Gov. Cuomo signs Medical Marijuana Bill

In an effort to minimize the growing death toll of opioid overdose, the state of New York has instituted legislation (S8987A/A 11011-B). The new bill, signed by Governor Cuomo, adds acute pain management to the list of conditions medicinal marijuana may be legally used to treat. Using cannabis to ease pain is a method aimed at reducing opioid prescriptions that too often lead to crippling addictions, and sometimes death.

Donald Trump continues to normalize the absurd

On 26th September 2018 President Donald Trump held the fourth solo press conference of his presidency. President Trump most likely held this conference in order to fight back against his administration’s numerous scandals, as well as the incredibly controversial nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The presser also took place only one day after Trump was laughed at while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly. This should have been a fairly straightforward speech by Trump. However, as with all things the President seems to be involved in, the conference quickly derailed and devolved into utter absurdity.

See you in court, Mr. President

Hurricane Maria, which wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico and the island of Dominica in September 2017, is the deadliest hurricane that the Atlantic coast has seen in over ten years. Fatalities are estimated to be 3,000, but exact numbers are unknown because not enough attention and resources were put into helping the people of Puerto Rico. New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is suing Trump for having a bias against Puerto Rico and not providing them with the same treatment as he would for Florida or Texas. “We’re going to hold ‘King’ Trump to the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution said equal protection under the law.” Cuomo said.

Wait…Who is Brett Kavanaugh?

While engaged in an argument with a friend of mine over whether or not to vote for Donald Trump in 2015, she made a statement that shook my perception of the election. She said, “I don’t care who he mocks, bullies, or curses. I’m voting for him because he’ll nominate conservative judges for the Supreme Court.” This friend of mine is a pro-life single-issue voter, so she only saw the presidency (and the judiciary) as a means to attain her goal; all other information was accessory.

Anthony Kennedy Just Retired From the Supreme Court (FYI: That’s a Really Big Deal)

At the end of the Supreme Court’s current session, longtime Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the nation’s highest court. Kennedy was appointed during the Reagan administration. The magnitude of this retirement cannot be understated. CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin tweeted out after the announcement that “abortion will be illegal in twenty states in 18 months.”

The Ax Visits: Political Strategist Comes to Fordham

On Monday April 9th, David Axelrod, a former advisor to Barack Obama, came to Fordham to speak at the invitation of the College Democrats. The event took place at the third-floor auditorium of Keating Hall, because the Campus Activities Board was using the main auditorium for a showing of The Greatest Showman. Excitement for the event was more than organizers expected because the auditorium was filled to capacity and some people who arrived close to the speech’s start time were turned away after the doors were closed.