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Why Some Politicians Shun Promotions

“Proven employee with administrative experience and history of marketing well with the public. Promotion sought: Nah.” That would make an odd résumé line for most of us, but not for at least one group you’d expect to be more ambitious: big-city mayors. Fewer than one-fifth of them seek higher office, recent BU research found. Put off […]


POV: Brett Kavanaugh, Conservative or Constitutionalist?

Over the next few months, during the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, you are going to hear a lot of stories, on all sides, about how “he voted in favor of these people” or “he ruled against this party.” Tune all of that out. It is worthless. To evaluate […]


LAW Prof: SCOTUS Travel Ban Decision Reflects a “Dark Era”

The Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday upholding President Trump’s travel ban on several mainly Muslim nations reflects “a dark era in our country,” says a School of Law immigration expert. Retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote, sided with the majority, but wrote a concurring opinion—Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the main decision—with a message perhaps […]


BU Alumna Wins Upset Congressional Primary in New York City

Four months before her BU graduation, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (CAS’11) spoke at the University’s Martin Luther King Day commemoration about her generation, addressing the topic, “How can we be great?” She put a down payment on that hope yesterday. The 28-year-old first-time candidate toppled a US House speaker-in-waiting twice her age in New York’s primary election. […]


What Does Trump’s Immigration Order Mean?

Bowing to political pressure following a growing public outcry, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday reversing a policy that separates parents and children at the US-Mexico border. It was a rare about-face for Trump, who met with mounting condemnation from human rights activists and members of his own party. But Trump said his […]


POV: Harm of Border Separations Will Haunt US Future

In recent weeks, much has rightly been written about the forced separation of families and children at the US-Mexican border. As details of the separations emerged, it became clear that we were witnessing an act of wanton cruelty carried out by an administration that has already done much to mainstream callousness in American life. Many […]


A Different Kind of Texas Candidate

If Gina Ortiz Jones beats the Republican incumbent to win the US House of Representative seat in the Texas 23rd district this November, she will be the first woman to represent her district. She will also be the first Filipina American and the first lesbian to hold a US House seat from Texas. The Democrat and […]


POV: New Title X Birth Control Rule Bad for the Nation’s Health

Last month, Washington announced a new federal regulation that will damage the health of our nation. It’s a “domestic gag rule” for reproductive health providers who participate in Title X, the federal family planning program. It would impose new rules that are designed to make it impossible for millions of patients to get birth control […]


Fixing Climate Change Is Good Business, Whatever President Trump Says

From former secretary of state John Kerry to BU energy expert Cutler Cleveland, two clarion takeaways dominated last Thursday’s International Mayors Climate Summit held at the University: first, contrary to misperception, renewable energy is a better bargain and business opportunity than planet-warming fossil fuels. Second, the renewables future would come even sooner, averting possible disaster, if […]


Remembering RFK, 50 Years Later

The late presidential speechwriter and best-selling author Richard N. Goodwin once speculated that Robert F. Kennedy would have been either the greatest president in US history or the worst had he survived an assassin’s bullet 50 years ago this week. Goodwin had a point. In coming to grips with the legacy of Kennedy the man, lawyer, […]