Understanding semantics on CNN

Isaac Simon dissects the Sanders-Cruz debate on healthcare, analyzing the buzzwords for deeper meaning.

Race of candidates should not affect voter turnout

Anthony Ferranti argues that the ethnicities of political candidates should not dissuade potential voters.

Kasich nomination possibly, but not likely

Bridget Higgins describes Kasich’s possible, but unlikely path to the GOP nomination.

Political protests and personal jabs: Just the tip of the iceberg

Tess Halpern discusses the state of the current election season, which she says has focused on insults and personal jabs between candidates rather than actual political issues.

Echo chamber politics: Why you shouldn’t unfriend people for political posts

Sometimes the greatest advice in life comes from places you least expect. “As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it.” This was said by 10th-place winner of the Bulwer-Lytton “terrible novel opening lines” contest, which provides a seemingly apt metaphor for the current reality of politics on Facebook. Especially in the heart of election season, most of us have probably heard some variation of the refrain, “If you don’t exactly agree with me on this issue, then unfriend me right now.” At its…

Climate change should be number one issue in elections

Benjamin Clabault argues that the presidential elections need to focus more on issues of climate change.

Marco Rubio’s lack of diversity is a problem

Isaac Simon argues against Rubio’s recent claim that the Republican party is the “party of diversity.”

Clinton edges Sanders in Mass. primary; Trump wins big

Hillary Clinton was declared the Commonwealth’s winner shortly after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, while Trump cruised to an easy win.

Amherst voters side with Bernie Sanders, John Kasich in Massachusetts primary

A total of 5,293 Amherst residents voted for Sanders and 220 voted for Kasich

UMass/WBZ poll projects tight race Mass. Primary race between Clinton and Sanders, comfortable win for Trump

Polls open in Massachusetts early Tuesday morning for the 2016 presidential primary.

Why students love Bernie Sanders

Bridget Higgins argues that millennials are interested in Bernie Sanders because he represents their interest in a way that no other candidate does.

UMass Poll results place Sanders, Trump at top going into NH primary

Hillary Clinton trails Bernie Sanders by 14 points, though she is still voted the most qualified candidate among Democratic voters.

Donald Trump’s worst comment yet

Donald Trump’s violent comment reveals the truth about our political atmosphere.

In wake of Paris attacks, US should not ditch compassion

Benjamin Clabault explains why, in the war against ISIS, the U.S. still must maintain compassion for both civilians in ISIS territory, as well as refugees.

UMass Poll shows Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton lead respective parties

The political science department collected 1,224 responses regarding their likely choices in the upcoming primaries.

Defending Syrian refugees

Katrina Kervin argues that politicians shouldn’t be so quick to close doors on refugees around the country.

Bernie Sanders isn’t a threat to Republican candidates

Pappas argues that even if Bernie Sanders won the Democratic nomination, he poses no threat to his Republican counterparts.

Cruz filibusters in vain

Lucas Coughlin discusses the recent anti-Obamacare filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz.