March 26, 2017

Legal Debate of the Individual Mandate

Since October 2010, two District Court rulings have declared Section 1501 of the recent health care law unconstitutional, while three rulings other rulings have declared the same provision constitutional. Section 1501 will require non-exempted individuals to purchase minimum coverage health insurance in 2014 or pay a fine, as stated in the 906-page law [.pdf]. Within […]

Wisconsin Protest Timeline and Facts

Since Monday, February 14th, protesters have demonstrated at the Wisconsin capital building against a state bill to remove the collective bargaining rights for most public-sector workers. Protesters have rallied around the clock, with hundreds camping inside the capital building for over ten days. Despite an order from Governor Scott Walker for protesters to leave the […]

Death Toll Soars in Libyan Protests

Following the resignation of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt on February 11th, mass demonstrations have begun in other countries throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Civilians of Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Morocco, and Bahrain are protesting against the authoritarian leadership of their country. While demonstrators have died in each of these countries, Libya has had an […]

Patriot Act Faces Renewal in 2011

Deep within the controversial USA PATRIOT Act, originally passed in 2001, there are many surveillance tactics enacted through sunset provisions, which are parts of laws that have an expiration date unless legislative action extends them. While the sunset provisions of the PATRIOT Act are set to expire on February 28th, 2011, the government will likely […]

Afghanistan War December 2010 Facts

During December, the US forces suffered 33 casualties in the Afghanistan War, according to the casualty database of the Defense Department. This is the fewest amount of casualties in a month since April. While this fact indicates an improvement in Afghanistan, the amount of casualties in December were still notable in comparison to the past. […]

Presidential Approval Comparison

President Obama’s current approval rating is 47%, according to Gallup Polls. In comparison to the past 11 presidents at the same point in their presidencies, which is about 700 days, Obama’s current rating is higher than 3 of the last 11 presidents. As the chart below shows, Ronald Reagan was lower than Obama’s current rating, […]

Casualties in Afghanistan Surge in 2010

During October, the US forces suffered 50 casualties in the Afghanistan War. In the first 9 days of November, there have been 19 more casualties – bringing the total amount of casualties in 2010 to 432, according to the casualty database of the Defense Department. This amount of casualties is greater than any other year […]

Rocky Senate Race in Colorado

In one of the most competitive Senate races of the midterm cycle, the latest polls of the Colorado race indicate a narrow lead for Republican candidate Ken Buck over Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet. There have been 5 polls of this race released in the past week – all of which show Buck with a 1% […]