Jason Collins’ announcement on Monday was truly monumental: No matter what his future NBA performance looks like, he will forever be remembered as the first openly gay athlete on a major American sports league team. The palpable buzz both on campus and on social media Web sites gave you a sense that Jason Collins is certainly a name we will ... Read More
Articles By: Ross Svenson
Ross Svenson '15 is the Senior U.S. Editor of the Harvard Political Review. He hails from Northern Virginia. Having attended high school in Washington, DC, Ross naturally enjoys writing on American politics. He has a particular interest in Congress, electoral politics, and education reform. In addition to writing for the HPR, Ross rows for the Harvard lightweight crew team.
This week Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) claimed President Obama was using family members of gun violence victims as “props” in his push for background check legislation. I cannot think of a more insulting characterization of these brave advocates, many of whom come from my community in Virginia where families suffered the loss of loved ones in the 2007 Virginia Tech ... Read More
Special interest politics is to blame for the Manchin-Toomey amendment's defeat.
Five HPR writers analyze the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise and the broader gun debate in light of the Senate's recent votes.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave a speech at Howard University today where he sought to rebrand the Republican Party to the largely black student body in a curious way—by talking about the GOP’s past. This approach may appropriately strike some as strange, given the GOP’s struggles in recent years with minority and young voters. What Paul means by past, however, ... Read More
Last month, the White House press corps exploded in frustration over its lack of access to President Obama–an incident set off by the president’s private golf outing with Tiger Woods. While choosing this episode to cite may have trivialized reporters’ concerns, their complaint touched on the real problems associated with a “new normal” in the journalist-newsmaker relationship. Politicians no longer need reporters ... Read More
Ross Svenson responds to criticism of the depiction of torture in Kathryn Bigelow's latest film.
The Chicago teachers' strike represents the start of a battle for control over education policy.
Six HPR writers analyze Mitt Romney's recent choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The Ryan choice gives Democrats plenty of ammunition.
The President's Club illuminates the network of current and ex-executives.
Romney's air of disconnectedness will continue to haunt him in the nominating process.