This Week:

Feb 7, 2016


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Jury Indicts Anti-Abortion Activists who filmed Meetings with Planned Parenthood In Texas, a grand jury investigating allegations of misconduct by Planned Parenthood (PP) cleared the organization and instead indicted two abortion opponents. The indictments, handed down on January 25, include the felony charge of tampering with a government record. The now-defendants helped to secretly record [...]

The Oscars Diversity Controversy: A Need for Recognition and Recompense


Shortly after the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced on January 14th, news outlets like Vanity Fair and Variety pointed out that, for the second year in a row, every actor nominated was a Caucasian person. Soon, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which originated last year, started trending on Twitter again. Many assumed the 2015 [...]

Prospects for a Bloomberg Candidacy


As an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University in the early 1960s, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg supposedly claimed that the only three jobs that interested him were the secretary generalship of the United Nations, the presidency of the World Bank and the presidency of the United States. This unique manifestation of [...]

Making the Criminal Justice System More Just


By now, every American knows the names of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin. Their plights have sparked a nationwide call for criminal justice reform, prompting  the Department of Justice to investigate police departments, as well as police training and tactics. Throughout his presidency, President Obama has been criticized for not reforming [...]

The Flint Water Crisis Has Happened Before, and It Will Happen Again


It began with an attempt to save $5 million over two years. When the the city of Flint, Michigan chose to directly filter water from the Flint River, instead of purchasing water filtered in Detroit – as it had done for the previous 50 years – the consequences were disastrous. The increased corrosiveness of the [...]