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Vote in the primaries. They’re important.

Vote in the primaries. They’re important.

Elisabeth Synder

June 10, 2019

Right now, the news cycle is consumed with the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. Joe Biden entered the third presidential race of his career after much anticipation. Bernie Sanders entered for a second time, already with over 20% of Democratic Party primary voters’ support in all of the poll...

The Lasso breaks down the 2020 Democratic primary

The Lasso breaks down the 2020 Democratic primary

Colter Adams, Sequoia Wyckoff, Evan Jones, Elisabeth Synder, and Sam Mostow

June 5, 2019

The Lasso Politics Team discusses the 2020 Democratic primary, campaign strategy, and picks favorites among the current candidates. ...

The Lasso breaks down the Candidate Forum

The Lasso breaks down the Candidate Forum

Colter Adams, Sequoia Wyckoff, Evan Jones, and Sam Mostow

April 24, 2019

The Lasso Politics Team talks Dick Saslaw, Dominion Energy, and Democratic politics in Falls Church City as they break down the League of Women Voters' Candidate Forum. ...

Top eight political moments of 2018

Top eight political moments of 2018

Colter Adams, Politics & Opinion Editor

December 27, 2018

Another year of political controversy and convention-breaking, 2018 saw historic losses for Republicans in the midterm elections, offset by the passage and implementation of many of Trump’s most controversial policies. On the world stage, the Trump administration drew criticism from foreign policy e...

The Federal Bureaucracy: imperfect, but indispensible

The Federal Bureaucracy: imperfect, but indispensible

Colter Adams, Politics & Opinion Editor

September 24, 2018

The recurrent laryngeal nerve, which supplies motor function to the larynx, is one of the strangest fixtures of human anatomy. Instead of connecting the brain directly to the larynx, it first takes an unnecessary detour around the heart and a major artery. Is the Laryngeal Nerve wasteful? Counter-intu...

Less talking, more doing: Politics in America

Less talking, more doing: Politics in America

Laura Whitaker, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2018

Let’s talk about politics. There is a lot to address in recent events; the debate surrounding tighter gun restrictions, the threat of another government shutdown, and the uncertainty of DACA’s future. The list could go on, really, and while these topics are certainly pressing for any American conce...

Words that Spark a Fire

Words that Spark a Fire

Elisabeth Snyder, Staff Reporter

January 31, 2018

Language and its meaning. Hate is like a forest fire--it starts out as the tiniest spark of a phrase, but, unstopped, it ravages hundreds of lives in a matter of days. Two weeks ago, during an meeting with lawmakers, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and certain African countries as “s***hole countri...

Why state government matters: Virginia delegates make an impact

Why state government matters: Virginia delegates make an impact

James Weichert, Contributor

January 10, 2018

Democrats won big in the 2017 elections this past fall: Ralph Northam was elected governor of Virginia, Phil Murphy flipped the New Jersey governorship from Republican Chris Christie, and Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the US Senate in Alabama, a state that broke for Donald Trump by 28 points...

The age of thoughtful deliberation in American politics is ending

The age of thoughtful deliberation in American politics is ending

James Weichert, Contributor

December 12, 2017

Upon returning to the U.S. Senate following medical leave, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gave a speech in July to much acclaim -- from both Republicans and Democrats. In his speech, McCain called for the upper chamber of congress, once considered the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” to forget...

Before you stop caring about politics, look what it’s about to do to your college savings

Before you stop caring about politics, look what it’s about to do to your college savings

Colter Adams, Politics & Opinion Editor

November 21, 2017

Mason students may not be accustomed to experiencing the effects of national legislation first hand. However, the GOP’s last major policy initiative of the year, “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1),” could have striking repercussions on college affordability, an issue relevant to every senior deciding where and how t...

A case study of partisan gerrymandering; it’s corrupt, but is it unconstitutional?

A case study of partisan gerrymandering; it’s corrupt, but is it unconstitutional?

Colter Adams, Politics & Opinion Editor

November 15, 2017

 The Supreme Court will soon be deciding once and for all whether the Federal Government will (or can) prevent the form of partisan election rigging known as gerrymandering.   Justices are currently hearing arguments for case in question, Gill v. Whitford, and are expected to come to a resolutio...

Super Tuesday breakdown

Super Tuesday breakdown

Kate Karstens, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2016

Following primaries in 12 states, the future of our democracy is in the hands of two clear frontrunners: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Here's a breakdown of the results in the U.S. and Falls Church: ...

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