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Mapping Bernie Sanders

Mapping Bernie Sanders

Jakub Leski, Contributor

April 7, 2020

There are few words that are as widely misused and misunderstood in American politics as the term “socialism.” Most Americans fundamentally do not understand trends in economic policy outside of the States, and this confusion is amplified by the U.S. long and devoted history with free-market cap...

Rationalizing Joe Biden

Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Colter Adams, Managing Editor

April 7, 2020

The 2020 primary was supposed to usher in a new era for the Democratic Party, more reflective of the diverse and progressive coalition it claims to represent.  Instead- twenty-six democrats, and over a billion dollars later- the field has winnowed to two septuagenarian white men, each with sluggish...

D.C. can do better than Jack Evans

Former D.C council member Jack Evans speaking at the D.C Council chambers in 2017. Earlier this year, he was accused of ethical violations that led to him stepping down before being fully prosecuted (Photo via Wikimedia Commons).

Alex Schwartz, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2020

In our nation’s capital, scandals and political comebacks shouldn’t mix any more than they already do. Former city council member Jack Evans nearly made history for being the first D.C council member to be removed from office. At the start of this year, Evans was met with multiple allegations tha...

Beyond the blue and red

Crossing from Conserve School into the Sylvania Wilderness (Photo by Colter Adams).

Colter Adams, Managing Editor

February 20, 2020

When I decided to attend Conserve School, a one-semester program for environmental leadership, I anticipated that I would gain invaluable skills as a naturalist and environmental activist. However, I never could have guessed in a million years that I would change my entire perspective on politics, and in...

‘Hot Takes’ Episode 3

The American flag blows in the wind

Colter Adams, Managing Editor

December 9, 2019

In an area as overwhelmingly progressive as Falls Church City, it is often difficult to encounter opposing viewpoints on political issues. It is even rarer for students with different views to engage in respectful, moderated discussions. However, we have found six students- three on the right, three...

‘Hot Takes’ Episode 2

The American flag blows in the wind

Colter Adams, Managing Editor

December 2, 2019

In an area as overwhelmingly progressive as Falls Church City, it is often difficult to encounter opposing viewpoints on political issues. It is even rarer for students with different views to engage in respectful, moderated discussions. However, we have found six students- three on the right, three...

Vote in the primaries. They’re important.

Woman stands with other protestors holding signs about refugees.

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

Commonwealth attorney candidates Theo Stamos (right) and Parisa Tafti (left) on stage

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

Donald Trump, Enrique Peña Nieto, and Justin Trudeau sign the USMCA as reporters and aids look on.

Colter Adams, Managing 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture building in Washington, D.C. The USDA is one of the 430 departments, agencies, and sub-agencies that make up the federal bureaucracy, which collectively employs 2.5 million people and manages trillions of tax dollars. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Colter Adams, Managing 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

The democratic donkey and republican elephant.

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...

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