Politics

Political issues and decisions that shape society.

How the Military Created International Adoption
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How the Military Created International Adoption

The United States’ role in global affairs has been instrumental in the creation of transracial and international adoption politics.

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The Midterms Are Over. The Struggle Isn’t.
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The Midterms Are Over. The Struggle Isn’t.

The 2022 Midterm Elections results will have consequences we can’t yet predict, but it’s important to keep fighting for a better society.

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The Political Violence Shrouding the Midterms
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The Political Violence Shrouding the Midterms

State and local governments, organizers, and activists are worried about violence on Election Day and over the coming weeks.

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Voter ID Laws, Explained
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Voter ID Laws, Explained

Here’s an explainer on voter ID laws, how the contentious legislation came to pass, who they affect, and why they’re so controversial.

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Protecting the Polls and the Right to Vote
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Protecting the Polls and the Right to Vote

Trust in this year’s midterms is low, and far-right organizations are trying to influence the vote by intimidating poll workers and voters.

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How Voter Fraud Claims Led to Criminalizing Voters
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How Voter Fraud Claims Led to Criminalizing Voters

In pursuit of voter fraud, policies said to protect the electoral system create barriers to access and penalties for voters.

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President Biden’s Marijuana Pardons, Explained
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President Biden’s Marijuana Pardons, Explained

An explainer on President Biden’s marijuana pardon and its impact on drug incarceration and decriminalization efforts.

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How Mahsa Amini’s Death Reignited a Movement in Iran
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How Mahsa Amini’s Death Reignited a Movement in Iran

People have taken to the streets in weeks-long protests against the killing of Mahsa Amini and Iran’s discriminatory and compulsory veiling laws.

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Bodily Autonomy: The Fallout of Roe v. Wade
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Bodily Autonomy: The Fallout of Roe v. Wade

The toll from the Roe v. Wade reversal emphasizes that this is not just a loss of abortion access but part of a broader attack on reproductive health and bodily autonomy, with the most marginalized feeling the brunt of the attack.

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Overworked Police? Try Funding Any Other Public Service
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Overworked Police? Try Funding Any Other Public Service

Prioritizing equitable education, housing, public health services, and more can help reduce crime and police dependency. 

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