• Ayanna Pressley and Identity in Politics
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    Last month, I had the privilege of seeing Representative Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) speak at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. After a few minutes of pleasantries, Pressley began to give an autobiography of her political journey, beginning as a scheduler for Senator John Kerry, serving as the first African-American woman on Boston’s City Council, […]

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  • Moral Hazard: Should It Affect Public Policy?
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    Moral hazard—the disincentive to protect against risks due to being shielded from the consequences—should definitely affect public policy. When moral hazard encourages people to be reckless—be it by opioid users with access to Narcan or drivers with reliable car insurance—the simple solution is to eliminate the moral hazard. Unfortunately, this answer does not address the […]

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  • What Does the Mueller Report Mean for Trump?
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    After almost two years of subpoenas, interviews, and fact-gathering, all amid both subtle and vocal attacks by Donald Trump and Fox News, the Mueller investigation has finally ended. In May of 2017, a week after Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey—thus ending his probe into potential collusion with the Russian government in the 2016 […]

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  • What A Bernie Sanders Nomination Will Mean for the Democrats
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    The years of intra-party unity that Donald Trump has brought about for the Democrats appears to be coming to an end. Alongside increasing support for Bernie Sanders’s (awesome, but farfetched) domestic agenda, there are Democrats who want more fiscal restraint. And despite scores of progressives embracing identity politics, some—most notably, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg—don’t […]

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  • A Brief Introduction to Weezer
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    Despite groans and snobbish pontification by the music criticism community, Weezer has finally released their fifth self-titled (and fourteenth overall) studio album: the Black Album. Weezer has endured a turbulent history, both with its fans, its former fans, and music listeners in general. Their debut album, Weezer (the Blue Album) received almost universal praise from […]

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  • The Politics of Condemnation
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    Now that voters can follow lawmakers on Twitter with the press of a button, members of Congress are expected to comment on everything that happens. Gone are the days when politicians could eschew discussing sensitive or difficult issues by dishing a mere “no comment” to probing reporters. Now, politicians are expected to take to Twitter […]

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  • Criminal Justice Reform Is Popular Now. That’s Cool!
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    “America is a Nation that believes in redemption,” declared Donald Trump at his State of the Union address last week when touting the passage of the First Step Act. It’s hard to believe that this statement was genuine—after all, the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings separated thousands of migrant families and locked countless […]

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  • Why the Democrats Do Not Need to Move to the Center
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    Ask any Democrat, and they will tell you that beating Trump at all costs—excluding enlisting the help of Michael Avenatti—should be the party’s priority. From November 9th, 2016 until today, pundits have been inundating op-ed sections with thinkpieces psychoanalyzing Midwestern Trump voters, thus popularizing the notion of “flyover country.” According to many pundits, the coastal, […]

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