Weekly Updates

What Really Matters: 06 – 12 NOV (Trump Visits Asia, Another Mass Shooting, Elections)

Read our centrist recap for the week below. We shine a light on the spin and useless stories from the Left and Right and detail what you should focus on, before people can pull wool over your eyes.

What the Left and Right will focus on:

  • President Trump took an important foreign policy trip this week visiting Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. During his visit, there will definitely be things you should focus on, which we’ll mention below. What the Left and Right will focus on, and what you want to avoid being mired in, are the missteps and public actions that mean little for actual policy. Whenever a President visits foreign countries, they’ll do and say things in public that the partisan press will jump on but are worth almost nothing. An example of this occurred when President Obama visited Japan in 2009 and bowed to Emperor Akihito and Right-leaning press organizations jumped all over it as a sign of weakness. In reality, the move meant nothing for the balance of power between Japan and the U.S. Expect to see this as Trump visits Asia, as we’ve already seen ridiculous stories passed as journalism such as this piece from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/politics/donald-trump-koi-pond-japan/index.html.

What You should focus on:

  • President Trump’s foreign trip to five Asian countries was an important trip and had a few takeaways if you could ignore the stuff we mentioned above. Although the source is usually left-leaning, New York Magazine had a great article on the winners and losers of President Trump’s trip that we believe was quite a well-written, non-partisan analysis (there’s some subtle left-leaning comments, but overall it’s a good read and factual). Check it out here: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/the-winners-and-losers-of-trumps-asia-trip-so-far.html.
  • Another horrific mass shooting struck America this past week as 26 people were killed at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooter shouldn’t have been able to legally purchase firearms as he was involuntarily separated from the Air Force due to bad conduct after assaulting his wife and child, yet a systemic failure by the Air Force meant his domestic violence record never made it into the federal database. As investigators peeled back the onion, they realized the Department of Defense as a whole has been failing to uphold their responsibilities in regards to reporting domestic violence. This is a major issue and should be a focus for the next few months. Another focus should be how to solve the epidemic of mass shootings, something we address in our article on the complex reality of the gun debate.
  • Tuesday, the 7th of November was a day of some minor elections across the United States that some feel provide major foreshadowing for the 2018 elections. FiveThirtyEight did a live blog of the elections and maintained a pretty good nonpartisan stance throughout, a link to it can be found here. There were some big victories for Democrats, to include Virginia’s gubernatorial race in which Governor-elect Ralph Northam defeated Ed Gillepsie by a 9-point margin, the largest since 1985, which Democrats are taking as a great sign for 2018. However, Republican supporters have a strong counter point when they argue that Virginia is not a Republican-friendly battleground, as the state has gone to the blue side in the last three presidential elections.

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