President Trump signs a presidential proclamation targeting steel and aluminum imports on March 8, 2018 . (Public domain photo by official White House photographer Joyce N. Boghosian.)

Trump Exempts Allies From Tariffs as Tensions With China Mount

April 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm 0 comments

On March 23, President Trump announced he had temporarily excluded six countries from the steel and aluminum tariffs that he announced earlier in the month. Canada, Mexico and the European Union, some of America’s closest trading partners, are among the nations safe from the 25 percent tariff on steel andRead More

The Roberts Court, June 1, 2017.  Seated, from left to right: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen G. Breyer.  Standing, from left to right: Justices Eleana Kagan, Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil M. Gorsuch.  Photograph by Franz Jantzen, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Supreme Court Declines Trump’s Appeal for DACA Case

March 21, 2018 at 11:49 am 0 comments

On February 26, the Supreme Court declined the White House’s request to make an immediate decision regarding whether or not the Trump administration could shut down the Barack Obama executive action commonly known as DACA. Officially called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,  the immigration policy protects approximately 700,000Read More

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visits Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Maddy Wilford on February 16.  (Public domain White House photo by Shealah Whitehead.)

A Brief Discussion on Arming Teachers

March 13, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0 comments

In the wake of an unfortunately increasing number of mass shootings, the policy debate over gun control and reform tends to dominate public discourse. When the shootings occur at schools the discussions often suggest arming teachers as a possible preventative measure. Recently even President Trump proposed a gun reform billRead More

Following the February 14, Stoneman Douglas shooting Teens For Gun Reform organized a demonstration in front of the White House demanding gun reform.
(Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Lorie Shaull.

Corporate Responsibility: Some Companies Part Ways With NRA Following Outrage

March 12, 2018 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

After the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in February, a social media campaign calling for a boycott of the National Rifle Association erupted across the nation. Shortly after, many American companies started to pull their support with the interest group. The first company to distance itself from the NRA was theRead More

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue meets with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in May 2017. (Public domain USDA photo by Preston Keres.)

NAFTA Negotiations Continue With Increased Discord in Trump’s Base

November 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm 0 comments

In the 2016 presidential election, farmers across the heartland states—among many other factors—helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Although Trump’s anti-trade platform would have normally turned off those in the agricultural sector, the agricultural lobby believed that Trump’s promised renegotiation of NAFTA would leave agricultural trade untouched. Now,Read More

President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Seema Verma in March 2017. (Public domain photo by White House photographer Shealah Craighead.)

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis Public Health Emergency to Mixed Reactions

November 13, 2017 at 11:03 am 0 comments

On Thursday, Oct. 26, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The declaration has been met with controversy since many believe the declaration conflicts with what the president has promised in the past. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 people a dayRead More

Stockton, California Mayor Michael Tubbs at a League of Women Voters event in 2009. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by the League of Women Voters of California.

First in the Nation: California’s Universal Basic Income Experiment to Begin in 2018

November 9, 2017 at 1:03 pm 0 comments

Stockton, California, a city of 300,000 people located about 80 miles east of San Francisco, has become the first city in America to announce plans for a Universal Basic Income program. Universal Basic Income, or UBI, is a social welfare program that allows a government to unconditionally ensures a sum ofRead More

Jeff Sessions speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore.

Sessions Sends Help in Transgender Murder Case

October 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm 0 comments

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent a highly qualified federal hate crimes lawyer to assist in an Iowa murder case involving a transgender teen whose trial started on Tuesday. According to the New York Times, this decision has shocked and confused many Americans since it goes against his notoriouslyRead More

Disgraced former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein in 2015. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Thomas Hawk.

Harvey Weinstein Scandal Shakes up the Democratic Party

October 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm 0 comments

Over 40 women have now accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment. Beginning with an October 5 article by The New York Times, allegations against Weinstein have been slow to stir a response in the Democratic Party. The Miramax co-founder has historically been known to hold closeRead More

The Supreme Court at dusk. (Unmodified Creative Commons Photo by Joe Ravi.

Case That Could Curtail Gerrymandering Reaches Supreme Court

October 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm 0 comments

Since the Supreme Court decided in 1962 that legislative apportionment was a justiciable issue, advocates for electoral reform have come to see the courts as a vehicle for change. Professor William Whitford continues this tradition as the lead plaintiff in Gill v. Whitford, a case that could establish a national,Read More