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The Trump Administration vs. California

Klarize Medenilla

Although the federal government is the supreme authority on broad matters like immigration, in some cases, states have sovereignty over more precise issues like health and public safety. That’s what Becerra asserted at a press conference on Tuesday where he expressed that, through the Tenth Amendment, California has the right to handle public safety in the ways it sees fit. Calmly poised, Becerra assured Californians that the claims made in the lawsuit demonstrated “there’s nothing really new there that we weren’t already familiar with.”

The Important Evolution of the Barbie Doll

Breanna Edwards

The new release comes just ahead of International Women’s Day. Mattel, the maker of Barbie, conducted a survey of some 8,000 moms worldwide, only to discover that 86 percent were worried about the role models their daughters were exposed to. The Inspiring Women dolls apparently come with educational information about the contributions these powerful, fearless women made to society. Alongside Johnson, there will be a doll fashioned after Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and Frida Kahlo, the famed Mexican artist and activist.

Politicians Who Receive Big Money From the NRA

Stacy Brown

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who ran for both the presidency and the Senate, raked in the highest donation, receiving $9,900. Since the Parkland shooting, Rubio has doubled down on a claim that gun control would not have stopped the rampage. An October New York Times report helped shed some light on which elected officials receive big money from the NRA and, perhaps, is reticent to upset the group by introducing and passing stricter gun laws.

The Erratic, Conflicting Beliefs of Donald Trump

Sam Chapin

What draws people to Donald Trump is the same thing that turns so many others away--he wants exactly what you want, if you happen to want something that helps him. He does not believe in gun control. He does not believe in gun rights. He is incapable of choosing a side, so he lets the side choose him. And once it does, it seems very hard for him to refuse.

Lack of Language Access Is a Nationwide Crisis

Angelo Franco

Among its ranks, some 19,000 officers speak as many as 70 languages other than English. But in a polyglot city like New York with a gargantuan population of 8.5 million people, that may not be enough. According to the Census Bureau, there are as many as 1.8 million Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons in New York City alone – that is almost 1 in every 4 persons that can’t communicate in English proficiently (and more than half the entire population speaks a language other than English at home). 

Healthcare Ranks as Top Issue as Midterm Elections Approach

Jordan Rau

Nationwide, 29 percent of registered voters ranked healthcare as the most important issue for electoral discussion — though it was far more important for Democrats than Republicans. Economy and jobs were close behind with 27 percent of voters rating it most important, and then immigration, with 24 percent listing it. The poll found that nearly half of Americans believed there is still a federal requirement for everyone to obtain health insurance.

Donald Trump: The Worst President on Minority Issues in Decades?

Lauren Burke

Trump says "there were very fine people on both sides" at the Charlottesville White nationalists rally, during a Trump Tower press conference. Never mind that one of the largest gatherings of racists in America since the end of the Civil Rights Movement occurred only eight months into Trump’s presidency. Put that aside. Trump’s “both sides” comments on who was to blame for the public street fight in the college town was all anyone needed to understand regarding the thinking of America’s 45th president on the issue of race.

The Dawn of the Passenger Economy


Right now, the most-talked-about piece of technological innovation that is poised to transform our lives is the autonomous or self-driving car. As self-driving cars gain widespread adoption, analysts are predicting the rise of what is known as the passenger economy — a term coined by Intel — that is expected to be worth $7 trillion by 2050 as validated in a new report by analyst firm Strategy Analytics.

The Overlooked, Under-Reported Stories of 2017 Staff

The most overlooked story this year continues to be Trump’s conflicts of interest and the lack of legal mechanisms to protect the executive branch of the federal government from corruption. In 2016, the press — with the exception of Kurt Eichenwald at Newsweek — ignored the vast web of global business interests and questionable connections that Trump and his company had and how they might conflict with American foreign policy interests. 

Congrats, Doug Jones: Christmas Comes Early to Alabama

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

Moore assumed victory and was AWOL much of the time as he sought to avoid human and media contact, while the Jones operation was textbook: well-organized, with a strong get-out-the-vote operation and a homegrown candidate with a creative ad campaign who was constantly on the hustings, moving from town to town, shaking hands and making contact with as many voters as he could.


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