B​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​elow is the original assignment. The focus is a subject for legislative action. That covers a wide range of issues: defense spending (and, in fact, any spending through the federal budget), foreign aid (including military aid to Israel), universal health care, restraints on police conduct, school aid at the K-12 and college levels (free college, etc.), space exploration, elections reform, taxation, etc. You have virtually the full range of things Congress considers with two exceptions noted. _________ On a federal topic of your selection, write a 1,800-word essay that supports or opposes Congressional action on either a specific law or bill that exists or a more general issue that is current where action can take place. It must be a federal issue (not purely local). It must be an issue where legislative action is possible, not simply a general topic in society. So, for example, a law that its supporters say will address racism is fair game. The general topic of racism is not. In this essay, you must explain: Your position, with reasons why you support or oppose the action. Cite facts from at least two sources. Your book can be one. An Internet source that is NOT Wikipedia can be the other, or both can be from the Internet. Media sources are fine as long as you cite them. This is fundamentally an opinion piece, with the idea that your opinion will be based upon facts that​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​ you present. The interest groups that will be for and against it. This will include which parties support you and oppose you. Explain the issue from the perspective of each side. Why one group’s position should be adopted over another’s. The history of the issue. What has happened in the past and why does anyone care? The political risk or gain from taking the position you propose, citing at least 1 source for your information. In other words, how will this either hurt or help the party whose position you support and the other party? How does your chosen position reflect the purposes of government as it was developed by the Framers in the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights or defined by Supreme Court rulings? How will the action you support impact schools, local governments, or states? How does life change at the local level, and are there costs that others will bear? Some ways to get started: Look at an issue of interest to you in the news and see which elected officials are for/against. Google them, or visit their websites. This can help you learn more about specific proposals. Twitter, should you care to venture there, will have no shortage of opinions. Some may even make sense. It has been known to happen. Avoid broad issues such as abortion or gun control where no legislative action is even remotely pending. Focus on a specific bill or piece of legisla​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‌‌‌‌‌‌‍‍​tion.