The vote on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court will be a turning point in the history of American governance. The battle over Gorsuch’s nomination has brought the extreme ideological polarization of the American government to dizzying heights, pitting Democrats and Republicans against one another in an epic political showdown. Last […]

“No Taxation without Representation”The state license plates of over 600,000 Washington, DC residents display this slogan. Every car serves as a reminder that the city that houses the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court is unable to fully participate in the democracy it harbors. DC citizens recently voted in favor of a referendum to make DC […]



March 13 marked the fourth anniversary of the white smoke – the fumata bianca – leaking out of the top-most chimney in the Sistine Chapel; Jorge Margio Bergoglio had been named pope, the first non-European since the Syrian Gregory III reigned in the 8th century, and the first South-American to ever hold the title. The new […]

The many parallels between cultural expression and political processes suggest that, whenever there is a hostile political climate, the institutionalized stereotypes that result find ways to seep into our entertainment. Post 9/11, for example, there was an influx of jobs available for Arab actors – to play the role of terrorists. During the Obama administration, perhaps […]