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How protectionism is hindering Puerto Rico relief efforts

A week after being devastated by Hurricane Maria, the citizens of Puerto Rico are as CNN points out, “suffering in primitive conditions without power, water or enough fuel.” Unfortunately, the recovery efforts are being impeded further by a nearly 100-year-old crony capitalist law. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What you should know about single-payer healthcare

Today, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is unveiling his legislation for a single-payer healthcare system. Here is what you should know about single-payer systems and Sanders’s proposal: What is single-payer healthcare? In a single-payer healthcare system, the government pays for all medically necessary service for of all citizens, regardless of income or ability to pay. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about the 9/11 aftermath

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil. Here are five facts you should know about what happened in the aftermath of the events on September 11, 2001: 1. Continue Reading...

Would school choice help conservatives recover from the ‘cultural massacre’?

The Spectator Australia published an article Monday claiming that the “culture war” between conservative and liberal values is, in reality, a “cultural massacre.” The carnage is evident in the numbers, specifically in education: in the United Kingdom, conservatives make up only seven percent of primary school teachers and only eight percent of secondary school teachers. Continue Reading...

Understanding the President’s Cabinet: Director of the CIA

Note: This is the post #23 in a weekly series of explanatory posts on the officials and agencies included in the President’s Cabinet. See the series introduction here. Cabinet position: Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) (Note: This office became a cabinet-level position in February 2017.) Department:  Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Current Director: Mike Pompeo Department Mission: “Preempt threats and further U.S. Continue Reading...