How Trump Changed Our Definition of “Establishment Republican”

How Trump Changed Our Definition of “Establishment Republican”

“For The Right Reason” is a biweekly column offering a libertarian take on current events. Look out for a new installment every other Friday. The term “Establishment Republicans” has typically been used to describe centrist or left-leaning “me-too” Republicans who show an eagerness to reach across the aisle and work...

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10 Ways the Criminal Justice System Is Broken

10 Ways the Criminal Justice System Is Broken

Over the summer, I interned with the Cook County Public Defender Office.  I interviewed clients, observed hearings and trials, toured one of Chicago’s jails, and partook in the defense strategizing of a juvenile homicide case.  This internship exposed me to all parts of the criminal justice system, including the various...

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Vanderbilt College Democrats Statement on The American Health Care Act

Vanderbilt College Democrats Statement on The American Health Care Act

The following is a statement from the Vanderbilt College Democrats, provided to VPR by VCD’s core members. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the organization. Despite being named The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican Party’s latest attempt to repeal and replace President Obama’s popular Affordable Care Act...

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OP-ED: Trump is actively destroying the American Presidency

OP-ED: Trump is actively destroying the American Presidency

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of its author.  Conservative commentators often say that Ronald Reagan brought a certain air of class to the White House. He was a smooth-talking, well-dressed, no-nonsense former Governor of California and actor. Dubbed “The Great Communicator,” President Reagan’s eloquence on controversial...

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The Future of Left Wing Populism

The Future of Left Wing Populism

No one can reminisce on the most recent Democratic presidential primary race without recalling Bernie Sanders’ repeated cries about the “millionaires and billionaires” who hold all the power and money in America – those who represent the economic inequality that Sanders and his loyalists detest. Yet, Bernie Sanders is only...

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Jeff Giesea, Master of the Meme

Jeff Giesea, Master of the Meme

Guest submission by Nick Thieme On January 12, 2017, Jeff Giesea, co-organizer of a major pro-Trump inaugural ball, was interviewed on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi show. He was well-spoken, cordial, and a consummate guest, and his segment might have been interesting but forgettable, if not for his calculated use of modern...

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Grappling With Trump’s Travel Ban, Here and Elsewhere

Grappling With Trump’s Travel Ban, Here and Elsewhere

Jordan Grapentine and Alejandro Monzon contributed to this article. The executive order passed on January 27th instituted a travel freeze for the Middle Eastern countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, halting all incoming travel to the United States for 90 days. It also suspended the U.S....

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OPINION: The NEA is worth saving – now more than ever

OPINION: The NEA is worth saving – now more than ever

On January 19th, The Hill reported that the Trump administration intends to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of an effort to reduce federal spending. This proposal is red meat for conservative Republicans, who have spent thirty-five years assailing the NEA as wasteful.  ...

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The Future of the Republican Party

The Future of the Republican Party

A week and a half removed from his inauguration, President Donald Trump has already taken decisive action to follow through on his campaign promises, both with and without aid from his Republican colleagues. He nominated a capable, conservative Supreme Court justice, and has majorities in both chambers of Congress. So...

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Vanderbilt College Democrats Issue Statement on Migrant Ban

Vanderbilt College Democrats Issue Statement on Migrant Ban

In 1939, the United States blocked 908 Jewish refugees on the MS St. Louis from entering the country. Forced to return to Europe, about a quarter of those refugees were killed in the Holocaust. Last Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that has the potential to repeat this lethal...

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