Will Drabold
Will Drabold

Will Drabold is a policy writer at Mic. He writes Navigating Trump's America, Mic's daily read on Donald Trump's America. He is based in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at wdrabold@mic.com

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The 9 proposals that have emerged to prevent shootings — and their chances of passing in Washington

From banning bump stocks to an assault weapons ban, here is what Washington is considering. And what can pass.

Feb. 21, 2018

Meet the teens who have kept the debate about gun violence going after the Florida shooting

Dozens of teenagers who have stepped into the national spotlight following the shooting in Parkland to call for a national conversation about ending mass shootings. It has worked.
Feb. 20, 2018

Will the advocacy of teenagers be enough to move Congress on gun laws?

Gun reform advocates now enter a period where they must build enough pressure on Congress to change gun laws — something their predecessors have been unable to do.
Feb. 19, 2018

Why Donald Trump’s new support for background checks may not move Congress

The House has already passed a bill to improve the background check system, but it's written with a provision Senate Democrats will not support.
Feb. 16, 2018

Ahead of midterms, millions of dollars are pouring in toward state legislative races

“People [pay] more attention to the impact their state government representatives have on their lives."
Feb. 16, 2018

Republicans say mental health care prevents mass shootings. They’ve tried to gut mental health care.

Treatment for the mentally ill is "taking steps backwards" under Donald Trump, who suggests better treatment could lead to fewer mass shootings.

Feb. 15, 2018

Will Washington act after the latest mass shooting? Probably not

History suggests lawmakers will do little or nothing to change access to guns in the U.S. following another mass shooting.
Feb. 14, 2018

How progressives are building an army of trained activists in swing states

"We are essentially creating a permanent structure of progressive activism."
Feb. 13, 2018

How the immigration program Donald Trump wants to end helped diversify America

Diversity visas offer residents of countries that have sent relatively few immigrants to the U.S. a pathway to America. Now, Congress may axe the program.
Feb. 12, 2018

Immigration, infrastructure, budget: What to know for a week of new Trump administration policies

Prepare for whiplash on policy proposals from the White House.
Feb. 9, 2018

Democrats treating minorities “as an afterthought” may affect the midterm elections

"The party is concerned about engaging communities of color. It just does not seem to know how to do it in a way that is meaningful and authentic rather than a way that is just pandering."

Feb. 8, 2018

Democrats split over whether to demand protection for DACA recipients or fund government

"I can't consider supporting this under any circumstances if there's no promise immediately about doing something on DACA."
Feb. 8, 2018

“The president doesn’t acknowledge this threat”: Top Dem gives warning on 2018 election meddling

Sen. Mark Warner told 'Mic' he agreed with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warning Russia is already trying to influence the 2018 elections.
Feb. 7, 2018

Do we have a deal? Congress nears agreement to avert government shutdown, increase spending

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said, “I’d love to see a shutdown” if Democrats don’t make a deal with him on immigration.
Feb. 6, 2018

As Congress debates punting on DACA, “Dreamers” face greater job, life uncertainty

“They act like our lives don’t matter because we don’t have a piece of paper that says we are U.S. citizens. This is the only country that we know. This is the only country that we recognize."
Feb. 5, 2018

Is the Democratic advantage in the 2018 elections narrower?

These days, everyone is an elections expert. But it's too early to read too much into the data.

Feb. 2, 2018

Trump’s Cabinet is the most ethically challenged in history — and they don’t care, watchdogs say

"In any other normal time, these would be big scandals. But it feels like any other day in Washington."
Feb. 1, 2018

Voters will consider a record number of ballot initiatives to reform our democracy in 2018 elections

In 2016, 13 of these measures passed at the state and local level. In 2018, at least 12 democracy reform measures could be considered on the state level alone.
Jan. 31, 2018

Why Donald Trump’s State of the Union moved Congress no closer to a deal on immigration

Democrats and moderate Republicans said Trump's speech did not bring unity on its core proposal: immigration reform.
Jan. 30, 2018

Here’s how Democrats will put the #MeToo movement on display at the State of the Union

Dozens of members of Congress hope they can use the State of the Union to continue to highlight the #MeToo movement, shining a light on sexual misconduct.