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The Supreme Court Bump Stock Ruling Explained

Brief #226 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Arvind Salem

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court struck down the ATF’s bump stock ban, ruling it an unconstitutional overreach of executive authority. This verdict not only impacts the regulation of gun accessories but also sets a precedent that could undermine future gun control efforts.

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History of the Upside Down Flag and the Justice Alito Controversy

Brief #224 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Rod Maggay

The controversy surrounding Justice Samuel Alito stems from reports of an upside-down American flag and a Pine Tree Flag flown at his properties, symbols recently adopted by far-right groups protesting the 2020 election results. This incident raises significant concerns about his impartiality and adherence to the Supreme Court’s Code of Conduct, prompting calls for his recusal from related cases and potential congressional censure.

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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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Is Judge Cannon Tilting The Classified Documents Case In Trump’s Favor?

Brief #222 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by Rodney A. Maggay

In a controversial turn of events, Judge Aileen Cannon’s handling of cases involving former President Trump is under scrutiny, with accusations of favoritism towards Trump. Allegations point to questionable orders and scheduling delays, raising concerns that Judge Cannon may be intentionally tilting the trial in Trump’s favor, prompting widespread debate on the integrity of the judicial process.

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Should Trump Be Given Classified Foreign Intelligence Briefings As A Candidate?

Brief #221 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by Rodney A. Maggay

Amidst former President Trump’s legal battles over mishandling classified documents, questions arise over his eligibility to receive classified foreign intelligence briefings as a 2024 election candidate. With bipartisan concerns and differing expert opinions, debates ensue regarding the potential national security implications of such briefings.

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Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Ruling in Trump Ballot Case

Brief #220 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by Rodney A. Maggay

In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court addressed the Trump ballot case, affirming that states cannot remove Donald Trump from the ballot for the 2024 presidential election, despite allegations of inciting the January 6th insurrection. The Court highlighted the requirement for congressional legislation to apply Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, raising queries about presidential eligibility clauses.

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Recent Elections & Politics Posts

 

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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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.

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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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Why Was Santos Expelled and What Happens Now?

Brief #114 – Elections & Politics Policy Brief
by Arvind Salem

On December 1st, George Santos became the 6th member of Congress to ever be expelled. Amid growing scrutiny ever since he entered Congress, few would have thought his offenses would reach a level warranting expulsion… However, as investigations were conducted in Santos’s past, it became abundantly clear that he met this standard.

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Republicans Bash Republicans

Brief #111 – Elections & Politics Policy Brief
by William Bourque

The GOP can’t seem to keep members in line or maintain a united front on anything, which makes it hard to imagine they have any chance of keeping the House or flipping the Senate. As always, we expect the presidency to be close…even if Trump runs from behind bars.

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