By Andrew Stafford

Trump denies lifting tariffs on China

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes President Trump said on Friday, November 8, that he had not agreed to lift trade tariffs on Chinese goods. Officials from the US and China had previously suggested that an agreement was in place to remove some tariffs as part of a “phase one” trade deal.

However, Trump denied earlier indications of a deal. His remarks dampen hopes that the world’s two largest economies will end the trade war that has contributed to slow global growth.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What did President Trump say?
– How does this announcement compare to Trump’s earlier remarks on a possible agreement with China?

Trump fined $2 million for misusing charity funds

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 3 minutes On Thursday, November 7, a New York Supreme Court judge ordered President Trump to pay $2 million in damages to various charities for using funds from his own charitable foundation to benefit his 2016 presidential campaign. The ruling follows acknowledgment from Trump that he had misused charity funds.

The fine relates to a lawsuit filed against Trump by the New York Attorney General last year. In it, the president and his family stand accused of using the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s funds for business and presidential campaign purposes.

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– What was the outcome of the ruling?
– What was the reaction to the ruling?
– What other ongoing investigations involve President Trump?

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Elizabeth Warren sets out Medicare for All funding plan

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes On Friday, November 1, Senator Elizabeth Warren revealed a plan that sets out how she intends to fund the long term policy goals of her Medicare for All proposal.

The release of this detailed plan is in response to criticism over an alleged lack of clarity over the Medicare plan.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What exactly is Warren’s proposed plan?
– What is Warren’s financial strategy?
– What was the reaction to Warren’s plan?
– How important is the topic of healthcare for the upcoming 2020 US presidential elections?

US House of Representatives passes impeachment resolution

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Members of the US House of Representatives passed a resolution on October 31 to proceed with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The resolution sets out the rules and procedures for the next stage of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry.

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– What are the details of the vote?
– What will happen next?
– What was the reaction to the passing of the resolution?
– Why is Trump again, facing an impeachment inquiry?

US to redeploy troops to Syrian oil fields

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 5 minutes On October 24, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper revealed at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) press conference in Brussels that the US would redeploy troops to oil fields in North-Eastern Syria in order to defend them from ISIS.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the details of the redeployment?
– What were the domestic and international reactions to the redeployment?
– What role does the Syrian oil industry play in funding ISIS operations?
– Why has Trump’s suggestion that US companies could control and operate Syrian oil fields, raised concerns?

Islamic State leader killed in US Special Forces raid

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 7 minutes On Sunday, October 27, President Trump announced the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS), the terrorist group that gained global notoriety in the wake of the Syrian Civil War, with significant territorial gains in Iraq and Syria.

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– Who was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?
– What were the details of the operation?
– What was Trump’s reaction vs. the reaction of other presidents and US politicians?
– What does Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s death mean for IS?

47 Attorneys join Facebook antitrust investigation

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Forty-six attorneys general have joined a bipartisan antitrust investigation of Facebook.

Facebook has received fierce criticism following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed that Facebook had compromised the personal data of 87 million users. The scandal raised concerns about how the company stores, collects and uses consumers’ personal data.

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– What are the details of the investigation?
– What have the US government, Facebook as well as the public said about the investigation?

Police officer in Fort Worth shooting charged with murder

By: Andrew Stafford

Reading Time: 4 minutes Aaron Dean, the police officer who fatally shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson inside her home, was charged with murder on Monday, October 14.

The death of Jefferson, a black woman, at the hands of a white police officer becomes the latest in a series of high profile incidents. Some say the incidents are part of a growing pattern of police brutality and violence against black communities across the United States.

Go beyond the headlines…

– What are the details of the incident?
– What was the public reaction vs. the police’s reaction to the incident?