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Republican National Convention: Day 2

Republican National Convention: Day 2

Chris Hankin

July 19, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The second day of the Republican National convention followed much the same script as the first. Protests, though spirited, were contained by an enormous and well marshaled police force, and businessman Donald Trump officially seized the Republican nomination. Protests were k...

Address Leaves Obama Beholden to Environmentalists

Sam Chapman

January 31, 2013

I skipped the broadcast of President Obama's second inaugural address in favor of reading it afterwards, so that I could better analyze its content without being distracted by the speechcraft. As an environmentalist, my response is optimistic––though it took some thinking to arrive at that optimism....

Proportional Distribution Needed to Fix Electoral College

Sam Chapman

November 8, 2012

If you claim you haven't had the following conversation in the past month, you're lying: You're with your friends, and the subject turns to politics. Somebody is almost certainly from California, Montana or some other solidly red or blue state. They'll mention who they plan to vote for, then write off...

Second Presidential Debate Provides Open Forum for Student Discussion

Evan Taylor

October 25, 2012

The Politics Department held a screening of the second presidential debate followed by a town hall discussion last Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Maxey Auditorium. Present at the discussion, moderated by Assistant Professor of Politics Susanne Beechey, were Whitman students and professors and Walla Walla residents. "It...

Neither party stellar on sex ed

Spencer Wharton

October 25, 2012

As a high school senior in 2008, I watched the election, boiling over with the indignation of being three months shy of voting in an election relevant to my life. In a week and a half, millions more teenagers will be in the same place. It's our obligation as young voters to keep teens in mind when we vo...

Green Party vote not wasted

Green Party vote not wasted

Sam Chapman

October 25, 2012

I dream of an election in which the Green, Libertarian, Constitution and Justice parties are all polling around 17 percent beside the Democrat and Republican, who are doing about as well. Instead, this election is another iteration of the usual two-party nightmare. I'm not writing to complain a...

David Brooks lecture discusses elections, political climate through moral lens

David Brooks lecture discusses elections, political climate through moral lens

Lachlan Johnson

October 18, 2012

Political commentator and writer David Brooks spoke to a large audience in Cordiner Hall on Monday, Oct. 15, addressing American political culture and the narrative surrounding the candidates in the 2012 presidential election. The speech was followed by a brief question and answer session moderated by...

Obama’s pro-coup politics must be condemned

Obama’s pro-coup politics must be condemned

October 18, 2012

This column was contributed by Henry Gales '13 On Feb. 29, 2004, U.S. military personnel put Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide onto a plane and flew him to the Central African Republic. After being reelected in 2000, Aristide had continued to make enemies of powerful governments by refusing to privatize Haiti's utility companies (a demand pushed by George W. Bush and Bill Clin...

Ron Paul excels as false revolutionary

Ron Paul excels as false revolutionary

Sam Chapman

March 11, 2012

Of all the detestable presidential candidates still in the race today, I reserve my worst ire for Ron Paul. True, some of the other candidates are far more despicable than he––notably Rick Santorum, who believes that women should stay in the home and not the workforce, and claims that the sep...

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