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Neil Gorsuch? Originalism and the Fall of Icarus

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Well, here we go again. With Neil Gorsuch as the current Supreme Court nominee, once more we hear praises of "originalism" as a judicial interpretive...

The Regulatory Rollback Under A Trump Administration

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

Here are a few tools the Trump administration may use to make early regulatory changes.

We Need Doctors More Than Legislators

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

As the overdose rate from opioids and heroin continues to rise, families are begging for expanded treatment options and are expecting medical doctors ...

What We Can Expect From President Hillary Clinton

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.23.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Clinton's entire political history, if anything, has shown that she will keep a firm, cautious and conciliatory eye on American public opinion when it comes to her making policy decisions and determining priorities. That's what presidents, all presidents, must do.

Here’s How A Bill Becomes A Law, Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics

In Sunday night’s debate, Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton was “ineffective” as a senator from New York because she couldn’t single-handedly ...

Healing Our Ocean

Philippe Cousteau | Posted 09.12.2016 | Green
Philippe Cousteau

As we tackle the complex issues of climate change and the impacts of our growing population, marine protected areas also remind us that we aren't powerless, that there are steps that we can and should take that have significant and positive impacts.

Protecting People With Life Threatening Allergies: Remembering Senator Debbie Smith

Caroline Moassessi | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Caroline Moassessi

As she kicked off her shoes and curled up in the large cushioned chair in the hotel lobby, Democrat Senator Debbie Smith asked me tell her everything ...

Does Size Matter?

Fiona Ma | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Fiona Ma

Growing up, I fondly remember picking and eating wild blueberries growing in our backyard. As a kid, it was a delicious treat that added fun to our su...

Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council Victorious in PA; Incoming Georgetown Freshman to Thank

H. Caleb Simmons | Posted 08.30.2016 | Impact
H. Caleb Simmons

Siddarth Narayan wants the president's ear. He knows many young adults are cynical about politics -- they don't believe their opinions are heard and they aren't sure how to enter the political process. But he's working to change that.

The Safety of Your Financial Future May Depend on... What is about to Happen to Dodd-Frank

Iziah Thompson | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Iziah Thompson

One issue is reverberating through every splinter of the GOP - the goal of repealing Dodd-Frank. This legislation is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration's banking regulations after the 2008 financial crisis, and dismantling it tops the GOP's to-do list.

Texas Lawmakers Must Address Shortage in Mental Health Workforce

Colleen Horton | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
Colleen Horton

We have a mental health workforce shortage in Texas. Just look at the numbers. Last year, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychia...

The Campaign For A Presidential Youth Council Wins In Trenton, Moves For U.S. Senate Resolution

H. Caleb Simmons | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
H. Caleb Simmons

Both of President Obama's campaigns have inspired record-breaking youth engagement in politics, yet Millennials are still very much inactive when it comes to policymaking, since their networks are usually inadequate for effective lobbying.

Matthew Shepard, On My Mind

Mattingly Messina | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Mattingly Messina

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to Mike Pence. We've already spent thirteen months talking about Donald Trump. What we're forgetting, however, is that there are stories to be told, and that our country is nothing without them. I won't let Matthew Shepard be forgotten.

Denial, More Than Anything, Is Hindering Progress For Victims Of Child Sexual Abuse

Nikki DuBose | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Nikki DuBose

If money is one hell of a drug, then denial is one of the biggest drug dealers in the world. And no group understands that truth better than survivors of child sexual abuse. While survivors, advocates and some lawmakers have fought hard to bring justice, there's been little progress made; if anything, we've been forced to take giant steps backwards

The "Fix" Is In: Tweaking House Bill 2 (And Workers, Too)

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The North Carolina legislature recently passed legislation partially restoring state-law employment discrimination claims eliminated by House Bill 2. ...

Orlando: Straight America's Stonewall

Tony Varona | Posted 09.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Tony Varona

The mass shooting at Orlando's gay nightclub Pulse jolted straight Americans in much the same way that 1969's Stonewall Rebellion accelerated the LGBT rights movement. Like Stonewall, Orlando catalyzed a collective self-reckoning and resolve for progress.

The 114th Congress: Playing Soft Ball, Hard Ball, Or Odd Ball?

Frank Islam | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Frank Islam

These are trying times for concerned politicians and citizens alike. They are times in which the odd has become the ordinary. These are times in which the extreme has become the usual. These are times in which the virtual has become the real.

New Hampshire - A Drug Treatment Court and Rehab in Every County

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Elaine Pawlowski

In the mist of New Hampshire's opioid epidemic, Governor Hassan has made the decision to sign Senate Bill 464 into law, establishing a statewide drug court program in each and every New Hampshire county.

International Day of the African Child

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 06.24.2016 | Parents
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Last Thursday, on 16 June, we marked the International Day of the African Child, and the theme this year was 'Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protectin...

TERROR IN ORLANDO What Congress Can Do to Prevent Further Carnage Inspired by ISIS

Terry Strada | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Terry Strada

Congress has the ability to enact JASTA and empower victims of terrorism to achieve the justice we deserve AND thwart future terrorist attacks against our fellow citizens. JASTA will bring us one step closer to achieving our ultimate goal - the eradication of ISIS, al Qaeda and countless other terrorist organizations.

Americans Want Bipartisan Action To Tackle Rising Rent

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Despite an unemployment rate that has sunk below 5 percent, many Americans are justifiably concerned about their prospects - and those of their childr...

The Orifice Defense: Why Poorly Written Laws Lead to "Technicalities" for the Criminally Accused

Adam Banner | Posted 06.22.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Everyone has heard it before: some horrible human facing criminal allegations, who is most likely guilty and would probably face jail time if convicte...

Bill to Protect the Rights and Health of Models Dead for the Year: Education and More Support Necessary to Move Forward

Nikki DuBose | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Nikki DuBose

On Friday, May 27th, 2016, California Assembly Bill 2539 was held in the suspense file and killed for the rest of the year. The bill would have awarded models workplace protections and health standards, granting them employee status, similar to actors who are employees of the brands they represent.

It's Time for Mental Health Advocates to Take Back Assisted Outpatient Treatment From Misguided Politicians

Scott Bryant-Comstock | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Scott Bryant-Comstock

One of the more ironic aspects of the protracted debate about what defines mental health reform is the discussion of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). Over the past few years, in stump speeches and editorials too numerous to count, the term AOT has become synonymous with mental health reform.

How an Activist Can Become an Effective Lobbyist

Phil Sego | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
Phil Sego

"Don't confuse what goes on in this building with democracy..." About 15 years ago, what began as few hours a week volunteering at the Sierra Club's ...