Election Night 2017 Recap

Election Night 2017 Recap

Tuesday, November 7 started out with Democrats finding out that their approval numbers are at a 25 year low according to a CNN poll. Democrats in Washington and across the nation went into Election Night 2017 with their breath held as polls in the marquee race for the Virginia governorship...

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Bannon the Barbarian

Bannon the Barbarian

From Goldman-Sachs, to Hollywood, to the White House: Steve Bannon wants your attention.   Steve Bannon wasn’t always this famous. As a political filmmaker, he never reached the heights of Michael Moore. As a media executive, he was never William Buckley or Arianna Huffington. No, he was middling. An afterthought. The annoying...

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America, Don’t Expect Much Until 2020

America, Don’t Expect Much Until 2020

Since the inauguration of the 45th president, there has been nothing but dysfunction and ensuing controversy in Washington, D.C. Not much hope remains for our federal government until the elections of 2020 come around. We needn’t repeat all the flagrant abuses of power that Donald J. Trump has committed since...

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Divisive Political Figure Samantha Power to Come to Vanderbilt

Divisive Political Figure Samantha Power to Come to Vanderbilt

Continuing its long-standing tradition of presenting high-caliber figures, the VPB Speakers Committee will be hosting prominent political figure Samantha Power on October 19th at 7:00 PM in Langford Auditorium. Power has been a fixture in both American and world politics, serving on Obama’s White House National Security Council and more recently...

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OPINION: Steering Clear of Politics After A Massacre Isn’t Polite — It’s Irresponsible

OPINION: Steering Clear of Politics After A Massacre Isn’t Polite — It’s Irresponsible

The past few years in country have been irreversibly marked by a spate of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings. As each mass shooting devastates the nation with its enormous losses, a period of national mourning follows as individuals from all backgrounds and both sides of the political aisle offer their...

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Climate Change’s Impact on Your Plate

Climate Change’s Impact on Your Plate

On the edge of North Nashville and a ten-minute drive off of I-40 sits the lab and office of Tennessee State University Professor Jianwei Li. With microscopes, buzzing spectrometers, and dangling lab gear all around, Li works to explore the mysteries of the changing world of agriculture. “Many populations [in...

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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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