In the fall of 2014, hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado, walked out of class to protest their newly elected conservative school board’s proposed curriculum-review committee calling for the promotion of “positive aspects” of the United States and its heritage and the avoidance of material encouraging “civil disorder, social strife or disregard […]

In the latest episode of the Trump administration mixing public governance with private business, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom chose not to carry Ivanka Trump’s eponymous fashion line for the upcoming year (later followed by Sears and Kmart). This move compelled Kellyanne Conway to tell Fox News viewers — while sitting in front of the official […]

In the less than three weeks between the first and second presidential debates, the Donald Trump campaign veered toward the precipice of full-fledged implosion. The Washington Post released a behind-the-scenes Access Hollywood recording of Trump bragging, in language heretofore considered too graphic for print, that his celebrity status gave him the latitude to sexually assault […]

The rising political profile of income inequality, particularly in the current presidential election cycle, has failed to quell callous pontification about the lifestyles and choices of low-income Americans. David French recently wrote in the National Review that white working-class communities are “killing themselves and destroying their families at an alarming rate,” bemoaning “how little effort […]

Martin Shkreli, the now-infamous former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, was dubbed “the most hated man in America” by multiple media outlets in the wake of his company’s decision to raise the price of Daraprim — a drug used to treat parasitic infection in infants, people living with HIV, and cancer patients — by 5,000 percent. Within three […]

Last summer, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wrote an opinion piece in the Boston Globe entitled “The War on the Middle Class.” He concluded with a statement that has become all but ubiquitous along the Sanders presidential campaign, as it neatly encapsulates the convictions the self-identified democratic socialist has promoted through his candidacy: “It is time to […]

In early October, Belarussian journalist Svetlana Alexievich became one of the few Nobel laureates recognized for nonfiction. Known for chronicling Soviet national tragedies through the collection of hundreds of individual interviews, Alexievich received the award “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara […]

On September 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new rules to improve air quality in areas surrounding oil refineries across the United States, a move that the agency maintains will reduce the risk of cancer for 1.4 million people. The regulations require the monitoring of emissions on “fence lines” where refinery-generated pollutants enter nearby […]

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