The Impeachment Hearings Continue

The week of November 18th provided ammunition for the Democrats in their great struggle to impeach President Trump. Although no Oscar-winning performances (i.e. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s temper tantrum during the Kavanaugh Hearings) took place, many details indicating a clear quid pro quo relationship between President Trump were stated. In total five witnesses testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee in the past week from a variety of different backgrounds ranging from advisors to the President to the US Ambassador to the European Union. The hearings put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a strategic bind; do the Democrats conduct more hearings, or do they have enough evidence to move forward with the next steps of impeachment?

Lock Him Up

America is gearing up to say, “You’re fired!” And this time, it’s Donald Trump himself on the chopping block. For almost the entirety of Trump’s reign in the Oval Office, there have been calls for impeachment. But as of Sept. 24th, when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry of the president, the wheels have finally been put in motion. After allegations that President Trump withheld foreign aid from Ukraine to pressure its leader, President Volodymyr Zelesky, to investigate former Vice President Biden surfaced, Pelosi finally yielded to the wishes of many progressives in the Democratic party and has announced an official impeachment inquiry. However, the road ahead is not a smooth one. With Congress split along party lines as to whether or not the president has even committed an offense worthy of investigation, the future of this process is not clear. What is certain is that the coming months are about to be a fascinating battle over the amount of power Americans believe held by the Chief Executive.

Nothing is Sacred—Not Even Justin Trudeau

With American media outlets transfixed by this nation’s ongoing 2020 campaign for the presidency and control of the Congress, attention was diverted this week to a scandal roiling the federal elections of our northern neighbor. Having led the government since 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—known for his youthful charm, dazzling hair, and boy-next-door looks—is vying for a parliamentary mandate to return his ruling Liberal Party to power in the October 21 election. He has spent his first term cultivating an image of himself and his party as the gracious stewards of a 21st century Canada that welcomes refugees, confronts climate change, steers global foreign policy from conflict, and maintains a working relationship with an American president who shares few of the PM’s goals—or his alluring, “bring-him-home-to-meet-your-parents-and-pray-he-proposes-at-dinner-because-those-babies-would-be-so-damn-cute” charisma.

(Re)Enter Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh has entered the national spotlight amid sexual assault accusations. If you’re experiencing déja vu right now, no you’re not crazy, and yes, we’ve been here before. This past Tuesday, two New York Times reporters published a book containing both previously unreported and new details about sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh and the chicanery of his confirmation.

Planet Remains in Flames; Young People Understandably Terrified

As any teenager who’s ever had to spend 30 minutes explaining to their parents how to reset a modem will tell you, younger generations often get stuck dealing with older people’s problems. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than the current state of Earth’s environment— namely, the fact that it’s gone to shit. Pollution, deforestation, lack of renewable energy sources, the hole in the ozone layer single handedly created by cans of hairspray in the 80’s, you name it. People really dropped the ball when it came to taking care of the planet.

Sharpie Gate: Trump, Meteorologist-in-Chief

In a regular society, mistakes are made – it’s a natural human phenomenon. Perfection may be something we strive for, but it’s impossible to achieve. People have to learn to take their mistakes, apologize for them, and use it to improve themselves in the future. Unfortunately, this isn’t a skill President Trump has seemed to master yet.

Mudslinging and Dodging Questions in Broken Spanish

The Democratic Party kicked off its quest to find a challenger to President Trump over the summer. In total, four debates took place over four days, due to the large number of candidates. The first two of these debates took place on June 26-27 on NBC, and the second two debates took place on July 30-31 on CNN. Key topics in each debate included healthcare reform, immigration, gun control, race relations, and U.S. foreign policy. Many controversies surrounded the debates, including comments made by former Joe Biden about working together with segregationist Senators. NBC and CNN have also come under fire for the manner in which they have organized the debates, and also the amount of speaking time given to each candidate.