Vail Kohnert-Yount

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Show BioHide BioVail Kohnert-Yount is a student at Harvard Law School.

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June 4th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — June 4, 2019

Published June 4th, 2019 -

The New York Times investigated ethics concerns surrounding Trump’s Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and her family’s shipping business in China. Chao, who served as Secretary of Labor in the Bush administration, canceled an elaborately plan... More »

May 21st, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — May 21, 2019

Published May 21st, 2019 -

A New York Times investigation revealed what really burst the taxi medallion bubble. The recent deaths of many New York City taxi drivers by suicide has drawn attention to their debt burdens and financial struggles in a swiftly changing economy. While city off... More »

May 19th, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — May 18-19, 2019

Published May 19th, 2019 -

A nonprofit called Mined Minds promised to turn former coal miners in West Virginia into skilled coders, with the goal to “diversify the economy of an entire region.” However, the New York Times profiled graduates of the program, who said that the ... More »

April 23rd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary —April 23, 2019

Published April 23rd, 2019 -

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will decide next term whether federal employment discrimination laws protect LGBT employees. The Court granted certiorari in three cases: Bostock v. Clayton County; Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda; and R.G. & G... More »

April 21st, 2019

Weekend News & Commentary — April 20-21, 2019

Published April 21st, 2019 -

The New York Times reported that workers at a Boeing manufacturing plant in South Carolina have complained of defective manufacturing and retaliation for reporting violations—in the wake of systemic safety concerns about two of Boeing’s flagship planes, ... More »

April 9th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — April 9, 2019

Published April 9th, 2019 -

The New York Times reported that the federal government wants to issue more temporary visas for foreign workers, even as President Trump seeks to seal off the border with Mexico, where most of those workers come from. The Departments of Homeland Security and L... More »

March 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 26, 2019

Published March 26th, 2019 -

Thousands of Uber drivers went on strike yesterday in Los Angeles after Uber slashed its per-mile pay by 25% in southern California. Drivers will now earn 60 cents per mile instead of 80 cents, which is just 2 cents above the IRS standard mileage rate of 58 ce... More »

March 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — March 12, 2019

Published March 12th, 2019 -

Hundreds of Texas public school teachers, support staff, and their unions rallied outside the state capitol in Austin yesterday, calling for more state education funding as the legislature debates issues including teacher pay.“Education funding is an emergency... More »

February 26th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 26, 2019

Published February 26th, 2019 -

A federal judge ruled last week that Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when he and other prosecutors devised a plea deal with Miami financier Jeffrey Epstein on charges of trafficking minors for sex, re... More »

February 12th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — February 12, 2019

Published February 12th, 2019 -

Yesterday, teachers in Denver Public Schools walked off the job in the latest iteration of the teachers strikes that have swept the country. The strike, the city’s first in 25 years, follows over 14 months of negotiations between the teachers union and t... More »

January 18th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — January 18, 2019

Published January 18th, 2019 -

As the government shutdown lumbers into its 28th day, federal workers are beginning to file for unemployment en masse, reports the New York Times. About 380,000 furloughed federal employees are eligible for unemployment, and the longest government shutdown on ... More »