The US government has entered a third week of partial shutdown due to a funding dispute over a wall along the southern border with Mexico. Donald Trump has asserted that he could call a national emergency to fund the wall and bypass Congress, but the extent to which this is true is open for debate.
“Nearly two weeks after the US Midterm Elections, the Florida recount has come to an end. While the results of most states were announced soon after Election Day, a recount was triggered in Florida after Republican Gov. Rick Scott led Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by less than 0.5 percent.” Sophia explains the recount in Florida.
“Although there are still some seats yet to declare, the Democrats have already won a majority of seats in the House. The first signs that everything was going to plan for them came early last night when the Republican held seats of the Virginia 10th and Florida 27th districts fell to the Democrats.” Matthew explains how the Democrats retook the House of Representatives after eight years.
“With this pattern having occurred on several occasions, many predict Democrats are poised for big wins in November. In order to capture control of the house, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats, and a net gain of two seats in the Senate to have a majority.” Sophia explains the significance of US midterm elections.
Though 17 people were killed during the school shooting in Florida last week, it all felt tragically familiar. Here, Matthew Waterfield discusses the ongoing debate over Gun Control.
"On Tuesday 30th January, Donald Trump proved that he could communicate in a manner other than 280 character tweets, delivering the 3rd longest State of the Union Address in 50 years". Read more about the speech and its claims here.
"Though this speech was thin on workable detail, the progressive future Sanders advocated was clearly popular." Read Luke Walpole's take on Bernie Sander's appearance here.