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

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July 30th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 30, 2019

Published July 30th, 2019 -

As the hottest month of the summer approaches, Texas workers are dying on the job at alarming rates. Every year since 2009, Texas has registered more deaths on the job than any other state. In 2017, a worker in Texas died at work every 16 hours, exceeding the ... More »

July 16th, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary—July 16, 2019

Published July 16th, 2019 -

Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota, Germany, and beyond went on strike yesterday through today⁠—coinciding with Amazon’s fifth annual Prime Day⁠—to protest low wages and high pressure working conditions, as well as the company’s contracts with I... More »

July 2nd, 2019

Today’s News & Commentary — July 2, 2019

Published July 2nd, 2019 -

Yesterday, ProPublica broke the story that up to 9,500 U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are members of a secret Facebook group in which agents post racist and sexist content, raising questions about public employees’ freedom of speech off the job. C... More »

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 »