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Nevadans advance nonpartisan primary measure, face another vote in 2024
In the 2022 midterm election, Nevadans voted to implement nonpartisan primaries and ranked choice voting in their state and congressional elections. 15 states and Washington D.C. use closed, or partially closed, primaries for congressional and state elections. In closed primaries, you need to be a registered Republican or Democrat to vote for either party’s nominee. […]
How the last five presidents played a part in building America’s border wall
In March, illegal migrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border exceeded a 22-year high, according to the Department of Homeland Security. A few weeks later, 53 migrants were found dead inside an abandoned tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas. DHS called it the deadliest smuggling case in U.S. history. While the solution to address immigration is not simple, […]
Why are Fortune 500 companies obsessed with Texas?
Caterpillar, one of the nation’s largest construction equipment manufacturers, is relocating its headquarters from Deerfield, Illinois, to Irving, Texas. The announcement came after the state received recognition for being home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, the most in the country. Within the last several years, Tesla, Oracle, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have made similar moves. […]
Millennials, Gen Z leverage social media to push salary transparency to forefront
Inc. Magazine hailed 2022 as “The Year of Salary Transparency,” and LinkedIn listed salary transparency as an idea that will change the world. At least seven states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Washington, and two cities (Cincinnati and Toledo) already have some form of pay transparency law on the books. On Nov. […]
‘End of the oil age’: Expert warns of summer fuel shortage
The national average for a gallon of gas continues to rise but has not hindered Americans from traveling. Experts are now sounding the alarm about a potential gas, diesel and jet fuel shortage this summer. “Much lower refining capacity against strong demand is the fundamental problem, and it’s more related to that than it is […]
Amazon, Apple, Starbucks battling labor union resurgence
More than 70 years after the peak of the union movement, another generation of workers is spearheading a new labor union movement. Amazon, Apple and Starbucks, among other public companies, have felt the pressure from employees who have started to unionize. ALU beats Amazon On April 1, employees at Amazon’s JF8 warehouse in Staten Island, […]
13 states have ‘trigger laws’ ready to ban abortions if Roe v. Wade overturned
The U.S. Supreme Court looks poised to overturn the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision protecting access to abortions. On Monday, Politico published a leaked draft of the majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, in which he writes, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.” Chief Justice John Roberts authenticated the draft opinion and […]
Senate Democrats fear ending Title 42 ahead of midterm elections
As the debate over immigration continues, the fate of Title 42 could determine which Senate Democrats win their 2022 midterm races. Some incumbents have distanced themselves from President Joe Biden over plans to rescind the order on May 23. Origins of Title 42 public health measure Title 42 was issued as a public health order […]
Time to ditch your wallet? Digital licenses and state IDs take off
For the first time, passengers in Arizona can clear the TSA security checkpoints using their digital driver’s license or state ID on their Apple smartphone. On March 23, Phoenix Sky Harbor became the first airport to offer this option instead of physical, plastic ID cards. Is a digital license or state ID coming to a […]
Did Russian forces carry out genocide in Bucha, Ukraine?
The mayor of the town of Bucha confirmed that Russian forces killed more than 400 civilians in an attack on April 1. In the wake of the tragedy, gruesome images of bodies strewn on city streets surfaced, and the president of Ukraine called it “genocide.” “They are lying there,” said Valadyslav Minchenko, a Ukrainian volunteer […]
‘Foolhardy plan’: Trump, Manchin critical of Biden admin ending Title 42
After more than two years, the Biden administration is rescinding the Title 42 order put into place under former President Donald Trump at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump, mayors along the U.S.-Mexico border and Republicans in DC are fuming over the decision. “With this foolhardy plan to end Title 42, Biden will be […]
Congress faces uphill battle to stop flow of fentanyl, deadliest drug on the streets
More than 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the United States during a 12-month period ending in April 2021–more than car crashes and gunshot wounds combined–according to data from the CDC. The CDC calculated fentanyl was behind more than half of those deaths. “It’s truly the epidemic within the pandemic,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) […]
Taxpayers first, Olympians second: A look at victory taxes
Team USA brought home 25 medals from the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. But in addition to the hardware, medalists also receive a payout per medal from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. A gold medal comes with a $37,500 check. A silver medals comes with $22,500 and a bronze earns $15,000. Until 2016, athletes […]
Is nation swapping the fastest growing Olympic sport?
Every Olympics, dozens of athletes represent countries in which they don’t live or train. They’re able to do this because of Rule 41 in the Olympic Charter. The rule creates guidelines for which nations an athlete can represent and how often athletes can change national representation. Some call this practice ‘country-swapping’ or ‘nation-swapping’, but the […]
Welcome, but not: Third party candidates face uphill battles in US politics
Running as a third party or independent candidate comes with challenges that Republican and Democratic candidates often don’t have to face. Logistics, ideology and a path to victory can pose real problems for third party hopefuls. ”57 percent of Americans say they want a third party. 60 say that both parties are out of touch […]
How would Russia use a false flag operation as pretext to invade Ukraine?
Russian officials have denied U.S. allegations that Russia is preparing a “false flag” operation as pretext to invade Ukraine. In the most basic sense, false flag operations involve a country faking an attack on itself to make it appear as though said attack was carried out by an enemy. Amid a troop buildup on the […]
The good, the bad and the ugly: Understanding hackers after a year of cyber attacks
After headline-worthy cyberattacks on a major pipeline, meat packing plant and water plant, 2021 could easily be described as the year of the ‘hack attack’. In October, Microsoft released its second annual Digital Defense Report, which examines hacking reports on a global scale. According to the report, Russian-based organizations were responsible for 58 percent of hacks. The […]
China says it’s not looking for war. Its military indicates otherwise.
China reportedly has plans to set up its first military base on the Atlantic Ocean. The Wall Street Journal reported the superpower is eyeing Equatorial Guinea for the location, according U.S. officials citing confidential reports. While China has relationships with many other countries, its official military presence internationally is limited. Its first official overseas base […]
Mystery veils the Supreme Court’s ‘shadow docket’
The Supreme Court has turned to its ‘shadow docket’ more frequently and for bigger decisions. Between November 2020 and September 2021, the Supreme Court used its shadow docket for emergency injunctions seven times. Steve Vladeck, the Charles Alan Wright Chair In Federal Courts at the University of Texas Law School testified as much to a […]
Trump bringing back RINO attacks against Republicans
A decades-old phrase, “Republican In Name Only,” or RINO for short, is making a comeback, as former President Donald Trump has been using the term to insult political opponents within his party. Political Dictionary defines RINO as “a disparaging term that refers to Republicans whose political views are seen as insufficiently conforming to the party […]
After calls to defund police, governments find new answers for mental health crises
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, protesters nationwide called on governments to defund the police and divert resources to fund social service programs supporting citizens’ mental health. The city of Orlando responded by launching a pilot program to address those concerns. Law enforcement agencies in Denver, Tampa, and Knoxville have launched similar programs. “Police […]
Democratic divide stalling Biden’s agenda, raising primary prospects
Despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, the divide within the Democratic Party is keeping it from passing President Biden’s agenda. The legislation stagnation has frustrated the commander-in-chief for months. “I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘Why doesn’t Biden get this done?’ Well, because Biden only has a majority of, […]
School board battles: When does free speech become too threatening?
The Department of Justice launched an effort to discourage threats against school administrators in early October, citing a “disturbing spike” in harassment and intimidation. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the move in a memo as parents nationwide push back against school districts over mask policies, vaccine requirements and lessons on what they call “critical race […]
20 years later: Why 9/11 terror suspects still await trial
More than two decades since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, the alleged mastermind and four Al-Qaeda conspirators still await the formal start of any trial. The men are accused of aiding hijackers who killed 2,977 people at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Since being captured, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, […]
Guns and marijuana: Is the U.S. a danger to Mexico?
As some politicians, including former President Trump, claim criminals are crossing the southern border, the Mexican government argues the opposite is true–in court. Mexico is suing American gun manufacturers over accusations of reckless practices that allow for their products to illegally stream into the Latin American country. According to a University of San Diego study, 200,000 […]
How are nursing homes, daycares, and housing considered human infrastructure?
Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill after the summer recess and remain divided on the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-WV), a crucial vote in the Senate, is making it extremely difficult for Democrats to make a deal. In a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Manchin called on lawmakers in Congress to hit “a strategic pause” on […]
Crypto competition: without an owner, Dogecoin’s trademark is still fair game
Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency, is not trademarked, and therefore does not have an official owner. The creators introduced Dogecoin in 2013 and formed a nonprofit called the Dogecoin Foundation in 2014, but they only just applied for the trademark in August of this year, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In fact, others filed […]
Top FDA vaccine officials resign amid booster shot rollout
In the midst of a vaccine booster shot rollout, the FDA’s two highest-ranking vaccine research officials are stepping down from their positions. Sources say it’s because they don’t think President Biden is following the science when it comes to booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine. The two people leaving are Marion Gruber, the director of […]
Why are prescription drugs so darn expensive in America?
Prescription drugs, which can be more than twice as expensive in the United States as in other Western countries, cost the average American nearly $1200 per year. Matthew Fiedler, a research fellow at the Brookings Institute, said several factors drive up prescription drug costs in America. It’s a Classic Monopoly New name-brand drugs are more […]
Spending more on gas? Why OPEC may be to blame.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) and its allies are expected to increase oil production. The move will help stabilize gas prices and spending at the pump.
The Cuomo scandal: Can he be charged with a crime or forced to resign?
Despite calls from top Democrats for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign, he defiantly holds onto political power. The state’s attorney general probe claims that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women. What does this mean for his future?
Donald Trump’s $100 million war chest: what it means for the GOP and 2024
The former President has more than $100 million in his political ‘war chest’, according to federal campaign finance filings. While Donald Trump has not said whether or not he’ll run in 2024, the money he and his political committees have raised is significantly higher than any other Republican politician. In just the first six months […]
The DACA Debate: An American dream or an invitation for illegal immigration?
Federal Judge Andrew Hanen ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unconstitutional. The Biden Administration plans to appeal the decision, continuing the debate over DACA, which began with its inception in 2012.
Can a four-day workweek beat out a five-day, 40-hour work schedule?
The idea of a four-day workweek is currently being explored by employers around the globe. Results from a recent study in Iceland show “overwhelming success,” but can it beat out a five-day, 40-hour work schedule?
The billionaire space race is cleared for liftoff
Bezos. Branson. Musk. Three billionaires have been racing to reach outer space for years. Following years of testing and dozens of launches, they’re getting ready to launch themselves to the edge of orbit.
How much money does solar panel technology really save?
Solar panel manufacturers market the technology as an environmentally friendly solution that lowers electric bills. Do the advertised benefits outweigh the initial installation costs?
Juneteenth: Social justice, political unrest thrust holiday into national spotlight
Social justice and political unrest have pushed Juneteenth into the national spotlight. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the last enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas received the news they were free.
Waxed and Vaxxed: How to spice up your love life after a pandemic
Singles are ready to spice up their love life after the lockdown. Relationship expert Jaime Bronstein shared ways people are finding love during the pandemic.
Can America buy its way out of the immigration problem at the Southern border?
Vice President Kamala Harris says fixing the immigration problem at America’s Southern border starts with addressing the root causes.
What are non-fungible tokens? And why are they so expensive?
From tweets to memes to famous videos, it seems like NFTs are everywhere. The famous ‘Charlie bit my finger’ video recently sold as an NFT and soon it will leave Youtube forever. But what even is an NFT or ‘non-fungible token’? This latest digital trend can come with a hefty price tag. Let me explain.
What is a deepfake? How to spot one before it fools you.
Faked videos are becoming increasingly popular on the internet. They go by the name ‘deepfake’ – a combination of the words ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake videos’. Experts say the more convincing the videos are, the more dangerous the technology becomes. Could deepfake videos be a threat to national security? And how can you spot the […]
Can we eradicate the novel coronavirus? Here’s what American doctors say.
›The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 550,000 Americans to date. Doctors say we may not be able to eradicate the novel coronavirus from our planet.