JULY 31, 2020

July 28, 2020 | By Sean Gray

The Environmental Protection Agency has a wide range or responsibilities related to human health and conservation. With limited time remaining to avert the worst consequences of climate change, its mission has never been more crucial.

Donald Trump and many of his allies have long been skeptical of the scientific consensus that the planet is warming at an untenable rate, primarily as a result of human activity. Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist, is the EPA’s current administrator.

Trump Deploys Troops to Chicago to Help His Re-Election

July 28, 2020 | By Erika Shannon

The Trump Administration has announced a plan to deploy federal agents to several American cities as a part of “Operation Legend” and the so-called “Protecting American Communities Task Force.” The federal agents started being deployed as early as June as a rejoinder to the George Floyd protests.

Trump’s claim is that he wants to help curb street violence; violence that he says is worsened by anti-police policies. Chicago is at the forefront of the cities that the Trump Administration has their eyes on. The plan is to send 150 federal agents to Chicago as part of an urban crime fighting strategy.

Trump’s Escalation of Tensions in Portland: Who Does It Benefit?

July 28, 2020 | By Marcie Jaffee

Recent weeks have seen growing unrest in Portland, OR in response to the deployment of federal officers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This deployment comes as a result of President Trump’s June 26, 2020 Executive  Order , which was issued in response to the destruction of several national monuments as part of the protest movement ignited by the police killing of George Floyd.

The protests have continued for nearly two months and have morphed into more localized movements with varied objectives and demands.

Michigan-Part 1

July 24, 2020 | By William Bourque

Presidential battleground state election results are great predictors of what direction the nation is headed politically, and Michigan is the perfect exemplar. In 2016, Michigan fell narrowly to President Trump, which aligns with the results of presidential election in that year. 

The results from Michigan’s 2018 Congressional election didn’t quite align with the national trend with House of representative seats going to 9 Republicans and 5 Democrats. Michigan also has two democratic senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. Michigan also boasts former republican-turned-libertarian Justin Amash, who, until mid-May, was running for president.
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