NEWMAN: What’s next?

November 6, 2012 • 3
After months of ads, hundreds of thousands of calls and thousands of doors knocked, the election is finally coming to a close. Both sides have laid out the stakes of this election and their plans for the future. But no matter which party is victorious today, we cannot expect any meaningful progress unless we are »

NEWMAN: Impatience and new resolve in 2012

January 25, 2012 • 2
Since the president delivered his State of the Union address last night, talking heads have already spent a good deal of time analyzing its impact on his prospects for re-election. But they missed the point of the speech. The address is an opportunity for the president to redirect the national agenda. It’s an opportunity for »

Dec, Newman, Gerlach: Representation and reform for Ward 1

April 27, 2011 • 0
The notion that Yale stands alone, discrete and disconnected from New Haven, is remarkably fallacious and dangerously distracting. Every day, when we walk across Elm Street or trek up Science Hill, we see firsthand the evidence of how Yale grew with this city, expanded as New Haven expanded. When we receive those early morning notifications »

Newman: Making our votes matter

September 24, 2010 • 0
At the bottom of this page, Matt Shafer ’13 is talking about American political discourse. It’s become manic, militant and, quite frankly, depressing. Debates about pressing issues like immigration reform border on the surreal with members of Congress talking about “terror babies” and toying with repealing the 14th Amendment. And as Shafer points out, the »

Newman: More than a responsibility

September 2, 2010 • 1
Peter Parker once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Jesus said, “To whom much is given, much is required.” Adding himself to this chorus of the socially conscious, on Saturday, President Levin advised the members of the class of 2014 that “there also come responsibilities” with their new status as “intelligent and reflective members »

Newman: Realizing reform

March 22, 2010 • 2
Mark it down: March 21, 2010. After decades of waiting and false starts, after more than a year of heated debate, town hall meetings, rallies and protests, comprehensive health care reform has finally come to our country. With a now filibuster-threatened Senate, House Democrats pulled together last night in the 11th hour (literally) to pass »
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Newman: Come back, cowboys

February 17, 2010 • 7
On Monday, Senator Evan Bayh assailed his Congress and bowed out of a third term. His Congress, of course, can’t seem to get anything done — not health care, not bank bills, not solving the crisis in Iran. There is a lack of fortitude, honor and responsibility plaguing this government, like others before it. This »

Newman: Selling our elections

January 25, 2010 • 13
Thanks to the Supreme Court, this year’s midterm elections will be brought to you by Microsoft. In a tight 5-4 decision, the Court ruled Thursday against bans on corporate spending in elections, making way for untold amounts of corporate money in our political races The case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, was originally brought »