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AIPAC’s War Chest Draws Opposition

Brief #146 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Mindy Spatt

AIPAC’s unprecedented $100 million war chest is targeting progressive legislators, igniting a fierce political battle that has united Republican donors and spurred a robust counter-movement from progressive Jewish groups. With high-stakes elections looming, the conflict underscores deepening divisions over U.S. policy towards Israel and the influence of powerful lobbying organizations.

The Murky World Of Sports Betting

Brief #166 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Reilly Fitzgerald

In the murky world of sports betting, a $330 billion industry teetering on the edge of legality, the line between fair play and corruption is becoming increasingly blurred. As leagues, athletes, and law enforcement grapple with the pervasive influence of sports betting, the integrity of competition hangs in the balance.

The Tech Companies Feting and Financing Trump

Brief #112 – Technology Policy Brief
by : Mindy Spatt

Despite his controversial legacy, Donald Trump continues to garner significant financial backing from influential tech moguls like Steve Schwarzman and David Sacks. These tech titans, who once voiced their opposition, are now rallying behind Trump, driven by his anti-regulation stance that aligns with their business interests.

Story of Pulitzer winner Vladimir Kara-Murza, an oppositionist imprisoned in Russia: Part 2

Brief #145 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Yelena Korshunov

Imprisoned Russian opposition leader and Pulitzer winner Vladimir Kara-Murza continues to embody resilience and the fight for democracy in the face of severe repression by the Putin regime. As international calls for his release grow louder, his unwavering commitment to freedom and justice serves as a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of dissent in Russia.

TIME FOR A U.S. MIDDLE EAST PEACE POLICY

JUNE OP ED
by: US Renew Democracy News Staff

President Biden must seize the opportunity to champion a bold Middle East Peace Policy, recognizing Palestinian statehood and endorsing international legal decisions to restore U.S. credibility. By leading efforts towards a two-state solution and a Marshall Plan for regional reconstruction, the U.S. can foster lasting peace and stability in the Middle East.

Louisiana Requiring Display of Ten Commandments In All Public Schools Is Unconstitutional

Brief #225 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Rod Maggay

Louisiana’s House Bill No. 71, which mandates the display of the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms, is a brazen assault on the separation of church and state. This divisive legislation not only tramples on constitutional rights but also risks alienating non-Christian students in a state-funded endorsement of one religion.

Tackling the Thirst: Water Scarcity and the Rise of Innovative Conservation Technologies

Brief #169 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Inijah Quadri

Water scarcity, exacerbated by factors such as climate change and population growth, poses a significant threat to over 2 billion people worldwide. Innovative conservation technologies offer hope in mitigating the effects of water scarcity, from precision agriculture to smart water management systems.

Will Artificial Intelligence Save California… or Ruin It?

Brief #111 – Technology Policy Brief
by : Mindy Spatt

Artificial intelligence holds the potential to both revive California’s tech industry and jeopardize the integrity of its elections, as Supervisor Dean Preston cautions. With groundbreaking AI legislation on the line and facing intense opposition from industry players, California stands at a critical juncture in shaping its future.

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The Murky World Of Sports Betting

The Murky World Of Sports Betting

Brief #166 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Reilly Fitzgerald

In the murky world of sports betting, a $330 billion industry teetering on the edge of legality, the line between fair play and corruption is becoming increasingly blurred. As leagues, athletes, and law enforcement grapple with the pervasive influence of sports betting, the integrity of competition hangs in the balance.

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AIPAC’s War Chest Draws Opposition

Brief #146 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Mindy Spatt

AIPAC’s unprecedented $100 million war chest is targeting progressive legislators, igniting a fierce political battle that has united Republican donors and spurred a robust counter-movement from progressive Jewish groups. With high-stakes elections looming, the conflict underscores deepening divisions over U.S. policy towards Israel and the influence of powerful lobbying organizations.

Story of Pulitzer winner Vladimir Kara-Murza, an oppositionist imprisoned in Russia: Part 2

Brief #145 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Yelena Korshunov

Imprisoned Russian opposition leader and Pulitzer winner Vladimir Kara-Murza continues to embody resilience and the fight for democracy in the face of severe repression by the Putin regime. As international calls for his release grow louder, his unwavering commitment to freedom and justice serves as a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of dissent in Russia.

The Week That Was: Global News In Review

Brief #144 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Ibrahim Castro

This week’s global news highlights significant events, including the Biden administration’s new asylum ban at the US-Mexico border and Human Rights Watch’s alarming report on mass killings of Ethiopian migrants by Saudi border guards. Additionally, unrest in New Caledonia over French electoral reforms and Haiti’s ongoing crisis under interim Prime Minister Garry Conille draw international attention.

Story of Pulitzer winner Vladimir Kara-Murza, an oppositionist imprisoned in Russia: Part 1

Brief #143 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Yelena Korshunov

Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent Russian oppositionist and historian, has been awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for his courageous columns written from prison, where he has been held since 2022 on charges of treason. Despite severe health issues and isolation, Kara-Murza continues to advocate for democracy and expose human rights violations in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

A Journey Through Words: An Interview with Palestinian Writer Rula Arafat

Brief #142 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Aziza Taslaq

Rula Arafat, a renowned Palestinian writer from Nablus, weaves powerful narratives of love, war, and peace, reflecting the profound struggles and hopes of her homeland. Through her evocative prose, Arafat captures the essence of Palestinian identity, making readers feel as if they are walking the streets of Palestine and living its stories firsthand.

The Swing States Series: #1 Pennsylvania 

The Swing States Series: #1 Pennsylvania 

Brief #130 – Elections & Politics Policy Brief
by: Abigail Hunt

Pennsylvania, a pivotal swing state in the 2024 presidential election, has a rich history and a diverse electorate that could tip the balance for either Biden or Trump. Key issues influencing voters include urban versus rural concerns, gender voting trends, and significant youth turnout, making Pennsylvania a critical battleground once again.

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The Murky World Of Sports Betting

Brief #166 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Reilly Fitzgerald

In the murky world of sports betting, a $330 billion industry teetering on the edge of legality, the line between fair play and corruption is becoming increasingly blurred. As leagues, athletes, and law enforcement grapple with the pervasive influence of sports betting, the integrity of competition hangs in the balance.

Tackling the Thirst: Water Scarcity and the Rise of Innovative Conservation Technologies

Brief #169 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Inijah Quadri

Water scarcity, exacerbated by factors such as climate change and population growth, poses a significant threat to over 2 billion people worldwide. Innovative conservation technologies offer hope in mitigating the effects of water scarcity, from precision agriculture to smart water management systems.

Navigating Inflation: A Comprehensive Analysis

Brief #61 – Economic Policy Brief
by: Arvind Salem

As inflation rates surge, consumers face mounting pressure on their wallets, with prices soaring in key sectors like housing and groceries. Amidst political debates and policy clashes, understanding the root causes and potential solutions becomes critical for navigating the economic landscape.

Ocean Coral’s White Skeletons Send a Stark Message

Brief #168 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd J. Broadman

Ocean coral reefs are facing an unprecedented crisis, with mass bleaching events threatening the survival of these vital ecosystems. As ocean temperatures rise, the vibrant reefs are turning into graveyards of white skeletons, sending a stark message about the urgent need for climate action and coral conservation.

Clean Skies: The Potential of Electric Aviation

Brief #167 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Inijah Quadri

Electric aviation is set to revolutionize air travel by drastically reducing carbon emissions and noise pollution, promising a sustainable future for the industry. As technological advancements accelerate, electric-powered aircraft are poised to reshape regional economies and global trade, making cleaner skies a reality.

The Tech Companies Feting and Financing Trump

Brief #112 – Technology Policy Brief
by : Mindy Spatt

Despite his controversial legacy, Donald Trump continues to garner significant financial backing from influential tech moguls like Steve Schwarzman and David Sacks. These tech titans, who once voiced their opposition, are now rallying behind Trump, driven by his anti-regulation stance that aligns with their business interests.

read more

Will Artificial Intelligence Save California… or Ruin It?

Brief #111 – Technology Policy Brief
by : Mindy Spatt

Artificial intelligence holds the potential to both revive California’s tech industry and jeopardize the integrity of its elections, as Supervisor Dean Preston cautions. With groundbreaking AI legislation on the line and facing intense opposition from industry players, California stands at a critical juncture in shaping its future.

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TIME FOR A U.S. MIDDLE EAST PEACE POLICY

TIME FOR A U.S. MIDDLE EAST PEACE POLICY

JUNE OP ED
by: US Renew Democracy News Staff

President Biden must seize the opportunity to champion a bold Middle East Peace Policy, recognizing Palestinian statehood and endorsing international legal decisions to restore U.S. credibility. By leading efforts towards a two-state solution and a Marshall Plan for regional reconstruction, the U.S. can foster lasting peace and stability in the Middle East.

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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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