Jan Lee

Jan Lee is a former news editor and award-winning editorial writer whose non-fiction and fiction have been published in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Australia. Her articles and posts can be found on TriplePundit, JustMeans, and her blog, The Multicultural Jew, as well as other publications. She currently splits her residence between the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and the rural farmlands of Idaho.

How Trump’s Immigration Policies Affect Economics In ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The Donald Trump administration is considering a revamp to its highly controversial ban on travelers from seven predominantly-Muslim countries. And cities are speaking out. They say immigration makes the nation stronger, not more vulnerable, and they have plenty of immigration history to back them up.

Study: Women Who Go to Top Colleges Earn Less Than Men Who Don’t

Paying those extra bucks for a degree from a “highly-selective” U.S. university is worth it, say researchers — if you are a man. Females who graduated from top universities still earn 16 percent less on average compared to male counterparts from “non-selective universities.”

Calls For Divestment From the Dakota Access Pipeline Reach a Roar

Cities and other public entities are ending business with banks like Wells Fargo, which loaned more than $400 million to the companies behind the Dakota Access pipeline. And big banks better buckle up, because the divestment movement is just getting started.

Facebook Improves Transparency, But Groups Say More Work to Do

Facebook will allow a media watchdog to review its ad metrics in an effort to show accountability to its advertisers. Meanwhile, some conservative leaders and a coalition of civil and consumer rights groups question whether the social media giant is being totally transparent in how it presents information.

Cities, Businesses and Vets Unite Against Dakota Access Pipeline

The veterans have arrived to Standing Rock, signaling further support for the Sioux tribe that says its drinking water source is in danger if the Dakota Access Pipeline goes through. President Donald Trump says he supports an “expedient” approval of the project, but support is growing for the tribe and some cities are rethinking their business with the banks behind the project.

NRDC: Trump’s 2-for-1 Regulation Order is an ‘Abuse of Discretion’

For every new regulation passed by a federal agency, two must be revoked. That’s the idea behind an executive order passed early in Donald Trump’s presidency. But a group of nonprofits called the order “capricious” and say it could hurt agencies’ ability to protect public safety.

Congress Taps Little-Used Law to Repeal Obama Regulations

Republicans who have long opposed former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb environmental pollution are having a field day this month. It seems a rarely-used tactic will allow the Trump administration, with the help of the Republican-led Congress, to nibble away at Obama’s much lauded environmental legacy.

Could Trump’s Border Policies Kill Commerce?

President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has frayed relations between the two countries. But as one economist pointed out, there’s a lot more at risk than the economy of North America’s poorest nation.

Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze: Leaner Doesn’t Always Mean Better

A hiring freeze is in effect for all federal departments — that includes positions related to agriculture and commerce, as well as many that impact veterans’ services. And the outcome of that 90-day freeze may hint at what’s next for federal workers and public services.