China Dethroned: Market Capitalization Tumbles as Trade War Continues

The trade war between the world’s two largest economies is entering its second round, and China is taking a beating. Bloomberg writes that China has recently ceded its position as the world’s second largest economy in terms of market capitalization to Japan, whose equities it eclipsed previously in 2014. Chinese equities dropped in value to $6.09 trillion USD slipping well below the Japanese equity market, which is currently valued at $6.17 trillion USD.

[Opinion] Democrats Need to Dance to the Center

On March 13, 2018, ex-Marine Democrat Conor Lamb won in the Pennsylvania 18th district special election, replacing the disgraced Representative Tim Murphy who resigned after infamously pressuring his mistress into having an abortion, despite professing strong pro-life views. The 18th district is traditionally a Republican stomping ground, with mostly suburban and rural voters, and an electorate that is over 95% white. Few gave Lamb a chance; however, Lamb, a moderate Democrat, was nearly tailor-made for the district. Running on a pro-gun, anti-Pelosi, common sense platform, Lamb brought a safely Republican district into the toss-up category.

[Opinion] The Importance of Banning the Release of 3-D Printed Firearm Blueprints

In the past decade, 3D printing has gone from a specialized laboratory tool to one available to all. Simple training classes can be taken online, and in the course of a few short hours, a single person can learn to create almost anything.

[Opinion] The ADA is Crippling Job Opportunities for the Disabled

According to a new article from the Brookings Institution, only 4 in 10 disabled Americans are employed, even as there is now an available job for every unemployed American seeking work. As counter intuitive as it may seem, one of the reasons for low levels of disabled employment is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If the United States wishes to improve levels of disabled employment, the ADA should be repealed.

[Opinion] Putin’s War on Democracy: It’s Working

The American public is outraged, as it should be, by the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Uncovering their efforts is direct proof of Russian meddling in American affairs, but this discovery should not be taken at face value. One should remember that there is a clear distinction between collusion with the Trump campaign and efforts to undermine faith in American democracy; collusion requires active cooperation, and there is no evidence thus far to support this conclusion.

Spain vs. Catalonia: A Case for Unity in a Society Divided

Posted on behalf of Nicole Naoum

There’s nothing quite like taking a leisurely stroll down a cobblestone street that predates your own country by over a thousand years only to have your eye nearly gouged out by a selfie-stick wielding tourist moments later. Venturing further into the city, the potent aroma of sea salt, marijuana, and on occasion, raw sewage, wafts through the gothic spires and narrow alleyways. With the late afternoon sky tinged with vibrant hues of purple and pink, you begin to appreciate the silence, as distant echoes of street performers and roaring motorbikes fade into the horizon.

Iraq: Iranian Subversion and American Engagement

With ISIS largely defeated, Iraq has retreated to the periphery of American attention; America and its allies abroad have left Iraq on its own after over a decade of intense involvement.This lack of engagement leaves a power vacuum open for exploitation by Iran, and yes, even a resurgent ISIS. A policy of complete disengagement is not only to the detriment of American interests, but those of its regional allies. The United States must decide whether it will stand idly by as the modest but appreciable gains made by trillions of dollars and the lives of thousands of US service members are swept away by Islamic extremism, or selectively engage in the region to counterbalance growing Iranian influence.

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