Andrew Nguyen

Amid a global pandemic, the Trump administration is continuing with its fight to end the Affordable Care Act, threatening millions of Americans across the country.

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Outside the Supreme Court, demonstrators are protesting to protect the ACA. Alex Brandon/AP.

On Tuesday, November 10, the case of California v. Texas (2020) regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act headed to the Supreme Court, where they heard oral arguments from both sides of the aisle.

Despite the country engulfed in a pandemic, Republican officials followed suit with the elimination of the ACA, threatening over 20 million insured Americans and over 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.

With one of the largest threats to healthcare currently in court, it is important to know about its past court rulings.

Background: the Affordable Care Act

Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or otherwise known as Obamacare, followed through with their goals of establishing a more affordable healthcare plan for all Americans by providing tax credits for poor and middle-class Americans as well as by expanding Medicaid. …


As we’re entering the ninth month of the pandemic since the first confirmed coronavirus case in the United States, thousands of schools across the country have reopened for the fall — but with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, is that really the best idea?

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Photo by Deleece Cook on Unsplash

The very idea is simple: children are less susceptible to the virus and thus reopening schools won’t pose a risk to them compared to people with pre-existing conditions.

With that logic, what could go wrong? Well, actually, quite a bit can.

Coronavirus Cases in Schools

Despite having social distance measures, mandatory mask-wearing, hybrid models, and even in-person instruction, since the beginning of the school year, coronavirus cases among children have increased by nearly 90% across the country.

The New York Times recently reported a survey of 750 colleges and universities where in total, they’ve acquired over 26,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 64 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. 100 colleges have reported more than 100 coronavirus cases and as students return to school amid a pandemic, they are being sent home to quarantine or are currently in isolation. …


From claims of fraudulent mail-in voting to postponing the election, Trump is actively trying to discredit Democrats and Republicans alike who oppose him. This is a clear danger to our rule of law.

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Image from Alex Brandon via Associated Press

As election day approaches, the President is clearly not in the best spot. Current polls show Biden ahead of Trump and although polls are never exactly right, it sure is worrying to the current President and his efforts for re-election.

President Trump tweeted today claiming that the election “will be a great embarrassment to the USA” and that we should “[d]elay the Election until people can properly, securely, and safely vote.”

Now, with threats to postpone the election, the legal authority to do so is in question.

Delaying the Election

The answer is no. A sitting President does not have any power to postpone the election as that power is designated to Congress under Article II, §1, cl. …


With a new lawsuit ahead, the Orange County Board of Education is planning to fight back against Governor Newsom’s closure of schools in high-risk hotspots. Besides not mandating masks and social distancing measures in school: they clearly don’t have a clue about the dangers of returning to school.

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Image from Paul Beresbach via the Orange County Register

Imagine this: the world is suffering from one of the worst viruses in modern history, spreading from country to country, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands of people.

Now, in the same country and the same state at the forefront of the virus, a county that has the third-highest coronavirus cases in the state — a number higher than over 150 countries and oversea territories (as of July 29, 2020) — is calling to return to schools without masks or social distancing measures in place.


The Department of Justice released a motion to call to dismiss Michael Flynn’s case currently going through federal court. This is unprecedented, here’s why.

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Image from Jim Lo Scalzo via Shutterstock

Michael Flynn was a retired Lieutenant General who held two intelligence posts. He was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and served as the National Security Advisor to the United States President, Donald Trump.

Regarding his first post, when a government official serves or has served in a position where they handle sensitive information, they are required to disclose all contacts with foreigners to the federal government. This is where his history gets skeptical.

Ommissions from the Federal Government

After retiring in 2015, he founded the Flynn Intel Group. He was then hired by Turkey and paid $530,000 to investigate a wanted-Turkish individual — he failed to disclose that he was paid as he continued to write political op-Eds.


With the world hit by the coronavirus, countries are pushing to accelerate a vaccine. Let’s explore what the potential implications are in doing so.

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How Long Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Take?

From the History of Vaccines, the vaccine development process is long and arduous. A typical vaccine will take, on average, 10–15 years (with the shortest time being 4 years) to develop, test, manufacture, and distribute for public usage.

However, countries worldwide have stated an optimistic timeline where a fully functional vaccine could be available to the public in approximately 12–18 months. With this speed, there are bound to be many mishaps and errors — also due to the fact that the coronavirus is relatively new.

The main cause for concern is what potential effects will be accelerating the process have on an actual, safe, and effective vaccine. With over 4.4 million cases and 150,000 deaths, it is clear that this virus has taken a toll on the United States. Globally, with the current ongoing pandemic, countries are now pushing to accelerate the process with different initiatives. But with the United States at the forefront of the virus, let’s explore what their new policies mean for the world. …


With many high-ranking positions that lack Senate approval under the Trump administration, their actions can be damaging to our democracy. But what authority do they have over us?

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Photo by Caleb Perez on Unsplash

In any department or agency appointed by the President, it is subject to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 where any appointed head can be replaced by another individual who will serve as the “acting” head of that branch during an interim period until another Senate-approved appointee can be put in place.

Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, the “first assistant to the office” becomes the acting officer by default. …


As the United States is currently entering its worst period of the coronavirus with 4.2 million cases and 148,000 deaths (as of July 24, 2020), many public officials are advocating the reopening of schools. Let’s discuss that.

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Across the United States, 17 states are fully reopened, 8 are in the process of reopening, 13 have paused reopenings, and 9 have reversed their reopening plans due to recent spikes. Looking now, we see that reopening too early has caused multiple states to spike in coronavirus cases, but the Trump administration has made it clear that they want public schools to reopen at full capacity in the fall to provide in-person instruction.

Video of White House Press Secretary Responding to Questions Regarding School Reopenings. Washington Post.

First off, hearing that “the science should not stand in the way of this” should be alarming. Second, children have died to the virus (64 in fact) and although children are less likely to succumb to the virus compared to adults (making up less than 0.1% of deaths), they are still carriers of the virus and can infect family members and other high-risk people. …


Federal agents using tear gas outside the courthouse on July 20. Noah Berger, AP
Federal agents using tear gas outside the courthouse on July 20. Noah Berger, AP
Federal forces using crowd-control agents outside a courthouse on July 20. Photo Credit: Noah Berger, AP.

On July 22, President Trump announced that he will be sending federal law enforcement into cities where violent crime has surfaced and spiked.

“Today I’m announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime. We’ll work every single day to restore public safety,” President Trump stated at a news conference.

Now, what does this entail?

The federal government has stated that the deployment of such forces is legal under the premise that they are there to protect federal property and to enforce federal laws. …

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