Rachel Southmayd

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NEWS 11/28/12 12:05pm

Republicans back away from Norquist pledge in favor of fiscal compromise

For years, GOP candidates running for Congress, governor or president would sign conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist’s pledge against tax increases, but those days may be coming to an end. Some promicheap cialisses are made to be broken, and in the case of Norquist and his “Taxpayer Protection” pledge, it’s never been a better time to break one. Norquist, founder of the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, and his supporters have been clamoring for legislators to sign the pledge for decades.

NEWS 9/4/12 8:59pm

GOP candidates belittle women through volatile sexual comments

Four years ago, I don’t know that anyone could have predicted that women’s reproductive health would be one of the most hotly-debated topics heading into the pinnacle of the presidential election season. The economy, sure, but a reignited social divide on issues of rape and abortion? But that’s where we are, forced to confront the ugly reality that many people in America, including many women, don’t see women’s bodies as their own. This particular point has been shoved to the forefront of people’s minds in the last few weeks as numerous political candidates in the Republican Party made comments about women that were both insensitive and simply ignorant. The most talked about instance was Missouri Rep.

NEWS 7/27/12 12:10am

2012 Election: Where are we now?

On Tues., Nov. 6, Americans will take to the polls to decide if President Barack Obama, the Democratic incumbent, will get to keep his spot in the White House or if another candidate will unseat him.

NEWS 4/9/12 5:55pm

Correspondents' Corner - April 9, 2012

Rachel Southmayd HAIFA, ISRAEL - To celebrate Passover this year while studying abroad, I spent the first night of the holiday having a Seder, or ritualistic holiday dinner, with a Hasidic Jewish family in a town outside of Tel Aviv.

NEWS 3/27/12 9:00am

Israel parties during annual Purim celebrations

For any unassuming American, looking at an Israeli street during the holiday of Purim would be nearly indistinguishable from a Halloween party in the United States, that is except for the smell of falafel wafting above the heads of costume-clad adults and children looking on as street performers roam about and music from a concert reaches the furthest corners of the city. It doesn’t matter if you know what you’re looking at or not, one thing is for certain: Purim is a holiday for party-goers. Technically, the Jewish holiday commemorates the story of Esther and her uncle Mordecai, who convinced Esther to sway King Ahasuerus to not proceed with the plan presented by his adviser Haman to kill all of the Jews in the land. Purim is a celebration of a triumph over anti-Semitism. In today’s world, it has become an opportunity to have a good time.

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