French Républicains Nominate Francois Fillon in a Landslide Victory

Francois Fillon has defeated Alain Juppé in the run-off primary election to become the French Republican Party’s nominee for President. The so-called “underdog” won in a landslide, beating the “favorite” 68%-32%. During the first round of the primary last Sunday, former President Nicolas Sarkozy was eliminated from the running in a surprising upset. Read more on last week’s primary round here. Until his … Read more…

Hamilton v. Trump

Last week, I was busy writing a post about America’s musical obsession, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony (x11) award-winning musical about Alexander Hamilton. Then Vice President-elect Mike Pence attended a showing of Hamilton and suddenly my article became a bit obsolete. I confess that I’m a bit obsessed with Hamilton. As a choir/musical theatre nerd, history … Read more…

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Loses Primary, French Populist Wave Likely in 2017

In a surprising upset, the former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy was eliminated in the first round of the centre-right Republican Party‘s presidential primary. In conceding his defeat, Sarkozy has backed today’s winner, Francois Fillon, who served as the France’s Prime Minister during Sarkozy’s term (2007-2012). Since no candidate reached a simple majority during today’s round, Fillon will face another former Prime Minister, … Read more…

The Millennial Blizzard: Defending the “Snowflakes”

President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory over Hillary Clinton last Tuesday started a blizzard that’s sweeping through America, metaphorically speaking… well AND literally speaking since the upper midwest is coincidentally experiencing a REAL blizzard right now. In response to Trump’s victory, younger Americans have taken to the streets to participate in marches and demonstrations. By expressing their frustration … Read more…

“Trumped-up, Trickle-down” Student Loan Reform?

Back in October, President-elect Donald Trump laid out a skeletal plan for student loan reform during a campaign speech. His plan contains three major points: Income-based repayment plans, student loan forgiveness, and reducing college costs. Considering that America’s outstanding student loan debt is currently sitting at $1.4 trillion and 2016 college graduates owe an average of … Read more…

American Youth Raise Doubts Over Social Media “News”

We cannot count the times we’ve opened our Facebook or Twitter feeds, scrolled through its content, and come across purported news stories that immediately evoke a loud voice in our heads – “Bullshit!” – only to notice it was shared by someone you formerly believed smart enough to know Miley Cyrus would never, ever move … Read more…

Trump In, Gillespie Out?

Like his unsuccessful bid for Senate in 2014, lifelong party insider and presumptive nominee for governor Ed Gillespie now faces yet another treacherous task: fighting history itself. Since 1980, Virginia voters have always chosen a Democratic governor in years following the election of a Republican president. Many have remarked publicly that democrats protesting Trump’s victory … Read more…