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Obama Asks Congress to Authorize Three-Year Military Campaign Against ISIS

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Earlier today, U.S. President Barack Obama submitted a formal proposal to Congress asking them to authorize a three-year military campaign against the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL. The President claims that his proposal, which would include some limited ground operations, would help the U.S. avoid a large-scale ground invasion and occupation. The request is somewhat symbolic however, when you consider that the United States has been carrying out airstrikes on ISIS positions since last August. In the five months since

What’s Inside Obama’s $4 Trillion Federal Budget Proposal?

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This past Monday (2/2), President Barack Obama released his 2016 federal budget proposal. The President’s proposal called for $3.99 trillion dollars in federal spending, a 6.4% increase from this year’s budget. However, the budget forecasts $3.53 trillion in revenue, resulting in a budget deficit of just $474 billion – the lowest annual deficit since before the financial meltdown in 2008. The President defended the increased spending in his budget by citing the improving economy, saying that the country needs to move beyond

Ecuador Has Lifted 1.5 Million Out of Poverty In 8 Years Under President Rafael Correa

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This past Friday (1/22), the Ecuadorean National Secretariat for Planning and Development announced that approximately 1.5 million Ecuadoreans have been lifted out of poverty since 2007. The accomplishment is a testament to the impressive job President Rafael Correa has done since taking office in January of 2007. Correa, who was born into a working class family in Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city), campaigned on a platform of drastic social reforms. But unlike many politicians these days, Correa has actually followed through on the

Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

Developing Story: 12 Dead In Attack on French Satirical Magazine; 3 Gunmen At Large

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The city of Paris was shocked by a brutal act of violence this morning. Around 10:30 GMT, three masked gunmen armed with automatic weapons stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen, believed to be Islamic extremists, killed 12 people in the attack. Among the dead were four of the magazine’s founding cartoonists, including the magazine’s editor Stephane Charbonnier. NPR reports that the attackers first shot an officer stationed at the magazine office before heading to the second floor and opening fire on the

Obama Announces Plans to Normalize Relations With Cuba and Open Embassy in Havana

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In 1960, the U.S. enacted a series of economic regulations, travel restrictions, and international legal penalties on Cuba in response to Fidel Castro’s nationalization (government seizure) of American property. The embargo’s long-term goal was to create a more democratic government in Cuba, but many critics say that the embargo has failed to accomplish this goal and has only served to hurt the Cuban people. Back in October, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to end

Will Catalonia Win Its Fight for Independence from Spain?

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Early last month, nearly two million Catalans voted in favor of separation from Spain in an informal referendum on the issue. Catalonia is a wealthy region in the northeast corner of Spain, with a distinct history stretching back more than 1,000 years. The prosperous region is home to over 7 million people and contributes more to the Spanish economy than it receives from central government funds. And with austerity measures in Europe increasing in recent years, Catalonia has been squeezed as the country attempts to

House Passes Bill That Would Prevent Scientists from Advising EPA On Their Own Research

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The headline issue in Congress last Tuesday (November 18) was the Senate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,179-mile pipeline extension eventually failed in the Senate by one vote, leading to jubilation from climate activists and other groups opposed to the new pipeline. But while these people celebrated, the House of Representatives was quietly passing a different bill: H.R. 1422. The bill, which passed 229-191 along mostly partisan lines, would reconfigure the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Michael Burgess, a Republican

Sioux Native Americans Release Statement Calling Keystone XL Pipeline “An Act of War”

In 2008, Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada began construction on the Keystone Pipeline, an extensive, four-phase pipeline project to connect Canadian tar sands (a vast source of crude oil) to refineries and distribution centers in the U.S. The first phase, completed in 2010, is a 2,147-mi stretch of pipeline that runs from Hardisty, Alberta to southern Illinois via Steele City, Nebraska. Phase II, completed in early 2011, added another 291 miles of pipeline, connecting the Keystone pipeline in Steele City

Russia and China Just Signed A $400 Billion Gas Deal. What Does It Mean For Global Affairs?

On May 21st of this year, China and Russia signed an enormous gas deal, worth an estimated $400 billion. The agreement calls for Russia’s government-controlled Gazprom to supply state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation with up to 38 billion cubic metres of gas a year over the span of 30 years, beginning in 2018. On November 10th, China and Russia struck a second agreement that deepened their budding energy ties. The new deal lessens Russian reliance on Europe and secures almost a fifth of the gas supplies China

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