Only Congress Has the Power to Declare War. Just Ask James Madison

Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, said about President Trump’s airstrikes on Syria. “The last thing Congress should be doing is giving this president a blank check to wage war against anyone, anywhere." Of course, Kaine’s protests are hypocritical. Undeclared presidential wars are a bi-partisan problem. Despite three years of heaving fighting, and … Continue reading Only Congress Has the Power to Declare War. Just Ask James Madison

The deaths of 76 Branch Davidians in April 1993 could have been avoided – so why didn’t anyone care?

Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University New Orleans Twenty-five years ago, on February 28, 1993, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents attempted to execute a “dynamic entry” into the home of a religious community at Mount Carmel, a property 10 miles east of Waco, Texas. David Koresh and his Bible students – who became known as … Continue reading The deaths of 76 Branch Davidians in April 1993 could have been avoided – so why didn’t anyone care?

Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that … Continue reading Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend

4 charts show why Trump’s tariffs will hurt everyone – not just China

On March 22, the Trump administration lobbed its second volley in a planned escalation of punitive trade measures against America’s trading partners. The latest salvo targets China, the largest U.S. trading partner, and covers a much wider range of products than the first set of tariffs, which focused on steel and aluminum. There are many … Continue reading 4 charts show why Trump’s tariffs will hurt everyone – not just China

This ideal female body type is getting even harder to attain

Day after day, we’re bombarded with so many media messages that rarely do we stop to think about what they’re telling us to think, do or feel. Much has been written about the unrealistic beauty standards women have been held to. Female actresses, models and TV personalities are overwhelmingly thin, which has had a detrimental … Continue reading This ideal female body type is getting even harder to attain