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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Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Today, hundreds came together outside the offices of Sens. Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) to protest the immigration ban issued by President Trump. Speakers including Mayor Megan Barry (D), Vice Mayor David Briley (D) and State Senator Jeff Yarbro (D) used the back of a pickup truck as...

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Can Extremists Be De-Radicalized?

Can Extremists Be De-Radicalized?

In August, the George Washington University hired Jesse Morton, a former Al Qaeda sympathizer. As a research fellow in the university’s program on Extremism, Morton now helps the university combat extremism in the West by devising strategies to counter the radicalization of individuals prone to commit acts of terrorism. Born...

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Is this the end of Roe vs. Wade?

Is this the end of Roe vs. Wade?

In 1973, the Supreme Court case of Roe vs. Wade ruled that abortion was legal on the basis of a woman’s right to privacy. Despite a minor retreat through the Supreme Court’s 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey ruling, which allows states to restrict pre-viability abortions, abortion policy has rested on...

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The Mormon Vote

The Mormon Vote

In Part 1 of this article, I explored the nuances to the Jewish vote and the various pressures that are impacting the American Jewish community in this election cycle. That article mentioned Bill Kristol, one of the main figureheads of the Never Trump movement, and his attempts to find a...

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US Elections: Past and Present — Episode 2

US Elections: Past and Present — Episode 2

Editors from the Vanderbilt Political Review and Vanderbilt Historical Review discuss the history and politics of elections with Professor Thomas Alan Schwartz, a historian of the foreign relations of the United States. For part 1 of our series, click here.

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The Importance of the Jewish Vote

The Importance of the Jewish Vote

On May 10, 1960, John F. Kennedy, for the first time, faced serious opposition in a Democratic primary.  The race had turned to West Virginia, where the Kennedy campaign felt optimistic based on polling done months prior that showed him with a forty-point lead. However, polling a few weeks before...

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U.S. Elections: Past and Present – Episode 1

U.S. Elections: Past and Present – Episode 1

Editors from the Vanderbilt Political Review and Vanderbilt Historical Review discuss the history and politics of elections with Professor Jefferson Cowie, a social and political historian specializing in the intersections of class, culture, capitalism, and American politics.  

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