There’s no denying that the US education system is trigger-happy when it comes to passing out suspensions. According to some reports, 1 in 3 students in America are suspended at some point between kindergarten and 12th grade. In 2011, enough students were suspended to fill the stadiums of the first 45 Super Bowls, effectively eliminating nearly […]

Over the past year, the average American has consumed an extra pound of dairy products. However, this is not a conscious decision in response to the Department of Health’s report that over 80 percent of the population’s dietary intake of dairy is below recommended levels. Consumers most likely fail to even notice their extra dairy […]

Over the last few years, companies like Uber and Airbnb have exploded onto the national and international economic scenes. Uber was recently valued at $68 billion, and Airbnb at $30 billion. In less than a decade, these two companies have built the “sharing economy” into a multibillion-dollar monolith. Their business models have revolutionized the way […]

Since tuna fish became a staple food for the Baby Boomer Generation, the tuna fish industry has enjoyed an outsized role in the American diet. The United States consumes 29 percent of all canned tuna produced worldwide, and until recently, tuna was the most-consumed seafood in the American diet. However, tuna is far from all-American. […]

I remember standing in line at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Providence at the heart of a rally for Donald Trump. Like at many other such gatherings across the country, amid the cacophony of excited supporters eagerly exchanging thoughts, an occasional chant of “build the wall,” “ten feet higher,” or “send them home” broke out, […]

In spite of being one of the most discussed issues of the 2016 presidential campaign, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is, surprisingly, one of the few things upon which both major party presidential candidates agree. A contentious issue during both the Republican and Democratic primaries, the TPP is still opposed by both Donald Trump and Hillary […]

“A vast bureaucracy with no congressional oversight, that’s digging through hundreds of millions of your credit records to detect fraud,” proclaimed former Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina in regards to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  She went on to declare, “This is how socialism starts, ladies and gentlemen.” Ted Cruz referred to it as […]

In many states consumers do not pay sales tax for online purchases, unlike their traditional brick-and-mortar counterparts. Legislators and retailers around the country are raising significant questions about the fairness and fiscal sensibility of this practice. In Congress, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act in 2013, which would make it easier for […]

In 1900, Sweden ventured into brand new territory: It became the first country in the world to introduce paid family leave for new mothers. Since then, 177 countries have joined the Nordic nation, leaving just a handful without paid family leave — a notable exception being the United States. While unpaid leave is available to […]

Residents of Colstrip, Montana scoff at the preconceived notions outsiders have of their town. “To me, it seems like the impression of Colstrip is that we’re a horrible, hazy place where people are dying of cancer. I get that impression, and it’s not true,” remarked long-time resident Donna Tauscher. Her beliefs are commonplace in coal […]