Former Senator Jeff Flake Calls for Stronger Leadership at Chancellor’s Lecture Series

Former Senator Jeff Flake Calls for Stronger Leadership at Chancellor’s Lecture Series

Former Senator Jeff Flake traveled to Nashville on January 17, just two weeks removed from his last days on Capitol Hill. A Republican who did not seek reelection in the 2018 midterms, he spoke alongside Chancellor Zeppos, Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, and This American Life producer Zoe Chace as a...

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Q&A With Former Senator Jeff Flake

Q&A With Former Senator Jeff Flake

Aiyappa Bollera and Drew Perez contributed to this article. On January 17, former Senator Jeff Flake came to Langford Auditorium for the most recent installment of the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Lecture Series. Speaking alongside Chancellor Zeppos, Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, and This American Life producer Zoe Chace, he discussed his views...

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SATIRE: 25 Days of Bliss, or Why I Support the Government Shutdown

SATIRE: 25 Days of Bliss, or Why I Support the Government Shutdown

As of January 12, 2019, we are now experiencing the longest government shutdown in American history. I never would have thought that a border wall could be the breaking point upon which career politicians put aside their differences to decide, “enough is enough,” and force the American system into chaos....

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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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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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