Ending DACA is Economically and Morally Wrong

ALEX CRAWFORD, PUSHING FORWARD Once again, Donald Trump has made the wrong decision. Reports surfaced yesterday that the President has decided to end Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects people who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. Even after he said he “love[s] the DREAMers.” The DACA program allows …

Run, John, Run!

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD Days after the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump forcefully condemned, by name, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. While the President’s (second) statement was direct and unequivocal, it was not laudable by any means. The founding principles of the United States of America are the rights of all …

Pharma Should Focus on the Patients, Not the Profits

RACHNA SHAH, PUSHING FORWARD In 2015, well-known ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli raised the price of Daraprim, a lifesaving drug for HIV patients, by 5000 percent. He convinced investors to invest millions of dollars into his hedge funds; being inexperienced, he subsequently lost most of their money. On Friday, a federal jury found him to be …

Remember the Confederacy, but Remove the Statues

SONJAY SINGH, PUSHING FORWARD I’ve always found it difficult to condemn those that identify themselves as the sons and daughters of the antebellum South. It is obvious that the Confederate way of life was built on the propagation of the greatest evil to ever take place on the American continent, and there can be no …

Celebrities Can Be Politicians, Too

ALEX CRAWFORD, PUSHING FORWARD “They screaming Chano for Mayor.” These are lyrics from the song “Somewhere in Paradise” by Chance the Rapper. Over the past 2 years, there has been a serious push for Chancellor Bennett, AKA Chance the Rapper, to run for mayor of Chicago, Illinois. Chance, 24 has said he would seriously consider a …

He’s Going To Tweet Us Into a War, Isn’t He?

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD International relations is hard.  Balancing American national priorities against nearly 200 foreign focuses is un-shockingly difficult.  That’s why, at any given point, the President of the United States is surrounded by dozens of knowledgeable foreign policy officials who have the bona fides to deal with international crises as they fester. The …

There are Ways Forward in the Healthcare Debate

RACHNA SHAH, PUSHING FORWARD National health expenditures have been rapidly increasing since 1960 and, despite a recent reduction in this pace, growth has rebounded since 2014. Prices of medical services are among the greatest drivers of this growth. Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, has recently been enjoying great popularity. The ACA was not devised …

Importance of the Environmental Movement

ALEX CRAWFORD, PUSHING FORWARD “The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials.” On September 27, 1962 a book titled Silent Spring written by the late Rachel Carson was published. The quote is from her book, which focused on …

President Trump Was Right to Ban American Tourists to North Korea

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD The United States Department of State recently announced that it would suspend the passport of any American traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). In effect, the U.S. government has imposed a travel ban on Americans traveling to the pariah state. It’s pretty shocking to read the stories …

Senate Republicans Self Destruct

BRANDON COLLIGAN, PUSHING FORWARD In the early morning hours of Friday, July 29 the Senate took up a vote to repeal parts of The Affordable Care Act. This “skinny” repeal consisted of eliminating penalties that uphold the individual mandate and would seek to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund. Senate Republicans had already put …