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…

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…

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…

The Establishment Wins in NJ-03

The Establishment vs. Tea Party divide within the Republican Party has been documented ad nauseum throughout the first six months of this election year. Last Tuesday’s GOP primary in Mississippi, which saw state senator Chris McDaniel narrowly edge six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and force a run-off  election between the two Republicans later this month, only further accentuated the never-ending topic of analysis that is the GOP Civil War. Recent Republican primaries in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina, where establishment candidates won the nomination over their respective challengers from the…

FPR Interviews – Larry Kudlow

Mr. Larry Kudlow is a senior contributor on CNBC, a noted economist, radio talk show host and former associate director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan Administration. He was a guest of the Fordham University College Republicans on Monday, April 14th to speak in Keating 1st Auditorium at Rose Hill. College Republicans Treasurer Benjamin Shull, who is also Congressional Affairs Editor for the Fordham Political Review, sat down with him after his speech. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, having recently come out with…

The Return of Scott Brown

Perhaps future textbooks in electoral politics will label 2014 the year of red state anxiety. Given the vulnerability of Democratic incumbents in the Senate, this might not be too outlandish a prediction. Seven states in particular—Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and West Virginia—feature vulnerable Democrats up for re-election, feeling the heat of growing disenchantment with the Affordable Care Act, and putting the prospect of a Democratically-controlled Senate in question. That Obamacare is spurring this apprehension in Democratic circles in undeniable—North Carolina’s Kay Hagan is distancing herself from…