October 21, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Order is Bad Foreign Policy

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

Total Cost of 2016 US Election May Reach $6.6b

Presidential candidates spent over $1.13 billion, compared to $913 million at this point in 2012. House candidates spent $71 million less this year, and Senate candidates spent $137 million more than this point in 2012, although that number may increase when more Senate filings are processed by the FEC. Read More »

Pence Wins VP Debate

Tim Kaine may have defended Hillary Clinton forcefully but his spirited Interruptive debating style cost him favorable opinion from debate watchers. It was Mike Pence who emerged not just a winner but a possible presidential candidate for 2020. Read More »