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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…


Republican Bill Would Make it Easier for Employers to Access Your Genetic Makeup

By Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)* When scientists started the process of sequencing the human genome, it began to unlock limitless advancements in medicine that were and remain virtually unparalleled in our history. At the same time, a new risk arose that genetic information could be used for employment and health insurance discrimination. Every American was…


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…


Repealing the ACA Would be a Step Backwards in Treatment of HIV

By Mark Satta* “It was a holocaust…All of my peers died of AIDS, and I have no one to celebrate my past or my journey, or to help me pass down stories to the next generation. We lost an entire generation of storytellers with HIV.” Those are the words of David Mixner, a civil rights…


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…

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