Media Bias, Alive and Well

Back in early October, Paul Ryan told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace that “it goes without saying that there is definitely media bias … as a conservative, I’ve long believed and long felt that there is inherent media bias, and I think that anybody with objectivity would believe that that’s the case.” Of course, Republican … Read more

The Case for 51

On November 6, 2012, while the rest of the country was transfixed by the presidential election, the 3.7 million residents of the American territory of Puerto Rico were focused on their own historic election. In addition to voting for Governor, non-voting delegate to the U.S. Congress, and members of the local legislature, Boricua voters also … Read more

Hurricane Sandy: A Political Storm

Despite the relatively mild effects of Hurricane Sandy on Cambridge weather, Harvard students were nonetheless impacted by the storm, as the administration cancelled classes for the first time in 34 years. But beyond the comforts of campus, others were not so lucky: more than a half-dozen states suffered billions of dollars in damage and a … Read more

Becoming a Kennedy

Four friends and I took the hour-long drive up to New Hampshire on November 4th. We canvassed for a day and woke up at 4am the morning after to arrive early to Concord – a city that would be considered fairly small in most contexts, but has seen about as much political might roll through … Read more

Confessions of a Child Pundit

Like most of my colleagues, I plan on spending tomorrow night watching the returns with baited breath, matching state calls with my own personal forecast. And though it’ll be my first presidential election accompanied by Twitter, hard liquor, and neo-Georgian surroundings, the air will be heavy with a tangle of anticipation, jubilation, and dejection as … Read more

Can We Do Politics After November 6th?

“…be a participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day.” – Thomas Jefferson, “Letter to Joseph C. Cabell“ “Do something: Vote. Or better yet: Run.” – Harleen Gambhir, Julia Konrad, Victoria Wenger, “Politics Matters“ I’m sitting at a bar watching two hip Harvardians drink down neat whiskey cocktails … Read more

So Goes Ohio, So Goes the Nation

The Buckeye State serves as America’s microcosm, a sort of melting pot between Northern manufacturing, Midwestern farmland, Appalachian terrain, and Upper Southern culture—all squeezed in between bustling urban centers. It’s often remarked that candidates in Ohio really run five campaigns, each with a different message tailored to the four corners and central area of the … Read more

Religion in the 2012 Race

Election Day is November 6, 2012. Over the past 18 months, Americans have debated immigration and health care policy. We have confronted marriage equity and homosexuality, welfare and taxes, foreign policy and foreign aid. Yet, one topic curiously underrepresented, ignored even, is religion in American public life. On October 11, during the vice presidential debate, … Read more