Government Reopened at Last

The government was partially closed for 35 days. After conceding to a cancellation of the State of the Union, President Trump signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks. Federal workers will not miss another paycheck. The bill does not include border wall funding but Congress voted in favor of a bipartisan, bicameralRead More

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Someone Blinked and State of the Union is Canceled

Many are starting to doubt whether the border barrier is worth the government shutdown. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked House Democrats efforts to floor bills, specifically two House bills. On Tuesday, McConnell blocked a House bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security through February 8. On Wednesday, McConnellRead More

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Shutdown and Trade Wars Affect Global Economy

Business, government, and non-profit leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are concerned about a host of issues. Yet, most of them are primarily concerned with the lack of global growth. The slowdown is most evident in countries like China and Germany affected by US trade tariffs. China’s economy, the second biggestRead More

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The Shuttered Government’s Negative Impact on Federal Prisons

Federal prisons are deteriorating as the government shutdown drags on. Correctional officers have been working without pay and they are among those paid the least out of all other law enforcement employees. As a result, many cannot report to work because they cannot afford childcare, are protesting the shutdown, or are working other jobs, andRead More

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President’s “Non-Starter” Deal Will Not End Shutdown

This week, shutdown polls showed the American public blame President Trump for the government shutdown. To divert Americans’ attention elsewhere, President Trump tried to make a deal with Democrats on Saturday. Among other elements, the deal consists of three years’ legislative relief to DACA recipients and a three-year extension of temporary protected status for 300,000Read More

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Congressional Democrats Refuse Trump’s Invitation to Discuss Shutdown

Moderate Democrats were invited to have lunch with President Trump and House Republicans on Tuesday. Reps. J. Luis Correa (D-Calif.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Abigail Spanberger (D- Va.), and Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) were invited to the lunch. Two are leaders of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition. These Democrats, suspecting they will be used as pawnsRead More

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Turkish President Erdogan vs. Bolton on Protection for Kurds

In December, President Trump called for the immediate removal of all 2,000 or so troops deployed in Syria. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and national security adviser, John Bolton, are touring the Middle East and reassuring allies in the region. On Tuesday, Bolton was meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ibrahim Kalin, in the Turkish capital,Read More

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Solution to Shutdown Sought

The President’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, invited moderate Republican senators to discuss a resolution to the 19-day government shutdown. The meeting was held in Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) Senate Russell Building office on Wednesday afternoon. Five other Congress members were present. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob PortmanRead More

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Finding Finances for the Border Wall

On Thursday, President Trump traveled to a portion of the southern border in McAllen, Texas. He was greeted by protestors and a Trump baby balloon. Republicans who gathered to construct a new deal containing wall funding and provisions for Democrats involving DACA and visa modifications were disappointed by Mike Pence. Their plans fell through whenRead More

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Elizabeth Warren Actually Agrees with President Trump

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) clashed with President Trump a few times. Yet, she too believes the US military no longer has any business in Syria and Afghanistan. Warren is seriously considering a 2020 run for the presidency and she represents Democrats who want less to do with lengthy wars overseas. During an interview, Warren, aRead More

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