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How Colleges Address Drug and Alcohol Issues on Campus

Dan Reider

Most colleges appear to require introductory classes, which include topics such as peer pressure, bullying, drug and alcohol use, dealing with roommate conflicts, etc. Many also require completion of online seminars that must be taken either before the first day of class or during their first semester. These are all good and worthwhile requirements. However, when the colleges were asked specific questions related to safety on campus and in student housing, they often had difficulty providing clear, concise responses. 

Justin Fairfax Wins in Democratic Sweep of Virginia

Stacy Brown

The hardworking Democrat defeated Republican Jill Vogel in the hotly contested race for the second-highest office in Old Dominion. Fairfax’s win capped a banner night for his party as Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie to win the governor’s mansion and Mark Herring beat GOP candidate John Adams in the race for attorney general. The race, in many ways, put President Donald Trump against his predecessor Barack Obama in the first showdown since Trump won the presidency.

How Social Media Abet the Political Right

Neal Gabler

But in some respects, this may be among the least of the political impacts of social media. Above and beyond Trump’s tweets and his circumvention of traditional media, there is a much more profound but much subtler effect that plays upon certain psychological and social proclivities in America today and that is changing politics generally and has already changed our political leadership. And while this is by no means Trump-specific, it has a very strong affinity for the right wing. 

Minority Groups Risk Undercount as 2020 Census Approaches

Rae Ann Varona

The 2020 Census has already been listed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a “high risk” federal program in its 2017 High Risk Report. The result? Derailments of important tests and resources, including the measurement element of the dress rehearsal (the only way of evaluation), and assessment strategies of communications, outreach, and partnership programs.

For Trump, Words Are Stupid Things

Michael Winship

Words. “I have the best words,” Trump famously proclaimed during the campaign, and just the other day he told Maria Bartiromo of Fox News how “well-crafted” his goofy tweets are. The same man announced from the White House lawn on Wednesday that “I’m a very intelligent person” — words that sounded more self-deceptive than presidential. Trump does have a way with words. Unfortunately, it’s a gruesome way. 

Will Stacey Abrams Become America’s First Black Female Governor?

Stacy Brown

The GOP has held a tight grip on the governor’s mansion in Georgia since 2002, when Sonny Perdue, promising to restore the Confederate battle cross to the state flag, defeated Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes to become the first Republican to hold the position in the Peach State since Reconstruction. But a motivated Democrat is looking to change that and shatter a glass ceiling that has never been broken in the United States.

Why I'm Protesting Against Betsy DeVos

Velma Veloria

We have a lot to lose. Trump issued a racist immigration ban based on religion and skin color. He continues to imperil undocumented students and their families. He threatens to cut critical services that many Americans need to live. The AAPI community needs to be worried—Trump’s agenda makes clear that the rights of people of color are secondary to those of his white constituents. 

Study Shows Growing Spending Power, Influence of African-American Women

Stacy Brown

The report titled, “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic,” was released by Nielsen during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference; it revealed that African-American women’s consumer preferences and brand affinities are resonating across the mainstream culture, driving total Black spending power toward a record $1.5 trillion by 2021.

So Why Are Republicans in Office, Exactly?

Neal Gabler

Of all the myths the Republicans have perpetrated, and there are a lot of them, perhaps none is more powerful or insidious than the foundational one that this is an overwhelmingly conservative country and that progressives are outliers in it, along with its pernicious corollary that conservatives are “real” Americans while liberals (and the minorities who support liberal policies) are somehow counterfeits.

Ailing Seniors and the Rise of Medical Marijuana

Karen Michel

But medical marijuana comes in many forms. “You can take it as a pill or edible form,” Kaskie said. “You could rub in on your skin lesions. That's what I saw one person with cancer doing, and it provided relief for him. And that just was what really struck me. It's like, wow, there's a whole population of older persons out there who actually see this as a medical benefit.”

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