Should the U.S. adopt a merit-based immigration system?

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), President Trump said a merit-based immigration system is key to keeping America safe. Trump introduced the RAISE Act last year, which would scrap the current lottery system and replace it with a new system that factors in English skills, education, job offers, and age. Critics say such a system would favor already-privileged applicants and ha…

Has Bernie Sanders done enough to condemn Russia?

Since Robert Mueller's indictment revealed the Russians also helped Bernie Sanders' campaign, many are questioning whether Sanders has done enough to fully condemn the Russian meddling in our election. Sanders was one of only two senators who voted against Russian sanctions, and his statements regarding Russia have been inconsistent. But Sanders says he acknowledges the findings of the Mueller inv…

Should President Trump pull ICE agents out of sanctuary cities?

President Trump said he's thinking about pulling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents out of California. The Trump administration has stepped up immigration enforcement in California to put pressure on the state's sanctuary cities, but California has persistently defied the president on immigration. Many Californians say they'd be happy to see ICE agents go, but Trump insists pulling I…

Should Hillary Clinton return to the Senate?

Before she was Secretary of State and the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton was a popular New York senator. With Mitt Romney announcing he will run to replace Orrin Hatch in the Senate, some believe Clinton should get back in the game. If Romney, John McCain, and Bernie Sanders can maintain their political careers after a bruising defeat, why can't Clinton? But others believe Clinto…

Should saggy pants be banned?

South Carolina lawmakers have proposed a bipartisan bill that would make it illegal for a person to wear saggy pants. Violations would result in fines of up to $75 and six hours of community service. Many find the proposal both ridiculous and racist. Should policing the fashion of South Carolina residents really be the priority of the state that ranks 50th in education? But others support it and f…

Does Marco Rubio deserve credit for holding a town hall?

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) participated in a CNN town hall in which he faced survivors of the Parkland school shooting that left 17 people dead. Many have given Rubio credit for showing up and listening to his constituents. Rubio said he was open to the idea of raising the age to buy rifles and would reconsider the size of gun magazines. But others note Rubio still plans to take money from the NRA an…

Should teachers be armed?

In a White House listening session with survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting and others who've lost loved ones to gun violence, President Trump said he'd consider a proposal to arm school teachers in order to prevent future massacres. The president said "teachers and coaches... would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training.” Critics say arming teachers will only ma…

Should we lower the voting age to 16?

The voting age in America was lowered from 21 to 18 during the Vietnam War, and in the wake of the Parkland school massacre, many argue we should lower it to 16. Protesting Florida teenagers say they're being targeted in school shootings, yet they have no say in gun legislation. Others point out that teenagers who work pay taxes, so they should be allowed to vote. But some say 16- and 17-year-olds…

Is violent resistance ever justified?

In his approach to black liberation, civil rights leader Malcolm X famously differed from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While Dr. King based his resistance on the methods of Mahatma Gandhi, arguing "for practical as well as moral reasons, nonviolence offers the only road to freedom for my people," Malcolm X believed self-defense was justified in the face of centuries of violence: "We want freedom by…

Should Kirsten Gillibrand run for president in 2020?

Many believe Kirsten Gillibrand is just who Democrats need to lead them to victory in 2020. The #MeToo Senator has been consistently anti-Trump and an outspoken voice for the Resistance. But in a recent 60 Minutes interview, Gillibrand was called out for flip-flopping after having been pro-gun and anti-immigration in the past. Plus, many Democrats are still angry she led the charges against Sen. A…