While current polling appears to suggest that Joe Biden would beat Donald Trump if the election was held today, there is widespread sentiment that these polls could be wrong. Trump has tweeted recently that, “Final RCP Polling Averages Had Hillary Clinton Winning MI, WI, and PA [...] The Polls are Fake just like much of the reported news. I won it all against Crooked Hillary!” Meanwhile, Biden’s campaign manager recently wrote a memo saying that in certain swing states, the “race is far closer than some of the punditry we’re seeing on Twitter and on TV would suggest.” So, with the election only weeks away, I thought it would be good to compare Biden’s polling lead with 2016 polling and the 2016 election results.
Coronavirus and its associated costs have been bad news for the university’s endowment. Northwestern started the year with an endowment valued around $10.8 billion, but it has decreased to about $10 billion as of the end of September, a decline of 7.4% of the total value. Consequently, the university has had to increase its endowment payout rate this year from 5.2% to 6%, which is the highest rate since at least 2004. (I did not check pre-2005 data.)
There are not very many countries that have trade deals with themselves, but due to the strength of its provincial governments, Canada is one of them. Indeed, Canada is perhaps the most decentralized nation in the West due to its strong regional identities. A poll last year found that in nine out of ten provinces, a majority of people did not prioritize their Canadian identity over their provincial one. (Though I must add that many people rated these identities equally.) Consequently, Canada is no stranger to secessionist movements. Historically, Quebec has had the strongest support for leaving, with 49.42% of Quebeckers voting to leave the country in 1995. In the 2020s, however, provinces in Western Canada, particularly Alberta, may cause the most headaches for the federal government. Last year, 56% of Albertans either strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement “Western Canada gets so few benefits from being part of Canada that they might as well go it on their own.”
This week, New York City Public Schools, the largest school district in the country, will follow through on an audacious public policy bet: nearly 500,000 students will return to in-person schooling. The city has come far from its days as the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in April, and local experts and politicians herald its accomplishments in reducing spread of the coronavirus and keeping the burden on emergency care workers low. The debate over the future of the public school system grew to encompass nearly all of New York’s local news bandwidth in August and early September, as Mayor Bill de Blasio repeatedly pushed back the targeted reopening date. It was really a month earlier, though, in early to mid July, that Americans had to debate amongst themselves whether or not to reopen schools in a quickly approaching fall term.
You would never guess the Epoch Times’s origins by glancing at its homepage. A near-endless scroll of reporting on stimulus negotiations, absentee voting, and law enforcement sits front and center. On the left, a lengthy column of opinion contributors, their profile photos next to their most recent articles. On September 18th, all but one were white; most were men. At the top, “The Epoch Times” reads in a sort of watered-down New York Times typeface—recognizably American, but not a plagiarism of the meat-and-potatoes legacy media aesthetic. Finally, a colorful graphic in the corner beckons readers toward the Epoch Times’s special coverage of the looming election. “We report. You decide,” the caption reads, an obvious recycling of Fox News’s famous slogan.
The US Constitution is, in some places, very specific. For instance, if you happened to be wondering which circumstances would allow for a soldier to live inside your house, you would consult the constitution, not statutory law. However, the constitution is decidedly sparse in its passages about the judiciary system. Most importantly for our purposes, it does not mandate a specific amount of justices to serve on the US Supreme Court. This is not entirely unusual---the constitutions of Australia and Germany don’t mandate the amount of justices on their highest courts, either.
All of the views expressed in this post belong to the author and not to Political Union as an organization. Warning: spoilers ahead for Boys State, now streaming on Apple TV+.
When I first learned about A24’s critically acclaimed new film Boys State, and my three-second cameo in it, I was hesitant to watch. How could one of the most hectic and educational weeks of my life be condensed into a two hour documentary? It wasn’t until I agreed to write my thoughts down for NU Political Union’s blog that I watched and discovered what the film got right (and what it didn’t) about the future of American politics.
The term “American Dream” dates back to James Truslow Adams’s 1931 novel The Epic of America. As Adams describes it, it is:
That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…A dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.
This post is unusual, as the author is not a member of the Political Union Executive Board. However, we felt it would be in the interest of public discourse to publish his response to Pamela’s article from a few weeks ago. As always, all of the views expressed in this post belong to the author and not to Political Union as an organization
With one of the most consequential elections looming, the messaging from left-leaning media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, Vox, and more has been very clear: Progressives should swallow their pride and vote for Biden. The fear of a repeat of 2016 has led to calls from liberal elites to set aside differences to focus on defeating Trump. Under the guise of party unity, Democrats have been reaching out to Bernie supporters to back off from their ‘extreme’ views and support more electable policies and candidates. But in doing so, Democrats put pressure on progressives to compromise their values and settle for Biden. So in this article, I will try to justify the decision to vote for non-major party progressive candidates for president.
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