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BIPP: Progressive Democrats push to combat climate change in the 116th Congress

Nicole Redding, BIPP Intern

November 30, 2018


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Stepping out of her famed canvassing shoes and onto Capitol Hill, Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) is already making great strides in her first week of congressional orientation. By joining climate change activists from the Sunrise Movement in a protest outside of Minority...

BIPP: A “Blue Wave” may have taken back the House, but what will it mean for policy?

Annie Maley, BIPP Intern

November 15, 2018


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Over a year ago, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, the Affordable Care Act nearly breathed its final breath. However, in a shocking and unprecedented maverick vote by Senator John McCain, the repeal of the law failed. With Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, it seemed inevitable that Obamacare...

BIPP: Germany after Merkel, and the murky path ahead

Max Hubbauer and Yiwei Wang, BIPP Interns

November 8, 2018


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After a pyrrhic victory at the state election in Hesse, a symbol of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany’s incontestable power and influence, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she will step down as the party leader and will not seek re-election in 2021. Politically speaking,...

BIPP: Trump’s attacks on the Fed can’t stop interest rates rising

Anthony Maisano, BIPP Intern

November 1, 2018


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Since the establishment of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed) in 1913, very few times have presidents openly criticized or tried to influence the Fed — that is, until now. This lack of influence stems from the role of the Fed, which acts as the independent central banking system for the United States...

Following CPP repeal, will the latest EDA reform provide a greener future?

Yiwei Wang, Staff Writer

October 25, 2018


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The world was aghast by the U.S. decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement back on June 1, 2017. It was a moment when many had believed the United States would limit their carbon consumption and champion the world into a greener future. Moreover, the Trump Administration also scaled back on...

What Kavanaugh’s confirmation could mean for pro-women policy in the coming years

What Kavanaugh’s confirmation could mean for pro-women policy in the coming years

Annie Maley, BIPP Intern

October 19, 2018


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The past month has seen an unexpectedly dramatic and historically divisive event—the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Early on in the hearings, the nomination seemed to be rather mundane and his confirmation appeared to be secured by Senate Republicans....

BIPP: With an approaching election date, Republicans may face failure

Harry Morris, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2018


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Republicans have started to worry as pre-election polls indicate the upcoming elections could be tough for them. Although they are still presumed to keep the Senate, swing-states are looking more challenging to win, and the usual Republican safe zones are surprisingly being contested. Democrats are...

BIPP: Shedding light to the shadow of censorship: Google plans to return Chinese market with censored app 8 years later

Yiwei Wang, Staff Writer

September 6, 2018


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To the surprise of many, Google plans on re-entering the Chinese market through developing a censored version of its search service, eight years after being deemed illegal by the Chinese government. The project coded under “Dragonfly” has been underway since the spring of 2017 and according to Re...

BIPP: piercing the Bucknell bubble

BIPP: piercing the Bucknell bubble

Zach Krivine, Contributing Writer

April 26, 2018


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There are many elements of this university that make it unique. Its small size, its resources, and its relative geographic isolation from other major metropolises make for a student experience that is totally different than one that someone would have at Boston University or the University of Wisconsin, for...

BIPP: Is “America first” really making us great again?

Nicole Marrone, Contributing Writer

April 19, 2018


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Throughout one of the most polarizing presidential races, then-candidate Donald Trump vowed that he would “Make America Great Again” by putting “America first.” A harsh critic of the Obama administration, Trump criticized former President Barack Obama of entering trade agreements in which the...

BIPP: New census question draws controversy over citizenship and response rates

Harry Morris, Contributing Writer

April 12, 2018


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The 2020 census may seem like a distant matter, but the preparation and controversy surrounding it has already started. The census is important for determining how districts are drawn, where resources and funds are allocated, and how many representatives a state will have in Congress. The U.S. Department...

BIPP: Is there a balance between privacy and data collection?

Yiwei Wang and Andrew Schlicht

April 4, 2018


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The recent Facebook privacy scandal has shocked many of its users across the world. The sudden loss of trust and confidence of users placed Facebook in a very difficult situation. The company aimed to appease users who felt their privacy had been violated and at the same time accused Cambridge Analytica of breaching...

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