Vanderbilt Political Review

Supreme Court, Party of Eight?

Emmett McKinney

February 25, 2016

To describe the death of Justice Antonin Scalia as ‘monumental’ would not be an overstatement. A Reagan appointee, Justice Scalia reliably staked out the conservative position with colorful, biting opinions during an era that saw the Court grow steadil...

What will it take to topple Trump?

Emmett McKinney

November 30, 2015

When Donald trump first announced his candidacy, most observers had a good laugh. Political comedian John Stewart described it as “a gift from heaven,” sure to provide endless material for his last few episodes as host of...

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

Emmett McKinney

September 7, 2015

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 clim...

The Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses: Why A Travel Ban is the Wrong Ebola Strategy

Emmett McKinney

October 25, 2014

The United States is no stranger to foreign threats--but we also tend to consider ourselves exempt. By 1937, for example, Adolf Hitler had started his meteoric rise to power. It seemed that war was approaching, and some Americans star...

To Protect And To Serve

Emmett McKinney

September 27, 2014

When police officers in Ferguson killed Michael Brown, they renewed an emotionally charged discussion about police brutality against minorities. Thousands took to the streets to express their outrage, which at first focused on these...

Keystone XL: an Extra-Large Moment for the Climate Action Plan

Emmett McKinney

February 12, 2014

On January 31, the U.S. State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement regarding the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. If the proposal from Canadian oil corporation TransCanada is approved, construction wil...

Are the Olympics Inevitably Political?

Emmett McKinney

January 26, 2014

It seems impossible to light the Olympic Torch without igniting a political firestorm. As President Putin tours the facilities of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the XXII Winter Olympiad is certainly under heat from opponents...

Iranian Nuclear Deal: Obama’s Reason for Cautious Optimism

Emmett McKinney

November 27, 2013

        After three decades of cold hostility between Washington, D.C., and Tehran, the Obama administration has provided reason for cautious optimism in American-Iranian relations. On November...

Gun Violence and the Threat of American 12-year Olds

Emmett McKinney

October 28, 2013

  In an all too familiar scene this past Monday at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada, math teacher Mike Landsberry died protecting students from a 12-year old classmate wielding a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol. I...

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