Running Left of Liberal

In 2014, Democrat Marty Walsh was sworn in as the 54th mayor of Boston, declaring his vision for a city with equal opportunity and “creative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century,” according to his website. Three years later, Walsh’s incumbency is being challenged by another Democrat passionate about progress and equality: Boston City

Rage Against the Regime

With a 36 percent approval rating, President Donald Trump will not commence his presidency with the optimism that most recent presidents have enjoyed. Rather, his administration has faced resistance from the start, with #DisruptJ20 protestors blockading entryways on Inauguration day. On the day after his Inauguration, protesters took to the streets against his administration and

Scrupulously Avoiding Coherence: Memes and the Alt-Right

Richard Spencer could be described as “moderately infamous.” In the past year, he became fairly well-known among followers of politics as an intellectual leader of the alt-right movement; however, I doubt that many of my older relatives would be able to say with any certainty who he is. He and the movement he leads were

Paid Family Leave in the Political Spotlight

In a speech on September 13, Donald Trump became the first major conservative voice to advocate for a federally funded paid maternity leave policy. He gave the speech flanked by his daughter Ivanka, who he thanked for “her work and leadership on the issues facing working moms in our country.” Trump’s speech reflects a cultural

The Presidential Mystique

“Madame President.” For 240 years, this phrase has been inapplicable in the US, but the election just weeks away could change this forever. With Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, gender has been on the forefront of the minds of many Americans. While worldwide over 70 countries have had female heads of state, Hillary Clinton has made waves

Populism & the Future of American Democracy

For his final question at the first presidential debate on September 26, the moderator, Lester Holt, asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if they would respect the outcome of the election if their opponent won. That such a question was necessary is remarkable—never in recent memory has a US presidential candidate appeared liable to deny

Chartered Exploitation

In the midst of the presidential election it’s easy to get swept up in national policy, but we must not forget how the crucial decisions we make this November will affect our local communities. To much of Tufts’ student body, the words “our local communities” prompt memories of walks from campus to Davis Square, through

The Ins and Outs of Polling

Bernie Sanders was not supposed to win the Democratic Primary in Michigan. For weeks, poll after poll showed Hillary Clinton in the lead by double-digit margins. On the eve of the primary, FiveThirtyEight estimated that Clinton had a greater than 99 percent chance of winning the majority of the state’s delegates. But on March 8,

Dispatch from Nashua, New Hampshire: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’16

Author’s note: This is the last vestige of what the tyrannical literary editors at the Observer let me publish from a manuscript of nearly 10,000 words. After barricading myself in a room for five hours, I wrote and edited the whole thing in one go, chain-smoking Camel Lites and downing grapefruits and quarts of Wild