Politics

Unsanctioned Ballot Collection Boxes: Expanding or Suppressing Voting Rights?

Last week, the GOP took responsibility for the placement of over 50 unofficial ballot collection boxes across the state of California.[1] This action has been identified by election officials as illegal and ripe for voter fraud.[2] The California GOP has defended their decision by citing a 2016 state law, which has since been amended, that allows … Continue reading

China / Economy / Energy / Environment / Politics / Trade

China and Latin America: forging new economic ties in United States backyard.

China experienced explosive economic growth in the past few decades that helped it rise to the position of the second-largest economy in the world. It now aims to transform itself from a regional to a global hegemon, effectively challenging the US in its backyard, Latin America. The country’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) facilitated its … Continue reading

Politics

Would Proposed Changes to Section 230 Cause More Harm Than Good?

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act limits the legal liability of websites that allow their users to post their own content and also allows those sites to moderate user-generated content. Section 230 obviously protects the large social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but it also protects less obvious online platforms, such as information … Continue reading

Politics

Could virtual learning be setting students up for a more successful future?

Students in all levels of education are experiencing virtual learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, The New York Times surveyed students for opinions pertaining to remote learning[1]. Though most who were questioned had reservations about the inability to be in a classroom environment, a silver lining is emerging as it becomes … Continue reading

Politics / Regulation

The Future of Regulations Suspended During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many agencies suspending their regulations to assist both the economy and public health.[i] The pandemic and economic stagnancy have drawn attention to the undue burden that many regulations place on growth and development.[ii] Many have wondered how necessary various regulations are, and whether they should endure after the pandemic … Continue reading

Politics

What does the constitution say about restricting immigration ?

One of the hallmarks of Trumpism is the increasingly intense dialogue surrounding immigration, ushering in a wave of xenophobia and a brighter distinction between “them” and “us”. Although the Federal Government has mobilized this sentiment in the form of immigration restriction, it is unclear whether or not the Constitution explicitly bestows this authority. This article … Continue reading

Politics

A theoretical analysis of protectionism

The Trump Administration, through its aggressively realist view on trade, has reverted back to the idea of protectionism. Utilizing the rationale that employing tariffs on imports will galvanize domestic industries and protect them from foreign competition, the White House has gotten the country involved in several costly trade wars, most notably with China. The data … Continue reading

Healthcare / Politics

Bankruptcies in the Antibiotics Market: An Impending Crisis

            Without antibiotics, many everyday medical procedures would become deadly. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections that can arise from a range of causes including surgery, chronic conditions that weaken the immune system, dialysis, and cancer care.[1] However, the ability of the bacteria to adapt and become resistant to certain drugs that previously killed them, called antibiotic … Continue reading