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March 13, 2018

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Tomorrow marks the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The students of Parkland are giving the world a lesson in activism and showing the power of making a statement in the face of longstanding legislative i...

March 6, 2018

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On January 31 the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an update to the United States Attorneys’ Manual—a new section titled “Associate Attorney General’s Approval and Notice Requirements for Issues Implicating Religious Liberty”—and directed the designation of a religio...

February 20, 2018

This post originally appeared on TheHumanist.com

Last week the Trump administration unveiled new proposed cuts to the food stamp program that currently assists low-income families. The proposal is included in the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2019, which also includes billions in cuts to Medicaid, federal h...

February 13, 2018

This post originally appeared on TheHumanist.com

On February 5, the US Supreme Court denied the request of Republicans in Pennsylvania to delay a ruling issued by the state’s Supreme Court mandating the redrawing of congressional lines. The decision likely ensures that the state will get a new map with redrawn districts...

February 6, 2018

This post originally appeared on TheHumanist.com

On January 29 California senators voted 21-12 to pass a bill, SB460, that would re-establish net neutrality in the state. Authored by State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, the bill will now be put to a vote in the State Assembly. The bill is part of a larger state...

January 16, 2018

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The US Supreme Court issued an unsigned opinion on January 8, 2018, regarding the merits of appealing a case based on the racial bias of a juror. The case in question, Tharpe v. Sellers, was decided back in 1991, and the Supreme Court’s opinion raises the important possi...

January 12, 2018

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In a December 19 Washington Post article, “To Deter Criminals, Expand DNA Databases Instead of Prisons,” Keith Humphreys writes that expanding criminal DNA databases is a cost effective and efficient approach to crime determent. To those who say they’ll gladly offer a sa...

January 3, 2018

This post originally appeared on TheHumanist.com.

On December 12, 2017, the UK Government Department of Health announced that England is considering reforming the soft “opt-out” organ donation program. The announcement was met with broad cross-party support and the policy reform is currently in the open public consulta...

December 11, 2017

This article originally appeared on TheHumanist.com.

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate relationships with loved ones. Most of us want to share warm feelings with others, and Christmas gives us a good excuse to do it. The myth of Santa Claus makes kids giddy at the idea of being rewarded for a year’s good be...

December 6, 2017

This article originally appeared on TheHumanist.com.

It only takes one brave person to go public, and others will follow. Women are breaking the culture of silence. Last week there was outcry after Matt Lauer of NBC News was terminated amid allegations of very detailed workplace harassment. The tides of accepted norms a...

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