Ukraine: The New Cold War Battleground
Dpt. of State / Europe / Events / Foreign Policy / National Security / Politics / Russia / Sanctions / UN

Ukraine: The New Cold War Battleground

Tensions in Ukraine have been running high since ousted president Viktor Yanukovych brokered an economic deal with Russia in November, spurring month-long protests that eventually led to the overthrow of the government. A new, pro-West Ukrainian government was installed last week, naming Oleksandr Turchinov as president and opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister until … Continue reading

The Cost of Being “Cool”: Politics and Pop Culture
America / Culture / Politics / Presidency

The Cost of Being “Cool”: Politics and Pop Culture

Heading into the 2014 elections, politicians will no doubt use pop culture in an attempt to engage the electorate, specifically young Americans, in the political process in order to encourage voter participation. The question is who will use pop culture effectively and why should politicians care about pop culture in the first place? According to … Continue reading

Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now
Economy / Energy / Environment / Environmental Regulation / Presidency

Keystone Pipeline: The Time to Act Is Now

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, mentioned the administrations efforts to reduce America’s energy dependence on foreign nations. The president’s energy section in the State of the Union was small, lackluster and dodgy. The president avoided any mention of one of the best ways for the U.S. to increase our import … Continue reading

Redefining Preventative Defense in Benghazi
Dpt. of State / Foreign Policy / Middle East / U.S. Senate

Redefining Preventative Defense in Benghazi

On January 15th, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released a review entailing the official series of events that unfolded in Benghazi, Libya on September 11-12th of 2012 as well as findings and recommendations that could have prevented this attack and future attacks on U.S. embassies and facilities abroad from happening. SSCI was … Continue reading

Political Death by Chinese Water Torture: The Scandalous Drip
Politics / Presidency

Political Death by Chinese Water Torture: The Scandalous Drip

During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama promised that his administration would be the most open and transparent in American history – in history!  Jefferson be damned.  He’s repeated that sound bite multiple times, stating that they have instituted rules that, for example, disallow registered lobbyists from working at the White House and make White House … Continue reading

In Soviet Russia, the news makes you: competing portrayals of the spy scandal
Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials / National Security

In Soviet Russia, the news makes you: competing portrayals of the spy scandal

As if US-Russian relations weren’t already complicated enough, a breaking spy scandal has resulted in the expulsion of Ryan Christopher Fogle, a junior diplomat at the US Embassy in Moscow, who allegedly attempted to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to spy for the CIA. Reading the American and Russian press in the wake of the … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State: Great, but not Groundbreaking
America / Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State: Great, but not Groundbreaking

Today marks the final time the nameplate on the desk of America’s highest ranking diplomat will read Hillary Clinton. At close of business, the former first lady turned Senator, will leave her post as Secretary of State after 4 years of traveling nearly 1 million miles to nearly 100 countries, a record-breaking feat. She has … Continue reading

Now Batting for Dodd-Frank: The State Department steps in to help save the Resource Extraction Rule
America / Dpt. of State / Fiscal policy / Regulation

Now Batting for Dodd-Frank: The State Department steps in to help save the Resource Extraction Rule

Late last week a seldom heard voice echoed throughout the regulatory reform debate forum when the U.S. Department of State openly stood behind the controversial Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ‘Resource Extraction Rule.’ This rule, developed as part of the continuing cavalcade of Dodd-Frank initiatives, went into effect last August with the goal of requiring … Continue reading

America / Gov. Officials / Politics / Russia / U.S. Domestic Policy

Politicizing Adoptions or Tales of the Magnitsky Act

The Magnitsky Act, a bill that recently passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, seeks to punish corrupt Russian officials. The bill, named after Sergei Magnitsky who discovered that Russian officials stole $230 million from the Russian treasury and alerted officials, and was later imprisoned and allegedly beaten and denied medical … Continue reading