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Divining a “Trump mandate”

(image by Jenna Ndjon)  As a new presidential administration begins its tenure, much doubt and rancor permeates our politics.  A general principle of democratic governance is that electoral victory translates into a mandate to govern.  A mandate refers to the bestowal of legitimacy and authority, as well as to the message and preferences expressed by the public.  During the interim, from election night to inauguration, … Continue reading Divining a “Trump mandate”

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Local Legislators Get to Work in the Trump-era

(Image by Bill Dickinson) The air of change was evident during the Pre-General Assembly Town Hall at McIntosh Elementary School in Newport News, Virginia, on the evening of January 5th. After the death of State Senator John Miller last year, former State Delegate Monty Mason was able to successfully take over his seat, making way for newcomer Mike Mullin to take Mason’s former position. Both … Continue reading Local Legislators Get to Work in the Trump-era

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Russian Reset: Trump Style, part 2

(Image by Global Panorama)  This article is part-2 of a two-part series; find yesterday’s post here While much will depend on how Trump handles his transition into European affairs, his true litmus test on how he will respond to Russian influence begins and ends with Syria.Trump’s departure from the outgoing administration’s policy regarding Syria has been viewed as an olive branch to the Kremlin. With … Continue reading Russian Reset: Trump Style, part 2

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Russian Reset: Trump Style, part 1

(Image by Michael Vadon) The triumph of Republican Donald J. Trump over Democratic Russia hawk Hillary Clinton not only rattled Washington’s consensus on how to wrangle our longtime adversary, but also sent a message to Moscow that a diplomatic breakthrough could be on the horizon. Trump’s promise of detente and reconciliation has struck an unlikely chord with the Kremlin, drastically changing years of contentious rhetoric … Continue reading Russian Reset: Trump Style, part 1

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A Secular State: Why the Trinity Case Matters.

(Image by Mitchell Shapiro)  One of the most interesting cases awaiting the Supreme Court on this year’s docket is Trinity Lutheran V Pauly. Trinity Church is contesting an amendment to the Constitution of Missouri that prohibits state aid directly or indirectly benefiting religious organizations. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia was denied government assistance to purchase rubberized material for their preschool playground. This case will test … Continue reading A Secular State: Why the Trinity Case Matters.

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A Guide to the Electoral College

(image by Cx2 )  In the days following the election, it has been hard to avoid news articles discussing the Electoral College. Some articles have been informative explaining how the system works. Others have insisted if you just sign a petition Hillary Clinton can become the next President of the United States. Is there some loophole that could make Clinton the next president? And how exactly … Continue reading A Guide to the Electoral College

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Eviction: An Introduction

(Image by Mariano Mantel) It seems obvious that a place to sleep and put your stuff is fundamental to getting ahead. A place to shower and eat your meals. All the necessary vanities of professional life depend on some form of stable housing. The idyllic American childhood takes place in the suburban home. So, of course, we spend some time thinking about housing and housing … Continue reading Eviction: An Introduction