Articles by: Michael Hoffman

President Trump signs a presidential proclamation targeting steel and aluminum imports on March 8, 2018 . (Public domain photo by official White House photographer Joyce N. Boghosian.)

Trump Exempts Allies From Tariffs as Tensions With China Mount

April 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm 0 comments

On March 23, President Trump announced he had temporarily excluded six countries from the steel and aluminum tariffs that he announced earlier in the month. Canada, Mexico and the European Union, some of America’s closest trading partners, are among the nations safe from the 25 percent tariff on steel andRead More

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue meets with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in May 2017. (Public domain USDA photo by Preston Keres.)

NAFTA Negotiations Continue With Increased Discord in Trump’s Base

November 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm 0 comments

In the 2016 presidential election, farmers across the heartland states—among many other factors—helped put Donald Trump in the White House. Although Trump’s anti-trade platform would have normally turned off those in the agricultural sector, the agricultural lobby believed that Trump’s promised renegotiation of NAFTA would leave agricultural trade untouched. Now,Read More

The Supreme Court at dusk. (Unmodified Creative Commons Photo by Joe Ravi.

Case That Could Curtail Gerrymandering Reaches Supreme Court

October 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm 0 comments

Since the Supreme Court decided in 1962 that legislative apportionment was a justiciable issue, advocates for electoral reform have come to see the courts as a vehicle for change. Professor William Whitford continues this tradition as the lead plaintiff in Gill v. Whitford, a case that could establish a national,Read More

Then-Congressman Bill Cassidy speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in 2011. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Gage Skidmore.

Latest Republican Healthcare Overhaul Dies Before Crucial Deadline

October 8, 2017 at 5:34 pm 0 comments

On September 25, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced her opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill, effectively killing the Republicans’ latest attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act. She joined senators Rand Paul, R-Ky., and John McCain, R-Ariz., in opposition to the party leadership’s attempt to fulfill the GOP’s longstanding campaign promiseRead More

Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mike Pence in November 2016.  (Public domain photo by Caleb Smith of the Office of the Speaker of the House.)

Congressional Showdown: Debt Ceiling Fight Reaches Its Final Month

September 2, 2017 at 12:22 am 0 comments

On September 29, the United States will hit its statutory cap for borrowing—the debt limit. Unless Congress acts to increase the self-imposed limit, the Treasury Department will be unable to issue new bonds, meaning the government will shutdown and eventually default on its obligations (mainly social security payments and interestRead More

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy at the Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport in 2010. (Public domain photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes.)

New Jersey Eyes a Return to Blue Roots in Upcoming November Election

August 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm 0 comments

Since 2008, the number of governorships held by the Democratic Party has decreased by 35.7 percent, with similar losses in state legislatures. For Democrats, this November’s New Jersey gubernatorial election is the first battle of a much larger effort to rebuild the party at the state level. For Republicans, itRead More