From September, 2019

Trump-Ukraine Scandal – Checking Trump’s Counterclaims About Joe Biden

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the scandal surrounding US President Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky escalates, the Trump Administration is enduring a new level of scrutiny.

A majority of members of the US House of Representatives now publicly support the newly launched impeachment probe.

Meanwhile, Trump allies are focusing their attacks on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who was heavily involved in US-Ukraine political negotiations from 2014 through 2016.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What do we know about Trump’s accusations about Biden and Ukraine?
– What is the connection between Joe Biden’s son Hunter and Ukrainian criminal prosecutions?
– Why did Biden’s role in the Ukraine increase during the years 2014-2017?

Trump-Ukraine Scandal – What the Documents Say PLUS Trump Retaliation Threat

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 7 minutes Previously, The Millennial Source reported the timeline of the scandal surrounding US President Donald Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

At the heart of the controversy is a phone call between Trump and Zelensky that occurred on July 25, 2019. With two key documents related to the call now publicly available, US lawmakers and citizens have begun to weigh the evidence for themselves.

Go beyond the headlines…

– On September 25, the White House released a “rough transcript” of a phone call between Trump and Zelensky. What does the transcript show?
– What can we learn from the whistleblower report, which was filed with the US Intelligence Inspector General (IG) on August 12 by an anonymous intelligence agent?
– Why has the phrase quid pro quo become omnipresent in US media coverage?
– How did Trump threaten retaliation against the whistleblower?

Trump Impeachment Probe – Basic Facts & Timeline of Trump-Ukraine Scandal

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 6 minutes In mid-September, a seemingly minor story of a conflict between Congress and US Intelligence officials quickly mushroomed into a scandal that now dominates headlines worldwide.

Amidst accusations that Republican President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to take actions to influence the 2020 US national election, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has launched a formal impeachment inquiry.

Meanwhile, Trump and his allies claim that it was actually Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden who exercised inappropriate influence in Ukraine.

Go beyond the headlines…

– How did this scandal arise?
– See The Millennial Source timeline of the Trump-Ukraine scandal to date.
– Under the US Intelligence Whistleblower Law, what procedures must intelligence agency members follow to report unlawful or dangerous activity within the US government?
– Why does this law matter so much in this scandal?

10 Quotes that will make you rethink the way you live and work

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes As busy individuals with hardly any time to reflect on what we do, we can easily become slaves to our habits.

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has found that “about 40 percent of people’s daily activities are performed each day in almost the same situations,” without conscious thought.

But let’s just say that you feel a need to reconsider how you’re currently living and working, and perhaps modify your existing habits. Well, here is your opportunity to harness your power to change by using some time-tested adages and quotes to guide yourself in the right direction.

Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people. – Anonymous

Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice

Can Trump Win Re-election in 2020? Early Signs and the Role of the Economy

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 6 minutes A recent national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University showed President Donald Trump badly trailing five major 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Trump has already defied the election odds once by defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016, when many major polls had suggested that Clinton would win the election comfortably.

As The Millennial Source has previously reported, Trump’s immediate challenge is to survive as president until November 2020, when the next election will occur. Both the US Constitution’s 25th Amendment and the impeachment process threaten to bring his presidency to a premature end.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What national approval ratings has Trump received throughout his presidency?
– How do the vagaries of the Electoral College make Trump’s 2020 re-election possible, even with high public disapproval of his presidency?
– Is the current US unemployment rate really the best to ever occur in the country, as the Trump Administration has claimed?
– How is the US and China Trade war likely to impact Trump’s chances of re-election?

Everything You Need to Know About the French Tax on Tech Giants Like Amazon

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 9 minutes After years of debate on how to tax tech companies, one European nation has decided to take the lead in modernizing its corporate tax system.

In July, France implemented an aggressive tax crackdown on major digital companies, with a wide-ranging 3% tax on revenues.

Desiring a united front within the EU, France proposed this plan to all 28 European Council members in early 2018. However, the proposal was tabled in the face of intense opposition from EU members, as well as tariff threats from the Trump Administration.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Which EU countries opposed France’s initial proposition? What are the likely reasons for their misgivings?
– Why did France decide to enact the levy alone?
– What was Trump’s response to the French tax, which he labeled as “discriminatory”?
Where does the rest of the world currently stand?
– What progress toward a global solution has been made at OECD, G20 and G7 levels?