Recently, I finished a 3-part series on the powers of government. This series covered the powers of the legislative branch, the judicial branch, and the executive branch of the federal government. However, […]
Trump has met expectations in some areas, and exceeded them in others, but he’s gone as far as his business skills alone will take him. He needs to learn how Washington works– not how it should work, but how it really works. He has considerable negotiation skills as we all knew, but now he’s going to have to apply them to a whole new realm of problems and situations that just never occur in the boardroom.
Sparking economic growth is the right obsession for the Trump Administration. If there is one thing that typified the last 8 years, it’s the fact that the economy has limped along at […]
Last month, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) failed to garner enough Republican support in the House of Representatives to pass their chamber and move on to the Senate. The failure was […]
A lot of what is happening in our country has left me thinking, “What is the actual role of government?” So, today I’m starting a mini-series blog on the powers of government. […]
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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), the chair of the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, called for an increase to the defense budget for the next fiscal year and said it […]
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Congressional Republicans have been waiting for eight long years to undue President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment.
President Trump recently delivered his first formal address to the U.S. Congress and, shockingly, the overwhelming opinion of the mainstream media and pundits from both the left and the right was that […]
After Donald Trump’s victory last fall, observers noted that several senators face re-election in solidly Republican states in 2018.
Despite his best attempt at asserting otherwise in a raucous press conference, President Trump’s month-long presidency has been a chaotic mess, full of public protests, staff infighting, damaging leaks, and court challenges.
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Last week, Congress got to work undoing a number of rules that had been enacted during the final months of the Obama administration.
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Since my return home from lobbying in the halls of Congress with other citizen activists, I have become sensitive to the frustrations my fellow Americans have voiced in regards to Trump’s cabinet […]
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In the mid-1800s, Vice President John C. Calhoun mainstreamed the concept of nullification, the thinking that a state can simply disobey federal laws it believes are unconstitutional or harmful to its interest.
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To say that President Trump’s relationship with the Republican-led Congress is a bit awkward would be quite the understatement.
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A majority of Americans really like their president.
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Now that he’s got your attention . . .
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Since Inauguration Day, President Donald J. Trump has been intent on delivering on the promises he made to the voters who elected him without any significant outreach to those who did not.
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Donald Trump becomes president of the United States today, but Congress has been busy making moves to ensure that they, not he, have the actual reins of the government.
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“Team of Rivals” is described by Doris Kerns Goodwin’s book on President Abraham Lincoln filling his cabinet with men he defeated for the Republican nomination.
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Last Wednesday, fake news publisher and president-elect Donald J. Trump accused CNN of being “fake news” at his fake press conference held at Trump Tower in New York City.