The Republican Party’s Shift on Gay Marriage

Two weeks ago, Rob Portman, a republican senator from Ohio, made headlines in newspapers all over the United States when he made an official statement declaring that he is in favor of gay marriage, and in doing so, he became the only sitting republican senator to openly support gay marriage....

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CPAC: 2016 Watch

This past weekend, the American Conservative Union (CPU) held its 40th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). CPU claims to be “the oldest and largest grassroots conservative in the nation” . Furthermore, CPAC, first held in 1973, brings together conservative leaders and activists to educate, energize, and set forth the...

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The Senate and the Broken Confirmation Process

Since being inaugurated for his second term of office in January, President Barack Obama has had a difficult time accomplishing basic housekeeping in the White House. Republicans in Congress hoping to make a political statement have blocked his nominations both for secretary of defense and CIA director. These recent fights...

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Financial Aid & Sequestration

At some point in nearly every student’s college search, one question inevitably arises: how will I afford to attend this institution? While the attainment of a postsecondary degree has arguably become more of an expectation than an advantage in the job market, college tuition is steepening across the nation. Financial...

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Same-Sex Success?

Same-sex marriage rights have a pivotal couple of months ahead. From multiple states passing favorable amendments to President Obama’s statement of support, same-sex advocates have had much to cheer for recently. However, the real battle is coming soon. On March 26th and 27th, the Supreme Court will hear cases over...

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Anticipating Failure

As the Gang of Eight prepares their immigration reform bill, the President and state legislatures have also taken measures to address the U.S. immigration issue. Sen. McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Graham (R-SC), Sen. Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Flake (R-AZ), and Sen. Bennet (D-CO)...

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Droning on about Drones

When Americans think of drones, many likely imagine equipment used by the American military for targeting terrorists in the desolate corners of Afghanistan and Pakistan; however, more uses for drones exist than the media would have the public believe. In recent months, the halls of Washington and state legislatures have...

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Armed With More Than Knowledge: Firearms in the Classroom

Recent mass shootings, most notably the devastating school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, have brought debates involving gun ownership and use to the fore. While some legislators are calling for stricter gun control laws, others are moving in the opposite direction by pushing legislation that would...

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Interview: Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss

This month, VPR had the opportunity to sit down with David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post. In addition to Barack Obama: The Story, Maraniss is the author of five critically acclaimed and bestselling books. Maraniss is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Pulitzer for national...

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The Politics of Labels

Prof. Dr. Schavan, former German education minister, was forced to resign from her post last Saturday after the explosion of a plagiarism scandal that reached back more than thirty years. In addition to her expulsion from the German political elite, Dr. Schavan’s doctorate was revoked from Heinrich Heine University upon...

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