On April 6th, 2018 Jeff Sessions and Kirstjen Nielsen, the head of Homeland Security, announced a zero-tolerance policy for immigrants at the border. Anyone who didn’t cross the U.S. border at an official port of entry would be criminally prosecuted, even if they were seeking asylum. This “zero tolerance” practiceRead More →

LGBTQ Rights

You may have seen in the news recently that an Austin, Texas man avoided prison after using a rare “gay panic defense”. According to KXAN in Austin, James Miller will serve 10 years of probation after being sentenced for criminally negligent homicide for killing his neighbor, Daniel Spencer, in eastRead More →

In yet another shake-up by this administration, President Trump has appointed former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as National Security Advisor, replacing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. John Bolton served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 until December 2006 as a recessRead More →

Octavia Butler

In honor of Black History Month I’d like to introduce one of my favorite authors, Octavia Butler, to those who don’t know her. Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the “grand dame of science fiction,” was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947.  After receiving her degrees atRead More →

Donald J. Trump tax reform

SO WHAT IS THE CURRENT US TAX RATE? President Donald Trump has continuously claimed that the US is the “highest taxed” nation in the world. But this doesn’t square with the facts. The US is actually on the lower end among economically advanced countries when it comes to tax rates.Read More →

The First Thanksgiving 1621 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899)

The painting above, The First Thanksgiving 1621, by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899) shows common misconceptions about the event that persisted to modern times: Pilgrims did not wear outfits like these, and the Wampanoag are dressed in the style of Native Americans from the Great Plains. The traditional American ThanksgivingRead More →

DACA

It’s not much of a surprise that the Trump administration has decided to rescind DACA (Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals),  even though a majority of Americans support the program. Public opinion has not stopped the administration from attempting to dial back many Obama-era initiatives, including Obamacare and the inclusion ofRead More →

Donald Trump and James Comey

The Background President Donald Trump reportedly told then FBI Director James Comey that he hoped Comey would “let go” of the FBI investigation of Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The FBI, however, continued its investigation of Flynn. Trump also wanted Comey to disclose publicly that he was not personallyRead More →

Clip from The Boss

Beauty provokes harassment, the law says, but it looks through men’s eyes when deciding what provokes it ― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth The Controversy Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was ousted by the network after a series of sexual harassment allegations against him were disclosed. A New York TimesRead More →

Mind the Gap

The gender wage gap is a measure of pay disparity between men and women. While it can be measured in different ways, the data is clear: women are paid much less relative to men (about 80 cents per dollar). What is the gender wage gap? The gender wage gap isRead More →