Perspectives on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Retirement

By Kelly Wert Last Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will not run for reelection and will retire from the House of Representatives in January 2019.  After reluctantly accepting the job after John Boehner stepped down in 2015, Ryan announced that though he was satisfied with what he has accomplished and is readyContinue reading “Perspectives on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Retirement”

Taiwan Bill Receives Unanimous Bipartisan Support and Chinese Condemnation

On March 16, 2018, President Trump signed H.R.535, the “Taiwan Travel Act” into law, after the bill passed the House of Representatives by a voice-vote and the Senate with unanimous consent. The legislation was authored by Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), and it allows and encourages the US government to send officials to Taiwan to meetContinue reading “Taiwan Bill Receives Unanimous Bipartisan Support and Chinese Condemnation”

Medicaid Expansion Gains Bipartisan Traction

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, it forced states to expand Medicaid as part of its plan to create universal healthcare coverage. The federal government would provide 100% of the funding for the first few years, and then gradually have the states contribute up to 10% by 2022. In June 2012,Continue reading “Medicaid Expansion Gains Bipartisan Traction”

Finding Bipartisanship in Environmental Disaster

Superfund sites remain some of the most ecologically damaged places in America. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines them, these sites are “any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/orContinue reading “Finding Bipartisanship in Environmental Disaster”

Russian Indictment

Recently in Washington, D.C., a federal grand jury resulted in the indictment of thirteen individuals from Russia with fraud and other charges related to the 2016 presidential election. The base of the operations is said to be in St. Petersburg, where the 13 who were indicted worked on a three-year scheme to influence the election.Continue reading “Russian Indictment”

Dow Fluctuations

by Kelly Wert The Dow Jones Industrial Average, a stock market index of 30 large American companies, has had an erratic week.  At the beginning of 2018, the Dow reached a record high of 26,616.71 points on January 26, inspiring great confidence in the market.  However, shortly after this record growth, the Dow hit recordsContinue reading “Dow Fluctuations”

Trump’s First Year – A Reflection

By Chloe Li Donald Trump has been America’s president for a little over one year. In January 2017, Trump was sworn into office amidst cheer and protest. In the past year, Trump’s presidency has undeniably been a source of turbulence, debate, and political coverage. Trump is clearly not an ordinary or conventional president, which wasContinue reading “Trump’s First Year – A Reflection”

Trump’s Asia Tour

By Chloe Li Recently, President Trump embarked on his tour of Asia. Trump just finished the last leg of his trip in Manila, and he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hanoi. During this five-nation trip, Trump visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Notably, this twelve-day trip is the longest presidentialContinue reading “Trump’s Asia Tour”

Obamacare Senate Bill News Roundup

By Chloe Li The political spotlight has recently been on the bipartisan Senate bill of Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash) which aims to stabilize Obamacare and decrease the federal deficit. The bill’s focus, according to Alexander and Murray, is to “benefit taxpayers and low-income Americans, not insurance companies.” Despite strongContinue reading “Obamacare Senate Bill News Roundup”