1. July 2017 Newsletter
    31 Jul, 2017
    July 2017 Newsletter
    Trump Jr. Emails The New York Times discovered several emails that Donald Trump Jr. exchanged with acquaintance Rob Goldstone about arranging a meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton. After the newspaper reached out to him for comment on the emails, Trump Jr. released them himself. He claimed that, though he did meet with the lawyer, she had no information to provide and just wanted to talk about the Magnitsky act and Russian adoption policy.
  2. Two Years After Obergefell
    19 Jul, 2017
    Two Years After Obergefell
    On Jun. 26, 2015, love won. What about now? The landmark Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, overturned Baker v. Nelson and legalized same-sex marriage throughout the U.S. and its territories—a change that former President Obama deemed “a victory for America.” While Obergefell was a triumph in the battle for LGBTQ equality, this verdict set by the highest court in the nation is still being challenged. States and religious freedom advocates dispute whether it can uphold its strength in
  3. Children Into Commodities
    15 Jul, 2017
    Children Into Commodities
    As of June 2016, there are 427,910 children in foster care nationwide. Of those 427,910 children, 22% will abandon their foster home by either running away or living with a friend. 81% of the males who had been in the system will be arrested and 35% will serve time. About 142,636 of those 427,910 children will report being abused in their foster home. Those thousands of children will face health problems, homelessness, early pregnancy, arrest, incarceration, and sex trafficking. We simply have
  4. The Paradox of Campus Free Speech
    06 Jul, 2017
    The Paradox of Campus Free Speech
    Malala Yousafzai was seventeen years old when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work championing universal children’s rights to education. The Greensboro Four ranged from eighteen to nineteen years old when they challenged segregation in face of violent backlash. Millions of students, from Hong Kong to Chile, have led countless marches, protests, and calls for change in institutions and the world around them. What history and current events have illustrated boils down to a simple
  5. Why Steal Guns when Your Mom can buy them for You?
    04 Jul, 2017
    Why Steal Guns when Your Mom can buy them for You?
    In 2000, long before his presidency, when Donald Trump was a regular conservative billionaire, he said, “Democrats want to confiscate all guns, which is a dumb idea because only the law-abiding citizens would turn in their guns and the bad guys would be the only ones left armed.” This hints at the GOP's underlying question about gun control: if gun control policies really work, then why do criminals still have guns? Republican Senator Marco Rubio says, “Criminals don’t buy their guns from a gun
  6. Legal Immigration in the Age of Trump
    02 Jul, 2017
    Legal Immigration in the Age of Trump
    Since the first days of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has repeated two key words: “America First”.  His underlying philosophy seeks to elevate American interests while neglecting global issues. He has remained steadfast in said belief as president, and has enumerated the necessity to crack down on the tide of immigrants entering the United States. As measure after measure to construct a literal border wall on the southern side of our nation gets blocked by officials, the government has
  7. June 2017 Newsletter
    29 Jun, 2017
    June 2017 Newsletter
    Paris Climate Change Agreement Trump officially announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. One hundred ninety-five other members of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change have signed the agreement, and of those, 148 have ratified it. The United States, Syria, and Nicaragua are now the only countries not party to the agreement. The agreement asks that each signatory set its own targets, which should be higher than previous targets, for reducing
  8. Who Gets the Final Say on the VA?
    26 Jun, 2017
    Who Gets the Final Say on the VA?
    Many a great thinker has opined that a society can be judged by how the most vulnerable people therein are treated. While this lens is typically applied to those who have been naturally subjected to inherent inequality, such as the poor or the racially marginalized, the maxim of “most vulnerable” is underutilized when it comes to veterans of the United States Military. However, when we look at the homeless whilst wearing spectacles which highlight vulnerability, their diagnosis cross-applies to
  9. What Might Single Payer Look Like in the State of California?
    13 Jun, 2017
    What Might Single Payer Look Like in the State of California?
    Anyone who paid the slightest bit of attention to the upstart presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders likely remembers the several progressive policy pillars that defined his run. One of his most common refrains was, “We must establish health care as a basic human right, not a privilege!” Since then, the momentum behind single payer health care, or a health care system in which the government is the sole provider of coverage, has skyrocketed throughout the country. This push for single
  10. Understanding Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
    08 Jun, 2017
    Understanding Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
    On June 1, Donald Trump announced to the world that the United States will pull out of the 2016 Paris climate agreement. He notably emphasized his characteristic “America First” rhetoric in the speech, stating that he was elected to “represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” It took less than a week for Americans to forget about this story and follow other bits of sensational news. While the general public’s interest on climate change is quickly falling, global temperatures continue to