1. May 2017 Newsletter
    01 Jun, 2017
    May 2017 Newsletter
    James Comey Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, launching a controversy about whether the firing was related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump and his administration have given several explanations, criticizing Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email controversy and alleged Russian election interference. Comey’s associates have claimed that Trump asked Comey to pledge loyalty to him, but Comey declined, stating
  2. Breaking Down Budget Reconciliation
    04 May, 2017
    Breaking Down Budget Reconciliation
    “God have mercy on your soul.” These words of Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee reflected the chaos and emotion that dominated the floor of the House, as Republicans narrowly secured the votes needed to pass the American Health Care Act, their rollback of President Obama’s signature healthcare law. In a 217-213 vote that saw 20 Republican defections, the House narrowly passed the bill, sending it to the Senate, where a whole new challenge awaits. One of the defining features that
  3. Clara Varner's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Tracy Van Houten
    01 Apr, 2017
    Clara Varner's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Tracy Van Houten
    CA-34 voters are heading to the polls this Tuesday to elect a new member of Congress to the U.S. House of Representatives. Clara Varner spoke with one of the candidates, Tracy Van Houten, to learn more about her background as an engineer and discuss her plans to combat climate change and education policy. Tracy Van Houten for Congress#MillennialInstitute #CA34 ​
  4. Rachel Chiu's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Alejandra Campoverdi
    31 Mar, 2017
    Rachel Chiu's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Alejandra Campoverdi
    The special election to determine the newest member of the U.S. House of Representatives takes place next Tuesday. Rachel Chiu sat down with Alejandra Campoverdi, one of the candidates for the 34th Congressional District, to learn more about her story growing up and discuss the importance of voter turnout and government participation among millennials. Alejandra Campoverdi #MillennialInstitute #CA34
  5. Don't Leave The Democratic Party
    27 Feb, 2017
    Don't Leave The Democratic Party
    Tom Perez is the next chair of the Democratic National Committee, and like many on the left, it’s difficult to understate how disappointed I am. The party was offered an opportunity to harness the political energy of the next generation, and instead made a deliberate choice to slam the door in the face of young progressives. The DNC, or at least 235 of its members, views keeping Sanders supporters out of power as being more important than, y’know, actually winning elections. That’s
  6. Making California a Sanctuary State
    13 Feb, 2017
    Making California a Sanctuary State
    In his pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly, President Trump spoke out against states becoming sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. When asked about California, the president suggested a potential “weapon” to be used in case it becomes a sanctuary state: defunding it entirely. This comes on the heels of sweeping action, such as constructing a border wall between Mexico and the United States, and releasing The Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
  7. Clara Varner's Interview with LA City Councilman, Paul Krekorian
    04 Feb, 2017
    Clara Varner's Interview with LA City Councilman, Paul Krekorian
    The next election isn’t in 2020. It’s not in 2018 either. The next election is next month in March 2017. The Los Angeles Mayor and City Council members from odd districts are on the ballot. Last week, Clara Varner sat down with City Councilman Paul Krekorian to discuss why it’s so important to vote in local elections and what issues the Los Angeles City Council is working on. Check out Clara Varner's interview with Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian below!
  8. January Newsletter
    31 Jan, 2017
    January Newsletter
    Trump Presidency So Far Donald Trump was officially inaugurated on January 20th.  Russian Interference in Election     BuzzFeed released a collection of unverified memos written by a British spy claiming that Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia against Hillary Clinton. The spy expressed worries that, supposedly, Trump possesses financial ties with Russia and engaged in taboo sexual activities in Russia that the Russian government could use to blackmail Trump. Also controversial are rumors
  9. New House Rules Endanger US Public Lands
    28 Jan, 2017
    New House Rules Endanger US Public Lands
    We will remember the Obama administration for establishing more protected lands and waterways than any previous president. In the past eight years, our former president established 22 national monuments and set aside over 265 million acres of land and water in federal lands. Such actions have protected numerous regions in the United States from corporate energy interests in extracting coal, gas, and oil. However, a new resolution enacted in Congress threatens to derail this progress. Members of
  10. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has recently been gaining national prominence.
    13 Jan, 2017
    Why Cory Booker Voted Against Lowering Drug Prices
    On Wednesday night, there was a contentious debate over Senate Budget Resolution 3 which laid the groundwork to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Amongst the heated tensions, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) offered Senate Amendment 178 to the legislation. According to the Senate roll call records, the amendment established “a deficit-neutral reserve fund” to “ lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.” The vote was not at all split along