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.


EPA Backtracks on Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Ban

The EPA is backtracking on a ban put forward by the Obama administration on a common pesticide, chlorpyrifos, that research suggests can hinder the development of children’s brains. The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, called the decision late Wednesday night. Pruitt framed the reversal as a form of “regulatory certainty” which would


North Carolina ‘Bathroom Bill’ Set to be Repealed and Replaced Today

Governor of North Carolina Roy Cooper announced late Wednesday night that a compromise had been reached in the state congress to repeal a controversial law known popularly as the ‘Bathroom Bill’. Passed in March of 2016 by former Republican Governor Pat McCrory, the controversial bill included a host of measures which led to it being


Seattle Sues Over Trump Order to Defund ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Seattle launched a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Wednesday, deriding the President’s executive order to defund ‘sanctuary cities’ as a form of unconstitutional federal coercion. The mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, told reporters the Constitution of the United States forbids Washington from putting pressure on cities. “They cannot punish cities, and they cannot force


Texas Judge Shifts Exxon Mobil Lawsuit to New York

A federal judge in Texas ordered a lawsuit being pursued by oil giant Exxon Mobil to a Manhattan court, saying New York would be a more appropriate venue for the dispute. Exxon Mobil had been suing the Attorneys General of the states of New York and Massachusetts over allegations that the company had misled investors



Federal Judge Puts an Indefinite Hold on Revised Travel Ban

A federal judge in Hawaii granted the state’s request to continue a freeze on Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson played a critical role two weeks ago in halting the executive order from taking effect. Citing the President’s own words, Watson cast doubt on the claim that the order was intended


Judge Scraps Germanwings Lawsuit Two Years After Crash

Nearly two years after a passenger plane deliberately crashed into the French Alps, killing all aboard, a U.S. District Judge has scrapped a lawsuit against the Arizona flight school which trained Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz. Owned and operated by Lufthansa, the flight school was described by the plaintiffs’ lawyers as the “gatekeeper” for the commercial


Woman Allegedly Sexually Assaulted By A Prison Doctor Awarded $175k

The state of Oregon agreed Tuesday to pay $175,000 to a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a prison doctor during a gynecological exam. The lawsuit was filed in 2015 in U.S. District Court. Oregon Live reports that a Dr. Robert W. Snider, along with several other employees at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility,


Arrested ‘Dreamer’ Daniel Medina Ramirez Due To Be Released

An immigration judge in Washington ruled on Tuesday that Daniel Medina Ramirez could be released from detention, pending a deportation hearing. Ramirez, 24, had been arrested and taken away to a detention center a month and a half ago. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents had shown up at his house to take his father, a


Days After Defeat, Trump Again Raises Rumors of Republican Healthcare

Last week heralded the first major failure of the Trump administration as Republican lawmakers failed to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s signature healthcare act. The President himself had dejectedly announced on Friday that the United States is stuck with Obamacare. Following days of deal-making with the Freedom Caucus and negotiations with House moderates, the commander-in-chief