People Like Us: A Blue Wave in Western Connecticut

On November 6, 2016, political newcomer Jahana Hayes approached a podium in the Waterbury Marriott in New Haven County, Connecticut. Hayes, a former National Teacher of the Year, announced that she had received a phone call from her opponent in the race to be the next representative for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District. He had conceded, … Read more

China Stalks the Pacific

A crew member salutes an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter in the Pacific. Late 2018 saw tensions rapidly escalate in the South China Sea following a dangerous encounter during a U.S Freedom of Navigation exercise in September. The USS Decatur came within 45 yards of a People’s Liberation Army vessel on September 30. The confrontation took … Read more


Justin Bieber can breathe a sigh of relief. His music video for “Baby” is no longer the most disliked video on YouTube; that dubious honor now belongs to YouTube’s own “Rewind 2018.” The video was created to highlight the major events on the platform over the past year, but many have criticized YouTube for omitting … Read more

Planet Plastic

Plastic is everywhere: From cutlery and packaging to clothing and electronics, some 9.2 billion tons of plastic have been produced in the past 70 years. Whether these plastics are single-use or longer-lived, many ultimately become environmental pollutants. When plastics are improperly discarded, they can find their way into waterways such as rivers. From there, plastic … Read more

Ag-Gag Laws Stifle First Amendment Freedoms

In June 2011, Mercy for Animals released footage taken by undercover activists depicting the bloody debeaking of poultry and gross confinement of breeding sows on factory farms, animal cruelties that are standard practices in the animal agriculture industry. Fearing damage to its nearly $5.7 billion pork industry, Iowa was swift to act. The following spring, … Read more