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PETROCHEILOS: Division Hinders Bipartisanship

PETROCHEILOS: Division Hinders Bipartisanship

Last week, the US Senate employed the “nuclear option” to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Instead of the 60 votes needed to confirm the candidate to a lifetime position in the highest court of the United States, Republicans only needed 51, or a simple majority. In an action orchestrated[Read More…]

PETROCHEILOS: The Dangers  of Generalization

PETROCHEILOS: The Dangers of Generalization

Mindless acts of terror do not surprise us anymore. The tragedy in London last Wednesday killed four people, among them an unarmed police officer, and injured 12 others: one German, one Pole, two Greeks, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one Irish, one Chinese, three French, one American and one Italian.[Read More…]

PETROCHEILOS: Trump’s War with Media

PETROCHEILOS: Trump’s War with Media

President Donald Trump announced in a Feb. 25 tweet that he will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in April, an annual dinner dedicated to celebrating freedom of the press by honoring journalists. Trump will be the first president in 36 years to skip the dinner. The[Read More…]

PETROCHEILOS: Upholding Judicial Independence

PETROCHEILOS: Upholding Judicial Independence

President Donald Trump’s 90-day travel ban calling for the “extreme vetting” of people from seven Muslim-majority countries has provoked intense reactions, rallies and protests in airports across the country and anger on both sides of the aisle. But is this ban, which limits nationals from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria,[Read More…]

by February 14, 2017 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
PETROCHEILOS: Prioritizing A Democratic Transition

PETROCHEILOS: Prioritizing A Democratic Transition

For the past few weeks, I have been fortunate enough to attend the highly publicized confirmation hearings as an extern for Senate President pro tempore Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Essentially, these confirmation hearings mean cameras, heavy speechwriting and the ever-gloomy realization that although President Donald Trump has held office since Jan.[Read More…]

by January 31, 2017 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
PETROCHEILOS: Obamacare Endures Despite GOP Win

PETROCHEILOS: Obamacare Endures Despite GOP Win

After this election season, the Democrats have become America’s minority party in Washington, D.C. The Republican Party now controls the presidency, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. What was expected by prominent political analysts like Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight to be a decisive Clinton win and a subsequently[Read More…]

by December 6, 2016 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
PETROCHEILOS: Allowing Anger To Drive Change

PETROCHEILOS: Allowing Anger To Drive Change

With the divisive presidential election finally over, many people have expressed their concerns of a Republican executive branch combined with a Republican-controlled Congress. Rallies against Donald Trump across the country continue to make headlines alongside the Twitter hashtag #notmypresident. Frustrations continue to rise because former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost[Read More…]

by November 15, 2016 1 comment Opinion, Opinion - Top
PETROCHEILOS: Overcome Electoral Flaws

PETROCHEILOS: Overcome Electoral Flaws

During the third and final presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump reiterated his claim that the presidential election was being rigged against him and that he would keep the American people “in suspense” as to whether he will accept the election results as legitimate. This starkly contrasts the manner in[Read More…]

by November 1, 2016 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
PETROCHEILOS: Repairing Democracy’s Chasm

PETROCHEILOS: Repairing Democracy’s Chasm

In ancient Athens, the statesman Cleisthenes introduced a political system known as demokratia, or rule of the people.”Democracy is widely considered to be one of the enduring contributions of ancient Greece to the modern world. As a Greek and politically active millennial, I celebrate when the will of the people[Read More…]

by October 18, 2016 0 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top
PETROCHEILOS: Distorted Perceptions of Terror

PETROCHEILOS: Distorted Perceptions of Terror

On Sept. 17, a bomb explosion injured 29 people on a crowded sidewalk in Chelsea, N.Y.. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called the incident “an intentional act” at the time, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) labeled the attack an act of terrorism. Further investigation revealed that the[Read More…]

by September 27, 2016 2 comments Commentary, Opinion, Opinion - Top