August 16, 2017

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As US Influence Wanes, Is Germany Ready to Step In?

The historic Reichstag building in Berlin which houses German Parliament. (Photo by Simon Varwell, CC License)

Can Germany expand its international influence in the wake of a partial withdrawal of the U.S. from the international stage depends on its ability to play a regionally integrating role, either at the European Union or in other multilateral fora. Read More »

One Way Trump Went Big League in His First 100 Days

President Donald Trump at his inauguration in Washington DC on January 20. (Photo via video stream)

The stack of executive orders, proclamations and memoranda Trump has signed makes other presidents' stacks look puny. Read More »

Would Trump’s Tax Cut Be the Biggest Ever? Fat Chance

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announcing massive tax reforms at a briefing in White House on April 26.

The bar for achieving that lofty goal was set almost 150 years ago when Congress cut taxes from as high as 10 percent to zero over two years. Read More »

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Only Weakens the U.S.

Participants of a pro-Muslim rally in New York. (Photo by Saleem Ahmad Malik)

The White House's new Muslim ban does nothing to protect us. Rather than pursuing a global, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim agenda policy that harms the United States’ reputation at home and abroad, the White House would be better served by recognizing the many contributions of immigrants to both our economy and our communities. 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 »