In addition to rising tuition costs, crushing student loan debt and increased dropout rates are other massive barriers to attending or finishing college.
The United States, the richest country in the world, also incarcerates more people than any other nation. Democratic contenders have been touting ambitious plans that aim to end laws and practices that they say contribute to mass incarceration and threaten public safety.
The House impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine has called attention to the conflict between career foreign service professionals and Trump’s political appointees to ambassadorships and other key positions.
Most Democrats competing in the 2020 primary have come out for the legalization of marijuana, regulating and taxing it like tobacco or alcohol. A few have gone further, pushing for clemency — and even reparations — for those with past convictions for nonviolent drug offenses.
“There is a special bond between people and animals,” says Julián Castro, the only presidential candidate with a specific plan addressing animal rights.
With a national mental health crisis costing about $444 billion a year, presidential candidates have put forth several proposals to combat high premiums and coverage black holes.
Since the El Paso shooting, which was declared an act of “domestic terrorism" by the Justice Department, the FBI has thwarted seven mass shootings, including attacks planned by alleged white supremacists. But those arrested are unlikely to be designated as domestic terrorists or face any federal terrorism-related charges.