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

Young Man Who Targeted the White House Arrested

US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung J. Pak, announced the arrest of a man plotting to blow a hole through the White House for access and subsequently corner people inside with semi-automatic rifles. The backpack he was supposed to wear would have contained a bomb for him

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

House of Representatives Votes in Favor of a Resolution Banning Intolerance

On Tuesday, the House passed a resolution in solidarity against white nationalism and white supremacy. The vote passed 424-1. Text in the resolution shows the House rebukes intolerance expressed through white nationalism and white Supremacy contrary to what the United States stands for. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a

As Government Closure Continues, TSA Agents Call in Sick

TSA employees are part of the 400,000+ working without pay as a result of the partial government shutdown. Numerous airport screeners are calling in sick and not reporting to work. Consequently, security checkpoints have longer, slower lines. TSA agents, air traffic controllers, and customs and immigration officials are all required

Pentagon Chief of Staff Quits

Kevin M. Sweeney, a retired rear admiral and chief of staff to the defense secretary, resigned per the Department of Defense on Saturday. Mr. Sweeney was James’ Mattis’ chief of staff since January 2017. He knew Mr. Mattis for years. Mr. Mattis resigned late December on account of his views

President Trump’s National Address on Immigration

In his televised statement, aired on every network and just short of ten minutes at 9:00 p.m. ET (6 PT), President Trump defended his border barrier and declared a national humanitarian crisis for the States. He said the only reason the government remains shut down is that Democrats, some of

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

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),

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.