Debate over government deficits had dominated politics in the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections yet it seems as though candidates have largely been avoiding the topic in 2015-16. Republican candidates are shying away from the federal budget deficit because they know their tax plans will likely add it. The American people are no longer finding the deficit to be a salient issue anymore. So why consider the deficit now? While it is true that the debt has decreased significantly, I am weary of determining the deficit a non-issue simply due to the consistency of a Google query.
In Shelby County v Holder, the Supreme Court determined that Section 4 and, subsequently Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, insufficiently relates to voter discrimination in 2015. The Alabama County argued that the federal government cannot enforce matters differently between states. Coinciding with this notion, Chief Justice Roberts argued for the pertinence of the “fundamental principle of sovereignty” among the States.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, herein referred to as Daesh, made its boldest statement on Friday, November 14th when it organized and executed terrorist attacks in Paris, France. The attacks were coordinated in six locations including a theater, the Stade de France, and several restaurants. 129 people were murdered and 352 injured according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins. America should increase its military efforts, specifically among Special Forces operations, in Syria.
The “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans” Act, or ”Kate’s Law,” was blocked by the Senate in late October of 2015. The bill is designed to block grants and funding from immigration enforcement programs to local governments that do not enforce federal immigration policies. Republicans support the bill because it establishes several incentives for local governments to enforce regulation of undocumented immigrants in close to 350 cities.
Why send the product all the way to the US? Weed prices are skyrocketing thanks to the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs. In California, the Reagan administration just launched a massive campaign to lock up the marijuana growers, which has shrunk the weed supply and caused prices to skyrocket to $5,000 per pound--a 1,600% profit for you and your criminal organization.
I’m going to relax because I believe that for those who are interested in hearing it, there will always be room for the Black experience in hip-hop even as white rappers like Iggy and Macklemore achieve chart-topping success. Iggy does not, after all, compete for the same audience as black rappers like Kendrick Lamar or Pusha T, so she’s not crowding out artists who rap about the Black experience.
The environmental community just invested more money in politics than it ever has before--just shy of $100 million, all told--and it didn’t work. Local billionaire and Stanford grad Tom Steyer dumped about $70 million of his own money trying to get environmentally conscientious candidates elected, but a mere one out of every three of the candidates he supported won.
For a research university of Stanford’s caliber, it’s easy to stock the faculty with award-winning researchers. It’s easy to demand that professors publish papers and get grant funding. It’s much harder to make student engagement with lectures a top priority, but this is what Stanford must do in order to become the world-class educational institution it is reputed to be.
A soda tax is no silver bullet—no health policy is—but it’s a step in the right direction. San Francisco and Berkeley have a chance to be leaders in state and national public health. They have a unique opportunity to improve nutrition in schools and combat America’s biggest health problem. If anything’s a fight worth fighting, this is it.