June 29, 2017

McMaster’s Challenge

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl, CC license)

The national security advisor functions as the central processing unit for the entire U.S. national security system, and the system needs a reboot. Read More »

Will Change in Medicaid Funding Work?

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President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so? Read More »

Trump’s Immigration Order is Bad Foreign Policy

Protesters at the JFK Airport in New York on January 27. (Photo via video stream)

This isn't the first time the US has banned people based on nationality. History shows these exclusions have put our national security at risk and caused rifts with foreign allies. Read More »

Integrity and Character

Barack Obama boarding presidential helicopter as former president after Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45 President of the US on Jan 20. (Photo via video stream)

Neither Obama nor Biden boast tonnes of money, multiple houses and fleet of cars, escorted by massive security after all these years at top posts. And with heads held high, they walk out of their official residences to private homes and public transport. Do or can these examples shame the rulers in countries like Pakistan? Read More »

Understanding Trump’s Inaugural Speech

President Donald Trump delivering inaugural speech in Washington DC on January 20. (Photo from video stream)

The speech mimicked today’s political climate. For his base, it will be received as a call for all Americans to unify around his agenda. For his opponents, it will be seen as not only negative, but divisive. Read More »

Who is Betsy DeVos?

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo via video stream)

Confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's billionaire nominee for education, start on Jan. 11. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals. Read More »

America in Transition

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Even his detractors would like Trump to succeed, if he succeeds the US succeeds. The Presidential transition notwithstanding, more importantly there is another far-reaching but very troubling transition. Can extremists reverse what was started by President Abraham Lincoln almost 150 years ago? Read More »

Can Pence Solve Trump’s Outsider Problem with Congress?

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Trump won't be the first president who's a Washington outsider. To push his agenda through congress, he'll need his establishment-friendly VP. Will Trump loosen the reins? Read More »

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

Hillary Clinton is being seen by many as a foreign policy hawk. (Photo via video stream)

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era. Read More »

What Does Trump Have to Do with the Hindu Sacred Syllable, Om?

A poster of Hindus for Trump, which shows Donald Trump in a ‘yogi’ pose.  (Photo courtesy Hindus for Trump)

A recent poster displayed Donald Trump with the Indian spiritual symbol of 'om.' Here is the problem: Read More »