Weekly Columns

Burnette: Will Trump’s North Korea Policy Cause a Nuclear War?

Burnette: Will Trump’s North Korea Policy Cause a Nuclear War?

April 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm 0 comments

We are living the nightmare scenario: North Korea has a nuclear weapon. Now there is talk of mutual preemptive strikes against allies of the United States or vise-versa. I am hesitant to call what President Trump is doing a policy as much as I would call it him acting asRead More

A Syrian soldier in 1992. (Public domain photo by Tech. Sgt. H. H. Deffner)

Burnette: Are We Fighting Another Proxy War with Russia?

April 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm 0 comments

We are not at war with Russia. We will likely not go to war with Russia in the foreseeable future. We are past the Cold War and done fighting proxy wars with the USSR over communism and capitalism. The situation in Syria comes down to a couple factors for allRead More

President Barack Obama, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs Samantha Power at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City on September 23, 2009. (Unmodified photo courtesy U.S. Embassy New Delhi on flickr by White House photographer Pete Souza used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/RaejCi)

DeBella: Surveillance, Scandal, and Susan Rice

April 9, 2017 at 12:00 am 0 comments

On March 4th, 2017 the tweet was sent. President Trump set the news outlets ablaze with the words, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” While the claim that former President Obama had the TrumpRead More

Anti-Gorsuch protesters outside of the Supreme Court in January 2017. (Unmodified photo by Elvert Barnes used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/1eBd9Ks)

Burnette: Raising the Stakes: Republicans Could Go Nuclear

April 3, 2017 at 1:20 am 0 comments

Get ready for an explosion, because the Republicans are about to go nuclear. The Republican leadership in the Senate is threatening to end the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees if the Democrats try and use that option. A rule change only requires 51 votes, so with the Republicans having aRead More

Donald Trump in 2015. (Unmodified photo by Michael Vadon used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Burnette: A Rundown of Trump’s Inadequate Tenure in Office

March 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm 0 comments

The Founding Fathers’ System of Checks and Balances have not failed us: A Rundown of Trump’s Inadequate Tenure in Office Tired of winning yet? No? Same actually. All I can think about is 2018 and how the Democratic Party is going to sweep the nation’s congressional districts. We will haveRead More

Donald Trump in 2015. (Unmodified photo by Michael Vadon used under a Creative Commons license. http://bit.ly/1xMszCg)

DeBella: Updated Travel Ban Should Win on Appeal

March 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm 0 comments

Last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge’s ruling against President Trump’s temporary ninety-day travel ban. The president’s purpose with this ban was to allow time for the administration to review and potentially reform immigration screening procedures. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 theRead More

House Speaker Paul Ryan shakes hands with President Donald Trump at the president's joint address to Congress on February 28, 2017. (Public domain photo courtesy the Office of the Speaker)

Burnette: The Failings of the Republican Healthcare Plan

March 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm 0 comments

When liberals and conservatives agree that a plan is bad, when academics and economists say a plan is bad, and when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says a plan is bad, the Speaker of the House and the President of the United States would oppose it, right? That would beRead More

President Trump holds a meeting with lawmakers at the White House on replacing Obamacare in March 2017. (Public domain)

DeBella: Goodbye Obamacare

March 19, 2017 at 12:09 am 0 comments

Trumpcare? Ryancare? Republicare? What to colloquially name the new, Republican proposed healthcare bill (known more officially as the American Health Care Act) is not the only question surrounding this plan. President Trump and many Republican lawmakers are steadfastly working to follow through on their campaign promises of repealing and replacingRead More