Regardless of where you stand on the question of admitting Syrian refugees into the United States, there is a certain undeniable irony in watching this heated political debate unfold during Thanksgiving, a national holiday centered around (symbolically, at least) concepts of gratitude, benevolence and coexistence.
The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (Nov. 13), that left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured, were the latest in a string of high profile violent incidents against civilians thought to be perpetrated by members of the Islamic State.
Pretty sexy topic, huh? Bear with me. Congressional leaders and the White House reached a tentative budget deal late Monday that, if approved, would set government funding levels and raise the debt ceiling for the next two years.
The U.S. Senate today (Tuesday, Oct. 20) votes on controversial legislation that would cut off federal funding for so-called “sanctuary cities” like San Francisco that do not prosecute or report undocumented immigrants who live there.
Included as a fundamental right in the U.S. Constitution, firearms have played a pivotal role in America’s history and culture. But federal gun control laws were largely nonexistent until well into the Twentieth Century.
Like it or not, the 2016 presidential campaign season is in full force. The first Democratic candidate debate took place last night (Tuesday, Oct. 13), and two well-stocked Republican debates have already come and gone. And that means campaign commercials. A lot them. For the next 12 months. So brace yourself.
Following months of emotionally-charged debate, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed landmark legislation allowing terminally-ill patients to obtain lethal medication. When the measures goes into effect in 2016, California will become the fifth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.
On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 1, a heavily armed gunman walked into a community college classroom in Roseburg, OR, slaughtering nine people before taking his own life. It marks yet another mass shooting in a nation where gun deaths occur with alarming frequency.