Trump Attempts to Lower Vehicle Emission Standards in California

Trump Attempts to Lower Vehicle Emission Standards in California

Last month, President Donald Trump prohibited California from setting its own standards on vehicle emissions by calling for a rollback on the state’s waiver of the Clean Air Act of 1968. Currently, California’s emission standards are higher than those set by the federal government, which is permitted by the waiver....

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Green Card Bill Delayed Again in Senate

Green Card Bill Delayed Again in Senate

On September 19, Senator Dick Durbin objected to Bill S386, and the unanimous consent vote to send the bill on an expedited track was blocked once again. Introduced by Senators Mike Lee and Kamala Harris, the purpose of S386 is to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, eliminating the seven...

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Shepherd Smith- Veteran Fox News Journalist- Abruptly Quits After 23 Years

Shepherd Smith- Veteran Fox News Journalist- Abruptly Quits After 23 Years

Veteran journalist and famed Fox News contributor Shephard Smith sent shockwaves through journalistic and political landscapes last Friday when he announced he was leaving the network years before his contract was set to expire. In fact, less than a year ago, Smith signed a multi-year contract earning him $15 million...

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Struggles for Suffrage: Past, Present, and Future

Struggles for Suffrage: Past, Present, and Future

How should we remember the passage of the 19th Amendment? Should we celebrate it as a victory for women, or instead remember those who were (and continue to be) excluded: primarily black Americans and those with felony convictions? On October 7, the first of a series of discussions commemorating the...

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DACA Student Activists Lead Discussion on Inclusivity

DACA Student Activists Lead Discussion on Inclusivity

This past Thursday, Vanderbilt played host to the activists behind the documentary film THE UNAFRAID. The documentary follows a group of young DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in their pursuit of higher education in Georgia, where the government has banned them from attending their public universities or from...

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Actor and Activist George Takei Reflects on His Remarkable Life

Actor and Activist George Takei Reflects on His Remarkable Life

Speaking to a crowd of students, faculty, and quite a few Star Trek enthusiasts on Wednesday evening, actor and activist George Takei reflected on his life, from his time in a Japanese American internment camp to his prolific work fighting for LGBTQ rights. Takei’s lecture was part of this fall’s...

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Lawyer Nikolas Nikas Predicts the Fate of Roe v Wade

Lawyer Nikolas Nikas Predicts the Fate of Roe v Wade

“I’ve never sued a doctor…yet!” Nikas joked as a room full of medical students let out light chuckles interspersed with sighs of relief. On September 24th, in a half-full room in the Eskind Biomedical Library, Nikolas Nikas presented court cases that have followed in the steps of Roe v Wade,...

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Flulapalooza! and the Politics of Vaccination

Flulapalooza! and the Politics of Vaccination

Beginning in 2010, one day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is set aside every fall to conduct a mass vaccination event now known as Flulapalooza. The event, which was held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Wednesday, allows Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty a quick and easy way to...

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A Look Ahead at the United Nations General Assembly

A Look Ahead at the United Nations General Assembly

The United Nations will be kicking off a week of meetings and negotiations at the annual General Assembly starting on Monday, September 23rd. Leaders of 193 countries will be convening at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss some of the most pressing global issues during High-Level Meetings and...

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“We Need to Act Now!”: Climate Activists Strike for Change in Downtown Nashville

“We Need to Act Now!”: Climate Activists Strike for Change in Downtown Nashville

Lately, Nashville has been hot—abnormally, uncomfortably, noticeably hot. While its temperatures normally start to dip in September, every day this week has easily broken 90 degrees. This Friday, Nashville’s unseasonably warm weather provided a fitting backdrop for a pair of climate change protests downtown. The first was a youth climate...

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