Ryan Farrick is a freelance writer and small business advertising consultant based out of mid-Michigan. Passionate about international politics and world affairs, he’s an avid traveler with a keen interest in the connections between South Asia and the United States. Ryan studied neuroscience and has spent the last several years working as an operations manager in transportation logistics.

Trump Nominates Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

President Trump nominated Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary on Thursday. The announcement came less than a day after the original pick for the position, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his application. Puzder’s credentials and background were called into question by Republican and Democratic senators alike. The Trump administration feels confident they’ve made the right pick with Acosta.

Lawsuits Allege Mistreatment of Inmates in Dayton

A growing number of lawsuits alleging mistreatment of inmates in Dayton, OH, jails have begun piling up The multiple claims of abuse range from racial profiling to due medical care being denied. Several individuals have said they were physically assaulted by officers on duty, while one woman in nearby Warren County said she had been

Senate Hearing to Combat Fraud Targeting Seniors

The Senate Aging Committee has scheduled a hearing on the 15th of February to combat fraud targeting seniors. Chairman and Ranking member Susan Collins and Bob Casey, respectively, made the announcement framed as an update. The Senators and committee are seeking to review the work law enforcement officers are doing across the country to take

ICE Raids Raise Concerns for Immigrants Across America

Immigrant communities across the country are reeling in terror from a series of ICE raids. All throughout last week, federal agents in some of the nation’s largest cities rounded up and arrested undocumented immigrants. The drive began on Monday and ended Friday, with individuals from at least a dozen Latin American countries taken into custody.

Circuit Court Strikes Down Trump’s Travel Ban

The 9th Circuit Court ruled against the travel ban in a decision that’s already begun to ruffle feathers in Washington. The ruling, which was announced on Thursday, referenced a slew of past cases and rendered opinions on the merits of any possible appeal. The judges responsible for upholding the revocation of the travel ban cited

Students Are Being Squeezed By Debt Unfairly

Education is an expensive investment. Beginning in the first quarter of 2010, student debt began to eclipse the amount Americans owed on credit cards nationwide. Recent moves on the part of the Trump Administration indicate that trouble could be brewing for people who couldn’t finance their degrees out of pocket. Companies which collect on behalf

Judgment Against the NCAA Entitles Athletes to a Payday

A judgment against the NCAA entitles athletes to a payday to potentially worth thousands of dollars each. The award is part of a larger antitrust lawsuit which claims the organization had shorted its student athletes on scholarships. Before making changes to cost-of-attendance scholarships, the NCAA had only given its athletes money to cover tuition, books,

Donald Trump to Followers: ‘Negative Polls Are Fake News’

Donald Trump took to social media on Monday with a message for his millions of followers: all negative polls are fake news. He was reacting specifically to a series of polls run by CNN and pushed out across cyberspace. Results have come back from a variety of sources which all show that a majority of

Republican Lawmakers Crack Down on Protesters

Civil liberties watchdogs are raising an uproar as Republican lawmakers crack down on protesters. Right-wing legislators in North Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, and several other states have introduced bills which punish activists and sideswipe workers on strike. The sudden hostility towards sign-touting and slogan-bearing Americans is born of a tumultuous year and anticipated unrest. Movements like

Trump Begins Disemboweling the EPA

Say what you’d like about Donald Trump – he’s stuck a hard line to his campaign promises. Over the weekend, the newly appointed president started to lay the foundation for an all-out assault on the environment. Workers at federal offices were showing up to the job in tears since the inauguration, as Trump begins disemboweling