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  • Conservative Value Abandoned by Conservative Legislatures

    Uncategorized October 24, 2015 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

    In 1964, Ronald Reagan addressed the country endorsing Barry Goldwater. This speech—“A Time for Choosing”—brought Mr. Reagan in to the national political spotlight. One line from the speech stands out: he outlined what he believed was a fundamental choice “whether we believe in our capacity for self government or whether […]

     
  • Systematic Civil Rights Violations Along the Border

    With the 2016 presidential primaries around the corner, immigration reform has been a common topic of conversation, with border security the central theme. However, frequently overlooked in this conversation are the consequences of devolving an overwhelming degree of power to Border Patrol agents, whom are subject to minimal accountability. Resisting […]

     
  • October 19, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Uncategorized October 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm 0 comments

    First Democratic Presidential Debate Last Tuesday, the first Democratic presidential debate was held. Many felt Hilary Clinton was the winner of the debate, but Bernie Sanders scored one of the most memorable moments of the night, when in response to a question about Clinton’s email scandal, he said “Let me […]

     
  • Student Loan Crisis: Loan Servicers and Deeper Systemic Issues

    Popular news sites regularly post articles about the “student loan bubble” or “student loan crisis” with varying degrees of alarm at the problem and differing perspectives on the causes and solutions. Recent governmental reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provide some excellent hard […]

     
  • Discussing Race with White People

    Race, Race and Immigration October 15, 2015 at 9:59 am 2 comments

    I worry that I am The Black Friend, you know, the one mentioned before a white person blurts out something racist. “Some of my best friends are black,” they say, thinking back fondly to a high school English class, a coworker at a summer job, or a person of color […]

     
  • October 12, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Partial Stay Order Issued in Harvard Admissions Suit On Friday, Judge Allison Burroughs issued a partial stay order for Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College, which alleges discriminatory admissions practice against Asian American applicants. The order will stay in effect until the First Circuit hears an appeal by proposed interveners […]

     
  • Supreme Blindness

    Uncategorized October 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm 0 comments

    In 1987, petitioner Warren McCleskey, a black man sentenced to death in Georgia, presented to the Supreme Court powerful evidence of systematic racial discrimination in the application of capital punishment.[1] McCleskey’s key ammunition? The “Baldus study,”[2] an empirically impeccable examination of the death penalty as applied in Georgia. The study determined […]

     
  • A Gift from My Parents

    Amicus, Race, Race and Immigration October 8, 2015 at 10:02 am 0 comments

    I had the talk with my parents when I started high school. No, not that talk you are thinking of right now. They wanted to talk about institutional racism in America. Specifically, they thought it was imperative for me to understand the bias against Asian applicants during the college application […]

     
  • October 5, 2015: Weekly News Roundup

    Lawmakers’ Debate on Gun Control Measures After another mass shooting last week, President Obama expressed frustration with the current gun control narrative, stating “our thoughts and prayers are not enough.” Some reformers are seeking solutions in existing legislation and public health policies. Others seek more drastic measures in hopes of creating a “gun-free society,” […]

     
  • Debtors’ Prisons and the Exploitation of the Poor

    In October 1980, Danny Bearden plead guilty to burglary and theft. The trial court sentenced Mr. Bearden to four years probation and ordered him to pay $750 in fines and restitution, with $200 payable over the first two days, and the rest of the $550 balance due within four months. […]