Party Progress: The Recent Changes in the US Political Realm

America’s major political parties recently held highly watched, media-friendly conventions; all the while, political history was changing and electoral coalitions were realigning. In Cleveland, the Republicans pointedly critiqued the current administration with scarcely hidden motifs of anxiety and fear. Conversely, the Democrats nostalgically sought to show the appeals of continuity and present a new way forward. In their own ways, both parties continued down their centuries-long trajectory while simultaneously radically diverging from their recent forms.

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Social Media and Democratic Sit-In

House Democrats made history this week when they demonstrated a “Sit-In” on the House floor. The main goal of the Dems was to bring legislation to the floor that would expand background checks and ban gun sales to anyone who is on the no-fly watch list. They were hoping to vote on these measures before the House had its summer recess, lasting until July 5th. Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of the House Republicans did everything in their power to stop the Democrats, and more importantly to delay the vote on gun control.

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