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A pair of back-to-back March shootings in Atlanta and Boulder left 18 victims dead. The latter was the 104th mass shooting in the United States in 2021 alone, and prompted yet another national conversation about gun regulation in the U.S.

Frequent mass shootings are a uniquely American issue. Despite housing just 5% of the world’s population, the United States accounts for 31% of worldwide mass shootings. In response to the two most recent incidents, President Joe Biden was quick to call for stricter gun control.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps…


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Even as stores and restaurants begin to reopen, millions of Americans are still facing financial crises due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Over 30 million citizens are unemployed, and as many states continue to increase in new cases, it would appear that the pandemic is far from over.

The federal government has responded to this economic crisis with the expansion of unemployment benefits and a one-time stimulus check of $1,200 for every American adult with an income of under $75,000, both of which were part of the CARES Act passed back in late March. …


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On the morning of April 9, it seemed as if we were just nine days away from UFC 249. It was perhaps the only major sporting event scheduled in the world, as nearly every major sports league had shut its doors due to COVID-19.

UFC President Dana White had thrown together a spectacular last-minute fight card to account for athletes who were unable to enter the United States. He had even moved the entire event from Brooklyn to a Central Californian casino on tribal land as to avoid federal regulations and CDC health guidelines. …


Despite having the largest economy in the world, millions of Americans are opting out of medical care due to its high cost.

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If there’s one thing that the Coronavirus pandemic has been good for, it’s highlighting the glaring issues in our nation’s institutions. The slow bureaucracy of our government delaying stimulus checks, as well as the political polarization that caused the warning signs of COVID-19 to be overlooked in the first place, are two rather frustrating examples.

However, perhaps the most relevant institutional hole that that the virus has exposed is America’s fundamentally flawed private healthcare system. You’ve definitely heard this before. It’s been Bernie Sanders’ signature talking point for as long as I can remember. During his 2020 presidential run, he…


How Dana White is putting on a fight card during the biggest public health scare of the 21st century.

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UFC 249 was doomed from the very start. Somehow, it’s set to take place in just 10 days.

The original main event of April’s scheduled pay-per-view, a lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, has been scheduled (and subsequently cancelled) four times in the past five years.

Each fighter is now on an unprecedented 12-fight winning streak, and Nurmagomedov is the division’s undisputed champion. Ferguson won an interim title in 2017, but was controversially stripped after having to pull out of a fight with Nurmagomedov the next year. …


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Joe Rogan, perhaps the most prolific podcast host on the planet, said he would rather vote for President Trump than former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday.

The mixed martial arts commentator and comedian has been critical of Biden’s apparent cognitive state ever since the former Vice President has emerged as the Democratic front-runner back in early March. In Friday’s edition of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan rehashed these concerns with guest Eric Weinstein, managing director of Thiel Capital.

“I want a choice of an actual president that’s viable. I don’t have one,” said Weinstein. “Now you’re going to ask…

Erik Uebelacker

Public policy nerd, basic income advocate, MMA fanatic

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