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Nisha Rao

Nisha Rao
Politics

Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Young Socialist Who Just Won Her Congressional Primary

In an shocking upset, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, defeated ten-year incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District. A woman of color and socialist activist, she previously organized for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and worked as a staffer for Senator Ted Kennedy, demonstrating both tenacity and political experience. Though her previous contributions to campaigns must be noted, her personal experiences being raised and living in the district she campaigns in offers a greater insight to her

Europe/UK, International, Politics

Ireland’s Progressive Movement Towards Liberalism

Across dozens of religious and cultural values, the practice of abortion remains a highly contentious issue. Some beliefs, such as that of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam believe in the protection of the mother and permit abortion during extenuating circumstances. Others, like Catholicism, forbid it completely, regardless of the situation. These beliefs, as well as other factors, have immense influence over the policies that countries institute regarding abortion. For example, China possesses freely available

Op-ed, Politics

Fiscal Conservative, Social Liberal: A Modern Myth

Fiscal Conservative, Social Liberal. This phrase, often coupled with a moderate political stance, demonstrates an individual’s support for LGBTQ+ rights and the pro-choice movement, but also support for conservative fiscal policies, such as lower taxes, small government, privatization, free trade, and deregulation of the economy. Support for this viewpoint can be found in Republican senator Marco Rubio saying he “would go attend a gay marriage,” and Republican senator Ted Cruz voicing support for states choosing their own marijuana

Op-ed

Don’t Make Excuses for Donald Trump

Far too often, I hear concessions being made for President Trump. They expect so little from him that anything vaguely presidential or even somewhat professional comes off as groundbreaking and dynamic. When he gives speeches that don’t end in rambling screaming, people applaud his “presidential nature,” as though that’s something he should be complemented on and not part of his job description. Recently, someone told me that “Trump may be a racist sometimes, but it’s

Politics

Mother of Charlottesville Victim Stands Against Donald Trump

Last Saturday, white nationalists armed with torches and racist ideologies marched through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, presumably to protest the city’s attempt to remove a Robert E. Lee statue. Soon after, a counter protest erupted near the original march, where a man driving a Dodge Challenger rammed into the crowd, injuring 19 people and killing one. The tragedy killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal living in Charlottesville. She had previously spoken out against

Politics

Scaramucci Fired as White House Communications Director

After just ten days in the position, Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci spectacularly departs his position as White House Communications Director. His departure, just after that of Sean Spicer’s, suggests a reign of chaos for the administration. His appointment came quite a bit after Michael Dubke’s departure, who had reportedly failed to bring together the Trump administration through a stream of never-ending scandals. Sean Spicer, opposed to his arrival, resigned from office. Scaramucci’s appointment had also

Politics

Celebrity Culture Invades American Politics

Whether we like to admit it or not, the very idea of celebrity culture is so deeply rooted in our society that we often find ourselves obsessed with the opulence and crushing beauty of it all. We mindlessly flick through magazines to find pictures of their immense mansions, and we troll their Instagram pages to see the extravagant vacations to faraway islands and resorts. Everything surrounding these images has this unattainable, Gatsby-esque quality to it.

Feminism

Your Daily Reminder: Periods are Okay

In the grand scheme of “things people are offended by”, I feel like menstrual cycles are pretty high up there. Even in a developed setting with numerous technological advancements, many people still seem to think that periods are a taboo topic. It’s crazy to me how many people, women and men, are unwilling to discuss the topic openly or immediately shut you down when you attempt to discuss it. So, in the interest of creating a more

Entertainment

The Thing About YouTube

When it comes to celebrity culture in 2017, it’s a very exclusive concept. Celebrities are so far separated from the average person that they seem like gods or two dimensional objects that are simply there for our amusement. It’s odd and somewhat terrifying to imagine that these people, with gorgeous, symmetrical faces that grace the magazines at the checkout of the grocery store, are living, breathing humans with emotions just like ours. This was made

Entertainment

Why We Should All Be Watching Scandal

Election season was difficult. The dreaded several months after election season was even harder. The next four years may even seem infeasible. In short, it seems a little bit silly to actually want to watch the American government implode on television. So, why exactly is Scandal so popular? Produced by ABC Studios and ShondaLand, Scandal is about political fixer, Olivia Pope, and her crisis management team. Much of the plot is about how she can’t

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