An Uneasy Peace at the DNC

Adam Rapfogel, Tufts University: Unity: political parties love to claim it and national conventions are generally designed around showcasing it, but in today’s divisive political climate, it often proves elusive. A few short weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, some delegates held one final passionate – but ill-fated – attempt to “dump Trump.” The […]

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Brokered Convention

Richard Elliott, UMBC: This year, an extraordinarily rare moment in American politics may be actualized: a brokered convention. A brokered convention is a situation in which no single candidate has secured a majority of delegates. The last election cycle with a truly open convention was the 1920 Republican National Convention. In that convention, there were […]

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The Rise of the Right

Alex Fine, JHU: As establishment Republicans come to terms with the very real possibility that the authoritarian, populist, and pseudo-fascist Donald Trump will be their party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential election, many in the United States are struggling to explain how such a brash and divisive figure was able to gain traction in their […]

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GOP Needs to Govern, Not Obstruct

Alex Robledo, Georgetown University: Two weeks ago, the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shocked the nation. He was a divisive figure, to be sure. Known for his scathing dissents from the bench, Scalia was both loved and loathed for his tendency to never mince words. But even as a fiery defender of […]

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Trump is Not Simply a Nightmare that America Will Awake From and Forget

Guillermo Herrera, JHU: Back in July 2015 when Donald Trump announced his candidacy, many assumed it would be a short-lived comic relief from the intensity of a presidential race, particularly because of his outlandish, discriminatory comments and bombastic persona. Today, however, with a firm lead in the Republican primaries, Trump has proved his resilience to […]

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The Safe Campus Act

Dana Ettinger, JHU: The Republican Party has a questionable track record when it comes to sexual assault. Misogynistic comments from candidates and elected officials are not uncommon. That makes the Safe Campus Act, a new bill intended to fix the campus sexual assault crisis, a surprising departure. At first glance, it looks like Republicans are […]

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