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Biden becomes 46th president of the United States, fate of Senate may lie with Georgia

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks at his campaign event in North Liberty, Iowa, on Feb. 1, 2020.
November 7, 2020
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, are headed to the White House after a nail-biting result count that kept the nation in limbo for several days.

OPINION: Studying genocide during the Trump administration

The Trump administration has altered perceptions of the media since the President’s campaign in 2016, popularizing the term “fake news” to discredit reporting that did not aid his campaign.
November 5, 2020
It is difficult to take a class like Comparative Genocide without drawing comparisons to our current reality as Americans. The same themes seem to arise in each genocide we study: authoritarianism, disinformation and profound social divisions. 

ANALYSIS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. Now what? 

ANALYSIS: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is gone. Now what? 
October 7, 2020
Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18, there has been a lot of talk in the news about what will happen next. What is the precedent for replacing her, and what exactly happened in 2016 when a similar situation arose?

Audio Story: Inside the Iowa Caucus

February 14, 2020
What exactly is a caucus, and what makes it so different from a primary?

How to become more news literate on social media 

Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 
November 4, 2019
Because things can become viral so quickly on social media nowadays, it is important to be able to parse the real from the fake. Here are a few ways to ensure that the stories you are sharing on Facebook are up to snuff. 

The 1975’s new political songs mark new era 

The 1975’s new political songs mark new era 
September 10, 2019
It’s easy to sing about teenage heartache normally, but we’re in fundamentally abnormal times; The 1975 gets this. And as a result, their message is resonating.

Harry Vaughan Smith lectures on Dietrich Bonhoeffer pack Newton and inspire conversations

Provided by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dietrich Bonhoeffer lectures.
February 21, 2016

A mixed crowd of community members and Mercer students and faculty packed Newton Chapel at the Harry Vaughan Smith Lecture series on Feb. 16 and 17. Each year, since 1992, the Christianity department...

Bringing Back Mercer’s Democrats

Chris Grant, Drew Bryant, and Desirrae Jones hold up signs for Bernie Sanders during their time at the Iowa caucus.
February 10, 2016

Mercer University’s chapter of the Young Democrats is back in action this spring semester. After the 2012 presidential election, the chapter deteriorated and ceased to exist due to a lack of student...

Sanders vs. Clinton: The Facts

Bernie Sanders (left) and Hillary Clinton (right).
August 27, 2015

One of the more interesting story lines thus far in the 2016 election cycle has been the emergence of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as Hillary Clinton’s main challenger in the Democratic primary. Sanders,...

President Obama should seek Congress approval

President Obama should seek Congress approval
October 1, 2014

In 2008, the war-weary American public elected Democrat Barack Obama by a sweeping 7 percent margin that saw the Illinois senator winning a landslide 365 electoral votes to Republican John McCain’s 173....

Democrats should be worried

Democrats should be worried
September 11, 2014

Democrats should be worried; their Senate control is standing on thin ice that is beginning to crack. Currently, the Democrats have 55 seats (including two independents), and the Republicans have 45....

Political opinions just out of reach

October 10, 2012

As opinions editor, I fully realize that this section has not really addressed many political issues this year -- an election year. A couple of people, that I know of, have complained about the lack of...

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