The United States’ Shaky Relationship with the World Trade Organization

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) The mantra of “America First” has come to symbolize President Trump’s commitment to America’s businesses and manufacturing industries. In January, Trump took the first step in fulfilling his promise of protectionism by implementing tariffs on washing machines and solar products after complaints from multiple companies that cheap, artificial prices from…

One Year Later: The Global Gag Rule

By Blake Plante (PO ’18) On January 23, 2017 the Trump administration reinstated and amplified a policy that has been implemented by every Republican president since Reagan. It is called the Mexico City Policy. Critics call it the global gag rule. The policy cuts off U.S. government aid to health agencies which offer or mention…

Re-evaluating the Dodd-Frank Act

By Anna Yu (PO ’19) Since the Great Recession in 2008, the Dodd-Frank Act has been a name widely known among the finance world and the public. As a key piece of legislation intended to regulate the financial industry, what exactly does it consist of and what role does it play today? Sponsored by Senator…

Breathalyzers and Blood Tests: A Review of Birchfield v. North Dakota

Allie Carter (CMC ’19) Birchfield v. North Dakota (2016) raised the question of the constitutionality of police testing of the blood alcohol concentration of drivers. The Court focused on whether states can criminalize an individual’s refusal to submit to a blood alcohol or breathalyzer test. Ultimately, the Supreme Court came to the conclusion that, under…

The Future of Internet Regulation

By Arthur Chang  (PO ’20) The internet is not typically thought of as highly regulated. Nevertheless, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates the internet in addition to other aspects of interstate communications, is currently entangled in a heated debate over net neutrality and a free market for internet. Net neutrality is the principle that internet…