Weeding Hickenlooper Out

Four years ago, then-Mayor John Hickenlooper leveraged his popular, quirky image to catapult himself out of Denver’s city hall and into the Colorado governor’s mansion. However, the several pieces of peculiar legislation that have weeded their way onto Colorado’s books during his tenure may be hurting Hickenlooper’s chances at reelection. Much of the frenzy has…

When Republicans Vote For Democrats

On a recent visit to my former high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, I asked my 12th grade English teacher, Kristen Ohaver, what she thought of the Republican-controlled state government. A devout Catholic and steadfast Republican, she is the teacher supervisor of the Young Republicans club at the school. “I hate it,” she said, smiling at…

Bishops on the Border

Since the founding of America, religion has always been both a powerful influence and a blunt weapon in political discourse. Politicians from across the aisle have no qualms in bringing up their religion when debating policy and passing legislation. As it is across most of the West, Christianity tends to be the religion most represented…


National

A Whale of a Problem: The US Navy and Environmentalism

A Whale of a Problem: The US Navy and Environmentalism

During the 1990’s a team of researchers operating in the Mediterranean Sea discovered a mass stranding of beaked whales, a behavior whereby the whales purposefully beach themselves, usually dying in the process. Mass strandings are extremely rare, especially considering allof the stranded whales were declared perfectly healthy at the time of the event. Concurrent to…

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Ask David Corn Anything (Full Series)

Ask David Corn Anything (Full Series)

Inspired by The Dish, BPR invited its readers to submit questions for Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn ’81. Check back here to see the full production as we add videos to the series.  

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Global

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?

Does Cuba Intend to Fight For Gay Rights?

A pioneer in the region, Cuba has begun to add to its list of internal advancements LGBTI rights; the 1990s saw the abolishment of many oppressive laws and practices towards gays while the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX, Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual) was founded to affect policy change and to provide sexual education…

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A Hamas-Fatah Wedding

A Hamas-Fatah Wedding

Deeming the Palestinian Authority’s recent thoughts of reconciliation with Hamas  helpful or harmful is premature at best. Such a determination of viability requires an important acknowledgment of the distinction between rhetoric and reality and a careful evaluation of Hamas’ changing role in conflict resolution in the context of recent and past Israeli-Palestinian and Hamas-Fatah peace…

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The Courts

Justice in Putin’s Russia

Justice in Putin’s Russia

After Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, he was charged with trying to reconstitute the Soviet Union. Although the Russian president has not exactly dispelled this claim, it would be a mistake to cry “Evil Empire!” over one foreign excursion. Not that the critics are wrong — they are just looking in the wrong place for evidence. …

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The Second Supreme Court

The Second Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court rests at the apex of America’s legal community. As any novice civics student or Schoolhouse Rock enthusiast can tell you, it uses the power of judicial review to issue a final judgment on great constitutional questions. However, while the Supreme Court stands alone in its finality, it is not nearly as…

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Sex/Gender

From the White House to Brown: Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

From the White House to Brown: Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

The White House has officially donned its white hat. The highly anticipated First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault was released yesterday. The interagency task force, which falls under the purview of the White House Council on Women and Girls, is fronted by Vice President Joe Biden, US…

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I’m Tired of Smiling Too

I’m Tired of Smiling Too

“Hey shawty,” the recently-shaven, well-dressed, clearly-older-than-me man said as I crossed 34th street and made my way to Penn station. I was offended. “I’m 5’7,” I thought to myself, “and I am not short.” Sensitive to height-based derogations, I turned around and leered at the man ready to defend my statistically backed, taller-than-average stature. He…

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