The Speaker Saga: Three Weeks of Uncertainty and Dysfunction

The United States House of Representatives then went more than three weeks without a Speaker, plunging the lower chamber of Congress into uncertainty amidst multiple international crises.  Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted from power on October 3 through a motion to vacate brought on by Representative Matt Gaetz.  Rep. Gaetz had threatened to bring a…

Let’s Bring Back Bernie’s Federal Jobs Guarantee

A Federal Jobs Guarantee, as proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, is a program in which the federal government provides a full-time job for any citizen of the United States, typically above 18, who applies for it. The conversation around the policy died after Sanders lost the running for the Presidential bid in 2020, but this…

Is Space Travel the Best Interest in America’s Future?

In an era where the need for self-preservation and sustainability is paramount, it begs the question: does our $25.4 billion commitment to space exploration in 2023 truly serve a wider purpose? With the ability to address fundamental questions regarding our existence and to understand the properties and histories of our solar system, space exploration is…

The Very Real Mental Health Crisis Among Teens

On February 13th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a Press Release titled  “U.S. Teen Girls Experiencing Increased Sadness and Violence.” In 2021, nearly three in five teen girls “felt persistently sad or hopeless…” Since 2011, the percentage of sad or hopeless teenage girls has increased from thirty-six percent to fifty-seven percent….