October 18, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Executive orders are directives from the heads of executive branches of governments at both the federal and state levels, which concern the management of government operations. They have the force of law and are declared without consent from any other branch of the government. They are, however, ...[read more]
August 31, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Six hundred and twenty-one detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay since 2002. NPR and The New York Times have identified at least a dozen of the 621 whom have resumed terrorist activities. Of that dozen, two became leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The news outlets ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. ...[read more]
June 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
On June 20, 2002 the Supreme Court decided Atkins v. Virginia where it ruled sentencing intellectually disabled individuals to death is unconstitutional. The Court held such executions are a form of "cruel and unusual punishment," which is categorically prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Given social media's power as a tool for organizing against unpopular governments, many nations have made efforts to ban access to social media sites. The purported rationale for these government bans range from desires to quell publication and circulation of political opposition to religious ...[read more]
April 8, 2014
by Neil Devlin
In 1999, unarmed Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by the New York City Police Department's Street Crimes Unit. His death incited community outrage on the issue of policing and race. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a nonprofit legal organization devoted to defending constitutional ...[read more]
March 25, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Ukraine is an independent nation in Eastern Europe and a former republic of the Soviet Union. In 1954, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the region remained under Ukrainian control. Ethnic Russians have continued to ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Neil Devlin
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for ...[read more]
February 24, 2014
by Neil Devlin
The 2008 financial crisis cost investors, consumers and businesses alike. Sub-prime lending practices devolved into a riskier regime from their time of inception to address disproportionate ratios in racial borrowing power in the 1980s to the housing bubble of the early 2000s. The bubble was ...[read more]
February 10, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Detroit's population was over 1.8 million residents in 1950, and it held the fifth spot on the list of America's most populous cities. That was the peak of the city's population. In fact its population has seen a decline in every census thereafter. Detroit lost over half of its population in the ...[read more]

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