Lindsey Graham’s Endorsement of Jeb Bush Makes No Sense

Before suspending his campaign in December, Lindsey Graham was a source of relief this presidential election cycle. The South Carolina senator challenged the environmental orthodoxy of his GOP colleagues, affirming that climate change is real, man-made, and something that needs to be addressed. He also took on the heated rhetoric of front-runner Donald Trump, calling him a race bating, xenophobic religious bigot in response to his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country. Graham brought a modicum of level-headedness to the GOP presidential race. But his recent endorsement…

Japan’s Response to ISIS

Perhaps it was the sheer brutality of Muath al-Kasesbeh’s death by immolation that caused attention to shift so quickly. Prior to ISIS’s horrific execution of the Jordanian fighter pilot who crash landed in enemy territory in Syria, international outrage at the terror group was aimed towards its recent beheadings of a pair of Japanese nationals. While the world voiced its indignation at the deaths of Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, ISIS proceeded to set a new benchmark for savagery—even by its own standards—by burning al-Kasesbeh alive in a gut-wrenching video posted…

Obama, Menendez and the Politics of Iran Sanctions

The Garden State’s senior senator wasted no time criticizing the Iran policy that President Obama laid out in last week’s State of the Union speech. In response to the president’s avowal that he would veto any new sanctions bill aimed at Iran’s nuclear program—his rationale being that new sanctions will only embolden Iran to thwart ongoing negotiations—the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee offered a trite retort to his fellow Democrat: that the administration’s statements on Iran sound like “talking points coming straight out of Tehran.” The assessment…

The Sino-Japanese Relationship

China’s decision to send fighter jets to the East China Sea last November exacerbated an already tense standoff with its neighbor Japan. The Chinese government dispatched these jets to a disputed group of islands, the ownership of which is one among a litany of issues causing animosity between the two Asian giants today. China and Japan have been at odds over who controls these islands—which China calls Diaoyou and Japan calls Senkaku—for the past forty years on-and-off, but tensions flared up again in mid-2012. Although somewhat tempered now, tensions continue…

FPR Interviews – Dana Perino

The Fordham College Republicans welcomed their second guest speaker of the Fall 2014 semester this past Thursday — former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino. Ms. Perino, before presenting her lecture in Keating 3rd Auditorium, sat down with the FPR’s Benjamin Shull for an exclusive interview. Poll after poll this election year shows Republicans to be a slight favorite to win the Senate on November 4th. While it may be unrealistic to expect that the GOP can enact a significant amount of its agenda with President Obama still in the…

FPR Interviews – Kim Strassel

Kim Strassel is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, and the author of the newspaper’s weekly “Potomac Watch” column. She was a guest of the Fordham University College Republicans on Monday, October 6th to speak in Keating 3rd Auditorium on the consequences of the 2014 midterm elections. College Republicans President Benjamin Shull, who is also Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Political Review, sat down with her after her lecture. In your recent column in the Wall Street Journal “Why Nancy Pelosi Is Smiling” (op-ed, Sept. 25), you note…

Political Pragmatism in California’s 52nd Congressional District

It’s October 2014 and it is all about the Senate. Although our biennial midterm elections include the House the Representatives as well, coverage of the lower chamber has been minimal this cycle. All eyes are on the U.S. Senate and whether Harry Reid’s Democratic Party will cling to its slim majority or if the GOP will win the net six seats needed to flip control of the upper chamber. Polls certainly point to the latter case being more likely, but with a month to go until Election Day, both possibilities remain…

Pharmaceuticals vs. The U.S. Corporate Tax

Pharmaceutical companies have dominated the business news cycle in 2014 thus far. More specifically, reports of pharmaceutical takeover bids have been prominent, with a trio of high-profile cases stealing recent headlines. Late this May, the U.K.-based AstraZeneca, maker of the widely used acid reflux disease drug Nexium, rejected a takeover bid from industry titan Pfizer. Finding a more favorable outcome was U.S. pharmaceutical AbbVie, which recently secured a $54 billion dollar merger with Ireland’s Shire Plc, to be finalized later this year. AbbVie’s former parent company Abbott Laboratories saw $5.3…