Dilma’s Demise and Her Party’s Perils

O golpe é contra o povo e contra a Nação. “This coup is against the people and against the nation,” former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff stated shortly after being impeached. Although Rousseff blatantly misrepresented the constitutional process that lead to her impeachment, it is evident that her ousting will leave a mark on Brazilian history. … Read more

Drew Faust Announces New Cuts

Speaking from the candle-lit steps of Massachusetts Hall at 11:40 last night, Harvard University President Drew Giplin Faust announced a radical new plan to salvage the $2bn loss in the university’s endowment. “We are going to implement regular campus-wide power cuts until the economic outlook improves” Faust said. “There have been some complaints from students in … Read more

The Party of the Common Defense

From the end of the Second World War, the Republican Party has enjoyed an advantage from the perception that they, not Democrats, are the strongest party on national defense. The foreign policy acumen of presidents such as Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, when contrasted with the challenges faced by Lyndon Johnson or Jimmy Carter, bore … Read more

Yes, Hillary Clinton does have “stamina.”

“She doesn’t have the stamina,” alleged the man standing across from Hillary Clinton at Monday’s presidential debate. “To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.” This charge, levied by a sniffling, obese septuagenarian against a life-long civil servant and two-time presidential candidate, is obviously false. It was an attempt to distract from moderator … Read more

Trump’s Patronizing Outreach to Women and Voters of Color

If Donald Trump’s goal in the first presidential debate was to win the votes of traditionally Democratic groups like African Americans, Latinos, and women, he missed the mark by a significant margin. When asked about racial conflict and implicit police bias, Trump responded, “I think that I’ve developed very, very good relationships over the last … Read more

Not A Chance in Hell

“African-Americans and Hispanics are living in hell.” That was Republican nominee Donald J. Trump, an affluent white man, on the living conditions of two minority groups in America. When he made the comment at Monday night’s first presidential debate in the general election, I felt compelled to take a quick glance about my surroundings to … Read more

“Law and Order” Is Not the Solution

In Monday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump said, “Secretary Clinton doesn’t want to use a couple of words: law and order.” This is not exactly a statement that one would expect to hear from the man who encouraged his supporters to “rough up” a protester or threatened violence against Hillary Clinton. It is, however, a … Read more

False Pride

On Monday night, on the stage at Hofstra University, Hillary Clinton made a joke. “I have a feeling that by, the end of this evening, I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened,” she quipped. His lips pursed, his face smug, Donald Trump replied, “Why not?” That brazen disregard for integrity set a … Read more

A Conspicuous Absence from the Debate: Immigration

In the first U.S. presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle, candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump coined several new terms and phrases . Trump, who once boasted having the “best words,” introduced the term “bigly” to mean the adverbial form of the adjective “big.” Clinton, for her part, introduced the term “Trumped-up trickle down … Read more