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 […]Read more "Brokered Convention"
Richard Elliot, UMBC: As the title states, I am a Bernie Sanders supporter. I feel it is important that I disclose this before beginning my argument. I, like many other young progressives, feel that neoliberalism is not true progressivism. Sure, it beats the far-right politics currently espoused by Republicans, but it is far from what […]Read more "A Critique of Neoliberalism Sincerely, A Sanders Supporter"
Jared Mayer, JHU: Earlier this month, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Garland, who is in fact Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, tearfully accepted the President’s nomination. It was a poignant moment, framed by the President’s […]Read more "Nihilistic Reflections on Judicial Confirmations"
McHenry Lee, JHU: The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia could not have come at a worse time for the Grand Old Party. With the slim conservative majority on the court suddenly gone, President Obama had the chance to alter the power dynamic of the judicial branch for the next generation. Congressional Republicans understandably feared the […]Read more "The GOP and Merrick Garland: Democracy or Obstructionism?"
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 […]Read more "The Rise of the Right"
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 […]Read more "GOP Needs to Govern, Not Obstruct"
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 […]Read more "Trump is Not Simply a Nightmare that America Will Awake From and Forget"
Dana Ettinger, JHU: President Obama is taking a page out of the Republicans’ playbook: he’s sending troops to Syria to combat the Islamic State (ISIS). The conflict in Syria is, broadly speaking, three-sided: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, those rebelling against the Assad regime (including the Kurdish separatists), and ISIS. Ostensibly, both Assad and the […]Read more "American Special Forces in Syria"
Liam Murphy, JHU: Paul Ryan’s recent replacement of John Boehner as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has been fraught with speculation. To the casual observer, it would appear the former Republican vice presidential nominee has been laying low since losing alongside Mitt Romney in 2012. Nevertheless, Mr. Ryan came out of a messy […]Read more "Paul Ryan’s Congress: What to Expect"
Gideon Gross, JHU: Last Monday, an agreement was reached on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral trade deal between 12 countries from four different continents bordering the Pacific Ocean. TPP is the most extensive trade agreement in world history to date, including over 40% of global GDP. It has been dubbed “a trade agreement […]Read more "TPP: The Chance for the US to Reset the World Economy"