International Law and Election Interference

Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) On January 6, 2017, The U.S. Intelligence Community– 16 separate governmental agencies that work on intelligence activities– released a report stating that there is enough evidence to conclude that Russia was behind the cyber attacks on the Democratic National Committee email servers. This hacking produced intel that the Intelligence Community argues…

Trump’s Gag Orders

  By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) On January 25th, reports emerged from employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Human and Health Services, and Department of Agriculture that the Trump administration had enforced rules that would limit their communication and research. The days that followed were filled with uproar as environmental, health, and agriculture advocates…

Trump’s Policies: Immigration

By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) Trump’s stances on immigration were a key part of what made him such a popular candidate. His inflammatory comments calling undocumented Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, along with his promise that Mexico would pay for a new southern border wall, captured headlines for months after he made them. Eventually,…

Trump’s Policies: Tax Reform

By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) Lowering taxes, growing the economy, and creating more jobs were three of Donald Trump’s main promises during the campaign. [i] According to his official policy platform, Trump plans on using tax policy to achieve these three goals. The Trump administration envisions reducing taxes “across-the-board,” especially for the working class and…

India Voids the 500 and 1,000 Rupee Notes

By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced a policy to reform India’s sizeable cash economy by voiding the two largest note denominations and enacting a plan to decrease the amount of notes in circulation, which will help to address India’s problems with “black money.” Modi’s plan was inspired by the European…

Trump’s Supreme Court

  By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) Presidential nominations to the Supreme Court are heavily scrutinized given a justice’s direct role in influencing the nation’s legal precedent. Given that there is currently an open seat and three justices are in their late 70s or beyond, the next president could be nominating up to three potential judges.…