Now that the Democratic presidential field has been narrowed down to two candidates, it’s worth taking a more direct look into the candidates’ proposals. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic-Socialist, has proposed highly progressive tax reforms in order to alleviate income inequality and pay for his extensive social programs.
Wednesday was the first day of public hearings for the controversial impeachment hearing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the official inquiry after ongoing pressure from highly progressive Democratic representatives. The inquiry is in regards to the president’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, in which the Democrats claim President Trump abused his power.
Many pundits have speculated that the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may end up hurting the party and could lead to a Republican victory in 2020. After the Mueller investigation dragged on for nearly two years and failed to yield anything conclusive, many Americans have become weary of Democrat efforts to impeach Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also showed apprehension in calling for a formal impeachment inquiry. However, after increasing pressure from her colleagues in the House, she took concrete step towards impeachment.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions left President Trump’s cabinet with a strained relationship between him and the President. Trump often berated Sessions for not putting a stop to the Mueller investigation. Sessions is now running for one of Alabama’s senate seats and used his first campaign ad to quell some of the bad blood between him and the president.
Hillary Clinton, who has stated on multiple occasions that she won the 2016 presidential election, has recently made hints at the possibility of a 2020 run. The two time presidential candidate is hesitant to make any direct statements one way or the other, but now seems to be leaning towards throwing her hat in the ring.
President Trump’s decision earlier this month to withdraw approximately 1,000 US troops from Syria has been attacked from both sides of the aisle. Both Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the decision on the basis that it is unfair to the Kurds, an Iranian ethnic group and ally of the United States. The argument centers on the fact that a US withdrawal puts the Kurds at risk, specifically from Turkey, who has vocally threatened violence against the Kurdish fighters, who they consider to be terrorists.
Ever since President Obama signed DACA, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it has received constant beratement from Republicans and conservative activists. One of the most common criticisms of DACA is that President Obama did not have the legal right to sign it.
Up to this point the Trump presidency has been marked with controversy, uncertainty, disapproval, and excitement. Of All of the president’s policies none embody these characteristics as well as his tariffing of Chinese imports, and the subsequent trade-war with China. This trade war has caused volatility in the stock market, increased costs to American manufacturers, and has threatened US imports into China. It has also has also helped to protect American industry and to give the US leverage against China to renegotiate trade agreements.
During his testimony Robert Mueller’s most common response seemed to be “I’m not going to discuss that.” Although Mueller made it clear that his testimony would be limited, his constant aversion to seemingly relevant questions began to annoy lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. However Muller’s reluctance to answer many of the questions directed to him only slightly added to the fact that the nearly eight hours of testimony revealed nothing new and was more or less a waist of the nation’s time and energy. At the end of all the questioning it’s still clear Republicans think the entire investigation is a farce, and Democrats believe they have grounds for impeachment.
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) shocked the political establishment when she was elected to the House of Representatives without any major political experience to speak of. Since her election Ocasio-Cortez has championed some of the most liberal and progressive policies ever to be discussed in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
When President Trump declared a national emergency in November in order to secure funding for the border wall, he predicted a fierce legal battle would ensue, and he was right. In November the president ended a 35 day government shutdown in exchange for $1.4 billion for a physical barrier along the southern border, which was far less than he originally wanted.
On Monday representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility after it was discovered that multiple CBP officers were members of a Facebook group where members shared derogatory comments about migrants and Representative Ocasio-Cortez.
It’s no secret that Chicago is proud of their sanctuary city status and their lack of cooperation with the Trump Administration. With the election of Lori Lightfoot as mayor, it became clear that Chicago will continue down the path of presidential defiance and migrant protection.
Lightfoot recently addressed the issue of illegal immigration, saying that the Chicago Police Department would not cooperate with President’s Trump’s planned ICE raids that will target over 2,000 families in 10 cities.
“Are you an American citizen?” Although this question seems simple, it is surrounded by controversy. The most recent of which comes from a Supreme Court case involving adding an additional question to the Census. This question would ask American residents if they are citizens. Despite the conservative lean of the court, they delayed the president’s action, perhaps long enough to keep it off the 2020 Census. The court claimed that the White House’s explanation for adding the question was insufficient. They felt that President’s reason was “more of a distraction” than an explanation.
One of the President’s loftier promises during his 2016 campaign was that there was going to be a southern border wall, and that Mexico was going to pay for it. Some laughed off the idea as another crazy Trump outburst, much like when he questioned President Obama’s country of birth. Others believed that the then candidate’s words should not be taken literally, but could be used more as a loose metaphor for Mexico helping to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.