The Texas Rangers are a baseball franchise whose identity is inseparable from politics.The Rangers were a tool for an American politician. Former President George W. Bush owned a minority stake in the team and used the construction of a new stadium as political fuel for his ascension to the Texas Governorship and later the Presidency. […]

On New Year’s Day, New York’s celebrated Second Avenue Subway opened to great fanfare, concluding a tortured, century-long history of false starts and continually altered deadlines. First proposed in the 1920s, the project languished for decades due to intermittent financial crises before construction officially started in 2007. City and state officials hailed completion of the […]

Across major American cities, residents are facing the high costs of a growing housing crisis. While zoning regulations and affordable housing have typically been hailed as ways to preserve neighborhoods while providing opportunities for low-income families, there is a significant downside to this more restrictive approach. This method of local control over the market gives […]

In the final days of his presidency, President Obama created two new national monuments: Bear Ears Buttes in Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada, which together span over 1.65 million acres. Conservationists and wildlife lovers praised the move; states’ rights advocates and miners cursed it. Obama’s controversial actions were made possible through the Antiquities Act, […]

On December 20, 1951, the United States switched on the first peaceful nuclear power reactor the world had ever seen: Experimental Breeder Reactor-I.­­ The reactor provided just enough energy to power four 200-watt lightbulbs, proving that a nuclear power reactor could be used to generate electricity. By the next day, the scientists had the reactor […]

The ubiquity of American products abroad is hardly surprising. From Ray Bans to Nikes to Chevys, the marketplace today is truly global and interconnected. But one American export may prove to be less fashionable than these aforementioned products: obesity. Fast food establishments have been popping up around the world at an unprecedented rate, selling their meals […]

At one point during the 2016 presidential election, 95 percent of Republicans believed that Washington and the American political system were not working well; 83 percent of Democrats shared the same sentiment. Dissatisfaction with the political system is at an all-time high as more and more Americans think that government has stopped working for them. […]