Last week, I was in the car on the way home to campus when I heard a short blurb on the radio that made my heart skip a beat. The reporter briefly mentioned that a bill that would grant President Obama the line-item veto passed the House of Representatives. I was floored that such a bill would be passed in the first place; that it wasn’t the top news story; that I hadn’t, in fact, accidentally woken up in 1996 after all. Though there would be limits on this power and the prospect of this bill passing the Senate is comparatively slim, I think the idea of instituting a line-item veto is a HUGE and scary thing that a lot more people should be talking about than there are right now. Read More The Perils of the Line-Item Veto
Bossman recently resigned to take a position with the governor’s administration, which leaves the staff to wonder what’s next for us. I find myself pondering, as I did both when I finished college and left grad school, what can you do with a degree in political science? Read More What Do You Do With a Degree in Political Science?
Sometimes, I’m at a loss for what to write about for my politics post for the week that hasn’t already been said (and probably said better than I could do it). I’m always open for Ask the Political Scientist-type questions, though, and this week, I actually had a question show up in my box. So today, I’ll answer it for her and the rest of you. Read More Ask the Political Scientist: How do I survive my Poli-Sci class?
Simmering just below the surface of all the drama in the news over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s alleged crimes is a very interesting debate about censorship, freedom of the press, and what even counts as being “the press.” Frankly, Assange has done his beliefs and supporters a real disservice by being such an asshole. If he hadn’t allegedly done the things he allegedly did, then everyone would be talking about censorship instead of debating the meaning of consent. Read More The Power of Censorship