Stakes are High on Both Sides of the Aisle as New Government Shutdown Deadline Approaches

Stakes are High on Both Sides of the Aisle as New Government Shutdown Deadline Approaches

The most recent government shutdown, which began on December 21, 2018 and continued until January 25, 2019, was the longest in U.S. history and left 380,000 U.S. government employees without pay. Now, the government has temporarily reopened to allow for negotiations to take place, but many have their doubts about...

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Super Bowl 2019

Super Bowl 2019

The past few years have been nothing short of controversy, rule changes, and Patriots overload for the National Football League. Although kneeling has lost America’s football spotlight, residual issues remain and are now showing themselves in 2019’s Super Bowl halftime show. The league has struggled for the past few months...

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VPR sits down with Vandy’s Rep. John Ray Clemmons, candidate for Mayor of Nashville

VPR sits down with Vandy’s Rep. John Ray Clemmons, candidate for Mayor of Nashville

In mid-January, state representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) announced that he would challenge incumbent Mayor David Briley in this year’s August election. Clemmons is currently representing district 55 (which includes Vanderbilt’s campus) in the Tennessee House of Representatives, a seat that he has held since 2014. Given that Briley is...

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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: Elizabeth Warren’s Foreign Policy Plans Fall Short

OPINION: Elizabeth Warren’s Foreign Policy Plans Fall Short

  Senator Elizabeth Warren released her vision for American foreign policy in Foreign Affairs Magazine this week. In it, she laid out her strategy and promise to America on the world stage if she were President of the United States. Commentators have speculated that Warren is gearing up for a...

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10 Months After Tragedy: Parkland

10 Months After Tragedy: Parkland

Almost 10 months ago at 2:21 pm, 19-year old Nikolas Cruz arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle and opened fire for six minutes. In those six minutes, 17 students and staff members were killed, 17 were injured, and the lives of thousands...

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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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Midterm Madness: New Jersey

Midterm Madness: New Jersey

While New Jersey has been a traditional Democrat stronghold, the incumbent Senator has been put in a precarious situation due to recent corruption charges and trial. In the House, Trump’s rhetoric has put a key Republic district at risk as the Democrat challenger seeks to make history as the first...

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