11/26/18 -
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Beto O’Rourke (D) lost his Senate race in Texas against Ted Cruz (R) earlier this month by a slim margin. This narrow defeat surprised many since Texas is usually an easy win for Republicans. Now people are thinking Beto might have a chance at beating Trump in 2020. Beto-fervor is being compared to pre-2008 Obama. 
Do you think he has what it takes?
#1: Human Impact On Climate Change 🏭
New report blames humans
Every four years, the US government releases the National Climate Assessment (NCA), a report that “analyzes the effects of global change" on the environment. This year’s report states, “it is extremely likely that human activities...are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation...”
Trump's take
President Trump has called global warming a “hoax,” pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, removed regulations on the energy industry, and is rewriting Obama’s Clean Power Plan on fuel emission standards, among other actions.

The left takes two primary approaches when covering this story. The first approach calls out how the White House report “contradicts” President Trump while focusing on the risks identified in the report. The second, more common and extreme approach, is to sensationalize the findings by linking the report to “killing thousands” in the future.


The right takes several approaches to this story. The most extreme is to contradict the report with experts while distancing Trump from the report by calling it a “White House report.” A second approach tries to find faults with the report calling out faulty ‘scenarios.’ The third, and minority approach, reports only the official report statements with little editorial commentary.


Where do we go from here?

Despite the new report, Trump is not likely to change his stance, which leaves the US in a tough spot. With record hurricane seasons, the deadliest forest fire in CA history, and sinking countries, the planet is clearly changing. Perhaps, we can all agree the planet is changing and at least help those people affected by our changing planet.

Earth's revenge
#2: Executive Branch vs. Judicial Branch 👨‍⚖️
My judge vs your judge

Last week, President Trump called Jon Tigar an "Obama judge" after the district judge blocked the administration's new restrictive asylum policy. The following day, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts made a rare statement by defending the idea of an independent judiciary in the US. 

The Ninth

The Ninth Circuit court is the largest federal appeals court. Throughout the Trump presidency, it has ruled against the White House on the travel ban, the termination of DACA, and cutting federal funding for sanctuary cities. The string of defeats has prompted President Trump to call every case filed in the Ninth Circuit an “automatic loss” for his administration.


The left notes that even Roberts, a “Republican-appointed" judge, is concerned about Trump. Articles point out that Trump expects judges to support the “presidents of the party that appoint them”. They point to Trump’s frustration with Justice Gorsuch (a Trump pick) who voted against the White House on an immigration case as further evidence.


The right believes Trump was not out of line and criticize Robert’s statement as absurd. They point out that picking judges is a big deal for the president because judges are not “philosophically or ideologically neutral”. This side also asserts that past presidents have frequently criticized the Supreme Court and have not dealt with any backlash.


Can the Supreme Court stay apolitical?

Several justices have already spoken out about judicial independence and the danger of seeing the court as a political institution. However, with the intense political drama around the recent Supreme Court nomination process as well as the hyper partisan divide in the country, it is easy to see why the public views judges more through the lens of which party appointed them.

Judge Roberts be like
Extra extra...✨📰✨
20 months later. EU leaders agree to a Brexit deal submitted by the UK (BBC)
E-commerce is booming. Online sales hit a record $6.2B for Black Friday - up 24% from last year (CNBC)
Dig in. NASA's InSight lander reaches Mars today and will send a "mole" up to five meters deep into the red planet (
$1,000 jackets. British schools are banning Canada Goose jackets to prevent 'poverty shaming' (ABC News)
Varsity eSports. PlayVS raises $30.5 million to continue building the official platform for high school eSports (Crunchbase News)
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