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 Chief Scott Pruitt Wants to Repeal Safety Rules for Chemical Plants

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has set in motion a process which would repeal Obama-era safety rules for chemical plants. The rule was in implemented in December, shortly before Barack Obama was due to leave office. The new regulation was intended as an overhaul of environmental safety standards aimed at “preventing and


Repeal of the Affordable Care Act Grinding to a Halt

Donald Trump has spent a busy few days in Washington trying to negotiate with Republican legislators on the conditions of a proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. A number of House conservatives have voiced their disapproval of the replacement measure, stoking fears in the GOP that a planned vote may not take place this


Texas SB 25 Lets Doctors Lie to Women About Fetal Abnormalities

A bill introduced in the Texas State Senate was cleared to pass on to the House for evaluation on Tuesday. Critics of the measure, known now as SB 25, claim that it lets doctors lie to patients about fetal abnormalities. The underlying intent of the bill is preventing abortions from taking place. Sponsored by State


Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Was Investigating Trump HHS Sec. Tom Price

Former U.S. Federal Attorney Preet Bharara may have been overseeing an investigation into the current health secretary, Tom Price. The former federal attorney was fired by President Donald Trump two weeks ago. While incoming administrations often replace federal prosecutors with handpicked selections, Bharara claims that the commander-in-chief had promised he’d keep his job after the


FBI Claims Trump Campaign Colluded With Russian Operatives

CNN reported Wednesday evening that U.S. officials had told the agency they had information associates of Donald Trump had collaborated with Russian operatives in sabotaging the Clinton campaign. FBI Director James Comey made an enemy of Hillary Clinton months before the 2016 presidential election had reached its conclusion. Comey, in an unprecedented move, re-opened a


Trump Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Faces Second Day of Hearings

Neil Gorsuch is Donald Trump’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Like many of the president’s picks for top offices, Gorsuch has come under intense scrutiny by the public, politicians, and his peers. Wednesday was the second day of the federal appellate judge’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Committee is charged with determining how


Doctors Join Effort to Reinstate Lawsuit Against Firearms Manufacturer Remington

A group of doctors who treated the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and other mass shooting events are asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to reinstate a lawsuit against firearms manufacturer Remington. The physicians’ lawyers came out last Tuesday saying they supported an appeal to punish Remington as well as local firearms


A Missing Oxford Comma Could Cost Oakhurst Dairy $10m

A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers has been reduced to a debate about proper grammar. At the core of the case is the Oxford comma – a controversial punctuation mark, which, when absent, can cost companies millions of dollars. Oakhurst Dairy in Maine learned the hard way about the Oxford comma, which


The U.S.A. and U.K. Team Up to Ban Passenger Electronics From Planes

On Tuesday, the British government joined the Trump administration in placing an embargo on passenger electronics. Individuals flying into the United States or United Kingdom from certain countries in the Middle-East and North Africa will no longer be able to carry devices larger than a smartphone in the cabin. Much like the twice-thwarted travel ban,