Interview: “Trump Wins in 2020: (With the Popular Vote)”

(Cameron Clark/York Daily Record)

“So over the holidays, I’ve visited several people in the Black community, and they have been very impressed with what they see Trump do.”

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Merion West: Why We Do What We Do

“Just as some married couples renew their vows, we, as a publication, will take a moment to do the same and explain why we’re still doing what we’re doing.”

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Editor’s Choice: The Best Interviews of 2019

(David Butow—Redux for TIME)

As is tradition at Merion West, here are the editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West interviews of 2019.

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Editor’s Choice: The Best Articles of 2019

(Chesnot/Getty Images)

As is tradition at Merion West, here are the editor’s choices for our favorite Merion West articles of 2019.

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Why Yasmine Mohammed Is Speaking out Against Islam (Part II)

“Actually, the two things that ex-Muslims let go of—the very last two things that they let go of—are eating pork and anti-Semitism. It’s because both of these things are so ingrained in us from such a young age.”

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Why Yasmine Mohammed Is Speaking out Against Islam

(Waldemar Stepien / © Culture Trip)

“What I was not prepared for was the tsunami of just hate and pushback and disdain that would come from people I thought were my people: people that believed in enlightenment values, Western values, and liberal values.”

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Rep. Denver Riggleman: Bringing Internet to Rural Areas

(Photo by Norm Shafer/ For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

If you have to take your kids and you have to go into a parking lot of a library in order to do homework, that is not something that they want to have to deal with.”

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Rep. Madeleine Dean: Making Community College a Priority

[Some of my students] couldn’t do all three: commute, work, and schoolwork. So, I saw the affordability problem growing and growing in that setting, but I hear it also from my constituents in every higher education setting.”

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Interview: Rep. Jeff Van Drew on Getting the Two Parties to Work Together

(Joe Lamberti/Courier Post-USA TODAY NETWORK)

“America is an experiment in democracy like none other. I do believe in American exceptionalism. They spoke about many things, but one of the things that they spoke about was the fact that we should never be overly reliant on political parties.”

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Georgia’s AG: Fighting Gangs and Human Trafficking

“Like [how] the Southern District of New York became the hub for financial crimes, the Northern District of Georgia has become a hub for online financial crimes and cybersecurity because it all runs through our network.”

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Gov. Brian Kemp: His Approach for Georgia

(AP)

“And things like rural broadband, having quality health care, just a good quality of life, good ability to get a great education—whether it’s going into a technical field college or university setting. We had a lot of different options for folks, and we’re slowly moving the needle.”

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What Happens to Those Who Investigate Government Corruption

“I knew the consequences of looking into public corruption. You’re not going to make many friends, and you’re certainly going to make many enemies.”

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