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Trump’s Overtime Protection Rule: A Smart Rule for Workers
Politics

Trump’s Overtime Protection Rule: A Smart Rule for Workers

The Trump Administration’s Overtime Protection Rule In March of 2019, the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to update and extended eligibility for overtime pay for employees that do not perform managerial, executive, or administrative taks. The proposed rule, Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees, mandates … Continue reading

As unaffordable housing swells, its causes (and proposed solutions) should be considered
Politics

As unaffordable housing swells, its causes (and proposed solutions) should be considered

The nation undoubtedly faces an affordable housing problem, one that can be understood through the economic lens of housing supply-and-demand. Since the Great Recession, mortgage rates have remained low but at the expense of overall housing costs, with prices of the average American home soaring to $316,000 in June of 2019. A study by Freddie Mac attributes the rise … Continue reading

What is algorithmic transparency and why do we need it?
Technology

What is algorithmic transparency and why do we need it?

On February 11, 2013, Eric Loomis was arrested in Wisconsin for his part in a drive-by shooting. He pleaded guilty to knowingly fleeing an officer.  During the sentencing, the judge consulted an algorithm that predicted how likely Loomis was to recidivate. Because of his criminal history and other factors weighed by the algorithm, Loomis was … Continue reading

From the Past to the Present: U.S. Protectionism
Politics

From the Past to the Present: U.S. Protectionism

Since assuming office, President Trump has shaken the foundation of global trade with his use of tariffs. Tariffs, in simple terms, are taxes levied on imported goods. Trump’s intentions, in line with his America First campaign promise, are to boost the domestic manufacturing industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, and to leverage foreign countries into … Continue reading

Smoking and Binge-drinking: only one of those can kill you, think Millennials
Healthcare

Smoking and Binge-drinking: only one of those can kill you, think Millennials

Kids these days — in particular 18-24 year-olds — are giving up cigarettes in favor of more refined ways of upsetting their parents. Although rates of young adult cigarette use have dropped significantly in recent years to just 10%, marijuana use has crept up to about 20% (p. 23). Meanwhile, e-cigarettes have exploded in popularity … Continue reading

Now vs. the ’90s: Comparing America’s Two Longest Expansions
Politics

Now vs. the ’90s: Comparing America’s Two Longest Expansions

Two economic roads have diverged in an American wood. Fortunately, America has been able to travel both.  Today, July 1, the U.S. economy entered into its record-setting forty-first consecutive quarter of expansion, surpassing only the forty-quarter boom of the 1990s. What will become a quick clip in the twenty-four-hour news cycle should instead be a … Continue reading