Politicon: Trump’s Republican Challengers

Politicon: Trump’s Republican Challengers

With so much attention being given to the large field of candidates vying for the Democratic party’s 2020 presidential nomination, little has been reserved for those challenging President Donald Trump from within his own party. In an attempt to open up this discussion, all of the challengers sat together this...

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OP-ED: Why Constitutional Conservatives Should Support the Impeachment Inquiry

OP-ED: Why Constitutional Conservatives Should Support the Impeachment Inquiry

Ever since Donald Trump won the Republican nomination in 2016, effectively ending the era of Reagan-Bush conservatism, GOP partisans have mastered the art of mental gymnastics to preserve their careers at the expense of the country. Officials regularly defend the indefensible, not only in public statements but also through their...

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Sexual assault myths and misconceptions in the #MeToo era

Sexual assault myths and misconceptions in the #MeToo era

One year ago today, actress Ashley Judd sparked a national conversation about sexual assault and harassment with her allegations in the New York Times that powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein had sexually harassed her and harmed her career. Since then, many powerful alleged abusers, including Kevin Spacey, Roy Price, Larry...

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America’s Drone Strike Program Needs Greater Transparency

America’s Drone Strike Program Needs Greater Transparency

America’s drone strike program is a shockingly nonpartisan issue. There are far-left groups in loud opposition to it, but by and large, Americans from both sides of the political aisle are okay with the government’s usage of unmanned drones to kill terrorists abroad, even if it sometimes comes at the...

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Can We Measure Racial Resentment?

Can We Measure Racial Resentment?

Barack Obama’s presidency and Donald Trump’s success have reignited an interest among political scientists in quantifying racism.  However, racism has proven difficult to measure in surveys, as most participants will not voluntarily describe themselves as prejudiced.  Many political scientists and pundits will nevertheless use the limited available methods to study...

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New Jersey’s Progressive Trump

New Jersey’s Progressive Trump

With a resounding 56% of the state vote share, Phil Murphy became governor-elect of of New Jersey last week. His victory effectively earned Democrats of the state a mandate by retaining their large majority in both houses of the State Legislature. Not noticeable to some, though, is that Phil Murphy’s...

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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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‘The Invisible War’ and Kori Cioca: The parallels between rape culture on college campus and the military

‘The Invisible War’ and Kori Cioca: The parallels between rape culture on college campus and the military

CONTENT WARNING: Some brutal details regarding sexual assault are written about in this article. I’m left emotionally drained and powerfully moved after attending the Vanderbilt University Project Safe Center’s hosting of Kori Cioca, a stoic former military servicewoman who was sexually assaulted while serving with the U.S. Coast Guard. Her...

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Talking Politics with Professor Marc Hetherington

Talking Politics with Professor Marc Hetherington

VPR’s John Konicki sits with Professor Marc Hetherington to talk about the future of the Republican and Democratic parties in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.  

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When Television Hits Too Close To Home

When Television Hits Too Close To Home

The race for the Presidency, much like the office itself, is often viewed as something all Americans can connect to on a personal level. Whether or not the data support us in our thought processes, we view presidential elections as events that reveal the soul of our nation on the...

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