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 Plans to Boot Honduran and Nicaraguan Immigrants Fleeing Disaster

The Trump administration announced that it will end a special immigration program that protects some 5,000 Nicaraguan immigrants in the United States from deportation. According to officials in Washington, the program has run its course and is no longer necessary for Nicaraguans residing on American soil. The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security,


Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Dodges Prison, Faces Dishonorable Discharge for Desertion

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl managed to avoid prison time on Friday, despite a military judge ordering that he be dishonorably discharged from the Army. The former soldier made headlines in 2009 after disappearing from the outskirts of an Afghanistan military base. Intensive search-and-rescue efforts continued in vain for months. Confusion ensued after the Taliban revealed it


Democratic Senators Threaten Government Shutdown if Dreamers Aren’t Saved from Deportation

Democrats are considering a government shutdown to defend hundreds of thousands of Dreamers from deportation. Politico.com reports that California Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) raised the prospect of a shutdown if liberal demands aren’t met. The 2020 presidential hopeful said that any end-of-the-year budget would have to include protections for the former beneficiaries of the Deferred



Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Regulate Firearm Accessory Used in Las Vegas Shooting

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation to regulate a firearm accessory used in the Las Vegas shooting. Introduced on Tuesday, the bill would place some restrictions on the manufacture and sale of “bump stocks,” which harness the recoil of semi-automatic firearms to increase rates of fire. The legislation is authored by Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick



Former High School Athlete Awarded $1.2 Million Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A New Jersey high school student forced to attend her prom in a wheelchair was awarded $1.2 million following a successful medical malpractice lawsuit. Samantha Alpert – now 22 – was once an all-star tennis player at Livingstone High School, according to NJ.com. After a biopsy on her leg went wrong, the woman suffered nerve



Texas Legislators Introduce New Safety Bill for Hot Air Balloon Pilots

One year after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in American history, Texas lawmakers are proposing new rules to make the industry safer. Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Will Hurd (R-TX) jointly introduced a measure to Congress which would mandate that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) require medical certifications for hot air


Department of Justice Admits It Couldn’t Prosecute Kettle Falls Five

A Department of Justice motion could clean away the convictions of the Kettle Falls Five, who were charged with cultivating marijuana for personal use. Nearly five years ago, federal agents raided the home of Larry Harvey and Rhonda Firestack-Harvey, near Kettle Falls, WA. In the ensuing search, law enforcement officials say they found numerous marijuana