California Fast-Food Workers Celebrate Landmark Wage Increase to $20 an Hour

California just passed Assembly Bill 1228, increasing the minimum wage to $20 an hour and establishing a Fast Food Council to oversee working conditions and annual wage adjustments.  New Legislation California has just passed new legislation increasing the minimum wage for fast-food workers from the previous $16 an hour to $20 an hour. Even though … Read more

Over One Million Abortions Recorded in 2023, Marking Decade Milestone

In 2023, the United States reached a decade high with over one million abortions across the country. This rise has largely been driven by a significant increase in medication abortions, and states with supportive abortion rights have taken steps to increase their availability. A New Report The Guttmacher Institute just released a report that said … Read more

Renewing FISA Hits Congressional Stalemate Amid Privacy Concerns

The U.S. House of Representatives faces a significant hurdle in renewing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) due to Republican divisions and privacy concerns for American citizens.  Passing FISA The U.S. House of Representatives is struggling to advance legislation to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a major … Read more

Arizona Supreme Court Upholds 1864 Abortion Ban Following Roe v. Wade Overturn

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a pre-statehood 1864 law that bans almost all abortions after the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade no longer prevents the law from being unenforceable. An 1864 Law In a controversial 4-2 decision, The Arizona Supreme Court upheld an 1864 law that bans nearly all abortions except when the … Read more

EU Court Sets Precedent, Holding Governments Responsible for Climate Inaction: ‘This is a Turning Point’

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) just made a ruling to hold Switzerland responsible for the diminishing quality of citizens’ lives due to the effects of climate change, potentially setting a precedent that holds countries responsible for their inaction against climate change. Landmark Cases The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, … Read more

NAIA is Banning Transgender Women from College Sports

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has implemented a policy banning transgender women from participating in college sports and ignited a controversy set to a backdrop of ongoing debates about fairness and discrimination in athletics. An Ongoing Controversy With less than 1.5% of the United States population identifying themselves as transgender, somehow transgender rights … Read more

U.S.-China Military Officials Convene in Hawaii for Landmark In-Person Meeting

U.S. and Chinese military officials convened in Hawaii for their first in-person meeting in years as they tried to address operational safety in the Pacific and ease escalating tensions amidst concerns over China’s risky military maneuvers and unlawful maritime actions. An Opportunity to Ease Tensions This past week, U.S. and Chinese military officials met in … Read more

Florida Supreme Court Sets Stage for Historic Abortion Rights Vote

After previously enforcing a six-week abortion ban based on the Florida State Constitution, the Florida Supreme Court has just made a ruling that will allow Floridians to vote on the state’s availability of abortions directly. A Pivotal Decision The Florida Supreme Court just made a pivotal decision for women’s access to abortion by approving the … Read more

US-UK Pact to Tackle Rapid AI Technology Challenges

The United States and the United Kingdom have forged the world’s first bilateral agreement focusing on AI safety and regulation with a Memorandum of Understanding that hopes to mitigate the risks posed by rapid AI developments. A New Agreement The United States and the United Kingdom have just made a landmark agreement centered around advancing … Read more

Rising Climate Concerns Push Home Insurance Rates Higher

Home insurance premiums are soaring across America due to the increased severity and frequency of natural disasters, and some insurance providers are abandoning high-risk states entirely. Surging Insurance Rates Industry experts predict that there will be a massive surge in the average US home insurance premium, with a 6% increase this year, which will culminate … Read more