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When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes

When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes

by Michael Barbella There is a saying that “seeing is believing” and another that says the “camera doesn’t lie.” New technology is challenging both notions. In April 2019, former President Barack Obama issued a public warning about phony digital content and reality...

E-Cigarette Debate Is Lighting Up

E-Cigarette Debate Is Lighting Up

In the fall 2014 edition of The Legal Eagle, we published a story (E-Cigarettes—To Regulate or Not to Regulate) on the relatively new e-cigarette industry and its appropriateness for kids. Since that article was published, there have been several studies regarding the...

Right to Protest Forms a More Perfect Union

Right to Protest Forms a More Perfect Union

In the winter 2018 edition of The Legal Eagle, we published a story (Limiting Protest Silences Dissent) about limiting protests, specifically National Football League (NFL) players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice and brutality...

Importance of Protecting Clean Water

Importance of Protecting Clean Water

There is no reference to the right to clean water in the U.S. Constitution; however, the United Nations General Assembly does recognize a “human right to water.” In the winter 2017 edition of The Legal Eagle, we published a story on the clean water crisis in United...

Development of Gene Editing Advancing Rapidly

Development of Gene Editing Advancing Rapidly

If you could eradicate a disease from the human race would you do it? It seems like an easy question to answer. In reality, it’s not so simple. In the spring 2017 edition of The Legal Eagle, we published a story on the ethics of gene editing. Since then, researchers...

Making Voter Registration Automatic

Making Voter Registration Automatic

There are currently more than 200 million registered voters in the United States. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau conservatively estimates that more than 20 percent of eligible voters are not registered. The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of...