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You Know What the Midwest is? Young and Restless

You Know What the Midwest is? Young and Restless

Hannah Olson | @thehannykate It’s a simple line from Kanye West’s song Jesus Walks. The 2004 song is West’s commentary on how spirituality walks with everyone, “from saints to sinners.” While the song and it’s meaning as a whole have absolutely nothing to do with this trip so far, that single lyric does. Raygun’s popular … Continue reading

Policy, Not Politics: Uniting Beyond What Divides Us

Policy, Not Politics: Uniting Beyond What Divides Us

By: Samantha Bayne The legislative director for Senator Grassley, James Rice, suggested that we can all find common ground on policy, but not politics. Our discussions over the past few days have revealed the strong divisions in this country, but Mr. Rice shows that bipartisanship might still be possible. Even in the incredibly tense times … Continue reading

Meeting Senators is Pretty Cool

Meeting Senators is Pretty Cool

By: Gavin Nordberg For the longest time, I have been obsessed with Senators and House members. One of the first days of the trip, Monday, we visited a number of Senate offices and ultimately met one Senator. It is so cool to me that I have been able to meet one of them. Being in … Continue reading

PSA: DC Politics are more predictable than ever.

Today, the Washington Center kicked off the first seminar with Steve Scully from C-SPAN and Robert Costa from the Washington Post. Scully engaged participants by asking individuals who have not been to Washington DC before to describe the current state of DC’s politics. Students eagerly raised their hands to describe DC’s politics as frightening, scary, … Continue reading

Election Postmortem and a Side on Jazz Apples

By Jack Feldman At The Washington Center, academic sessions are now in full swing. Today was a look at the election. At why what happened, happened. This postmortem discussion was held in the form of a panel with a Q&A afterward. The panelists were: Ruy Teixiera, Research Fellow, The Century Foundation,  John Hudak, Deputy Director – Center for … Continue reading

The GOP’s Postmortem

The GOP’s Postmortem

By Jon Lueth; Companion Piece The 2016 Presidential election season was easily one of the most controversial in my lifetime. Both parties found themselves in scenarios they would never have dreamed possible. To the joy of many Republicans, Bernie Sanders, the relatively unknown “Democratic Socialist” Jewish Senator of Vermont, briefly appeared to pose a serious challenge … Continue reading

Coalition Building

Coalition Building

By Julia Wolf While Monday’s morning session focused on the need for people to talk to others with differing political views to gain more understanding and tolerance, today’s session featured a speaker and a two-person panel discussion to give a postmortem on the election. Doctor Julia Azari, who teaches at Marquette University, talked about the … Continue reading