Here is your week in review. It’s been a busy week, so buckle up. We also have some information about upcoming events that might be of interest to many of you. (You could also find upcoming events that might be of interest to many of you on the IU Dems master calendar. Yes, that’s a shameless plug.)
- Despite the absolute failure of the AHCA, healthcare may be under attack again (Fortune). President Trump previously said that he will be moving his focus from healthcare to tax reform, but in the fashion of the administration he changed his mind. The President said earlier this week that in order for tax reform to take place, the ACA must be repealed (The Hill).
- Following last week’s move by The President to launch 59 missiles (CNBC) at a Syrian air base – while eating chocolate cake – another order was given to drop the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the world on an ISIS target in Afghanistan (NBC). You may or may not consider this military action a problem, but the larger issue at play is that all of this is escalation (VOX) is occurring with seemingly no long term strategy (Politico).
- The birthday of the founder of North Korea (Kim Il-Sung) is this weekend, and to celebrate it looks like the country is going to execute a very large nuclear test (The Guardian). President Trump has publicly insisted that China will deal with the “North Korea problem” (Twitter) but he has also stated that if China does not, then the U.S. will (Twitter) what even does it mean to “solve the problem” and does POTUS even know. The President’s words have embarrassed North Koreans, and an official from the country warned that we will go to war if the U.S. does not become less vicious and aggressive (CNBC).
- Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, said that Hitler never used chemical weapons in a press conference earlier this week (NYT). Spicer was attempting to make a justification for military action in Syria against President Assad, but it was a horrible comment that he later apologized for (CNN). Spicer’s comment is just the latest string of anti-Semetic incidents from the Trump administration (CNN) and highlights the already existing red flags about how racist the White House staff is (HuffPo).
- In Indiana bad news, lawmakers are pushing to revive a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to carry a firearm without a license (IndyStar). While this may sound like a good idea on the surface, this law would actually enable their abusers, as a victim in a violent situation is far more likely to have their weapon turned against them than they are to protect themselves (The Atlantic).
- After the United flight disaster earlier this week in which a man was dragged off an airplane (USA Today), suffering a concussion and broken nose, the airline will now go under congressional investigation (CNN). The event has also led to a new bill introduced by Senator Van Hollen called the “Customers Not Cargo Act” (Van Hollen website).
- President Trump has shifted his position yet again, and appears to be moving toward a more globalist approach to foreign policy (ABC). President Trump congratulated himself for transforming NATO into a “modern, cost-sharing, terrorism-fighting pillar of American and European security” (NYT). Regardless of the fact that NATO has not actually changed in the last few months, this change in ideology means Steve Bannon could become less and less relevant in the West Wing, which is good because nobody likes a racist.