As the summer of Trump's campaign draws to a close, the Republican nominee is having trouble locking down a running mate. Several people that the campaign put forward as part of its short list of potential candidates have now publicly backed out of the running - even some who are staunch Trump supporters. Is there anyone that is willing to tie themselves to Trump's historic levels of unpopularity?7/09/16
The Military has come a long way since don't ask don't tell. And now, the Pentagon has taken another step towards inclusivity by announcing that they have lifted the ban on openly trans people serving. There are a few restrictions still even with the policy change, and how the rule goes in to effect will be another test for how the top brass handles social issues.
After Britain voted to leave the EU, people were scrambling to understand what it would mean for the country, and the world. Some who voted in favor of leaving the EU also said that given a second chance, they would vote the other way. While another chance at voting seems unlikely, there is still a possibility that Brexit may not happen at all - or at least not for a while.6/30/16
House Democrats staged a sit-in on the floor of the House in an effort to force a vote concerning gun control - knowing full well that even if they got a vote, they were outnumbered by Republicans. In fact, that may have been part of the reason for the sit-in in the first place. Could this all be part of a larger strategy to galvanize voters in November and deliver control of Congress to Democrats for the first time since January 3rd, 2009?
In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court has decided to allow evidence in court that is found during an illegal search, as long as the suspect has an earlier outstanding warrant. The warrant could be for something completely unrelated to the illegal search, even something as small as a traffic violation or parking ticket. Police will be happy to have one more tool at their disposal, but should regular citizens worry that their rights are being violated?6/23/16
LGBTQ students in several states were dealt a blow when their school boards decided to openly defy the federal advisement to recognize transgender students by the gender with which they identify. This begs the question, what can students do when the schools themselves are the bullies?
After the tragic shooting in Orlando, there was an outpouring of support from people across the U.S. Many in the Orlando area donated blood - but by law, some gay men were not able to. Discriminatory anti-LGBT laws like this are still a problem, but largely go unnoticed until a tragic event such as the Orlando shooting sheds light on them.6/17/16
After Antonin Scalia's passing left a seat empty on the Supreme Court, Republicans in the Senate said they would not consider any nominee put forward by President Obama and would instead wait until we had a new president. While the Senate has a history of dragging out confirmations a little, this was an unprecedented move. It turns out that's just one example of how Senate Republicans have been blocking as many Obama appointments as they can throughout his entire presidency.
Politicians don't win or lose an election all by their lonesome. For better or worse, every campaign uses surrogates to speak on their candidates behalf for a variety of reasons - whether it's to reach a specific demographic or to align themselves with a powerful political ally. Sometimes surrogates are a big help, but there is also danger in having the wrong person cheer you on.6/09/16
Pride month is here, and the celebration of the LGBTQ community is in full swing. But within the community, the interests and perspectives of LGBTQ people of color aren't always represented. The Racket lays out why that needs to change - and how that change is already underway.