Trump back on board with DACA

With the federal budget signed into law earlier this week, the immigration reform negotiation is back. Trump is now OK with DACA so long as he’d get $25 billion for the wall and another $10 billion for security equipment to go along with that wall. Dreamers’ path to U.S. citizenship is also included “over a […]

Shallow depth of a ‘values vote’ leader

Politico has an interview with Tony Perkins, a star figure within the social conservative movement. The highlights include Perkins giving Trump a pass on his past life because of the potential fruits their relationship could bear. This very pact between evangelicals like Perkins and heathens like Trump highlights both how desperate and unscrupulous the social […]

Kansas death markers and the war on ISIS

War is ugly. One unit in Kansas has the task of “video-stalking” their ISIS targets thousands of miles away: They agonize over those deaths. The most frequently heard phrase in drone combat, one airman says, is: “Don’t push the button.” “You see [enemy combatants] kiss their kids goodbye, and kiss their wives goodbye, and then […]

One U.S. ally goes to war against another

Yesterday, Turkey launched a series of assaults into Syria, aiming at the Kurds, confirming the fear of many. The former doesn’t like to see latter becoming an important player in the region, despite having fought against ISIS together. Turkey would never approve the Kurdish government from having any leverage to establish an autonomous government in […]

Mueller’s team question Jeff Sessions for hours

Though it didn’t announce it, the White House confirmed the event. No other new details available. Here’s a refresher why Robert Mueller’s team wanted to talk to the attorney general: Mr. Mueller’s interest in Mr. Sessions shows how the president’s own actions helped prompt a broader inquiry. What began as a Justice Department counterintelligence investigation into […]

Senate votes to reopen Government

The vote, 81-19, will move the budget to the House. In all, Democrats got no DACA deal. Mitch McConnell promised the take up immigration debate should Democrats sign onto the 3-week budget. The promise is not binding in any way and anything produced from that debate can be dismissed. The silver lining here is that […]

Most pertinent question of Trump’s years

The government shutdown is here. On the legal front, employees of the Justice Department will stay home for the most part, but the people of Bob Mueller’s team will continue to show up to do their designated investigation because they have a “permanent indefinite appropriation” funding set aside. Congressional Republicans blamed Democrats for the shutdown. […]

Shutdown it is

On the first anniversary of Trump’s reign, the government is closed for business. No one could reach a funding deal to keep it open, not even for in the short term. Blames couldn’t come fast enough. Is it about DACA or the wall? How we see this shutdown will determine which political party get to […]

Global popularity might not mean much for Trump

It’s not surprising to learn that a world-wide survey of 139 countries has the United States standing at 30 percent approval ratings, an 18-point drop from Obama’s final year. The current White House began its term with then-strategist Steve Bannon expressing intense animosity toward the “globalists.” The president got there by campaigning on the biggest […]