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

Dozens of journalists and pundits have compared President Trump to the hero of All the King’s Men (a novel written by Vanderbilt alum Robert Penn Warren), the fictional governor Willie Stark, who was based on populist politician Huey Long, because Stark and Long were also political outsiders, known for free-range public speaking,...

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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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Why Isn’t Nashville a Sanctuary City?

Why Isn’t Nashville a Sanctuary City?

Unlike many other big cities like New York City and Dallas, Nashville isn’t a sanctuary city—a place that limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents to promote trust and cooperation between unauthorized immigrants and local authorities. The existence of sanctuary cities has been an extremely contentious issue, with President...

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North Korea, Vanderbilt University, and You

North Korea, Vanderbilt University, and You

519 Vanderbilt undergraduate students and their families currently reside in the known range of a North Korean nuclear missile. With Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un dominating headlines, escalating tensions seemingly place Vanderbilt lives at a very real risk, causing concern for many students. “I follow a lot of politics stuff...

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Proud Gay Republican

Proud Gay Republican

As a proud gay, vegan, environmentalist, I often astound people when I tell them that I am also a Republican. My political dogma is unique considering I draw upon many different ideological camps and synthesize them into my own brand. I definitely ascribe to the idea of “America First” and...

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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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Sally Yates Shows Her Conviction At Chancellor’s Series Lecture

Sally Yates Shows Her Conviction At Chancellor’s Series Lecture

This article was written by new VPR contributor Yuhang Zhang. On Tuesday night, Sally Yates, former Acting Attorney General of the United States, spoke with Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos and Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham as part of the eagerly anticipated Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor Series. Yates was notably the Acting Attorney...

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