Grant Whittington

Grant Whittington is a rising junior journalism and government and politics double major at the University of Maryland: College Park. Living so close to the nation's capital, Whittington is an unfortunate D.C. sports fan who's passionate about politics and writing. He's worked for local county newspapers and has never seen Shawshank Redemption.

White House Seeks to Reduce Local Jail Populations

The initiative aims to “break the cycle of incarceration” by moving low-level offenders with mental illnesses from the criminal justice system to doctor’s offices. It will also allow low-level offenders who cannot afford bail to await their court date at home, rather than a local jail cell, at a judge’s discretion.

Volkswagen Agrees to Pay $14.7B Following Emissions Scandal

On Tuesday, Volkswagen reached a record settlement to pay up to $14.7 billion as a result of its “dieselgate” emissions scandal. Individual owners will receive $5,100-$10,000 in cash payments along with a fix or a buy-back. Is it enough?

Trump Tower’s Public Gardens Aren’t as Public as They Should Be

Tucked inside Trump Tower is a collection of gardens and atriums open to the public. Never heard of them? You’re not alone. And now the presidential hopeful is getting push-back from the city for trying to privatize this public space even further, by closing it for campaign events and selling apparel sporting his “Make America Great Again” slogan.

Apple: Latest Powerhouse to Skip GOP Convention Funding

Apple announced it will not lend funding to the GOP for the 2016 Republican National Convention. It will also pull other technical support, such as complimentary MacBooks, crediting Donald Trump’s misogynistic and racist antics.