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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Divisive Political Figure Samantha Power to Come to Vanderbilt

Divisive Political Figure Samantha Power to Come to Vanderbilt

Continuing its long-standing tradition of presenting high-caliber figures, the VPB Speakers Committee will be hosting prominent political figure Samantha Power on October 19th at 7:00 PM in Langford Auditorium. Power has been a fixture in both American and world politics, serving on Obama’s White House National Security Council and more recently...

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Healthcare In Animalia

Healthcare In Animalia

Far away, in a land called Animalia, the animals prepare for the winter. It will be one of the coldest winters in recorded history, so it is imperative that the animals look out for each other so that everyone can survive. There was a law in place that allowed some...

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Vanderbilt College Democrats Statement on The American Health Care Act

Vanderbilt College Democrats Statement on The American Health Care Act

The following is a statement from the Vanderbilt College Democrats, provided to VPR by VCD’s core members. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the organization. Despite being named The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican Party’s latest attempt to repeal and replace President Obama’s popular Affordable Care Act...

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Breakdown of the Syrian Civil War: How Did It Start and What Does It Mean for the United States?

The beginning of the Syrian conflict is most commonly cited as March 2011 in the southern city of Deraa. Following the arrest and subsequent torture of 15 children for drawing anti-government propaganda, the citizens of Deraa began to protest the Assad regime, resulting in Syrian security forces opening fire on...

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Paradox of Obama’s Climate Strategy

Earlier this week, President Obama stood on the edge of Alaska’s famous Exit Glacier in the marquee moment of his Alaska trip. Before a crowd of reporters and local public officials, he emphasized the remarkable toll that climate change has taken on the glacier, noting that “We need to make...

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Don’t Panic: Why the Iran Deal Will Keep the World Safer

Don’t Panic: Why the Iran Deal Will Keep the World Safer

The recess battle over the Iran deal is drawing to a close. With Sen. Mikulski’s commitment to the deal, the Administration has marshaled enough support in the Senate to avoid defeat. With some further lobbying, it is possible that Senate Democrats could filibuster the resolution of disapproval and avoid a...

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The Unsung Patriot

The Unsung Patriot

Former New York City mayor and Vanderbilt’s upcoming IMPACT Symposium Speaker, Rudy Giuliani, created a political firestorm earlier this month, with private comments he made during a dinner for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. At this dinner, Giuliani remarked, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing...

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The Covert Introvert

The Covert Introvert

In the past year, President Obama has had to maneuver multiple catastrophes in one of the most politically challenging years to date – Boko Haram, ISIS, Sony hacks, a divided Congress, and various social movements condemning police brutality, to name a few. Apart from handling these domestic and international calamities,...

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Obama is Wrong: ISIL is Muslim

Obama is Wrong: ISIL is Muslim

Our overly politically-correct environment has made criticizing religion taboo.  People react to a religious critique as if it were racism–as if saying “Christianity has a lot of flaws” were akin to saying “black people have a lot of flaws.”  But it is not at all the same.  Religion is a choice.  It is...

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