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A Primer on The Electoral College

Brief #129 – Elections & Politics Policy Brief
by: Abigail Hunt

Embark on a comprehensive exploration of the Electoral College system, starting with its role in U.S. Presidential elections, tracing its historical origins, navigating constitutional complexities, and shedding light on the ongoing debate about its significance in American democracy.

The Week That Was: Global News in Review

Brief #141 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Ibrahim Castro

Discover the seismic shifts and pressing issues shaping our world in this week’s Global News Review. From controversial refugee deals to record-breaking military expenditures, delve into the headlines that demand your attention and understanding.

Demographic Shifts in the U.S: Challenges and Opportunities

Brief #164 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Inijah Quadri

The United States is experiencing profound demographic transformations characterized by an aging population, declining birth rates, and increased immigration. These demographic shifts are reshaping the socio-economic landscape, impacting public policy from healthcare to education, and altering the workforce dynamics.

TURNING OUT THE YOUTH VOTE

MAY OP ED
by: US Renew Democracy News

In this compelling new Op-Ed, our reporting staff highlights the critical importance of engaging young voters in the upcoming Presidential elections. Addressing issues from climate change to the Israel/Palestine conflict, the piece emphasizes the need for strategic efforts by President Biden and Democrats to secure the youth vote.

The College Campus Palestinian Protests: Key Issues

Brief #163 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Courtney Denning

Explore the surge of Palestinian protests on U.S. college campuses, sparked by the Israel-Palestine conflict, and delve into the intricate web of free speech debates, accusations of antisemitism, and law enforcement responses amid a resounding cry for social justice and solidarity with Palestine.

Paris Prepares For The Summer Olympics

Brief #140 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Reilly Fitzgerald

In 2024, Paris is gearing up to host the Olympics. It’s a massive undertaking, blending sports, culture, and politics. Recent months have seen some challenges emerge, including venue concerns, security issues, and citizen reactions to the Games’ impact on daily life beyond just sports. With the games set to kick off at the end of June, preparations are in full swing despite these hurdles.

Swiss Decision Poised to Break the Dam Holding Climate Litigation Back

Brief #162 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Devyne Byrd

The recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights against Switzerland underscores the growing significance of climate litigation in holding governments accountable for their actions, or lack thereof, in addressing climate change. As citizens increasingly turn to the courts to spur climate action, legal battles like Juliana v. United States in the U.S. and similar cases worldwide are becoming pivotal in shaping environmental policy and promoting accountability.

The Vital Role of Immigration is at a Crossroads

Brief #161 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Inijah Quadri

In today’s dynamic landscape, immigration stands as a cornerstone of the United States, fueling economic growth, fostering innovation, and enriching the nation’s cultural tapestry. However, amidst its undeniable benefits, challenges persist, from navigating complex employment opportunities to addressing legal complexities and public perceptions.

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An Unconstitutional and Dangerous State Trend: Chaplains as School Counselors

An Unconstitutional and Dangerous State Trend: Chaplains as School Counselors

Brief #223 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Rodney A. Maggay

As state legislatures across the nation flirt with the dangerous notion of substituting unqualified chaplains for trained school counselors, the fundamental principle of separation between church and state is under dire threat. By permitting unlicensed individuals to wield influence over vulnerable students’ mental health and social well-being, these policies jeopardize not only constitutional freedoms but also the safety and welfare of countless students.

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The Week That Was: Global News in Review

Brief #141 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Ibrahim Castro

Discover the seismic shifts and pressing issues shaping our world in this week’s Global News Review. From controversial refugee deals to record-breaking military expenditures, delve into the headlines that demand your attention and understanding.

Paris Prepares For The Summer Olympics

Brief #140 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Reilly Fitzgerald

In 2024, Paris is gearing up to host the Olympics. It’s a massive undertaking, blending sports, culture, and politics. Recent months have seen some challenges emerge, including venue concerns, security issues, and citizen reactions to the Games’ impact on daily life beyond just sports. With the games set to kick off at the end of June, preparations are in full swing despite these hurdles.

Why is Iran attacking Israel?

Brief #139 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Arvind Salem

Amid escalating tensions between Israel and Gaza, the conflict has taken a new turn as Israel and Iran engage in direct attacks. The latest airstrikes and retaliatory measures underscore the complex web of regional dynamics and international diplomacy at play in the Middle East.

The Week That Was: Global News in Review

Brief #138 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Ibrahim Castro

Dive into the latest geopolitical upheavals, from the escalating tensions between Israel and Iran following a drone and missile attack, to Mexico’s diplomatic fallout with Ecuador over the arrest of a former vice president, stay informed with our comprehensive briefing.

The Perilous Reality of Palestinian Villages in the West Bank

Brief #137 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Aziza Taslaq

In the volatile landscape of the West Bank, Palestinian villages endure relentless assaults orchestrated by Israeli settlers, evoking harrowing echoes of historical atrocities. As communities grapple with ongoing conflict and profound tragedy, the imperative for justice and resolution looms urgently, underscoring the pressing need to address the plight of the Palestinian people.

Does Nikki Haley Have a Shot?

Does Nikki Haley Have a Shot?

Brief #120 – Elections & Politics Policy Brief
by Arvind Salem

Ron DeSantis’ withdrawal makes the Republican primary a two-person race between Nikki Haley and Trump. Despite Haley facing challenges, her current strategy exposes potential weaknesses in Trump’s candidacy that the Democratic nominee, likely Biden, could exploit.

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With thousands of jobs promised, $6 billion in ‘green’ industry funding was an easy sell: The Pros and Cons of New Government-Sponsored Green Jobs

Brief #166 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd Broadman

Amidst bipartisan support, the Biden administration allocates $6 billion towards green jobs, targeting the decarbonization of heavy industries like steel and aluminum. This initiative aims to create employment opportunities while advancing environmental goals, sparking debates on its effectiveness and economic viability.

The Unequal Effects of Climate Change on Vulnerable Communities

Brief #165 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Devyne Byrd

Delve into the connection between environmental injustice and climate change in low-income areas, where discriminatory zoning perpetuates pollution and vulnerability. From Cancer Alley’s toxicity to the unequal impact of climate disasters, marginalized communities struggle to access vital environmental and healthcare resources.

Carefree Use of Groundwater Is Making Us Thirsty

Brief #164 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd J. Broadman

There is a depletion of groundwater in the U.S… When it comes to groundwater depletion, short-term economics and corporate profits are ushered along without much caution or environmental guardrails. In that respect, U.S. aquifers are viewed much like carbon reserves – there for the taking.

Sweating on the Treadmill of COP28: Will COP29 Deliver on Crucial Emissions Cuts?

Brief #163 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd J. Broadman

The United Nations sponsored COP was kicked-off in 1995 with its stated goal to “stabilize atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gasses at levels that would prevent ‘dangerous’ human interference with the climate system.” Since then, concentrations of CO2 have gone up each year.

The Oil from Fracking Flows Freely in a Fractured Society

Brief #162 – Environmental Policy Brief
by Todd J. Broadman

This need for carbon energy has led to thousands of new oil leases and the increased oil extraction has moved the U.S. ahead of Saudi Arabia as the globe’s biggest oil producer.

An Unconstitutional and Dangerous State Trend: Chaplains as School Counselors

Brief #223 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Rodney A. Maggay

As state legislatures across the nation flirt with the dangerous notion of substituting unqualified chaplains for trained school counselors, the fundamental principle of separation between church and state is under dire threat. By permitting unlicensed individuals to wield influence over vulnerable students’ mental health and social well-being, these policies jeopardize not only constitutional freedoms but also the safety and welfare of countless students.

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The Chilling Effect of Republican Education Policy

Brief #90 – Education Policy Brief
by: Rudolph Lurz

This article delves into the chilling effect of Republican education policies, particularly exemplified by initiatives such as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. It explores how vague legislation is causing educators and students to self-regulate their speech and behavior, stifling freedom of expression in classrooms and beyond.

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TURNING OUT THE YOUTH VOTE

TURNING OUT THE YOUTH VOTE

MAY OP ED
by: US Renew Democracy News

In this compelling new Op-Ed, our reporting staff highlights the critical importance of engaging young voters in the upcoming Presidential elections. Addressing issues from climate change to the Israel/Palestine conflict, the piece emphasizes the need for strategic efforts by President Biden and Democrats to secure the youth vote.

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Reporter Spotlight

Journalist of the Month - May 2024

Meet Todd J. Broadman, an accomplished northern Idaho-based environmental news analyst and journalist currently contributing to US Renew Democracy News. After graduating from Thunderbird’s International Management program, Todd spent many years overseas in the data communications industry. His corporate career in Hong Kong, China, India, and Europe inspired his transition to a writing career which finds perspective at the intersection of economy, environment, and society. In addition to writing environmental briefs for US Renew News, he writes a bi-weekly newspaper Op-Ed column. Along with his passion for journalism, his focus is being a parent to two children – the first of which he had at the age of 50. When not writing about global warming or attending birthday parties, he practices tai chi, plays guitar, and meditates.

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