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Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsAug 19, 2019
Donald Trump (POTUS)
Source: CNN
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WHAT: President Trump considers the proposed Afghan peace deal that would withdraw thousands of U.S forces from the country after nearly 18 years of fighting. The deal also includes a cease-fire and requires the Taliban to cut ties with al-Qaeda. But, it is not expected to secure a commitment by the Taliban to hold its fire on the Afghan people or the Afghan military.

OPINIONS: Both Republicans and Dems have urged Trump to be wary about taking the deal, fearing the consequences.

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"We're looking at Afghanistan. We're talking to Afghanistan, both the government and also talking to the Taliban, having very good discussions. We'll see what happens ... We'll decide whether or not we'll be staying longer or not."

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Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsAug 19, 2019
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Source: CNN
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WHAT: President Trump considers the proposed Afghan peace deal that would withdraw thousands of U.S forces from the country after nearly 18 years of fighting. The deal includes a cease-fire and requires the Taliban to cut ties with al-Qaeda. It is not expected that the Taliban will hold its fire on the Afghan people or military.

OUR TAKE: Graham questions someone of his own party because he does not believe this deal is in the public's best interest, which is an example of post-partisanship.

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"Any peace agreement which denies the US a robust counter-terrorism capability in Afghanistan is not a peace deal. Instead, it is paving the way for another attack on the American homeland and attacks against American interests around the world."

Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsAug 19, 2019
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
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WHAT: After 18 years of war with Afghanistan, Trump is considering a peace deal that withdraws thousands of U.S. forces from the country, and requires the Taliban to cut ties with al-Qaeda. In the future, the deal is supposed to address women's rights.

RELEVANCE: Under Taliban rule, women were beaten and barred from attending school & holding jobs. After the U.S. intervened, women made gains in a variety of fields.

OPINIONS: Both parties have urged Trump to be wary about accepting this deal.

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“Afghan women have made it loud and clear that they want peace without oppression... Their rights and future must not get lost in these negotiations."

Economy & Business Economy & BusinessAug 19, 2019
Donald Trump (POTUS)
Source: The Hill
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WHAT: The U.S. stock market has recently dropped, causing concern that a recession may happen soon. Confidence in the economy has fallen as well.

OPINIONS: Some people have blamed President Trump's trade war with China, claiming his tariffs on imports from China raised prices for American consumers, harmed U.S. farmers’ market share and injected uncertainty into the U.S. businesses. Donald Trump has refuted this claim and has focused his blame on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy.

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"Our economy is the best in the world, by far. Lowest unemployment ever within almost all categories. Poised for big growth after trade deals are completed. Import prices down, China eating Tariffs. Helping targeted Farmers from big Tariff money coming in. Great future for USA!”

Economy & Business Economy & BusinessAug 19, 2019
Beto O'Rourke (D-POTUS-Candidate)
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WHAT: 2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke blames President Donald Trump's tariffs on China for the downturn of the economy and for any economic burden farmers are feeling.

SIGNIFICANCE: A drop in the U.S. Stock Market has caused a looming fear of a recession occurring soon.

OPINIONS: Trump has refuted the idea that a recession is coming soon, and blames the Federal Reserve for a downturn in the economy. 2020 Dems say they fear Trump's trade war with China is driving the economy towards a recession.

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“This current trade war that the president has entered our country into is not working. It is hammering the hell out of farmers across this country.”

Civil Liberties Civil LibertiesAug 19, 2019
Donald Trump (POTUS)
Source: Twitter
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WHAT: President Trump responds to the question "What executive actions are you prepared to take on guns?"

WHY: After 2 mass shootings, gun control has been the center of Congress' attention.

RELEVANCE: Earlier, Trump shared his willingness to consider gun control policies such as background checks, but now focuses on gun violence related to mental illness.

OPINIONS: Both parties support mental health assistance, but both Dems and some Republicans have called for further gun control measures.

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"I do want people to remember the words 'mental illness'. These people are mentally ill.. I think we have to start building institutions again.. We can't let these people be on the streets."

Civil Liberties Civil LibertiesAug 19, 2019
Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Source: Politico
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FOUNDATION: Immediately following 2 mass shooting, President Trump shared his willingness background checks. Yesterday, when asked if he was willing to support background checks, he did not take a strong stance and stated that the U.S. already has a lot of background checks.

SIGNIFICANCE: Both parties have voiced support for background checks, but some members of the Republican and Trump have a focus on mental health issues related to gun violence, which tends to be the NRA's stance.

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"We’ve seen this movie before: President Donald Trump, feeling public pressure in the immediate aftermath of a horrible shooting, talks about doing something meaningful to address gun violence, but inevitably, he backtracks in response to pressure from the NRA & the hard-right."

Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsAug 15, 2019
Donald Trump (POTUS)
Source: Twitter
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FOUNDATION: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) were planning a visit to the West Bank but were denied entry by the Israel government due to their previous statements that have been rebuked as antisemitic.

OUR TAKE: Pres. Trump's blanket labeling of Rep. Omar and Tlaib is a prime example of toxic partisanship. It also mirrors the blanket rhetoric the left uses on President Trump. We believe that anyone using blanket labels, regardless of party, is a toxic partisan.

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"It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds."

Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsAug 15, 2019
Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05)
Source: The Hill
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FOUNDATION: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) were planning a visit to the West Bank but were denied entry by the Israeli government due to their previous statements that have been rebuked as antisemitic.

WHAT: The "Muslim ban" Rep. Omar refers to President Trump's executive order that restricted travel to the US from certain Muslim countries.

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“Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time against two duly elected Members of Congress. Denying entry into Israel not only limits our ability to learn from Israelis, but also to enter the Palestinian territories."

Foreign Affairs Foreign AffairsAug 15, 2019
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23)
Source: The Hill
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FOUNDATION: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) were planning a visit to the West Bank but were denied entry by the Israeli government due to their previous statements that have been rebuked as antisemitic.

WHAT: House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) states that the representatives should have joined other members of Congress earlier this month.

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"A record 70+ members of Congress—Reps and Dems—came to Israel this month with open minds, open eyes, and open ears. It’s unfortunate that a few freshmen members declined to join this opportunity to hear from all sides. They should have come."