Earlier this month, Michigan passed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes after a string of illnesses and deaths were linked to vaporizers. The response was announced under emergency rules created by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in part because many of those affected were minors.
On Feb. 1, the University of Michigan made effective a new policy requiring faculty, staff, student employees, volunteers and visiting scholars to disclose if they are charged with or convicted of a felony. Immediately, there was strong criticism across campus, drawing complaints of the potential impact this will have on members of the University community. Moreover, upon review, the policy is vague and unclear.
On Feb. 18, President Donald Trump issued a statement to Venezuela’s military: abandon its support for current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — or else. The president warned at a speech at Florida International University that if the military continues to support Maduro, they will “lose everything.” While this ultimatum is vague by nature, it brings up concerns about how far the U.S.
On March 8th, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, marking a turn in the long struggle for pay equity and improved working conditions.
In late February, President Donald Trump's administration announced its final rule on a revision of the Title X family planning program that could potentially divertmillions of dollars from Planned Parenthood to faith-based health care organizations.
Between the dates of Dec. 22, 2018, and Jan. 25, 2019, the United States government was partially shut down after President Donald Trump refused to sign any funding bills that did not include the $5.7 billion he wanted for his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Following the Nov-6 midterm elections, legislative bodies across the country are in a lame-duck session: the three-month period after many incumbents are voted out of office, but before the newly elected officials assume their positions next year. Historically, both sides of the aisle use this time to push last minute legislation in favor of their own party’s agenda before the change in power halts their efforts.
Last week, our very own Michigan-born Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, decided to make sexual assault investigations even harder to prosecute through new Title IX rules. In an overhaul of campus sexual assault rules, DeVos reduced the liability of colleges and universities investigating sexual misconduct claims and increased the due process rights of the defendant.