Should the U.S. government pay reparations for slavery?

A bill to examine reparations for slavery has been introduced in every session of Congress for the last 20 years, but to no avail. Centuries of slavery, Jim Crow and institutionalized racism have created a vast wealth gap between black and white Americans—and the U.S. government has, in the past, paid reparations for injustices committed against other groups. But some argue reparations for African…

Is the New York Times opinion section just total trash?

The New York Times opinion section has been angering its readers for a while now, and the latest op-ed from David Brooks has only made it worse. Between dedicating the entire section to Trump supporters; hiring and firing Nazi-sympathizer Quinn Norton; and keeping writers like Bari Weiss and Bret Stephens, many have had enough. But The New York Times has defended itself, arguing the purpose of an…

Do you support a teacher walkout in protest of gun violence?

In the wake of the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, teachers and students are organizing a nationwide walkout in protest of gun violence on April 20—the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Teachers maintain they shouldn't have to risk their lives in order to do their jobs and want lawmakers to pass sensible gun control. But others argue teachers shouldn't relinquish thei…

Should the U.S. ban assault weapons?

In the wake of the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead, a prominent Republican donor issued an ultimatum: ban assault weapons or lose my support. The AR-15 has been the weapon of choice for mass shooters in Las Vegas, Orlando, Newtown and now Parkland, and many argue civilians should not be allowed to own weapons of war. But gun rights advocates argue banning assault rifles won't prev…

Most influential president: Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama?

Through war, diplomacy, successes and failures, the power of the presidency has been essential in shaping American history. For President's Day 2018, we've asked Tylters to decide which U.S. president made the biggest impact—and now we're down to the final two. Abraham Lincoln saw us through the Civil War but Barack Obama's historic presidency saw both economic recovery and legislative successes. …

Should DREAMers be given a path to citizenship?

President Trump said he is open to letting DREAMers—undocumented immigrants brought here as children—"morph into" citizens so long as Democrats agree to restrict legal immigration. Advocates argue these children had no choice in coming to the United States and should therefore not be punished. Many of these kids are valuable members of the community. But immigration hardliners argue the government…

Should Jared Kushner still be allowed to work in the White House?

President Trump’s son-in-law-turned-chief-advisor Jared Kushner is reportedly millions of dollars in debt and under FBI investigation. Kushner was part of Donald Trump Jr.'s infamous meeting with a Russian lawyer, failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials and tried to create a secret channel between Moscow and Trump officials. But Kushner hasn't been accused of any crime, and defenders sa…

Should Congress pass a bill to protect Robert Mueller?

A New York Times report that found President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller back in June has reignited urgency among some lawmakers to pass a bill that would shield Mueller from Trump. Senators drafted bipartisan legislation last summer that would prevent Trump from firing Mueller, but the effort fizzled out when Republicans challenged the legitimacy of Congress getting involve…

Did the Trump campaign collude with Russia?

Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russia nationals for election meddling, and evidence that Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign may have colluded with Russia continues to build. Critics argue the latest developments prove the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election, but Trump and his defenders argue this is nothing more than a witch hunt. What do you think? 🇺🇸 🇷🇺…

Are toll roads good or bad for America?

President Trump's latest infrastructure plan outlines ways in which private-public partnership can help fix America's crumbling roads and bridges, including the liberalization of tolling policy so that private investment can have an active role in rebuilding America. Some argue toll roads are the key to improving infrastructure, decreasing congestion and reducing cost. But others argue toll roads…