The Trump Presidency or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

The Trump Presidency or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

The preposterous may actually happen. Donald J. Trump, the business magnate, reality star, and small-handed man, has the best shot at the Republican nomination for President. For months, I have been incredulous. Surely Trump would say something that would tank his chances! Alas, if it hasn’t happened by now, it...

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Jared Cohen: A 21st Century Leader

Jared Cohen: A 21st Century Leader

Jared Cohen is what so many of us aspire to be: a wunderkind who uses his talents and knowledge to change the world for the better. Highly accomplished, Jared is not that far removed from our student body. At 34 years old, Jared has been a trusted advisor to two...

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Shackled by Money: How Vanderbilt Helped Spawn the Private Prison Industry

Shackled by Money: How Vanderbilt Helped Spawn the Private Prison Industry

Last month, Bettsy Woodruff wrote in the Daily Beast:“If you’re looking to make some money, try locking up toddlers.” She wasn’t kidding. The Corrections Corporation of America, a for-profit corporation, made $49 million dollars in the last year by housing undocumented infants, toddlers, children, and mothers fleeing Central America in...

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Don’t Panic: Why the Iran Deal Will Keep the World Safer

Don’t Panic: Why the Iran Deal Will Keep the World Safer

The recess battle over the Iran deal is drawing to a close. With Sen. Mikulski’s commitment to the deal, the Administration has marshaled enough support in the Senate to avoid defeat. With some further lobbying, it is possible that Senate Democrats could filibuster the resolution of disapproval and avoid a...

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What is Donald Trump’s ‘Type’?

Despite calling John McCain “a loser” for his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, characterizing many Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals, and calling Megan Kelly “a lightweight” (among other things), Donald Trump carries on with his strange combination of masculine bravado and a simple narrative that Americans...

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An Open Letter to Professor Swain

An Open Letter to Professor Swain

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” –Martin Luther King Jr. A little over a year ago I took to this very forum to criticize the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions. In particular, I challenged many of the arguments...

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A War of Words

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, sheep to the slaughter” – George Washington The United States had Patrick Henry, India had Ghandi, and Scotland has…Shrek? “Shrek wants what the will of the Scottish people want,” stated Mike Myers, a native...

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Putin’s Crimean Blunder

Putin’s Crimean Blunder

Conventional wisdom portrays Putin as a master tactician. He isn’t one. Less than a week after the Sochi Olympics reached a coda, Russia invaded Ukraine, violating a millennial tradition of Olympic Truce. The juxtaposition between a sporting event celebrating peaceful competition among fraternal states and the occupation of a neighboring country...

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Out of the bars and onto the streets

Out of the bars and onto the streets

“Covering American Issues, one city at a time” In cities across the country, legislation bringing alcohol out of the bar and into the streets has gotten the green light from legislatures. In Huntsville, Savannah, New Orleans, Cincinnati, and small Texan towns, bar patrons can enter empty handed and leave with...

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More Money, More Problems

More Money, More Problems

Campaign season is the time for every citizen to learn about the candidates, their positions on key issues, and their promises for the constituents. It’s a beautiful time of shaking hands, kissing babies, visiting Rotary clubs, and local town hall meetings. It’s American Democracy in its most unadulterated form. What...

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