Vanderbilt Political Review

The Republican Party’s Shift on Gay Marriage

Kate Harsh

March 28, 2013

Two weeks ago, Rob Portman, a republican senator from Ohio, made headlines in newspapers all over the United States when he made an official statement declaring that he is in favor of gay marriage, and in doing so, he became the...

Blood Donor Eligibility: Safety or Discrimination?

Kate Harsh

February 9, 2013

In 1983, the FDA enacted a law that any man who has had sexual activity with another man, even once, since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1977 is ineligible to donate blood for life [1]. In 1983, the logic behind the blanket ban was reasonable: statistically, men who have sex with other men (MS...

A Divided Knesset Will Mean Difficulties for Netanyahu

Kate Harsh

January 30, 2013

Last week, Israeli citizens voted in the elections of the 19th Knesset, with current Prime Minister Netanyahu narrowly winning a majority. While the election was a victory for Netanyahu on paper, he was severely weakened by the res...

The NRA Solution: Simplistic and Historically Ineffective

Kate Harsh

December 23, 2012

After a week-long silence, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, held a press conference in response to the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,...

The Electoral College: Detrimental to Democracy

Kate Harsh

November 27, 2012

The Electoral College is the system used in the United States to determine the winner of presidential elections. Each state has the same number of electoral delegates as they do in their congressional delegation, and in every...

The US Election’s Effect on Palestine

Kate Harsh

September 25, 2012

It is difficult to find a conflict more contentious than the decades of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Given the breadth of the conflict, it is sometimes hard to believe the two will ever come to a diplomatic...

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