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.
Presidential campaigns usually ignore Native Americans and their unique position and struggles. However, the 2020 race might be different.
Is your drinking water safe? A number of high-profile incidents have highlighted the limits of the nation’s water supply and the impacts of environmental changes, pollution and aging infrastructure on water quality.
What do college students, military veterans and LGBT couples have in common? They would be the beneficiaries of a set of bold policy proposals from Democratic presidential candidates.
In a major speech on foreign policy last week, former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden detailed how he would restore America’s position as a global leader.
The volume and urgency of the abortion debate has varied over the years but is now as high as it’s ever been. With Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh shifting the court to the right, the votes exist for an overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Democrats want to accomplish some very big things in 2021. Extending Medicare to every American. Mobilizing the entire U.S. economy to combat the existential threat of global warming. Creating a pathway to citizenship for 12 million undocumented immigrants. The list goes on.
As mass shootings continue to occur, advocates for stricter gun regulation have gained momentum. But so have those rallying to protect themselves and their constitutional right to bear arms.
Even before former Vice President Joe Biden announced a formal climate change policy, the left wing of the Democratic Party was decrying him for what an adviser called his “middle ground” approach to climate change.
Sanders also proposes reforming patent laws under which farmers have been sued for growing crops from proprietary seeds.
From self-driving cars to augmented reality to advancements in medicine, agriculture and weaponry, many aspects of everyday life and a large share of the U.S. economy and military will be transformed by artificial intelligence in the not-too-distant future.
Commentators say a knockdown battle over every open Supreme Court seat is demoralizing for the country and cements the perception of the court as a political body. There have been a number of Supreme Court reform proposals discussed over the years.
Affordable housing used to be mainly an urban issue, says a housing advocate. “But now it's a suburban phenomenon, a rural phenomenon, and a national problem — and it’s getting the attention of policymakers at every level.”
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has a plan for providing government-subsidized childcare that would cost parents no more than 7 percent of their income per year.
“This metastasizing debt crisis has had tremendous social costs. An entire generation has been set back.”
“It is not the government’s job to step in and rescue those who took on more debt than their future incomes would support.”
“Many student-borrowers need relief, but well-off borrowers who are thriving — thanks to their college degrees — do not.”
“It will stimulate the lagging economy. And though not everyone will directly benefit, the country as a whole will improve.”
“Canceling student debt would cost billions of dollars each year and would exacerbate, not lessen, economic inequalities.”