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Jeffrey Swanson

Once upon the recent past, there existed a sense of American opportunity, which suggested anyone could move out to the big city and make their mark on the world. But as increasingly more people migrate to America’s urban centers, and the corresponding cost of living continuously rises, the dreams of big city living are becoming less practical for average people.

Look to New York City as a perfect example, where the basic cost of living has risen twice that of average incomes. Yet, between 2009–2019, NYC “added 907,600 jobs, a 24.3% growth rate, compared to the state’s job growth of…


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Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan’s Third District recently announced on Twitter that he intends to run for president in 2020. Amash left the Republican Party in 2019, and after a short stint as an Independent, became the first ever Libertarian member of Congress.

Historically speaking, Amash’s 2020 odds don’t look good. Every modern day third-party presidential candidate — other than Ross Perot — has not yet surpassed 5% of the votes nationally.

Now, however, may be the best time to run as the both parties suck candidate. In September 2018, a Gallup poll found that 57% of those…


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This past weekend, the NBA employed a new game format, which sparked life into a normally lackluster all-star game. Instead of playing the four traditional quarters, the all-star game consisted of three mini-game quarters where the winner of each quarter received $100,000 for their Chicago-area charity. After the three mini-game quarters, the cumulative point score was added up, and the first team to score 157 total points won the game.

After three quarters, Team Giannis led 133–124 over Team LeBron, but in the end Team LeBron won 157–155 in a thrilling comeback.

This new format manufactured energy, excitement, and…


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This week, the PGA Tour turns to Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Invitational. Many of golf’s top talents will collide in what should be a fantastic event.

The oddsmakers, according to CBSSports, list Rory McIlroy as the favorite going into the week, with Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm just behind.

Genesis Invitational Odds

Rory McIlroy 7–1 Justin Thomas 15–2 Jon Rahm 8–1 Dustin Johnson 14–1 Tiger Woods 16–1 Patrick Cantlay 16–1 Xander Schauffele 18–1 Tony Finau 20–1 Bubba Watson 22–1 Brooks Koepka 25–1 Hideki Matsuyama 25–1 Jason Day 33–1 Adam Scott 33–1 Paul Casey 40–1 Justin Rose 40–1 Matt Kuchar 45–1 Marc…


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Illustration on the politicization of football by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Since Dan Snyder took over as the Washington Redskins’ owner in 1999, the team’s record sits at 142–193–1. Lifelong fans have grown increasingly exhausted by the poor play, little success, and lack of coaching consistency. Contrast the situation in D.C. with the team 33 miles up the parkway, the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have — since 1999 — won two Super Bowls, and now have one of the most exciting players in football, Lamar Jackson.

The Washington Post recently reported on the collapsing D.C. fanbase:

It’s evident in the sections of empty seats and opposing-team supporters at FedEx Field, as…


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With 223 passing yards, 65 rushing yards, 4 total touchdowns, and one mega-highlight play, Sunday was a huge day for Baltimore Ravens QB, Lamar Jackson. Silencing his critics, Lamar has transformed the Ravens offense into must-watch Sunday action.

But Lamar and the Ravens aren’t running a traditional, modern-era NFL offense, but instead are winning games with hard-nosed, run-first football.

“I expect this to change the way offensive football is played in the NFL.”

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh

When Steph Curry was crowned the MVP for the 2014–15 NBA season, he solidified his role in the league, and…


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The Supreme Court of the United States

On Monday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued their decision in the Trump Tax Return Case (Trump v. Vance), which required President Trump to comply with a New York State grand jury subpoena.

Cy Vance Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, served several grand jury subpoenas associated with his larger investigation into the Trump Organization. At first, the Trump Organization cooperated, but then began “resisting” the subpoenas. Notably, the private accounting firm, Mazars, was ordered to hand over Trump’s personal and business financial records, including his tax returns.

President Trump filed suit in the District Court for the Southern District…


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On August 15, 2019, President Trump speaking at campaign rally in Manchester, N.H.

In The Righteous Mind, psychologist Jonathan Haidt applied evolutionary psychology and anthropology to develop the Moral Foundations Theory, which ascribes six foundational principles of morality seen across disciplines, eras, cultures, and even species. The six foundations are: (1) care/harm, (2) fairness/cheating, (3) loyalty/betrayal, (4) authority/subversion, (5) sanctity/degradation, and (6) liberty/oppression. Through surveying and polling, Haidt discovered a stark difference between the conservative and liberal moral makeup.

In short, liberals generally have a three-factor morality that applies only care/harm, fairness/cheating, and liberty/oppression, while conservative morality applies all six foundations. Understanding humanity’s moral framework, Haidt explains, will better our ability to communicate…


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August 19, 2018 Mountain View / CA / USA — Google logo on one of the buildings situated in Googleplex, the company’s main campus in Silicon Valley

Earlier this year, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly censoring her democratic primary ad campaign during important hours after televised debates. Gabbard alleges that Google’s ad suspension was intentional and executed to sabotage her ability to gain national prominence in the democratic primary. Gabbard has a few viewpoints that don’t perfectly align with her fellow mainstream democratic politicians, and the relevancy of her complaint has only escalated with Hillary Clinton claiming that — without evidence — Gabbard is a Russian asset.

Simultaneously, another democratic presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, has continuously been left out of…


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Chinese flags outside an NBA-themed lifestyle complex on the outskirts of Tianjin, China, October 10, 2019. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

The Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey stirred controversy when he tweeted out an image that read, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” Quickly after, Morey deleted the tweet and apologized for offending fans and “friends of mine in China.” NBA players and coaches — who have a reputation of being outspoken with domestic political issues — were either strikingly silent or tremendously lenient in their public responses, and unwilling to denounce China amidst Hong Kong’s push for greater sovereignty and democracy. Public bipartisan backlash ensued.

Matthew Buzard

Writer, Editor in Chief of ZEAL

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