Trump’s Missile Strike on Syria

JoshuaForeign Policy

The US airstrike on Syria’s Shayrat airbase Friday destroyed about 20% of the Syrian government’s operational aircraft, Secretary of Defense James Mattis claimed in a statement Monday. The US fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian airbase after more than 80 people were killed, including children, in chemical weapons attack in Idlib province. CNN Synopsis • Perspectives • About the … Read More

The GOP Tax Reform Explained

JoshuaEconomic

1. Tax relief for middle class Americans: In order to achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages. 2. Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money. 3. Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a … Read More

Simple Guide to Sanctuary Cities

JoshuaSocial

While there is no official legal definition of “sanctuary city,” the term refers to towns, cities, or counties that protect undocumented immigrants by refusing to cooperate completely with federal detention requests, often with a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Many people argue that sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Chicago should not receive federal funding because they … Read More

Keystone Pipeline XL Approved

JoshuaScience and Technology

The Keystone Pipeline System is an oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States, commissioned in 2010 and now owned solely by TransCanada Corporation. It runs from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Texas, and also to oil tank farms and an oil pipeline distribution center in Cushing, Oklahoma.[2] The pipeline came to … Read More

President Trump’s 2017 Budget Proposal

JoshuaDomestic Policy, FP Columns

The White House is putting its “America First” agenda front and center, unveiling a budget Thursday that pumps $54 billion more into the Pentagon and protecting the nation’s borders, while sharply slashing domestic and discretionary spending. The $1.1 trillion budget proposal sent to Congress represents a significant rollback of the federal workforce and imposes deep and dramatic cuts in order … Read More

President Trump’s Proposed Border Wall

JoshuaForeign Policy, FP Columns

President Donald Trump’s “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday. The report’s estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by … Read More

American Health Care Act

JoshuaDomestic Policy, FP Columns

Republicans unveiled their long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, proposing to phase out key parts of the law over several years as they try to break a stalemate between moderates and conservatives in their party. Called the American Health Care Act, the proposal includes a refundable, age-based tax credit to help people buy insurance. It ends … Read More

A Guide to Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools

JoshuaDomestic Policy, FP Columns

On Tuesday, WikiLeaks released thousands of new documents it claimed were from the Central Intelligence Agency. The documents, which detail some of the CIA’s hacking capabilities, are part of a larger trove of data WikiLeaks says it will continue to release in a series. WikiLeaks is calling the series Vault 7 and has named Tuesday’s dump Year Zero. Slate The … Read More

A Guide to Trump and Russia

JoshuaForeign Policy, FP Columns

Trump’s fondness for Vladimir Putin is not debatable, but Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election absolutely has been. For many of Hillary Clinton’s supporters, Russia was the election’s hidden hand—feeding damaging leaks to Julian Assange and possibly even coordinating with Trump and his campaign. Trump himself was sometimes presented as a kind of Siberian candidate, working with Russian backers … Read More