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Imagination limitations

Imagination limitations

By Josh Cook As a group of Drake students, we had the opportunity to meet a plethora of wildly important people during our two weeks in D.C. On Thursday, to follow up a Wednesday which included spending time with Cory Booker, we were able to spend about a half hour with Senator Bernie Sanders in … Continue reading

You’re fired: turnover in the White House

You’re fired: turnover in the White House

By Josh Cook Sebastian Gorka spoke at the Washington Center on Friday, as the final visiting speaker of the program. During his session, he spoke about Donald Trump’s compassion and how he “hates firing people.” This was in direct contrast to what we heard from Kathryn Dunn Tenpas from the Brookings Institution, who had noticed … Continue reading

Conflicting media interests

Conflicting media interests

By Josh Cook We’ve been in D.C. for nearly a full week now. In that time, we’ve visited roughly a handful of publications with major clout in the city – most recognizably Politico and The Hill just to name two – and have had the privilege of speaking to writers and editors who have found … Continue reading

The swamp is flooding … with men

The swamp is flooding … with men

By Josh Cook It’s no secret, to anyone who pays attention, that politics is a male-dominated field. Up until very recently, our country’s collection of elected officials has looked more like a fraternity than a reflective representation of American society. Despite the efforts of incredible individual women throughout history, as well as groups like the … Continue reading

What draws people to politics?

Josh Cook I don’t want to be a politician. There’s no part of me that believes I’m even remotely worthy of having my name next to a box on a ballot, let alone for people to check that box. Luckily for me, there’s a myriad of ways to be involved in the political arena without … Continue reading