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?

Taking Hate to Court

Here in America it is not unusual to see people hailing from different countries from around the world. It can often be thought that America is the “Great Melting Pot,” infused with people who add to the cultural richness that makes America so unique and unlike other nations. Despite this, however, it must also be acknowledged that there do exist racial tensions which not only divide America as a nation but divide us as a people too.

Al-Baghdadi: Dead

On Saturday, October 26th, President Trump tweeted out that “Something very big has just happened!” Curiosity, excitement, and slight panic by some ensued until it was revealed the next day by the President that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, was dead following a U.S Special Forces operation in northwestern Syria. U.S Intelligence had long been trying to capture or kill al-Baghdadi, and he is the most prominent terrorist leader that has died as a result of U.S operations since the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

The Trump Administration’s Syria Policy

On October 6th the Trump Administration drastically modified its policy on the U.S. Military presence in Syria. The Trump Administration allowed Turkey to take a more aggressive role in Kurdish-held territories backed by American troops, and also withdrew American troops from key locations in Kurdish-held Syria. Despite the success of the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, many foreign policy analysts believe that the United States has lost its foothold in combating the Assad Regime and preventing the spread of ISIS in the region. The United States’ longtime ally in the region, the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has lost ground to Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States.

Traffic Jam

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has called for a federal government bailout for taxi drivers. During a Congressional hearing to with taxi drivers and reform advocates on September 27th, she opined that “regulators supervising bank and credit unions [engaged in] predatory lending and collection practices that has led many taxi drivers, some of [her] constituents, to suicide.”

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.