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University faculty discussed the significance of the Jan. 6 Capital insurrection and the potential implications for the incoming Biden administration, as well as matters that will be at the forefront of the administration’s efforts.

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‘A historic moment in time for this democracy’: Watson inauguration talk shifts focus to Capitol riots

January 14, 2021 0 comments

“The Biden Administration: What to Expect,” a virtual panel held by the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy on Jan. 12., initially aimed to present a “wide-ranging analysis and discussion of the potential policy and politics of the incoming administration.”

If Gov. Raimondo’s nomination to Biden’s cabinet is confirmed by the Senate, her vacancy will be filled by Lt. Gov. Dan McKee.


Brown political community reacts to Raimondo commerce nomination

January 11, 2021 0 comments

President-elect Joe Biden has officially tapped Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo for Commerce Secretary, calling her “one of the most effective, forward-thinking governors in America.” Raimondo’s nomination coincides with an economic crisis, which has caused 22 million Americans to lose their jobs due to the pandemic. 

If Cicillene's article results in the passage of a resolution to impeach, Trump would become the first president in American history to be impeached twice.


RI Rep. Cicilline ’83 leads effort to impeach Trump in U.S. House of Representatives

January 9, 2021 0 comments

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline ’83 of Rhode Island has co-authored an article of impeachment against President Trump in light of the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. 

For students and alumni residing mere miles from the D.C. Capitol, Wednesday’s riots struck a chilling chord.


Brown students, alumni in D.C. reflect on attack on the Capitol

January 9, 2021 0 comments

Margaret Thoren ’21 was out for a walk when she received an Emergency Alert that Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had issued a city-wide curfew beginning Wednesday at 6 p.m.

In a presumed attempt to stop the Congressional certification of the Electoral College votes, the rioters stormed the building, vandalizing and taking selfies as they went, many carrying flags with Trump slogans.


Brown community reacts to insurrection at Capitol

January 8, 2021 11 comments

Following an insurrection in the U.S. Capitol, the Brown community, including groups across the political spectrum, united in condemning the Jan. 6 incident.

RI Gov. Gina Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, has been governor of the Ocean State since 2015.


Gov. Raimondo to be nominated for Commerce Secretary

January 7, 2021 3 comments

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary, according to a Friday announcement. A former venture capitalist, Raimondo would be the Biden administration’s top liaison with the business community.

The new Rhode Island House of Representatives Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccine met for the first time Wednesday to discuss vaccine distribution with public health experts.


R.I. House COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force hears from public health experts on vaccine distribution

December 4, 2020 0 comments

The new Rhode Island House of Representatives Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccine discussed vaccine distribution and prioritization in the state and the challenges that lay ahead during its first meeting Wednesday.

A video of Germaine Bruce’s Nov. 8 arrest by Providence Police has circulated widely among students, many of whom have expressed support for Bruce and denounced the police’s conduct during the arrest.


‘I don’t feel safe’: Local man’s altercation with Providence Police prompts community outrage

December 4, 2020 3 comments

Some University students have taken to social media to denounce the Providence Police Department’s conduct during the arrest of two Black city residents on Wickenden Street near campus last month.

During much of the past year, funding streams, legislation and new climate initiatives have stalled, largely due to the effects of the pandemic.


Climate-related goals, timelines in Rhode Island delayed due to COVID-19

December 2, 2020 0 comments

Despite progress made on some Rhode Island environmental initiatives, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused legislative delays and funding concerns regarding climate policy.

Seth Goldstein ‘22.5 said he hopes the next four years under Biden aren’t simply “a third Obama term," and that the new administration embarks on a more progressive path forward.


‘All gas, no brakes’: student volunteers for Democratic candidates reflect on campaign trail experiences

November 22, 2020 0 comments

When major news outlets called the presidential race for Joe Biden on the morning of Nov. 7, Alexandra Blitzer ’22.5 fell to her couch and cried — enjoying “a huge moment of triumph and excitement” as her work campaigning for the Democratic candidate paid off.