Should texting and walking be illegal?

A New Jersey town wants to ban texting while walking in the street. Honolulu passed a similar law last year that allows police officers to ticket people for texting in a crosswalk. The city of Honolulu argues the Distracted Walking Law protects pedestrians from stepping in front of moving vehicles, but others believe a penalty of up to $99 for texting is ridiculous; you can't enforce common sense.…

Who's responsible for bringing unemployment down: Obama or Trump?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest it has been in 17 years. Trump and his supporters say the low unemployment rate is a sign of President Trump's success. His pro-business policies are encouraging the creation of new jobs and putting America back to work. Others say Trump inherited a strong economy from former president Ob…

Should President Trump delete his Twitter account?

No politician has weaponized Twitter like President Trump. He even said, "I think that maybe I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Twitter." Some argue his tweets violate democratic norms, undermine Trump's agenda and even threaten national security; Twitter was even forced to respond to accusations that Trump violated their terms of service. But his supporters say Twitter lets him circumvent a dish…

Does Congress go on vacation too much?

Congress has until Feb. 8 to pass a spending bill, but a majority of the days leading up to that deadline will be spent on retreats. Some wonder why Congress is constantly taking time off. Members of Congress claim these are tactical retreats and work vacations where representatives can strategize with their parties, visit their districts and meet with constituents. But given how little legislatio…

Who is responsible for the strong economy: Barack Obama or Donald Trump?

President Trump has touted the strong economy as proof that his first year was a success. He claims the GOP tax bill and months of deregulation has led to businesses finally investing in the U.S. and a stronger stock market. But many economists argue Trump has little to brag about because it is actually Barack Obama's policies that are responsible for the current economy. Obama is the one who turn…

Should the U.S. use military force against North Korea?

After the U.N. imposed sanctions against North Korea, President Trump responded by claiming the sanctions are "nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen." Some foreign policy hawks believe America should use military force against North Korea before Pyongyang is able to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. mainland. But others argue for diplomacy, claiming military intervention would…

Is America ready for socialism?

A recent Oxfam report found 82 percent of the wealth created in 2017 went to the richest 1 percent of the population. Socialism has long been a dirty word in America—often associated with communism and tyranny. But between rising income inequality and the popularity of avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, many Americans are growing tired of capitalism. Others say America was built on capitalist values…

Should Puerto Rico become the 51st state?

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, and the arguably tepid response from the U.S. government, many are reigniting debate around whether or not Puerto Rico should become the 51st state. Puerto Rico is home to roughly 3.5 million people, and many believe they deserve the right to vote in U.S. elections and be represented in Congress. But others oppose statehood, arguing Puerto Rico is better off as a co…