Talking Voter Suppression with Dean John Geer

Talking Voter Suppression with Dean John Geer

Political pundits on both sides of the aisle vehemently debate the prevalence of voter suppression today. Whether this comes in the form of discussions about “fake news” and the influence of foreign actors in our elections, or through the deliberate disenfranchisement of groups of Americans for arbitrary personal characteristics, these...

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CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage and Privacy?

CIA Compromised: Is Familiarity with Social Media the Death of Espionage? In 2011, Iran unearthed a ring of US spies and their handlers somewhat inexplicably. This compromised the US’s negotiating power in terms of the nuclear deal and sabotaged bleeding-edge intel about the state of Iran’s nuclear development. Last year...

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Opinion: Different Lands, Different Politics

Opinion: Different Lands, Different Politics

I recently watched In The Loop, a British black comedy film that satirises British and American politics in the 21st century. It featured hilarious insults from Malcolm Tucker (portrayed by Peter Capaldi) and it also reminded me of how starkly different British and American politics are. We may share the...

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Have we given up on the freedom of the press? Academics, local journalists discuss on campus

Have we given up on the freedom of the press? Academics, local journalists discuss on campus

On Tuesday evening, Vanderbilt College Democrats and The Hustler co-sponsored a panel event titled, “Have we given up on freedom of the press?” Panelists, including representatives from The Tennessean, The Hustler, and Vanderbilt undergraduate and Law schools, sat down to discuss the importance of the First Amendment and independent journalism...

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Aggressive Espionage Places Chinese Students at Risk of Removal

Aggressive Espionage Places Chinese Students at Risk of Removal

Under the Trump administration, U.S.-China tensions have exacerbated to new levels. Washington has recently adopted a far more confrontational strategy to deal with China’s growing influence and suspected malfeasance, and many experts believe that the U.S. is steadily moving closer to a Cold War with China. U.S. officials continue to...

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Vanderbilt Grad Student Arrested at Marsha Blackburn Rally Facing Criminal Charges

Vanderbilt Grad Student Arrested at Marsha Blackburn Rally Facing Criminal Charges

On October 28, Justin Jones, a well-known activist and student at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School, attended a Marsha Blackburn rally in West Nashville. He left the event in handcuffs and was placed in jail for criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. It’s unclear exactly what transpired at the...

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George H.W. Bush, 41st President and War Hero, Dies at 94

George H.W. Bush, 41st President and War Hero, Dies at 94

George H.W. Bush, former president and lifelong public servant, who went from being the youngest fighter pilot in World War II to leading the country through the end of the Cold War, died late Friday night at the age of 94. Bush, who was the longest living president in American...

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Vanderbilt Research Reveals Percent of Americans Who Would Support a Military Coup

Vanderbilt Research Reveals Percent of Americans Who Would Support a Military Coup

In their most recent report from August 2017, researchers with Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) polled Americans on their satisfaction with democracy. A surprising finding of the study revealed that 23 percent of Americans would support a military takeover under societal conditions in which crime or corruption...

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Congressional Interns are Finally Getting Paid

Congressional Interns are Finally Getting Paid

Starting in 2019, interns on Capitol Hill will be getting paid. This September, in addition to the $5 million procured for the Senate, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) was able to secure $8.8 million for the House of Representatives to pay interns, meaning that Senate offices will be receiving an additional...

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Amendment One Passes in Nashville Increasing Community Oversight of Metro Police

Amendment One Passes in Nashville Increasing Community Oversight of Metro Police

As Nashvillians took to the polls during the 2018 midterm elections, they were voting for more than just their next representatives. The ballot also featured several proposed amendments to the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Charter, one of which signals a major shift in the city’s policing practices. Amendment One,...

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