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Interview with Congressman Jim McGovern

Please note that this is not part of our ongoing series on education. On October 25th, 2019, we interviewed Congressman James “Jim” McGovern, the U.S. House of Representatives member representing Massachusetts’s 2nd Congressional District. He currently serves as the chair of the House Rules Committee, the committee responsible for the rules under which bills may be presented to the House …

The Education Series

One of the most significant issues of our time concerns one of our oldest and most renown institutions: quality K-12 education.  In the day of Horace Mann, “The Great Educator,” America shined as a beacon of educational opportunity and progress. Followed by countless educational reformers, Mann fueled a movement on the belief that all people deserve access to quality public …

Dear Mitt Romney: grow a spine, or stop pretending you have one (Opinion)

WASHINGTON – Mitt Romney has made a habit of going against the GOP’s devotion to President Trump…at least semantically. A frequent Trump critic (using that term lightly), Romney has notably been among the most prominent ‘never-Trumpers’ in the 2016 election cycle, even giving a very publicized speech against Trump in that March. Of course, Romney famously repented on much of …

Interview with Steve Pemberton​

On September 13th, 2019, prior to the Massachusetts Democratic Party state convention, Kash Jain interviewed Steve Pemberton, candidate for U.S. Senate. Mr. Pembeton is a business executive and author of A Chance in the World, an autobiography concerning his childhood in the foster care system. In this age of great political discord and turmoil — the shifting of political power …

Interview with Steve Pemberton​ — Transcript

This transcript, from our interview with Steve Pemberton, has been lightly edited to improve clarity, but we kept our editing to a minimum.  Q: What does the word “progress” mean to you?A: Progress means never declaring victory. It means always trying to find out what your best is. It means challenging conventional norms, even when it’s uncomfortable; especially when it’s …

UBI: What every American should know

UBI (Universal Basic Income) is one of the more progressive outlooks I support. Essentially, it’s a guaranteed paycheck from the government to all citizens. This payback system would simplify welfare tremendously. The funds could be as little 11,770 for a single American per annum. Simply put, this would keep every American above the poverty line (provided they spend their UBI …

The Amazon Rainforest is on fire, and this is why you should care

Here we are again. The outcome of poor environmental policy has come to a head. What happens next? Well, here’s the truth: the Amazon Rainforest is on fire. There’s no denying that the 83% surge in wildfires since 2018 is a result of intensive agricultural practices and deforestation (though, President Jair Bolsonaro certainly wants to try). Brazil’s freshly elected president …

The Business End of a Gun – How to enact gun control in the United States

About the author:David Consiglio, Jr. is a school teacher and political activist. He is the founder of the online blog War Donkey, which can be found at quora.com/q/war-donkey. In 1964, The Surgeon General of the United States published a pivotal report¹ ​laying out the hazards of smoking on human health. At that time, over 40% of adult Americans smoked.² About 40% …