In the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death, the ideological future of the court hangs in the balance. The court’s eight members are now split on many interpretive issues, which would make a new justice a key swing vote in certain cases. President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, from the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to fill Scalia’s spot.
Kim Jong Un looked on last Friday as North Korea fired a short-range missile off its east coast. This event is the latest in a series of North Korean missile launches in response to what the media has called an extended period of elevated military tension on the Korean peninsula, triggered by Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test on January 6.
If voter turnout is any indication of enthusiasm, then Republicans are more motivated than ever to participate in choosing who will not only represent them in the election against Hillary, but also define the future of the party in other elections.
Taking into consideration a number of recent shootings that were both tragic and abhorrent, such as those in San Bernardino, Newtown, and Aurora, it’s no wonder that many Americans feel so strongly that more gun control is necessary. In contrast, one can also see how the strong regulatory sentiment has led to gun-owners to feel threatened, a feeling that has helped fuel gun sales.
On Tuesday, President Obama announced a plan to close down the U.S. detention facility for the world’s most dangerous terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, echoing a campaign promise made in 2008.
That same day, Spanish and Moroccan police arrested four members of a jihadi cell trying to recruit members to join ISIS, one of whom is a Guantanamo alumnus. This raises questions about how current prisoners will be handled if Gitmo is shut down.
The user agreements of both Facebook and Twitter state that they do not tolerate speech promoting violence or terrorism, and vow to shut down accounts that promote terrorist groups like ISIS. Yet despite the continual efforts of social media platforms to remove the accounts, the platforms continue to serve as primary tools for ISIS.
As of Sunday, Apple is still resisting the government order that it provide the FBI with a way of bypassing security on terrorist Syed Farook’s iPhone. Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. predicts the government will win out in the end, but it seems that Apple has scored the moral victory.
With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, we lost an intellectual giant. Scalia (1936-2016) passed away in Texas of natural causes. Appointed by President Reagan in 1986, he served on the Supreme Court for 30 years.
Blockchain is slowly but surely stealing the limelight from bitcoin, the controversial cryptocurrency for which it acts as a kind of undercover headquarters. Bitcoin’s proponents, who include the Winklevoss twins of “The Social Network” fame, face an uncertain future as they steer their darling towards greater regulation in the hopes of attracting large-scale investors. Meanwhile blockchain is grabbing attention by continuing the tradition that made bitcoin successful in the first place: freedom.
“A political revolution is coming.” Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Kind of dangerous, but also kind of tantalizing? Bernie Sanders’s official slogan, and variations on it, inspire a revolutionary mindset in young liberals. We want to rise up and fight the powers that have been controlling politics from the shadows for years now.
Prison population reduction has started making inroads in mainstream public policy, most notably with the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, currently under consideration in Congress. How to resolve mass incarceration has been a source of partisan debate, but prison reform has become a bipartisan concern.
The Syrian refugee crisis has sparked a heated debate over what role America should take and whether or not we should accept refugee applicants. President Obama has pledged to resettle 10,000 Syrians, but he has met strong opposition among the states and a bipartisan majority in Congress.