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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?

Good News for Today Feature – 2019 September Updates

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes After another horrific mass shooting in Texas, internal conflicts in the UK Parliament stalling progress on Brexit, an escalating trade war between the world’s two biggest economic powers, and months of ongoing protests in Hong Kong, it can be difficult to remember that there are positive things happening in the world.

In alignment with The Millennial Source’s mission to stay neutral and spread awareness of all current events, we have again arrived at that time to showcase some uplifting developments around the globe.

1) Daisy-May Demetre, age 9, is the first double amputee to walk on the “New York Fashion Week” Catwalk
2) The US may soon have a three-digit suicide prevention hotline
3) Over 25% of millennials have altered their diets to help the environment
4) Crowdfunding efforts raise $3 million to protect land in Canada

The Cases For & Against Impeaching Trump PLUS History of Impeachment in US

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 12 minutes Congressional committees are ramping up investigations into the president’s actions before and after his election, with a growing number of representatives calling for impeachment.

Over half of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives now favor opening an official impeachment inquiry, which could lead to Trump’s removal from office.

Those resisting a formal inquiry include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat and by far the most powerful single member of the legislative body.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Why is Nancy Pelosi opposing the impeachment of President Trump?
– How does the impeachment process work?
– There have been three notable presidential impeachment inquiries in US history. Which presidents were affected, and why?
– What are the cases for and against the impeachment of President Trump?

Could the 25th Amendment Really End Trump’s Presidency?

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 5 minutes Even by the standards of Donald Trump’s highly unconventional presidency, the United States is entering the autumn of 2019 in a state of political chaos.

After a rambling, undisciplined performance at the G7 Summit, Trump canceled a visit to Denmark over the country’s refusal to sell Greenland to the US. He later held a strange press conference to defend his incorrect tweet about Hurricane Dorian, displaying a National Weather Service forecast map that he evidently altered with a marker.

In the wake of these episodes, former Trump aides have suggested that the president might be unfit for duty.

Go beyond the headlines…

– Could Trump really serve more than two terms if he were to win the 2020 presidential election, as he has suggested at rallies?
– What have some concerned Trump allies said about about the President’s behavior?
– How can the powers of the president be revoked under the US Constitution’s 25th Amendment?

Taiwan’s asylum offer for Hong Kong dissidents angers Beijing

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes In July, soon after the Hong Kong protests began gaining international attention, President Tsai Ying Wen of Taiwan publicly offered asylum to “friends from Hong Kong”.

China’s pursuit of a “great reunification” with Taiwan and other self-ruling regions has proven to be much more difficult than Beijing seems to have anticipated.

Despite Tsai’s public offer of assistance to Hong Kong residents, Taiwan has yet to implement a formal system to deal with those seeking asylum.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– How did a murder in Taiwan ironically spark the demonstrations in Hong Kong?
– What is Taiwan’s asylum capacity?
– Since late 2016, how many people from Macau and Hong Kong have been granted Taiwan residency?
– What reaction has Taiwan’s asylum offer drawn from Chinese officials?

Recycling to success – the man behind Majestic Corporation

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes WSF Group was an early mover into the metal recycling industry, at a time when few saw its potential. That industry is now forecasted to be worth USD 406.16 Billion by 2020.

In 2017, WSF was reborn as Majestic Corporation, a forward-thinking company poised to capitalize on the booming recycling market in this age of short-lived devices.

Our reporter met and spoke with Peter Lai, the man behind Majestic Corp, about his past, present and future. The interview provided a window into the rapid-fire, seemingly random inner workings of a man who never slows down.

Has President Trump Kept His Promise to “Build That Wall”? Here Are the Facts

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 5 minutes To declare his candidacy for the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump delivered a speech in which he described Mexican immigrants as criminals, rapists, and drug smugglers. He insisted that a new border wall was essential to protect US interests.
Chants of “Build that wall!” have been ubiquitous at Trump rallies since at least May 2016, when he egged on a Phoenix, Arizona crowd that started the chant. Throughout the campaign, Trump stated emphatically that Mexico would pay for wall construction.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox famously responded that there was no way Mexico would “pay for that f—ing wall”. Now, Trump asserts that Mexico will “pay for the wall indirectly”, without offering a coherent explanation of how that will happen.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– How did the debate over the wall lead to the government shutdown from December 22, 2018 through January 25, 2019?
– According to the Congressional Budget Office and outside analysts, what is the actual cost of building Trump’s wall?
– What is the current status of the wall?

10 quotes from Halsey on success and fighting for what you believe in

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes At 24 years old, Halsey is one of the world’s hottest young singer-songwriters. After posting self-published songs on social media, she quickly rose to stardom, soon releasing her major-label debut album and touring with larger acts.

Halsey isn’t just another pop star, however. Aside from being one of the world’s most recognizable faces, she is a prominent activist for gender and racial equality, climate change action, mental health awareness and LGBT rights. And she’s not afraid to pick fights with the powerful.

“People are so afraid to talk about real things, but they’re experiences that everyone goes through.”

“I’m a human, and I’m multidimensional. If I was the perfect form of anything, I’d be boring. If I was a free spirit all the time, I would be boring; I would lack depth. If I was dark and enigmatic all the time, then I would lack relatability.”

DACA Dreamers – The US-raised Youth Caught in Limbo as Border Debate Rages

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 10 minutes Global headlines about the US-Mexico border crisis center on the loudest voices – the human rights groups expressing outrage over family separations, and the “invasion” claims of President Trump and anti-immigrant groups.
A less-publicized debate centers on the policy called DACA, and the fate of a unique group of immigrants who have come to be known as the “Dreamers”.
Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children. Many of them speak English as their primary language, and speak it with a US accent.
DACA prevents deportation of Dreamers but does not give them permanent legal resident status.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– At least three times since the year 2000, the US Congress has attempted to resolve the Dreamer dilemma legislatively. Every time, the effort has failed. Why?

After working at a startup, here are my four biggest lessons learned

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes America’s startups showed the way for innovative companies around the world, or at least it seemed that way from thousands of miles away where I grew up. Desperate to experience a bit of that excitement, I decided to take the plunge and live the startup life.

The first six months or so were pretty anticlimactic. But when things started moving, they moved very, very fast. Unfortunately, the situation didn’t progress in our favor. 

Here are my key takeaways from my time working at a failing startup. 

1) Keep your eyes peeled and listen to your intuition.
2) No matter how bright you are, you can never do it alone.
3) You can have the best people with the brightest minds, but decisions are still made by the person who owns the company. 
4) Someone better know how to manage finances – and that person should be the founder, or hold equal power to the founder.

How Beijing is using media to prepare for a Hong Kong worst-case scenario

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes How Beijing is using media to prepare for a Hong Kong protests worst-case scenario
Recently, Buzzfeed, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and several other major technology companies released public statements announcing the removal of multiple user accounts backed by the Chinese government.
Reddit – a platform that has become the ultimate virtual destination for Hong Kong protest updates – was also suspected to be crawling with Chinese bots. 
During the early phases of the protests, news on Hong Kong affairs rarely reached mainland media platforms. However, as the longevity and severity of the protests grew, hiding the demonstrations from the mainland public became increasingly difficult.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What do media users within China see and say about the ongoing rallies in Hong Kong?
– What role does the media play in justifying Chinese military action? 

Top 6 Angelina Jolie Quotes on How To Be (and Raise) Magnificent Women

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recently, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie spoke out about the inequalities women endure around the world today. She also shared some advice she gives her daughters on how to become strong and magnificent women, in spite of all the obstacles placed in their way.

“In my work, I travel often to countries where I know that if I were a citizen there, my beliefs and actions as a woman could land me in jail or expose me to physical danger…”

“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”

Migrant Labor Made America Great – History Behind the US-Mexico Border Crisis

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 14 minutes During a tour of a US border detention facility, Mike Pence encountered hungry men struggling to sleep on the floor of overcrowded cages. Many of the men came to the US to work.
To investigate why the US has failed for decades to enact useful immigration reforms, The Millennial Source abided by an old guideline of American journalism: When in doubt, follow the money.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– Which private corporations are cashing in on the humanitarian crisis?
– How crucial is migrant labor to the American economy?
– For how long have US employers and government agencies alternated between recruiting immigrant laborers and punishing them?
– What is the history behind the labor exchange programs that brought the first waves of Mexican workers to the US? What happened after the largest such program ended?

The Millennial Source – Following the Hong Kong Protests

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 6 minutes They started in March as a bottom-up push to block the China-Hong Kong extradition bill. Now, protests in Hong Kong have evolved into something much greater – an all-encompassing battle over Hong Kong’s future.

The following update is part of The Millennial Source’s continuing coverage of the months-long protests, which show no sign of slowing down. For further context, please see our feature article on the current situation in Hong Kong and its implications for Beijing’s One-China policy.