Politics Briefs

Dalton Deter, Reporter


Migrant Caravan Approaches Border

The caravan of migrants making the journey to the United States’ southern border has decided to splinter as they draw nearer to their destination. The 4,000-strong caravan has stirred up controversy in recent weeks, re-igniting the immigration debate in the U.S., culminating in President Trump’s decision to authorize the deployment of American troops to meet the caravan at the border. Explaining the decision Trump tweeted, “Sadly it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergency. Must change laws!” According to reports, the decision to split came as the caravan wants to increase the chances of a successful border crossing, believing approaching the boarder in a large group would result in failure.  

White House Under Pressure to Punish Saudis for Murdered Journalist

As more evidence surfaces from the investigation of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, pressure mounts from the American public to punish Saudi Arabia for their role in the killing. Recently investigators have identified that following Khashoggi’s death, someone dressed up exactly like him to throw off any would-be investigators, implying conspiracy on the part of Saudi Arabia. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to the investigation, saying “We are making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi … Neither the President nor I am happy with this situation.”

Investigators Given Fuller Picture of Mailbomber

Recently authorities have uncovered more about Cesar Sayoc, the man who mailed bomb like devices to prominent liberals including Barack Obama, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and more. Sayoc was arrested in an auto parts store in south Florida and reportedly has an extensive criminal history. Sayoc now faces  48 years in prison.

Democrats, Republicans Split Difference in Midterm Elections

After one of the most contentious mid-term elections to date, polls finally closed to a split congress. Democrats had a reasonably large victory in the house of representatives taking 225 seats while the Republicans only received 197. Republicans took the Senate with 51 seats, with Democrats taking 44 seats. The gubernatorial races were evenly spread depending on the state. For Colorado, Jared Polis, the Democratic candidate, took the win and is now the first openly gay governor in US history.