Charge It or Lose It: TSA Bans Uncharged Devices from Flights to the US
America / Europe / Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials / National Security / Technology

Charge It or Lose It: TSA Bans Uncharged Devices from Flights to the US

Travelers everywhere, we need to add yet another thing to our international travel checklist: charge your mobile devices. While likely already part of a flier’s to-do list, it is now far more imperative; earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), part of the US Department of Homeland Security, announced that powerless devices will not … Continue reading

O Canada: 5 Advantages of Using a Points-Based Immigrant Selection System
America / Immigration / Labor Force / Politics

O Canada: 5 Advantages of Using a Points-Based Immigrant Selection System

While politicians, the press, and immigration advocates continue to criticize the “broken” U.S. immigration system, there is one country whose immigration model consistently receives praise: Canada. Our northern neighbor has one of the highest proportion of immigrants among the G8 countries—one in five Canadian residents is foreign-born. The Canadian people overwhelmingly support immigration, with 86 … Continue reading

Oh! The Places LNG Will Go!
America / Energy / Environment / National Security

Oh! The Places LNG Will Go!

News that Sempra Energy became the second company to secure all the permits necessary for building the facilities to export natural gas has pushed the debate over energy exports into the fore once again. Geopolitical risk in Europe and Asia, growing economies in the developing world, and worries about climate change ensure that the energy … Continue reading

America Doesn’t Need Another Tax Hike
America / Economy / Fiscal policy / Tax / Taxes / U.S. Domestic Policy

America Doesn’t Need Another Tax Hike

Hillary Clinton is not the only feature of Washington that is “dead broke”: the Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money by late August, and members of Congress are scrambling to find ways to raise revenue. One solution, proposed by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), is to raise the … Continue reading

Big Border Problem Requires Big Solution
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Big Border Problem Requires Big Solution

Facilities along the U.S. southern border are overwhelmed with the unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied children crossing over from Mexico and Central America. Since October, roughly 47,000 unaccompanied children have been caught on the border, a more than 90% increase from last year, federal officials said. In total, roughly 90,000 minors may be apprehended this year and another … Continue reading

Pay As You Earn: Not the Solution to Student Debt Crisis
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Pay As You Earn: Not the Solution to Student Debt Crisis

President Obama’s expansion of the Pay As You Earn program for student loan payment while earning support still fails to fix the root of the student debt problem. The expansion allows for more people to become eligible for their student loan payments to be capped at 10 percent of their monthly income, which is based … Continue reading

Charter Schools: Revolutionary or Racist?
America / Education / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Charter Schools: Revolutionary or Racist?

The educational landscape of New Orleans, my hometown, has changed rapidly since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city almost nine years ago. The Recovery School District (RSD), by far the city’s largest school district, closed its last five traditional public schools in May to become the nation’s first all-charter school system. During the 2013-14 school year, 92% of New Orleans … Continue reading

Political Waffling Beats Cantor, Not Immigration
America / Gov. Officials / Immigration / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Political Waffling Beats Cantor, Not Immigration

As the House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) lost in the primaries to relative unknown Tea Partier Dave Brat, many are claiming that the complex relationship between Cantor and Immigration reform resulted in a sort of political murder-suicide. Cantor’s support of immigration reform lost him his seat, and the loss of Cantor’s seat seemingly ended … Continue reading

Blame game: VA edition
America / Culture / Healthcare

Blame game: VA edition

Inspector General Richard J. Griffin’s investigation on the Veterans Affairs scandal has confirmed that 1,700 patients that were not placed on the official waiting list for doctors’ appointments at the veteran’s medical center in Phoenix and discovered that the average waiting time for initial primary care for veterans is about 115 days. In light of … Continue reading

The Common Core Mystique
America / Education / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Common Core Mystique

Critics from both ends of the spectrum have attacked the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for a number of reasons. “They are a ploy for the federal government to spread its agenda, pollute the minds of children, and diminish teachers’ role in educating!” “They eliminate teacher autonomy and creativity in the classroom!” “They give corporate … Continue reading