Money in Politics in the Courts, in the Trump Era and Beyond

By Allie Boldt & Adam Lioz* The Supreme Court’s flawed approach to money in politics paved the way for Trump-style politics—and must change to rescue our democracy.   In case after case over the last 40 years, the Supreme Court has struck down laws designed to protect our democracy from the influence of big money….

Unlocking the Power of a Prison Education

Note: This article is cross-posted at the Huffington Post. By Ryan Cohen* When he wakes up in the morning, the first thing Marco does is write. To incentivize himself to stay on track with his goals, he pays a friend $25 if he hasn’t written 500 words by noon. Though he’s working on finishing his…

The Save Local Businesses Act Will Cost Workers

By Edward Nasser* On Tuesday, November 7th, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would narrow the definition of a joint-employer and reduce liability for companies that work with subcontractors or staffing agencies. The bill, misleadingly titled the “Save Local Businesses Act,” would effectively reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 decision…

Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Corporate Personhood

By Taylor Holden* The Trump administration recently rolled back federal requirements that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, significantly expanding exemptions for corporations that cite moral or religious objections at the expense of the health of hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of women. This new policy is the latest in a long…

For Some Older Veterans the Wounds of War Have Yet to Heal

By Ruth Stein* Older Americans may remember when November 11th wasn’t known as Veterans Day. The day reserved to recognize, reflect upon, and revere the achievements of our American heroes was originally named Armistice Day to honor the cessation of major World War I hostilities (at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the…

So-Called Gravity Knives: New York Law Balances On A Thin Edge

By Danielle Haley* In late October, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that “Relates to the definition of a gravity knife.” The law aimed to reform New York­’s laws regarding gravity knives by reducing the possibility for discretionary and discriminatory enforcement. The law governing gravity knives was initially passed in 1958 and has not been updated…

The Beginning Of The End For DACA: Trump’s Unspeakable Callousness As An Affront To America’s Highest Ideals

By Alexander Andresian* Two weeks ago, President Trump formally announced the beginning of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.[1] Put in place by the Obama Administration, the DACA program granted work permits to, and deferred the deportation of, the children of undocumented immigrants (herein referred to as “Dreamers”) brought to…

Constitutional Impediments to Flood Response

By Caleb Hall* The onslaughts of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey are the first recorded instance where two category four hurricanes reached the U.S. Atlantic coast within the same calendar year. As of this writing, the Houston area death toll has reached over eighty, and Hurricane Irma has taken thirty-nine lives in the United States along…

Trust The Process

By James Sasso* Even though the Dallas Mavericks are his namesake, Senator John McCain has embraced the philosophy of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team: trust the process. For 76ers’ fans, this mantra played like a jukebox stuck on Sting’s Desert Rose; at first it’s tolerable, but quickly it’s maddening. Fans suffered years of horrendous teams…

Refugees Welcome?

By Sarah Song* On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court allowed some of President Trump’s travel ban to stand, which he quickly hailed as a “clear victory.” Challengers of the ban have been equally quick to emphasize that the court’s opinion actually protects many people seeking to enter the U.S. including those who have families, offers of…

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