Guns and Humanity: Solving the refugee crisis | Evan McMullin interview

refugee photo by Mstyslav Chernov I recently sat down with Evan McMullin, independent presidential candidate, at his Salt Lake headquarters for an exclusive, thirty-minute interview on the refugee crisis, terrorism, and religion. McMullin has a unique perspective on those issues. He lived in Jordan and worked for the United Nations. There, he helped refugees from various countries, including Syria, through the screening and resettlement process. He later returned to the Middle East and worked for the CIA.  Watch  Full | Part I | Part II | Part III Listen Full  |  Part I  | Part II  |  Part III Transcript  (English) (espaƱol abajo) Balinski: Every day 34,000 people leave their homes to escape conflict, persecution. Currently, there are 21 million refugees worldwide, more than half of them are youth, minors. What is to be done? McMullin: Well, it's a great question and I would add to that you have so many million refugees but you also have people who are de

Comparing the Top 3 Audio Outlines Companies

Audio outlines—an awesome study strategy Put down the eye drops. Get off your rear. Embrace the freedom to study anytime, anywhere. All you need is an ear. Audio outlines help you mitigate exam anxiety and juggle the challenges that life and law school throw at you. Here's a side-by-side comparison of the three main audio outlines companies: First, look at the stars .   AudioLearn lags behind with an average 3.8-star rating. AudioOutlines maintains a more impressive 4.5-star average. But Crushendo has a flawless, 5-star rating . Second, look at the fans .  Though newer than both AudioOutlines and AudioLearn, Crushendo has nearly four times the Facebook likes of AudioOutlines and AudioLearn combined. Popularity doesn't mean everything but it says something. >> Find Crushendo on Facebook << Now, let's talk efficiency .  Everyone knows it's harder to be concise than verbose. Distilling doctrine to its critical parts is not for the faint of

Why Kavanaugh Should Not Sit on the Supreme Court

Last night, I watched substantial portions of the Kavanaugh hearing with my eight-year-old son. I didn't plan it that way. Not our typical father-son bonding session. But I was watching everything on my phone in my room when he wandered in, full of curiosity. He first heard Ford's testimony. We had to pause it a few times, so I could explain some terminology that he hasn't had to worry about before. Thankfully, he's mature beyond his years and what followed was a meaningful discussion. Through the eyes of an eight-year-old After hearing from Ford. I asked him if he thought she was telling the truth. He quickly agreed. He said the tears gave it away. Then I showed him portions of Kavanaugh's testimony. I asked him if he thought he was telling the truth. He thought so. But now he was less confident. Kavanaugh had tears, too.  Turns out, tears are not an unbroken trail to truth. One possibility that we discussed is that they were both telling wh

Why I didn't leave God, Christianity, and Mormonism

During Sunday School today, my teacher asked, “By a show of hands, who has seen a close friend or family member leave the Church within the past two years?” Most hands shot up. A sobering sight.  I’m not writing to discuss how I have personally seen others’ faith appear to blossom or shrivel in recent years. I’m writing to share my own story. A few years ago, I almost abandoned God, Christianity, and the Mormon church. Here’s why I made the choice to hold on. It all started my second semester of law school. Winter. Cold and dark. The middle of an almost suffocating inversion. If you've never been to Utah during the winter, just imagine a haze so thick and air quality so poor that you can taste it. While my peers were studying case law, I couldn't pull myself away from the internet. I fixated on my faith. I devoured everything I could find about Christianity and in particular, the Mormon church or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Actually, th

From Creative Commons Library to Liability

I love copyright law, as ugly as it is. My previous legal publication dealt with personal jurisdiction:  Wonky Walden: The Dizzying New PersonalJurisdiction Rule .

Introducing "Lifey" and "Lifey Health"

This is a little different. I want to brag for a moment about my little brother, Alex, the founder of Prepare to Serve . This post is completely uninvited and unreviewed by him, though he's sitting across the office from me as I type... Alex recently launched two major projects, both of which I fully believe in and I hope many people will soon learn about. The first project is called Lifey Health . It is a budding massive database of candid personal interviews and surveys of people suffering from chronic physical and mental illnesses across the spectrum. As I understand it, his goal is to get virtually every chronic illness represented in a way that fosters a sense of hope, perspective, and community for those recently diagnosed, as well as a machine to de-stigmatize physical and mental illnesses for the public at large. I admit bias, but to me, it's an inspired project, just like Prepare to Serve. He has interns assisting him and already has roughly 300 videos featuring

REVIEW | Mifold Booster Car Seat

Some things to know before you buy the hottest new car seats for your kiddoes. Candid review of the Mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat by a father of three young kids who has used a fair number of car seats and booster seats in the past.

America's future is bright

Like many, the last 24 hours for me have been intense. I have been among the most stubborn ranks of the #nevertrump crowd. I put my all into doing everything I thought I could to keep Donald Trump from being elected. And yet, Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. I have said it before, but I'll say it again: I believe so strongly in the American people that I believe we can stand united, even in the face of sometimes disappointing and even divisive leadership. America is, and can always be, as great as We the People make it. And today, from my vantage point, we are making America a light on a hill. My Facebook feed has become flooded with inspired messages of hope, peace, and love from people from all walks of life and political leanings. I am beyond grateful to live in a country where I am surrounded by such amazing people. America is already great. And, We the People are making it better every day. God bless America!