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…

Presidentializing Incivility: Trump and the Expansion of Presidential Opportunity

By Brian Christopher Jones* No government or military experience…fine. Don’t read (beyond Twitter)…fine. Refuse to release your tax returns…fine. Encourage violence at your campaign rallies…fine. Degrade women about their “looks”…fine. Mock disabled persons…fine. Belittle political opponents and defame their families…fine. Brag about groping and touching (potentially sexually assaulting) women…fine. Openly lie to the American public…fine. And…

Repeal of Dodd Frank Act-Heralding a new financial crisis?

By Nicolas Deising* & Nihal Dsouza** The Dodd Frank Act is considered to be the most ambitious and far reaching legislation regulating the financial sector since the Great Depression of the 1930’s. On the surface, it instills confidence in the financial system. At a deeper level, it is aimed at preventing similar occurrences to the 2008…

No Democrat Should Vote for Neil Gorsuch

By Ian Silverii* He’s a nice guy. He’s a fair and good jurist. Well, he could be worse. If everything is an outrage, nothing is. These are some of the arguments I hear from friends, political operatives, and conservatives and progressives alike when discussing the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court…

Assisting Personal Responsibility: Using Nudges to Reduce Sugar Consumption

By Steven J. Gonzalez[1] I. Introduction The prevalence of obesity and its related chronic illnesses has been increasing for decades and takes a heavy toll not only on individual households, but also on public health institutions. The over-consumption of sugar, especially through Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs), is an important contributor to this epidemic. Curtailing Americans’ intake…

What to do With an Alt-Right White House: The Present Need for, and Future Challenges to, Suing the Federal Government for Discrimination

By Alexander Reinert* Many remarkable events have taken place during the first month of President Donald Trump’s Administration. Among these, the Administration’s restrictions on immigration, and the role litigants and judges have played in at least temporarily halting those restrictions, have received much deserved attention. But perhaps overlooked is that the challenges have been successful…

The Moral Foundations of the Insurance Mandate

By Tina Rulli* Republicans’ new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act ditches the health insurance mandate, the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Instead, their American Health Care Act favors tax credits to incentivize people to purchase insurance. There are many vantage points from which to assess the health…

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