What’s Happening to TikTok?

The stage was set for Tiktok and WeChat downloads to be banned on Sunday September 20th, and WeChat would also cease internet traffic immediately. However, on Saturday afternoon President Trump approved a preliminary deal allowing TikTok downloads to continue on one condition.

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?

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.

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.