How Proud My Country

By Queion Swift Upon visiting the Library of Congress I found an exhibit that highlighted the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and also the Civil Rights movement. Chronicling the experience of African-American’s plight to ensure equal rights protected in law. Mark Plotkin said, “when you think of D.C, think of Selma, we have … Continue reading

Developing Our Inner “Wonk”

Developing Our Inner “Wonk”

By Taylor Larson If I had a quarter for every time I heard the word “wonk” in the last two weeks, I could pay off my college loans. From the President to media panelists, moderators and professors used wonk to describe people who take particular interest and have significant knowledge in political policy. Before this … Continue reading

Listen To Your Mother!

By Manny Jacobson How many times when you were a child, or even an adult, did someone say “Listen to you mother”? I know I heard it enough to lose count. Now here is a revised version of this question. How many times does it take for a presidential candidate to listen to his mother? … Continue reading

Election in Reruns

By Kate Brightwell In this environmentally conscious day and age, we are always told to recycle and reuse to help the planet. However, should this translate to our presidential candidates? If you look at the 2016 line-up, it certainly does. Our current prospects for the 2016 election include the “son of a governor and presidential … Continue reading

Washington Is Working

By Kevin Maisto As said by the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, “Washington D.C. is always working.” After two weeks in the city, it is clear that this is true. Between the dozens of federal buildings we visited in just D.C. or the many federal outposts across the country, we realized that Washington isn’t quite … Continue reading

John Oliver proves you can be funny AND smart

John Oliver proves you can be funny AND smart

By Austin Cannon On Thursday, the Washington Center hosted Robert Lichter, a George Mason University professor and author of Politics is a Joke!, for a discussion about political humor. He focused mainly on late-night hosts like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and featured several clips from Saturday Night Live. Somehow, he pretty much left out John Oliver, … Continue reading

Great minds think alike, past and present 

Great minds think alike, past and present 

By Jade Sells A theme of the past few weeks has been speculating on if congress is broken. We have heard from an area of different professionals including current and former secretary’s of state, presidential candidates, White House officials, communications directors, journalists, lobbyist, federal government appointees, policy advocates, and other experts on policy, government, and … Continue reading

Closing Time

By Manny Jacobson It’s official. We managed to fit an entire semester’s worth of work into 2 weeks and let me tell you, it has been a blast. Where in the world did the time go? It feels as though we just arrived in D.C. a couple of days ago. The amount of things this … Continue reading