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Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan announced that he would not seek re-election in November and said that he wanted more time with his family. However, there are more reasons to it and they showed that if the Democrats won the House this November, Paul Ryan is one of the reason. He announced his retirement in the same week as the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the federal deficit in 2020 would exceed almost a trillion dollars. Despite that he portrayed himself as a humble politician that wanted a bipartisan solution to the deficit, he never cared about the deficit. He cut tax on... Read more
Recently, 13 major universities launched the University Climate Change Coalition. Despite their commitment, academics are accumulating big carbon footprints when they fly frequently for their professional lifestyles. According to the EPA, a passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of CO2 per year and a round-trip flight from Washington, D.C., to Beijing generates around the same amount of CO2 per passenger seated in the economy class.   One solution is to increase the cost of travel by requiring professors and their sponsors to pay for the social cost of carbon. This will cause academics... Read more
Yenching University
UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS // MARCH 13, 2018 University of Washington seniors Tobi Du and Caleb Huffman will join approximately 125 scholars from around the world as part of the Yenching Academy of Peking University’s 2018-19 cohort. A U.S. News & World Report poll ranked Peking University the fifth best global university in Asia, and second-best university in China. The opportunity to join ... Read more
Christopher Parker
STORY BY PETER KELLEY // MARCH 14, 2018 // UW NEWS African-American voters who dislike and feel threatened by Donald Trump and his presidency are much more likely to vote and to engage with politics, according to new research from California State University, Sacramento, and the University of Washington. The findings, the researchers say, indicate sentiment against Trump and his policies creates an opportunity for African-American mobilization as the country heads toward the 2018 midterm elections. “Our findings suggest that political strategies... Read more
Megan Ming Francis
STORY BY PETER KELLEY // MARCH 8, 2018 // UW NEWS Megan Ming Francis, University of Washington associate professor of political science, has been named a fellow with the Thurgood Marshall Institute. The institute is a multidisciplinary research and advocacy policy center within the NAACP’s ... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker on February 12th, 2018 hosted a Town Hall Seattle event with UC Berkeley Sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild discussing her book “Strangers in Their Own Land” and why many white voters went for Trump. The conversation started with the purpose of Hochschild writing the book, stating she wanted to find the reasons for the growth of movements like the Tea Party. Hochschild acknowledged that she had to come out of the bubble in which she lived and go elsewhere in the country to try to understand other... Read more
Victor Menaldo
In an article by Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo, describe how flawed constitutions undermine democracy. In the Ukraine, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Venezuela these states are sliding into authoritarianism, while the United States under Trump has been attacking media and intelligence institutions. In Egpyt and Russia they have been silencing opposition, with the assurance that the state department will write mild rebuke. And more alarmingly more Americans support, a military takeover of the government According to Albertus and Menaldo, democracies slip into authoritarianism once informal... Read more
In an article written by Political Science Lecturer Scott Lemieux, Lemieux explains the attacks on the Judicial system when they run contrary to those of the legislature. After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state gerrymandered districts were illegal; which gave Republicans 13 of the 18 seats even though the Democrats had won the majority in the statewide vote, the Republicans have declared a new strategy - attack the independence of the courts. Though the new district maps still favor the Republicans since the Democratic voting blocks are centered in the state’s largest cities... Read more
Last week, news media outlets reported that Oxfam who was well respected for its humanitarian work had employed aid workers in Haiti who hired prostitutes. Other scandals from similar nonprofit organizations were exposed to the public also. Because of these scandals, donations from donors have declined.    The reason why these scandals exist is that the public believed that they have a virtue serving the people, so they were not regulated as strictly as for-profit organizations by the stakeholders and the government. However, nonprofit sectors in the U.S. need to file a form disclosing their... Read more
United States government nor the individual states have successfully enacted a carbon tax law while 25 countries in the world enacted it. Washington proposed a carbon tax I-732 during 2016 elections but it was defeated securing only 41% vote. This caused many states to consider enacting a carbon tax law.    The reason why it was difficult to pass this law was that there were disagreements on how to spend the money. The first way is that money could be returned to businesses and households through tax cuts, which the liberal groups opposed. The second way is to spend money on climate-related... Read more