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by / on November 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm / in Domestic Politics, Uncategorized

How the States Can (and Will) Hurt Refugee Resettlement

Monday saw a flurry of mostly Republican governors making pledges to prevent Syrian refugees from ever crossing their borders at any cost. More than two dozen governors made statements of different degrees, ranging from Nevada Gov. Brian […]

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by / on November 16, 2015 at 10:42 am / in Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Paris, Beirut, and How We Can Unite to Combat ISIS

As I stare at my Facebook newsfeed, scrolling through the numerous posts mourning the tragic attacks of Paris, I cannot help but wonder when is enough going to be enough? I remember thinking to myself, after the […]

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by / on November 14, 2015 at 9:05 am / in Domestic Politics

The Complex Relationship Between Social Media and the Federal Government During the Presidential Campaign Season

Technology and social media are so pervasive today that they almost form part of an extension of ourselves. Social media is a way for many to gather news about the world, their communities, and their circles of […]

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by / on November 12, 2015 at 8:10 am / in Domestic Politics, Local Politics

The Carol Swain petition hurts the cause more than it helps. But there’s a better way.

The controversial Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt Professor, is once again in the news after almost 1,500 students (and counting) signed a petition to have her fired.  (The demand was recently downgraded to suspension and mandatory diversity training).  […]

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by / on November 11, 2015 at 9:21 am / in Uncategorized

Washington meets the Valley: How tech companies are increasing political activity

Author: Avi Mediratta ’19 In the 1790s, just following the founding of the United States, President Washington approved a plan to establish the nation’s capital in a swampy little town on the Potomac River between Virginia and […]

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by / on November 10, 2015 at 11:29 pm / in Domestic Politics

Electronic Health Records: High-tech, Low Benefits—For Now

In September of 2014, at the height of the Ebola epidemic, the United States experienced the first Ebola diagnosis within its borders. Thomas Eric Duncan’s case shocked the nation. Within days of Duncan’s admission to the hospital, […]

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by / on November 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm / in International Politics

The Silent War of Cyber-Terrorism

Sony Pictures, capitalized at $34.2 billion, is ranked 79th on the “World’s Most Valuable Brands” list in Forbes Magazine. The company generates billions of dollars in sales annually. Yet, on Monday, November 24th, 2014 this incredibly powerful […]

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by / on November 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm / in Uncategorized

Technology and the Minimum Wage: Why minimum wage hikes don’t help the working poor

The minimum wage has been a perennial issue in American politics, with left-leaning politicians, labor unions, and workers’ activists calling for increases in the federal minimum wage. In 2013 Democrats attempted to pass a bill that would […]

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by / on November 9, 2015 at 9:16 pm / in Uncategorized

Technology, Social Media, and Campaigning: Building on Obama’s Success and Looking Towards 2016

Author: Abigail Fournier ’19 The 2008 presidential election, also called the “Facebook election”, was the first election in which candidates used Facebook and other social media outlets to connect with a greater number of voters online. It […]

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by / on November 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm / in Domestic Politics, Print

What Were they Thinking? A look at three failed government experiments

The United States government has contributed to the development of some of the most monumental scientific and technological discoveries in history.  Nuclear energy and the Internet immediately come to mind.  Throughout this nations history, government support and […]

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