American Presidency

Foggy Bottom at the bottom

The Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, are tracking the more than 600 key positions in the Trump administration that require U.S. Senate confirmation. According to their database, 289 of them still have no nomination after almost 10 months of Trump’s presidency.

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Cities and States rise up against Washington, D.C.

The wallets of the residents of South Bend, Ind., have recently become thicker. Don’t get too excited! It’s not money, even though it might also be compared in value for a part of the community. Locals there can now have two different types of identification, the state driver’s license, which is the more common one in the United States, or the city card. The regional system was created about a year ago in part to help nondrivers and immigrants, including undocumented ones, to feel safe enough to use the city’s service without being afraid of deportation.

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Abuses will make immigration a slippery path for Trump

President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration reforms will have far-reaching consequences not only in the United States but across the world.

Thousands of people who have called the United States home for years will soon be thrown out courtesy of tough legislation and an anti-immigrant mantra that Trump embraced the very first day he hit the campaign trail.

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Is a journalism museum worth fighting for?

Is a journalism museum worth fighting for?

 

A museum dedicated to the freedom of expression – one of five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution –  called the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a “strategic review” and may have to close due to financial difficulties, it was revealed last week.

The announcement, which coincided with the resignation of the museum’s president and CEO, received a mixed reception from the local media industry.

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The tweeting president

Farmers in Tracy, a rural town in south-western Minnesota, predominantly voted for Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election. But even some of them criticize the president for his late-night Twitter rants. We discovered this during our three-day visit to Tracy last week. All four Trump supporters I spoke to told me more or less the same: the president should get rid of his bad Twitter habit and focus on what is really important – for example tax reforms. 

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An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

An unexpected reminder of America’s divisions

A giant bright blue rooster and an enormous spoon holding up a crimson cherry are drawing crowds to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer.

Bigness is pervasive in the United States, and it seems sculptures are no different.

However, it’s a barely noticeable nearby empty space - where another sculpture was briefly erected, and then removed earlier this year - that arguably says more about America.

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