Mass Deportation: bad for everyone

What you heard: ICE has been carrying out raids around the country as the Trump administration expands deportation efforts. What it is: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) focuses on two things: Homeland Security (identifying things that make us less safe) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (arresting and deporting the people who make us less safe).…

Flynn and Russia and Pence, oh my!

What you heard: National Security Advisor Flynn resigned after it surfaced that he’d engaged in illegal* talks with Russia and then lied about it. What it is: A doozy! The National Security Advisor is a senior aide to the President – not a member of the Cabinet, though – and is appointed, rather than confirmed, to…

Jeff Sessions

What you heard: Jeff Sessions was confirmed as US Attorney General in a nearly party-line vote. What it is: Jeff Sessions, prior to being chosen as the grand poobah of US law, was a US Senator from Alabama (1997-2017). A lawyer by trade, he served as US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama 1981-1993.…

Could Congress really impeach Trump?

What you heard A lot of people are in favor of the impeachment of President Trump under the Emoluments Clauses. What it is A lot of people include 40% of Americans as per a poll by PPP (Public Policy Polling, which has a pretty good rep as far as polling firms go); 600k+ who have…

Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch

What you heard: President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which has had a vacancy for nearly a year. What it is: Judge Neil Gorsuch currently sits on the 10th Circuit US Court of Appeals. He’s highly educated (Columbia, Harvard Law, Oxford), clerked for a few Supremes (White, Kennedy) a few decades ago, and…

Betsy DeVos

What you heard: The Senate will vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education this week, and there are a lot of people very opposed to this prospect. What it is: Since I trust that you know the Senate basics, I’ll stick with the most relevant deets to know right now. It’s currently comprised of 52 Republicans,…

the Refugee Ban 2: the Stay

What you heard: A federal judge granted an emergency stay against the recent executive order that banned entry to the US by refugees and people born in certain countries. What it is: Federal judges are appointed by the President (fancy!), confirmed by the Senate, and exercise the powers given to the judicial branch in Article…