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Should mental health issues stop you from getting a gun?

Marinella Yada, 52, believes in-depth tests to determine mental competence should be required before an individual is allowed to own a gun in America. Yada, interviewed Monday at a Tenleytown Starbucks, said that an abundance of firearms but a lack of access to mental health care is one reason why the United States continues its…

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Wage gap concern for District men and women

Frank Rivera, a Washington, D.C. resident and American University alumnus, feels that wage gaps between men and women in the United States are unfair. “It disturbs me, of course,” Rivera said. “When we talk about justice and this happens. I feel helpless, frustrated, and anger.” White women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by…

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Third party candidates polling highest since 1996

Third party candidates run for the presidency of the United States every four years. They never win, and likely won’t this year, but a leading polling group on politics found this election cycle has allowed a small breakthrough for third party candidates–they’re polling higher than they have in 20 years–with many American voters unsatisfied with…

People walk on American University's campus Wednesday, July 13. Photo credit Olivia Azulay.

Skipping voting a disservice; students, staff say

Students and employees at American University on Tuesday said although this year’s presidential election seems more contentious than those in the past, voting still should be a priority. Most agreed voting is an important part of being an American citizen, and said those refusing to vote in an election is a disservice. “Crazy presidents happen…

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Environment at American U a priority

Four years away from its goal of “Climate Neutrality” but with some students skipping participation in its greening efforts, American University has pledged to continue its sustainability efforts on campus. Students and staff  interviewed this week said the university’s commitment to environmental issues on campus including composting, recycling and the maintenance of a community garden…

Citizens stand in protest of current minimum wage at the time in California in 2016. Photo by Ross D. Franklin, AP.

D.C. minimum wage raise begins to take effect

In early June, D.C. officials promised a $15 minimum wage for low-income workers, according to the Washington Post. The “Fight for $15” movement has been campaigning for years, rallying for higher wages in American businesses across the country. The movement has seen victories in New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Carolina, D.C., and…

Demonstrators prepare signs supporting the raising of the federal minimum wage during May Day demonstrations in New York May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

D.C. VOTE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE INFLUENCES PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Demonstrators prepare signs supporting the raising of the federal minimum wage during May Day demonstrations in New York May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The D.C City Council approved a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2020 on June 27, 2016. On July 1 the minimum wage was raised to $11.50 an hour,…

Fight for $15 movement supporters advocate for the increase of minimum wage to $15 per hour at a rally on Capitol Hill. April 22, 2015
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DC passes law to raise minimum wage to $15

DC’s city council members voted unanimously to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 on June 7th. The law that was passed includes a year-by-year plan of how the district will reach the $15 wage, increasing it as each year passes until 2020. Washington DC is known for having the biggest pay gap…