Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

For the last two months as the Republican-controlled Congress worked on tax reform, many showed alarm at the number of proposals that affected higher education. Among these reforms were a tax of large university endowments, a repeal of student loan interest deductions, a raising of the deduction for charitable giving,...

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OPINION: In Defense of Trump

OPINION: In Defense of Trump

In approaching the end of any president’s first year in office, it is customary to look back and evaluate the accomplishments of what is traditionally the most productive year of their term–especially with unified party control of the federal government. President Obama’s first year in office saw the passage of...

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Reflections on American Interventionism, Part I

Reflections on American Interventionism, Part I

This is the first in a pair of pieces reflecting on American Foreign Policy based on the experiences of the author in Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia. When informing friends and family that I would be spending this semester in Serbia, I was often posed with one of two...

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America: Land of the Rich (and Their Businesses)

America: Land of the Rich (and Their Businesses)

Since its establishment over two hundred years ago, the United States has been widely regarded as a nation exceptional in its provision of liberty and opportunity—the supreme manifestation of democratic and Enlightenment ideals in the modern world. Central to these ideals is a sense of equal representation for all, a...

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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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