Thursday, September 13, 2018

US and China Trade Talks


On September 12, the U.S. proposed another round of trade talks with Beijing.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, three people said that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin extended an invitation to counterparts in China.  The Chinese have not yet responded, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average turned positive as emerging market assets rallied after hearing the news.  The U.S.-China trade war has so far withstood efforts from both sides to end it.  It stands as a complex, international affair that defies predictive outcomes.  We, and the rest of the global community, will have to continue listening to reports and watching the news as officials find a way forward.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Creation of ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’


On July 30, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice was creating a “religious liberty task force.”  The task force will be co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, Beth Williams.  The task force is meant to ensure that all Justice Department components respect and protect religious liberty and political speech. What do you think about this?

Friday, June 1, 2018

Patients Given Access to Experimental Drugs


In August, the Senate passed a bill that gives terminally ill patients a way to request experimental drugs.  On May 29, the House voted 250-169 in favor of the bill, and it will now be sent to President Trump.  The bill, known as the “Right to Try” bill, gives terminally ill patients the right to seek drug treatments not fully approved by the FDA.  It is controversial, but those in opposition do see some benefits – such as an increase in the information available on drugs and greater awareness on options for the terminally ill.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Teacher Pay

Teachers are staging walk outs all over the country demanding better pay and better resources for their students from West Virginia, to Oklahoma and now Arizona. According to an NPR article, teachers make 62 to 67 cents less than other college graduates. The good news for teachers is it seems to be working. Doug Ducey, the Governor of Arizona has proposed a 20% pay raise by the year 2020.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Gun Control Debate

As the debate of gun control is at a gridlock in Congress after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, several companies are taking it upon themselves to sever ties with the NRA. Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart have taken an extra step by raising the age limit to buy a firearm to 21.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Government Shutdown 2018

Will Congress be able to pass funding proposals? There's a lot on the plate and today is the day. Get live updates from Politico

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The New Tax Law


If you are wondering how the new tax bill will affect you, this infographic explains each income bracket with the differences between the Senate and the House versions.