Issues

Makes No Census

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a proposed change to the 2020 national census could change U.S. politics for the next decade.

A Constitutional Defense

When it comes to the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment — the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances and to right to assemble peaceably — the nation may be in need of a remedial course.

DACA in Limbo

President Donald Trump rescinded the DACA program for immigrants who as children were brought to the U.S. by their parents. But he also invited Congress to weigh in on DACA’s ultimate fate. We asked faculty experts to talk about the program’s future.

The Accidental Sea

Formed when the Colorado River flooded in 1905, the Salton Sea now poses an environmental dilemma that some describe as an unsolvable problem. Prof. Traci Voyles says simplistic solutions probably won’t help.

Scary Politics

Threatening messages often are central to political campaigns, and opinions abound about their effect on elections Bethany Albertson ’99, professor of government at UT Austin, decided to run experiments to see how voters react in the face of political anxiety.

Middle of Nowhere

This past May, the Pew Research Center issued a report on America’s shrinking middle class in U.S. cities. One conclusion: Like the rest of the nation, the middle class of the broad Los Angeles area (L.A.–Long Beach–Anaheim) does not constitute a majority of the population. Writer Scott Timberg spoke with three analysts about an economic and population trend that’s been developing for decades.

Shackled While Pregnant

It sounds like something from the Middle Ages or the Salem witch trials: Incarcerated women being shackled during labor and childbirth to keep them from fleeing. But the practice does not exist in the distant past.

The Supreme Court: What Happens Next

Perhaps the biggest prize for the winner of the 2016 presidential election is the ability to shape the Supreme Court and the judicial branch. We spoke with Allan Ides, professor and Christopher N. May Chair at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, about prospects for the U.S. Supreme Court in the context of a new administration that will take the White House in January 2017. Early in his career, Ides served as clerk to the Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and Associate Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was interviewed by Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.