What are Trump's Options for North Korea?

What are Trump's Options for North Korea?

2017 was full of hype about the risk of thermonuclear war or (somehow) World War III as the war of words between Trump and Kim of North Korea reached a boiling point. For all the criticism Trump received for tough talk and saber-rattling, he seems to be getting just as much flak for deciding to sit down and talk to Kim. Nonwithstanding, of course, the pretty typical flip-flopping: Obama offers to talk to North Korea without preconditions, conservatives freak out. Now Trump does it, liberals freak out (along with some conservatives, such as Ben Shapiro or the American Spectator). So let's take a minute and cut through the sports-team politics and get into the meat.

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Some Helpful Facts for Your Next Debate on Illegal Immigration

Some Helpful Facts for Your Next Debate on Illegal Immigration

The bipartisan effort to keep DREAMers in the US collapsed, kicking the debate over illegal immigration back into the public sphere.

I've seen a lot of arguments come across my desk about different ways of dealing with illegal immigration in the US, many of which have been backed by simply bad information. In today's post we'll debunk a few myths so you can have your facts straight at your next illegal immigration debate.

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Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Did you hear that the US declared war on North Korea? If you've been reading a lot of major news outlets, you'd have every reason to believe so. However the real story--with all the context--paints a very different picture.

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Trump's Wall is Falling, and the Dangers of Relying on Symbols

Trump's Wall is Falling, and the Dangers of Relying on Symbols

Has Trump's wall become an albatross around his neck? A ball and chain? An Achilles' heel?

Learn how these--and other--symbols can be a hinderance when trying to govern.

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Tying Trump's Hands On Russian Sanctions, AKA "You Shall Not Pass!"

Tying Trump's Hands On Russian Sanctions, AKA "You Shall Not Pass!"

Donald Trump is getting a quick lesson in the limitations of his office. As much as he’d like to will his policy proposals into existence, he is learning - as have all other presidents before him - how constrained his new position of power actually is.

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What Drove Trump and Moon's North Korea Flip-Flops? Probably Geopolitics

What Drove Trump and Moon's North Korea Flip-Flops? Probably Geopolitics

If you're thinking, "the US and South Korea just quietly merged their divergent North Korean strategies into a single unified approach," you seem to be right. What's the deal?

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What's the Impact of The US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement?

What's the Impact of The US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement?

Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement in early June 2017. Not surprisingly, there was a big reaction. We were meeting with one of our ReConsider Cabinet members discussing the withdrawal the day it happened (as expected, great conversation). One thing we learned immediately hearing from her was that she had done much more research on the Paris Agreement and the withdrawal's implications than we had, so we did some research! You're welcome.

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Why Don't International Laws Matter?

Why Don't International Laws Matter?

Imagine: You’re afraid. Fidgeting, you rub your fingers against the palm of your hand and feel the clammy coolness of half-evaporated sweat. You’ve done something wrong, and they’re after you. The penalty for your crime will be forfeiting a great portion of your life spent staring through a tiny window on one side of your claustrophobic hole and the spaces between metal bars on the other. The only freedom from your cell will be spent surrounded by dangerous characters that have done even worse than you.

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Data Manipulation: How Much Does the US Spend on Defense?

Data Manipulation: How Much Does the US Spend on Defense?

On an unrelated errand we were looking up how much the US spends on its defense. We made the terrible mistake of just Googling it. But hey, that mistake turned into an insight we can share!

Turns out a lot of different people have very different ideas of how much the US spends on its defense as a percent of the Federal Budget. So let's play a game.

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Thinking About Thinking About Foreign Policy

Thinking About Thinking About Foreign Policy

Xander offers us a brief and informative clinic on different schools of realism to better understand how we analyze and interpret foreign policy here at ReConsider.

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