The Alexander Hamilton Society Grades Trump’s Grand Strategy

The Alexander Hamilton Society Grades Trump’s Grand Strategy

On Oct. 30, the Alexander Hamilton Society hosted its first event of the year featuring Professor Peter Feaver and his take on President Donald Trump’s Grand Strategy. Every semester, the Alexander Hamilton Society organizes events on campus to connect students to foreign policy experts. Peter Feaver, a professor at Duke...

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The Stunning Defeat of the Nation’s Most Trumpian Governor

The Stunning Defeat of the Nation’s Most Trumpian Governor

A little-known fact outside of Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia is that not every governor in the United States is elected during the general and midterm elections. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, two of the nation’s five off-year gubernatorial elections were held in the deeply red states of Mississippi...

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As Impeachment Looms, How Does the Democratic Party Position Itself for the 2020 Election?

As Impeachment Looms, How Does the Democratic Party Position Itself for the 2020 Election?

With Joe Biden asserting his approval for impeachment, every Democrat running for president now supports removing Donald Trump from office. Because of this Democratic consensus, a candidate’s support for impeachment is not a position that will win or lose the primary election. What remains to be seen is how President...

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Trump Attempts to Lower Vehicle Emission Standards in California

Trump Attempts to Lower Vehicle Emission Standards in California

Last month, President Donald Trump prohibited California from setting its own standards on vehicle emissions by calling for a rollback on the state’s waiver of the Clean Air Act of 1968. Currently, California’s emission standards are higher than those set by the federal government, which is permitted by the waiver....

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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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Aggressive Espionage Places Chinese Students at Risk of Removal

Aggressive Espionage Places Chinese Students at Risk of Removal

Under the Trump administration, U.S.-China tensions have exacerbated to new levels. Washington has recently adopted a far more confrontational strategy to deal with China’s growing influence and suspected malfeasance, and many experts believe that the U.S. is steadily moving closer to a Cold War with China. U.S. officials continue to...

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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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