Graham Vyse



Specter: political affiliation categories are ‘like bikinis’

Many Pennsylvania Democrats I know have mixed feelings about Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. On the one hand, he used to be the kind of Republican they liked — moderate, independent, with a wicked sense of humor. He agrees with them on abortion rights, environmental issues and illegal immigration. For years, they have helped him win re-election to the U.S. Senate by crossing over and supporting him in general elections. But that was then.


Libertarians trek to Philly, decry gov’t

Libertarians are a diverse bunch. Some of them wish they could abolish government entirely. Others just want its power reduced. But what unites them is their shared belief that the state should be substantially smaller and do drastically less. Here at AU, the libertarians have a club. AU Students For Liberty is a small operation. I’m told that fewer than 20 students attend regular meetings or events. Still, there are few diehards, most of whom I met this past weekend when I traveled with AUSFL to the 2009 Students For Liberty Mid-Atlantic Conference. The event took place at Drexel University, smack dab in the middle of the Cradle of Liberty itself — Philadelphia. The journey I took there and back again is something I won’t forget soon. It taught me about an alternative governing philosophy, but it also gave me a glimpse at what it’s like to be part of a political counterculture.


Sen. Begich muses on federal spending, toilets

At 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, spoke to the AU College Democrats in Butler Board Room. In an exclusive interview with The Eagle following the event, Begich touched on the issues of federal spending and anti-tax tea parties. He also explained how he recently fixed a toilet at a Bruce Springsteen concert.


Commentary: Frank talk from U.S. rep

A little after 4 p.m. last Thursday, Oct. 29, just hours after House Democrats unveiled their bill to reform health care in America, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., arrived at the Library of Congress looking tired.


Republicans need intellectuals in ‘12; Newt should run

About a year ago, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote an incredibly insightful column called “The Class War Before Palin.” In it, he describes the anti-intellectualism that afflicts today’s Republican Party. He explains how politicians like Sarah Palin rail against educated elites and refuse to make an intellectual case for conservatism. “What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals,” Brooks wrote, “slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole.”


New students should find life out in D.C.

I am so awkward at frat parties. I occasionally go to them with friends who, unlike me, are in greek life, but I always feel hopelessly out of place. Truth be told, I feel more at home having a buffet breakfast at the Brookings Institution, which I sometimes do on free mornings before hearing a talk at the think tank.


Students react to Obama's Tuesday speech

President Obama's first address to Congress sparked reaction last week from AU's students and expert analysts who are anxious to see how the new president will confront America's challenges. At least 52 million people watched Obama speak on television, according to The New York Times.

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