Does the Debt Ceiling Really Matter?

Last Wednesday, President Trump reached a surprise deal with Democratic congressional leaders to increase the debt limit, funding the government until mid-December. The short-term debt ceiling extension was packaged with nearly eight billion in Hurricane Harvey relief funding.   The deal, which passed on Friday (316-90), was received with indignation…

What’s A Grand Jury & What It Means For The Trump-Russia Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a federal grand jury in Washington yesterday—signifying a major step in the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian election meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.   What is a grand jury?   At a prosecutor’s discretion, a grand jury is assembled—or impaneled—to examine evidence…

Polish Populist Party Takes Aim at the Judiciary

In the early afternoon of July 20th, the Law & Justice Party (PiS), Poland’s ruling majority political party, successfully passed a controversial bill aimed at reforming the nation’s Supreme Court.   The bill composed of three new statutes will effectively give PiS control of the national judiciary. One statute will…

Key Takeaways from Georgia’s Special Election Last Night

In a prominent special election for Georgia’s sixth congressional district, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, retaining the seat vacated by United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. Handel won the suburban Atlanta district with 53 percent of the vote, retaining a seat Republicans have…

Democratic Unionist Party Eyes Kingmaker Role

The unsuccessful gamble of the snap election called by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May last week has turned the world’s spotlight on Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (D.U.P).   May’s Conservative Party shored up 318 seats last Thursday, eight short of an absolute majority needed to form a government. Until…