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Is Airport Security Effective?
Jun 16, 2023

Recent attempts of a plane hijacking and efforts to place an explosive device on an aircraft led Americans to question airport security further. The effectiveness of and intentions behind airport security were already areas of controversy before these recent attempts. Some see airport security measures as overly intrusive and conducted in a discriminatory manner. A...

Men Arrested for Establishing Secret Chinese Police Station in New York
May 17, 2023

Two men were arrested in Manhattan for establishing a secret Chinese police station on behalf of the Chinese government. The police station had practiced “transnational repression”, meaning they worked to identify, monitor, intimidate and silence dissidents in the United States. The intentions behind the operation were to assist the Chinese government in locating pro-democracy activists...

Chicago Police, Large Crowds Clash
May 17, 2023

In late April, a large group of teenagers took over downtown Chicago, causing chaos and violence. The group, mostly made up of high school students, flooded the area and engaged in fights, vandalism and theft. Two people were shot and several others were beaten by the mob, with some requiring hospitalization. The police were overwhelmed...

Gun Rights Groups Target “Assault Weapons” Ban
May 05, 2023

Gun rights groups have contributed approximately $15 million to members of the 118th Congress.  Gun rights groups have recently targeted legislation that would limit or ban access to assault weapons at the federal and local levels, claiming that it infringes on their second amendment rights.   Assault weapons are a blanket term allegedly used to describe...

Republicans Seek Appeals Court to Approve Abortion Pill Ban
Apr 24, 2023

Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled in Texas that the FDA had improperly approved the abortion pill Mifepristone more than 20 years ago.  An Obama-appointed Judge, Thomas Rice, issued a counter to that ruling, barring the FDA from altering the current availability of Mifepristone. Republicans have filed a brief urging an appeals court to...

Controversy Swirls Around Justice Clarence Thomas Accepting Gifts
Apr 22, 2023

Pulitzer-winning non-profit organization ProPublica has released an in-depth report documenting the relationship between Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and right-wing billionaire Harlan Crow. The ProPublica report accused Justice Thomas of accepting numerous expensive gifts from Crow and of going on multiple undisclosed luxury trips with the Billionaire and his family over the last 20 years. ...

RZR Report: The Tennessee Three
Apr 17, 2023

On Thursday, April 6, representatives Gloria Johnson (D), Justin Jones (D) and Justin Pearson (D) walked toward the podium in the Tennessee House of Representatives without being recognized and began to protest for gun reform using a megaphone amid a shooting at a Nashville School. The protests were followed by protestors storming the Capitol alongside unchanged...

Former CEO of Starbucks Questioned in Congress
Apr 16, 2023

On March 29, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz testified before the U.S. Senate regarding accusations that the international coffee chain had violated federal labor laws. Starbucks has been harshly criticized by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for allegedly committing hundreds of labor law violations, including repeatedly refusing to bargain with unionized workers.   Schultz first...

Analyzing the Mayoral Election in Chicago
Apr 16, 2023

America’s third-largest city, Chicago, recently held an election for mayor. Chicago’s Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas were the leading candidates. Candidates Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson “come from opposite ideological ends of the Democratic Party, with Mr. Vallas calling for a crackdown on crime and Mr. Johnson seeking expanded social programs and new taxes.”   Paul...

CMT Music Awards: Politically Charged?
Apr 13, 2023

On Sunday, April 2, the Country Music Television Awards were held in Austin, Texas. Host Kelsea Ballerini opened with a dedication of the show to the victims of the Covenant shooting that took place five days prior.  Ballerini invited RuPaul’s Drag Race alums to join her on stage during her performance nodding to the recent...