Gillibrand, BuzzFeed, and Trump
Senator Gillibrand announced her presidential run, but who remembers?
On Tuesday, the Junior Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to announce the formation of an exploratory committee in an effort to seek the Democratic nomination in 2020. This announcement follows previous announcements by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Congressman Julian Castro.
Gillibrand’s announcement was awkward, poorly timed, and absolutely anything but extraordinary. Where Warren’s announcement made waves and received ample airtime, Gillibrand did not exhibit a commanding presence whatsoever. …
Trump Won’t Budge, and The 2020 Problem
The Oval Office Address and The Democratic Responses
Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office on the issue of national security at the southern border, amid a government shut down over a disagreement between the White House and Congress over appropriations for boarder security, specifically $5.6 billion that would be used to implement steel slats and other measures to prevent illegal entries from the southern border.
What the nation saw on Tuesday from both sides was more of the same. The President, using the teleprompter presented a more polished argument than his typical off the cuff remarks. …
The week that would never end shows absolutely no signs of stopping. This week’s news media was absolutely driven by the performance by the nation’s top officials. 2018, the year that just won’t quit is still persisting in its pursuit of making every single American utterly exhausted with Washington, just in time for the relatives to stop by and discuss it with you at the Christmas dinner table.
Withdrawing Troops from Syria and Afghanistan
President Trump was elected on the notion that he had extreme admiration for the military and all who serve. As Trump transitioned from his final days as a civilian into his first as President, that notion remained true. Appointing respected officials with significant military background to cabinet and senior staff positions, Trump proved to respect the ideas of those who he handpicked. At first satisfied with his picks, Washington also felt relief with the fact that Trump was surrounding himself with “adults” who would handle the nation’s most sensitive matters. …
The Package Bombs
When I first saw the headline about the initial package found at the residence of George Soros, my first thought was rather dismissive, as I believe I like many am relatively desensitized in this fast paced news cycle. Believing it was a singular incident, I did not devote much thought to the situation before I went to bed, and I do not think many others did as well. …