Thursday, January 4, 2018

Topline: Generation Trump

Life is busy and filled with distractions. We wanted to make sure you saw these articles about the pressing issues facing our country.

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Life is busy and filled with distractions. We wanted to make sure you saw these articles about the pressing issues facing our country.

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America in Retreat 
Politico Magazine — Jan. 2018
Susan Glasser recaps a year of disastrous international relations missteps for the Trump administration, which has been remarkably uninformed and incompetent. Jared Kushner exemplifies the general miasma of ignorant hubris when he proclaims that “the past doesn’t count.” One has to wonder – what exactly qualifies Jared Kushner to have any role in American foreign policy at all? And does anyone in this administration care about the immense damage they’re doing to the United States abroad?


Generation Trump 
The Atlantic — Jan. 2, 2018
The takeover of the Republican Party by Trump loyalists has not only degraded the party; it has effectively served to alienate the majority of its potential youth vote. While some revel in the “trivialization of politics” represented by Trump, most remain disheartened at the reduction of the party to little more than a nihilistic troll farm.


The People vs. Theocracy 
The New York Times — Jan. 2, 2018
Recent protests throughout Iran have rocked the theocratic regime, with potential geopolitical implications throughout the region. From the New York Times comes a quick primer to get you up to speed on the rising level of popular discontent with the regime, and the frustration many Iranians feel at the ostentatious wealth and power of their religious leaders.

Rule of Law  

Trump Fought the Law 
Lawfare Blog — Jan. 1, 2018
The president’s war on the “deep state” is based on a lie. Trump backers have latched onto this concept as a convenient way to smear the idea of impartial rule of law. Yet, the fact that this is a lie does not mitigate the real damage done to law enforcement by this quixotic crusade. Ben Wittes explains why this is important, and some of the long-term ramifications of Trump’s war on his own government.


Blockchain Migration 
Financial Times — Jan. 1, 2018
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are all the rage right now, despite few people understanding how they work. Even the Kremlin is jumping on board, apparently considering the use of a state-sponsored cryptocurrency to evade Western sanctions. This novel use of emerging technology raises interesting questions on the long-term stability of cryptocurrency, and its potential use as a tool in international economic competition.


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