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.

House Introduces Bill to Loosen Obama-Era Regulations on E-Cigarettes

The U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill Thursday which would loosen Obama-era regulations on e-cigarettes. The proposal was brought about by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) of California, a vocal and longtime supporter of the use of e-cigarettes, colloquially known as “vapes.” Under Barack Obama, the Food and Drug Administration began classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco

Mexico Scores Trade Sanctions Against the Hard-Talking Trump Administration

Amidst talk of a border wall and trade war, the Mexican government scored a small victory by way of economic sanctions against the hard-talking Trump administration. For nearly a decade, the United States curtailed imports of tuna from its southern neighbor. American officials wanted Mexico to comply with domestic tuna fishing standards, which ensure catches

I.R.S. Enlists Private Debt Collectors to Recover Past-Due Accounts

The I.R.S. is getting ready to employ the services of four private debt collectors in attempt to collect past-due taxes. Critics of the plan, including consumer watchdog groups, have warned that employing private debt collectors could encourage scammers to try extorting vulnerable and low-income Americans with outstanding I.R.S. balances. The Justice Department recently brought indictments

Lawyers Sue DoJ and FBI Over Trump’s Claims of Being Wiretapped by the Obama Administration, Russia

A group of lawyers is suing the Justice Department and FBI in attempt to resolve the controversy surrounding the President’s claim of being wiretapped by the Obama administration. American Oversight, which is a nonpartisan and pro-transparency organization, is requesting records which would substantiate or definitively disprove Donald Trump’s wildfire and accusatory Tweets. They’ve also demanded

Trump Tells Dreamers to ‘Rest Easy’ Despite Publicized Raids, Arrests, and Deportations

On Friday, President Trump told Dreamers to ‘rest easy,’ reaffirming his administration’s commitment to target criminals for deportation rather than children brought to the United States illegally as children. The term “Dreamer” is used to refer to individuals making use of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly abbreviated as DACA. The program was

Private Prison Group Petitions Texas Legislature to License Its Facilities to Hold Children

A top operator of private prisons is requesting the Texas legislature to license its facilities to hold children due for deportation alongside their parents. Citing studies which show that holding children alongside their parents eases the psychological burden of incarceration, GEO Group is petitioning Texas lawmakers to introduce legislation allowing the practice. GEO Group is