March 15, 2020
Media Literacy in Schools
March 1, 2021 | By Emily Carty

As of 2021, 14 states have passed some sort of legislation related to Media Literacy. The Majority of these states passed the laws in the past few years, signaling the growing interest in monitoring the media’s influence on society through increasing society’s ability to sift through the media’s information.

Youth today are engaged in digital media, and therefore media in general, even more than in previous generations. With the political process playing out on a screen, sensationalist or “fake news” plastering social media, and real, extensive studies into the benefits of being media literate — society today is coming to terms with the dangers of media illiteracy.
Restrictive State Voting Bills Have Multiplied In Aftermath of 2020 Election
March 8, 2021 | By Rod Maggay

In the aftermath of the 2020 election state legislatures from around the country have responded with a number of bills that relate to the ability to cast a ballot and other activities associated with voting, such as how ballots are returned and how voter rolls are updated.

A significant number of these state bills raise red flags because they appear to be in response to former President Donald Trump’s assertion that the 2020 election was rife with fraud and were not as secure as they could have been.

Despite statements from election officials, law enforcement and intelligence agencies that the 2020 elections were in fact secure and that no evidence of fraud was uncovered, state officials have still followed Trump’s lead and introduced a number of bills that purport to bring stability and security to future elections in their state.
Democrats Pass Massive Voting Rights Bill While President Biden Signs Voting Rights Executive Order
March 8, 2021 | By Rod Maggay

Article One, Section Four, Clause One of the United States Constitution states
“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Representatives and Senators, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations[.]”

On January 4, 2021, Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-MD) introduced H.R.1, better known as the “For The People Act of 2021.” The bill is a massive comprehensive bill that seeks to address a number of issues associated with voting and elections. The bill is divided into three sections – Voting, Campaign Finance and Ethics.

The Voting component of the bill addresses Election Access by promoting the availability of online voter registration, automatic voter registration (AVR), standards for provisional voting and standards for voting by mail.

 

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March 08, 2021 | By  Will Solomon

The War in Afghanistan is the longest running war in US history; this October will mark the 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion. Despite limited successes, the war has broadly been a failure. The Taliban remain active and in control of much of Afghanistan, and likely will return to power in some form in the event of a US withdrawal.

The state is deeply unstable, corruption is endemic, and new terror groups—including the Islamic State—remain active. The strategic objectives of the two-decade long war have not been achieved, and the US remains mired in a sort of stalemate.
The House Passes a Bill to Help Small Farmers
March 11, 2021 | By  Katherine Cart

The late spring months of 2020 saw coolers and freezers emptied of steaks, chicken thighs, pork chop. COVID-19 outbreaks amongst the workers of large meat processing plants slashed profits for beef, pork and poultry slaughterhouses. The size of meat retailers tends towards the massive.

Three corporations control roughly 90% of the poultry market and four control 85% of the beef market. During that eerie period of empty supermarket freezers and vacant transport trucks, consumers turned to e-commerce for their meat shopping. This abrupt surge of buying power was aimed at a wall of red tape: many small meat and poultry processors are unable to sell beyond their own state lines. Consumers came up empty-handed. Retailers missed out on sales.