by Sophia Acker (Class of 2021)

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in December, a contentious debate over vaccination has emerged in the United States. Willingness to get the vaccine is growing, but a staunch minority still refuses inoculation. And those who oppose vaccination especially take issue with the idea of vaccine passports and mandates. After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s May 13 announcement that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks in most settings, anti-vaccine groups have expressed concern about businesses and workplaces requiring vaccination…

By Emma Winey (Class of 2022) and Josh Hochberg (Class of 2022)

In recent years, there has been an outpouring of popular writing on how one’s party affiliation is increasingly part of one’s core identity. Emblematic of this account is the increasingly popular maxim that “party is the new religion.” Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, for example, wrote that “politics has become a religion in so many lives.” Just this month, Shadi Hamid — a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute — penned an article entitled “How Politics Replaced Religion in America.” According to this school of thought, the rise…

by Brendan Hartnett (class of ‘23)

The 2016 election revealed novel trends shaped by demographics that altered the electoral results significantly compared to past elections. Non-college educated whites voted overwhelmingly for Trump, while Clinton won the college-educated vote. In sharp contrast to previous elections when pro-business Republicans won the vote of wealthier Americans with their promise of tax cuts, Clinton won about 50% of the vote from those above the national median income. Clinton’s gains were offset by her underperformance with Hispanic voters, where Trump outperformed Romney’s 2012 campaign by 8-points. …

by Sophia Acker (Class of ‘21), Brendan Hartnett (Class of ‘23), and Yonatan Margalit (Class of ‘22)

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, the largest vaccination effort in history is underway. Within 58 days of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines were administered. As eligibility continues to expand, over a quarter of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, all American adults should be eligible for the vaccine by June.

The Biden White…

by Zachary L. Hertz (TPOL Research Associate), Aadhya Shivakumar (Class of ‘22), and Emma Winey (Class of ‘22)

On the campaign trail and in his inaugural address, President Joe Biden stressed calls for unity and touted his ability to work across the aisle. Fifty days into his presidency, the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan has brought renewed scrutiny as to whether the president can keep these promises.

But defining bipartisanship proves tricky. Democrats have claimed that the bill is bipartisan because it receives support from Republican voters; the New York Times notes that the American Rescue Plan is…

by Lucas Pyle (Class of 2021)

For the first time since 2011, the Democratic Party controls the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency. In the first 60 days of unified control, the Democratic Party has passed a 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus bill to tackle the economic impacts of the coronavirus epidemic. President Biden has also issued executive orders to reverse policies of the previous administration on immigration, climate, and race. Republicans overwhelmingly opposed the stimulus bill, with every single Congressional Republican voting against this legislation.

With more bills soon to be introduced and voted on in Congress, both…

by Bennett Fleming-Wood (Class of 2021), Brendan Hartnett (Class of 2023) and Aadhya Shivakumar (Class of 2022)

Joe Biden campaigned for his 2020 victory on a range of liberal policies, including increasing the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. Biden had good reason to emphasize his support for raising the minimum wage, as the policy is widely supported by voters: a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 60% of registered voters support a $15 minimum wage. Support is even higher amongst Democrats, with 82% supporting the policy.

While the passage of the American Rescue Plan was monumental for the…

by Josh Hochberg (Class of 2022)

Over the past two decades, voter ID laws have developed from an insipid topic of interest only to policy wonks and local government enthusiasts into one of the most hot-button issues in American politics. Indeed, a recent NPR article declared that “Voting And Elections Divide Republicans And Democrats Like Little Else.”

by Lucas Pyle (Class of 2021)

On January 6th, right-wing extremists stormed the Capitol building to stop the democratic process of certifying President Biden’s victory and overturn the November election results. In the aftermath of the violence seen in D.C., different institutions enacted measures to prevent further acts and incitement of violence. Public security was bolstered for the inauguration of President Biden. Twitter banned President Trump from posting on their service and Google removed Parler, a conservative social network platform, from their app store. …

by Josh Hochberg (Class of 2022)

On January 6, 2021, a mob of far-right extremists stormed the Capitol hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 election, follow the orders of the then-President, and kill all those who stood in their way. Leading the insurrection were QAnon conspiracy theorists and white supremacists, followed by a mob of like-minded individuals.

To those familiar with recent developments on the far right, the alliance between QAnon theorists and white supremacists is to be expected. They use the same social media sites and communication platforms (where they openly planned the insurrection). Both groups were…

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