Should American kids be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance?

A Houston public high school student was suspended after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Many argue that forcing students to recite a loyalty pledge against their will violates their free speech rights and is inherently un-American. But others are outraged that students would be permitted to skip the pledge. Should saying the Pledge of Allegiance be mandatory in American schools? 🇺…
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Was Fergie's national anthem performance really that bad?

Fergie calls herself a "risk taker," and that's exactly what she did when she performed the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Her jazzy rendition has been blasted by most of the Internet as one of the worst national anthem performances ever. The criticism was so bad that Fergie issued an apology, arguing she did her best. Defenders say she shouldn't have to apologize for a b…
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Should all awards be gender neutral?

MTV made history by deciding to make both the MTV Movie & TV Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards gender neutral. Emma Watson won Best Actor in a Movie, the first gender-neutral award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, while MTV Video Music Awards combined the Best Female Video and Best Male Video categories into Artist of the Year. Skeptics, supporters, and critics are debating if major award shows l…
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Should we replace food stamps with a Blue Apron-style food delivery box?

The Trump administration wants to deliver "Blue Apron-style" food to the poor in lieu of food stamps. According to Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the proposal would replace nearly half of poor Americans’ monthly cash benefits with a box of food called "America's Harvest Box." Some think this is a terrible idea. A food box would be more expensive, difficult to manage and take choice away from famil…
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Is it time to rethink Black History Month?

Since its inception 40 years ago, both black and white Americans have debated the value of Black History Month. Some believe, given the current political climate, Black History Month is needed now more than ever. But critics argue Black History Month gives many an excuse to only pay attention to black Americans once a year. Not to mention Black History Month is in February—the coldest and shortest…
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Who should win the final rose on 'The Bachelor'?

Arie Luyendyk Jr. of "The Bachelor" is down to his final two contestants—Lauren Burnham and Becca Kufrin, but the two-night season finale is expected to be the most dramatic in the series' history. There are some widely-known rumored spoilers ahead; Arie apparently picks one contestant in the season finale, but dumps her for the other contestant months later. Even though, the Bachelor Nation is sp…
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Are the Beatles overrated?

The Beatles have been dubbed the best band in pop music history, but were the Fab Four really all that? Some say there are plenty of legit reasons to dislike them; superstar producer Quincy Jones threw serious shade at the Liverpudlians in a recent interview, calling them "the worst musicians in the world."  But whether you like their sound or not, they reinvented modern popular music and influenc…
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Is Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty' an offensive approach to body positivity?

Amy Schumer's new comedy "I Feel Pretty" tackles body positivity, but following the release of the film's trailer, plenty of women feel offended more than anything. Critics say portraying Schumer as "unattractive" is unrealistic in world that praises her Eurocentric aesthetic; detractors also argue the film is actually a step backwards by poking fun at different body types. But others supports Sch…
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Should school bathrooms be gender neutral?

Betsy DeVos' Education Department says it won't take action to protect transgender students who are banned from using restrooms that match their gender identity. Many wonder why schools don't just make all their bathrooms gender-neutral to avoid the problem altogether. But some parents insist separate bathrooms are crucial to making sure students are safe. What do you think? 🚻…
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Is it wrong to have kids in an age of climate change?

With the threat of climate crisis looming, a recent NPR story asked if we have a moral duty not to have children. Some say people should stop having children altogether: the planet is so overpopulated, and producing offspring is pretty much the worst thing you can do for the environment. Others argue children are the biggest reason to stop climate change. We can't just give up on the planet or on…
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