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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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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