May 4, 2017

US House of Representatives passes healthcare legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Thursday. The Senate can choose to vote on the bill, amend it prior to voting, or not move the bill forward. If passed by the Senate, President Trump has the option to sign the bill into law or veto […]

May 2, 2017

Spin and slant in the coverage of Trump and North Korea

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump gave an interview to Bloomberg News in the Oval Office in which he talked about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying, “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it.” Press secretary Sean Spicer later stated, […]

May 1, 2017

Breaking down the logic, or illogic, of the coverage of Trump and Duterte

U.S. President Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House, during a phone call between the leaders on Saturday. A White House statement described the interaction as a “friendly conversation.” It confirmed that “President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the US-Philippines alliance,” […]

April 27, 2017

House committee says Pentagon investigating former national security advisor Flynn

On Thursday, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings of the House Oversight Committee released a 2014 letter from the Defense Department addressed to former national security advisor Michael Flynn saying that, upon his retirement, he would be subject to the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause. The clause prohibits government officials from receiving unauthorized payments or gifts from foreign […]

April 26, 2017

Trump and NAFTA: How the media created drama out of very little news

The United States, Canada and Mexico have agreed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to a statement from the White House. The statement was released after U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House statement said, […]

April 25, 2017

Ivanka Trump’s Berlin trip: What exactly happened?

On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump made her first international visit as U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy, participating in a G20 summit in Berlin titled “Women20 Summit” or W20. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had invited Ivanka Trump to be part of a panel called “Inspiring women: Scaling up women’s entrepreneurship.” According to the summit’s website, the panelists […]

April 20, 2017

Jumping to conclusions: the USS Carl Vinson incident

On Thursday, Pentagon officials announced the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its support ships were heading towards the Sea of Japan after completing joint exercises with the Australian navy in the Indian Ocean. The Pentagon added the vessel was expected to arrive at its destination next week. Rear Admiral James Kilby, commander of the […]