Israeli Elections Testing the Reign of King Bibi

Israeli Elections Testing the Reign of King Bibi

Current Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu faces elections for the second time this year in September which will lead to either a remarkable win or the end of the King Bibi era.  Netanyahu’s party, the Likud Party, won the election in April, but Netanyahu was unable to form a majority...

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Dean Beasley: Presidential Rhetoric and Who is “Worthy” in the United States

Dean Beasley: Presidential Rhetoric and Who is “Worthy” in the United States

On Thursday, February 21 at the Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Beasley delivered the 2019 Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh Lecture. Her speech, titled “Enough: Imagining a Political Culture of Worthiness in the United States,” looked at how American presidents use their public discourse to reify, eliminate, or construct bonds within our national...

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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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Why Liberals Shouldn’t Always Oppose Trump

Why Liberals Shouldn’t Always Oppose Trump

Although the abject horror of the Kavanaugh debacle makes it difficult to recall the impact of preceding events, some weeks prior, the news media exposed the extent to which Donald Trump’s own cabinet has sabotaged said agenda. Bob Woodward’s Fear and an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times set...

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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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Revamped NAFTA, Now U.S.M.C.A, Saved at the Brink

Revamped NAFTA, Now U.S.M.C.A, Saved at the Brink

Late Sunday night, Canada agreed to join the newest version of NAFTA, which was already signed on by the U.S. and Mexico last month. Officially to be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or the USMCA, this was a last-ditch attempt to salvage the older version of NAFTA so often criticized...

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Recap: President Trump’s Foreign Policy Dealings

Recap: President Trump’s Foreign Policy Dealings

     In January of 2017, President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated under the foundation of what he heralded as an “American First” foreign policy. He promised to bring his business savviness as a real estate tycoon to the international stage by renegotiating trade deals and putting a stop to...

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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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Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

President Trump’s State of the Union address was dominated not as much by discussion of his achievements or policy proposals for the next year as it was by stories. His eighty-minute speech (the third longest in history) included stories about his twenty-some guests. On tax reform, immigration, relations with North...

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OPINION: In Defense of Trump

OPINION: In Defense of Trump

In approaching the end of any president’s first year in office, it is customary to look back and evaluate the accomplishments of what is traditionally the most productive year of their term–especially with unified party control of the federal government. President Obama’s first year in office saw the passage of...

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