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Trump and Iranian Relations

Shawn McFall

President Trump’s first stop on his international visit was in Saudi Arabia, where he was met with a hero’s welcome and was awarded the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar, Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor.

While the media focused on the theatrics and the content of President Trump’s address on islamic terrorism, very little coverage was given to President Trump’s calling for the isolation of the Iranian nation. Trump’s statement was also reaffirmed by Saudi King Salman when he said:

“All nations of conscience must work together to isolate Iran, deny it funding for terrorism, and pray for the day when the Iranian people have the just and righteous government they deserve.’’ Continue reading “Trump and Iranian Relations”

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The Future Took Your Job- So Let’s Move There

On January 27th, the White House announced a Manufacturing Jobs Initiative as part of the job creation agenda. Fresh off a campaign pledge to create 25 million jobs over the next 10 years, President Trump has made it evident that he intends to keep his campaign promises. Unfortunately, this manufacturing initiative will yield short term results that created long term negative consequences. Continue reading “The Future Took Your Job- So Let’s Move There”

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MAKE GOD GREAT AGAIN

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first.”

-President Donald Trump

I can’t be certain, but I’m reasonably confident that two words Jesus of Nazareth never uttered in succession are “America” and “first.”

Contrast this with President Trump’s inaugural address, which placed a heavy emphasis on the privileging of American identity, and you’re left with a jarring dissonance.

This dissonance should be instructive for those engaged in the task of discerning how to live as both faithful Christians and engaged American citizens. To be clear, it’s a task that is exceedingly difficult. But rarely in recent memory has the distinction between Christian and American identity been so starkly laid out. Continue reading “MAKE GOD GREAT AGAIN”

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Two Eyes, One Mouth

Consider for a moment that a leading news story last week entailed whether or not the president-elect of the United States of America paid prostitutes to urinate on his bed while on a trip to Russia. To borrow a phrase from George Will: ransack the English language for the words to do this justice.

It was difficult to escape media coverage regarding the “Russia dossier.” However, we were mercifully granted relief in the form of the confirmation hearing of a man who, unlike much of the political world these days, routinely demonstrates himself to be both serious and worthy of being taken seriously. I am referring, naturally, to General James Mattis, Trump’s Defense Secretary nominee. Continue reading “Two Eyes, One Mouth”

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James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment

Guilt is a powerful emotion. It destroyed Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character, Arthur Dimmesdale, in The Scarlet Letter. In the same way, guilt left FBI director James Comey, a man known for his moral rectitude, grappling for redemption last week. His letter to Congress, which divulged the reopening of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, was his attempt to make up for his failure to recommend her indictment this summer.

Speculative? Sure. But it makes sense. Comey, the head of the FBI, did something bizarre. His letter this close to an election stepped out of the bounds of tradition and procedure. Even critics of Clinton, like Rep. Jim Jordan and Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro, have noted Comey’s letter was out of bounds. Continue reading “James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment”

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Clinton/Trump Round Two: Thoughts After the Second Debate

On Sunday night, the winner of the debate was Donald Trump.

Don’t get me wrong. I think he did horribly.  But in politics, it doesn’t matter what you and I think. What truly matters is what “they” think. The “they” I’m referring to are the undecided voters who were watching. Those are the people who ultimately make a difference come election day. With less than a month left, this debate was good for Trump.  Continue reading “Clinton/Trump Round Two: Thoughts After the Second Debate”

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Don’t look now. The Affordable Care Act is crumbling.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are dominating the media. I saw this first hand when I worked in a newsroom over the summer: The coverage was non-stop!

They are not, however, the biggest story of the summer. Based on a steady stream of articles and studies, I’m convinced that if it weren’t for this highly extraordinary election, 2016 would be known as the summer the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started to crumble. Continue reading “Don’t look now. The Affordable Care Act is crumbling.”

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