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The Razor’s Edge: How the Trump Administration is Loosening Dodd-Frank and the Ramifications of its Actions

By Nabi Menai             Perhaps one of the most cataclysmic events of the 21st century was the financial crisis that began in 2008. Not only did it send the United States into a historic recession, its effects reverberated around the world and the ramifications of the crisis can still be felt today. Banks and law… Keep Reading

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How the Compulsory Licensing System Has Impacted Sampling in Today’s Music Industry and Potential Calls for Reform

By Bruce Fan Sting recently sued up-and-coming rapper Juice WRLD for copyright infringement because Juice WRLD’s hit song “Lucid Dreams” used samples from Sting’s “Shape of My Heart.” Sampling occurs when composers “manipulate a recorded fragment of sound from a pre-existing recording and then use it as a part of a new composition.”[1] Juice WRLD’s… Keep Reading

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Is Immigration Enforcement Good for Business? A Look Inside GEO Group, Inc.

By Ashley Zavala Spotlight – The Geo Group, Inc. Since his inauguration, President Trump has posted tweets and has implemented executive orders and immigration policies that have been extensively covered by the American news media. With politics so heavily publicized and debated, certain factors often go overlooked, such as how these immigration policies are carried… Keep Reading

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Hey, Government! Smart Growth is Smart for Business and Curbing Climate Change

By Paulina Knotts Introduction At alarming rates, America’s growing population, industrialization, and consumerism are depleting its finite land and natural resources, while simultaneously accelerating global warming.[1] [This acceleration is largely due to heightened greenhouse gas emissions, which inefficient and unplanned “sprawl” development has increased.[2]  Sprawl is a modern “form of urbanization distinguished by leapfrog patterns… Keep Reading

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Politicizing User Information: How Partisan Divisions in Congress Affect Personal Liberties Online

By Jonathan Kwortek Recently, scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, dominated the news cycle for weeks on end. Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of personal information from Facebook to target individuals with political advertisements[1] compelled Congress to invite Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. While Republicans’ questioning displayed an interest in the social network’s handling… Keep Reading

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Humanity Aside: Why Employers Should Care About Overseas Filipino Workers’ Welfare

By Krisha Mae Cabrera    “BODY OF OFW FOUND IN FREEZER” — news of the brutal death of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) rattled the Filipino community early in 2018.  Joanna Demafelis was a domestic worker in Kuwait whose body was found in a freezer with signs of torture and strangulation. Though the details surrounding… Keep Reading

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#MeToo: Better for Business?

By Samantha Delbick The topic of sexual harassment has been at the forefront of public discourse since the #MeToo movement burst into the public consciousness during the fall of 2017. With people emboldened and continuing to share their stories, the anti-sexual harassment movement shows no signs of slowing down or fading anytime soon. Just as the… Keep Reading

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The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the Mortgage Interest Deduction

By Vaheh Manoukian The mortgage interest deduction is one of the most prominent features of the Internal Revenue Code. After state taxes, it is the most common deduction Americans make.[1] The mortgage interest deduction allows homeowners with a mortgage to deduct the interest from the mortgage on their taxes, potentially saving them thousands of dollars.… Keep Reading

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The Ban that Opened Pandora’s Box: The Impact of “Ban the Box” Ordinances on Employers Nationwide

By Gabriel Mendoza Introduction “Check here if you have a felony conviction.”[1] “Check if you’ve ever been arrested.”[2] “[Check] if you have a criminal record.”[3] Effective January 1, 2018, California joined nine other states—as well as the District of Columbia and thirty U.S. cities and counties—in mandating that both public and private employers remove questions… Keep Reading

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