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.


Republican Senators Bemoan Inter-Party Attacks By Steve Bannon

Republican Senators are beginning to push back against former White House Chief of Staff Steve Bannon, who’s begun waging a campaign against some of the conservatives’ incumbent candidates. Politico reports that several interviewed senators said they were concerned Bannon’s efforts to spearhead a Republican uprising could cost the GOP its slim majority in the Senate.


Trump Opponents Proposing Single-Payer Healthcare System

Some of President Donald Trump’s most vocal opponents are buying into a series of plans to create a single-payer healthcare system. Two Democratic senators – Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Cory Booker of New Jersey – announced on Monday their support of Bernie Sanders’ proposed ‘Medicare for All’ bill. The bill is expected to


Senate Passes Resolution Condemning White Supremacist Organizations

Partway through the day Monday, the Senate passed a resolution condemning white supremacist organizations while also urging President Trump to take a harsher stance against hate. According to The Hill, the resolution was introduced last week by Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Time Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO). The endeavor cleared the


Congress Races to Reform DACA Along Party Lines

The Trump administration’s decision to eradicate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is fueling a race in Congress between supporters and opponents of the vanquished act. According to The Hill, politicians on both sides of the debate are quickly moving to maneuver whatever leverage they’ve available, which highlights the difficulty politicians will likely


Battle Over Trump Travel Ban Continues Before Supreme Court Showdown

With President Trump’s travel ban due to be judged by the Supreme Court in less than a month, the battle to establish certain facts and limitations at the lower federal and preparatory level is aggressively expanding. Immigration and civil rights advocates have begun writing to the justices, arguing that the intent of the travel ban


California Sues Government Over DACA Revocation

California and three other states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to simply by its acronym, DACA. Joined in litigation by Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine, the suit follows a barrage of similar efforts. Attorneys general from over a dozen states,


Floridians Struggle to Return Home as Flooding and Outages from Irma Persist

With the remnants of Hurricane Irma pushing inland, Floridians have begun returning to their homes, even as flooding from the storm’s powerful surge and heavy rainfall continues to spread. Irma, which wrought havoc across the Caribbean before heaving upward to the Southeast, was downgraded from its classification as a hurricane on Monday. Now weak enough


Supreme Court Lifts Restriction on Trump Administration’s Travel Ban

On Monday, the Supreme Court granted a request by the Trump administration to lift restrictions on part of the president’s ever-controversial travel ban. The one-page order, signed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, blocked a portion of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The ruling would have stopped the government from denying visas to immigrants from


Hurricane Irma Batters Florida, Floods Downtown Miami

Hurricane Irma has already begun dealing damage to American shores, with large portions of Miami now underwater. Waves and storm surge worked together to overtake the city’s seawalls, even as 120 mile per hour winds tore shingles from buildings, toppled small structures, and even snapped the long arm of a heavy construction crane. Nearly 36


Senator John McCain Says North Korea Nuclear Tests Could Lead to Its ‘Extintion’

Arizona Senator John McCain publicly suggested that continued saber-rattling from North Korea could lead to the country’s eventual annihilation. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Republican congressman said that Washington needs to “make sure that Kim Jong-Un knows that if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction.” McCain made