Clinton WikiLeaks Allude to Slippery Strategizing

Over the past week, WikiLeaks has been releasing fractions of the reportedly 50,000 emails the organization has hacked from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman. The Clinton campaign has postulated insidious motives behind this email release, accusing WikiLeaks of playing into the hands of the Russian government and trying to tamper with election results, but it has not denied the veracity of the leaked information. Of particular interest are email threads in which top campaign advisors flagged excerpts of Clinton speeches that are potentially damaging to her presidential run. These…

More WikiLeaks on Hillary Clinton

As part of a continuation of hacks targeting the Clinton campaign throughout this election cycle, last Friday’s revelations forced her campaign onto the defensive, as the leaks framed her as someone with uncomfortably close ties to Wall Street. In these leaked excerpts of speeches to major financial institutions, Clinton spoke of reforming Wall Street “from [within] the industry itself,” which might draw the ire of disenchanted supporters of Bernie Sanders, who repeatedly throughout his campaign urged the former secretary of state to release the transcripts of speeches she had made…

Rethinking the Use of Force in American Policing

In late July, as the scorching Miami heat pounded the pavement, three gunshots rang into the air. The rounds, fired from the weapon of a police officer, didn’t strike a criminal; nor were they fired during a high-speed chase or a violent altercation. They struck Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, while he was lying down on the ground with his hands up – with an autistic patient, only 23 years old, sitting next to him. The use of deadly force in American policing is one that has become deeply ingrained…

Cultural Appropriation Needs a Facelift

In early September, author Lionel Shriver gave a polemic keynote speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Her controversial theme of choice, which prompted an abrupt walkout and scathing review by Australian activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, was the rejection of political correctness enshrouding identity politics. Shriver dismissed the concept of cultural appropriation as creating impossible conditions under which to write fiction or even operate as a society, and she expressed her hope that it is a mere “passing fad.” Shriver’s speech pointed to one of Fordham’s very own law professors, Susan Scafidi,…

The Lowdown on Stop and Frisk

Amid the crossfire of insults and exchange of wisecracks during last Monday’s presidential debate was a probing discussion on the contentious relationship between law enforcement and African American communities nationwide. The conversation about America’s criminal justice system has been especially pertinent given this past summer’s shootings in Dallas, which resulted in the tragic deaths of five police officers, alongside the more recent display of civil unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout the conversation, both candidates played deftly to their respective ideological visions. Clinton expressed a desire to restore trust in…

The U.S. Desperately Needs a New Infrastructure Program

It’s no secret that the infrastructure of the United States has been lagging for decades. In last week’s presidential debate, both candidates equally lamented the sorry state of the country’s infrastructure as they sparred on stage, with Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump comparing it to what would be found in a “third-world” country. Even Vice President Joe Biden, in 2014, used the exact same phrasing to describe LaGuardia Airport in New York, adding with a serious face, “I’m not joking,” as the crowd laughed at what it first thought…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Recapping the First Presidential Debate

On Monday night, the first presidential debate took place a stone’s throw away from Fordham at Hofstra University. The 90-minute debate gave only a glimpse into each candidate’s policies, but nevertheless revealed each of their important strengths and drawbacks, which will receive more intense scrutiny as the election draws nearer. Donald J. Trump The Good Trump managed to steer clear of his numerable controversial statements about Mexicans, Muslims, and women. Even though he was asked several pointed questions that could have led him down this road, such as a reference…

What Trump Should Do After Monday’s Debate

Monday’s first presidential debate, seen by close to one hundred million people, pitted Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton together for the first time. While many post-debate polls — such as this widely cited one by CNN — have crowned Clinton the winner, it by no means was a resounding victory, if one at all. Going forward, Trump can glean a lot from his performance and work to avoid the same traps that beleaguered him on Monday. Trump’s primary fault was his inability to reframe many of the debate questions in his…