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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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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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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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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SPOTLIGHT: VPR’s Alejandro Monzon

SPOTLIGHT: VPR’s Alejandro Monzon

Alejandro Monzon is a Sophomore interning in Chicago, Illinois at both Senator Dick Durbin’s office and Citizens for Rauner, Inc. Alejandro is a writer and senior editor for VPR, a member of a the Undergraduate Political Science Association, and a writer for The Hustler. He is majoring in public policy...

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OPINION: The NEA is worth saving – now more than ever

OPINION: The NEA is worth saving – now more than ever

On January 19th, The Hill reported that the Trump administration intends to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of an effort to reduce federal spending. This proposal is red meat for conservative Republicans, who have spent thirty-five years assailing the NEA as wasteful.  ...

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Why We All Should Pay Attention to the Newest Round of Benghazi Hearings

Why We All Should Pay Attention to the Newest Round of Benghazi Hearings

On Wednesday, the House Select Committee on Benghazi convened their first hearing to collect and assess information regarding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on United States compounds in Benghazi, Libya. Despite discussing a topic that has become highly politically polarized, the congressmen met with little fanfare and a businesslike...

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Political Promises

America’s Constitution enshrines the principle of democracy that was brilliantly described by Abraham Lincoln as “government by the people, of the people and for the people”. As part of the constitutional process, the nation elects the Executive and Legislative branches of our government, whose main task is to protect the...

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How the Reelection Process is the Source of Political Polarization in Congress

A Look at the Motivations of Congress Members on a More Personal Level One of the accepted threats to the public in a representative democracy is the potential loss of agency due to the risk that politicians will put their own interests before the desires of the American people. While...

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The Ridiculousness of Gerrymandering

Take a look at this picture: This may look like a Rorschach test that a sadistic psychologist might give, but it is actually North Carolina’s 12th district, and it is an example of what is wrong with our democracy. Gerrymandering relegates a political party in a state to as few...

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