Do we need an independent investigation of alleged Trump-Russia ties?

Critics are slamming the congressional investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election as partisan and lacking in credibility. Many pundits and progressives are now demanding an independent special prosecutor. CIA veteran Steven L. Hall says the situation is too serious to leave this investigation in the hands of "any politician who has a vested interest in the outcome, as both Repub…

Should the Democrats filibuster Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

Political observers expected an easy confirmation for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee—but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer just announced he will vote 'no' on Neil Gorsuch and join Democrats in filibustering his nomination. Republicans have vowed Gorsuch will be confirmed, threatening Democrats with the so-called “nuclear option," allowing Republicans to change the confirmation rules s…

Should the White House be required to translate its website into Spanish?

The Trump White House received both blowback and accolades for taking down the Spanish translation of its website. Trump has been very pro-English only. "While we're in this nation, we should be speaking English," he told ABC News. With 41 million native Spanish speakers, the U.S. is now the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, and the move breaks a fifteen-year precedent of provi…

Should presidents get weekends off?

How much downtime should a president get? In the first 60 days of his presidency, Donald Trump has already spent five weekends at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida. Critics say presidents don't get weekends off, but supporters argue Trump is working during those weekends—and besides, a burnt-out president would serve no one. What do you think? 🏌️…

Should the president's children be allowed to work in the White House?

First Daughter Ivanka Trump was just given a West Wing office and top security clearance, although she will draw no salary and will not bound by any government ethics rules. Federal anti-nepotism laws supposedly forbid presidents from hiring family members, but since Ivanka has no official role, the laws do not apply to her. Critics are calling this move a major conflict of interest; Ivanka and he…

Should we drug test people who collect unemployment benefits?

Republicans just passed a new law that would allow states to drug test people on unemployment. While President Trump is expected to sign the law, critics say drug testing people on public assistance has been proven ineffective and wastes millions. Plus, unemployment insurance is actually paid into by employees—it's not welfare. But many states want the ability to drug-test residents seeking benefi…

Can you be both conservative and pro-choice?

Political commentator Tomi Lahren's show was suspended after she irked the conservative community by calling pro-life conservatives hypocrites on "The View." Some conservatives say being both pro-choice and conservative is fundamentally incompatible—you can't respect an individual's political platform if that platform refutes an individual's right to life. Tomi Lahren disagrees. She says governmen…

Did Republicans steal a Supreme Court seat?

When Justice Antonin Scalia died last year, then-president Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but the GOP refused to give him a hearing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the American people should decide the next nominee via the presidential election. According to the GOP, they did. But Democrats say Republicans effectively stole the seat by obstructing Obama's…

Did Russia influence the 2016 presidential election?

Intelligence agencies reported in January the Kremlin sought to manipulate public opinion and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election through sophisticated hacking operations. Democrats worry Russia tipped the scales in favor of Donald Trump. Now, FBI Director James Comey confirms the bureau is investigating any possible links to the Trump campaign. Republicans say there's no…

Should the U.S. government pay reparations to Black Americans?

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has introduced a bill to examine reparations for slavery in every session of Congress for the last 20 years, to no avail. 400 years of slavery, Jim Crow, and institutionalized racism have created a vast wealth gap between black and white Americans—and the U.S. government has, in the past, paid reparations for injustices committed against other groups. But some argue repara…

Is the BDS movement inherently anti-Semitic?

The movement to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel is gaining traction on college campuses—but critics say the movement is anti-Semitic and unfairly maligns Israelis. Critics point to the movement's founders, who deny Israel's right to exist and want to see the destruction of the state of Israel. Proponents of BDS say it's a grassroots movement and organizers cannot control who participates…

Should the U.S. negotiate with North Korea?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is rejecting nuclear talks with North Korea, saying diplomacy has "failed" and all options are "on the table." Tillerson's statements have some people worried the White House is blindly going down a path that will lead to war with North Korea. Some analysts say it's too early to worry—Tillerson's statements could be standard posturing to deter North Korean escalati…

Should Donald Trump apologize to Barack Obama?

Nearly two weeks ago, President Trump accused his predecessor of wiretapping his residence—a felony. Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and the House Intelligence Committee have now said there is no evidence of any wiretap at Trump Tower. Critics say this is proof that Trump leveled a libelous falsehood at Obama, and should come clean. It's time to apologize. Trump supporters say the president is only w…

Should Congress approve the White House's new budget?

The Trump Administration just released a budget proposal that includes a down payment for a border wall and increases spending on defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security—while cutting funds for the EPA, State Department, and many other agencies. Supporters are hailing this move as the big-government spending cuts we need. Critics say it doesn't save taxpayers money—it just transfers fundi…

Should House Speaker Paul Ryan step down?

Trump loyalists are attacking Paul Ryan for the botched rollout of the Affordable Health Care Act, and say the House Speaker never really believed in the president's agenda. Loyalists say Ryan is undermining Trump and should step aside for someone who is actually willing to work with the president. Ryan's supporters say the criticism is unwarranted because the healthcare bill was made in collabora…

Do people have a right to healthcare?

The tumult over Republican-led efforts to repeal Obamacare can be boiled down to a single core issue: is healthcare a collective or individual responsibility? Republicans think it's an individual's responsibility to take care of his or her health and plan for it accordingly. What matters most is the individual's access to choose what is right for them. Critics think it is a collective responsibili…

Should Donald Trump delete his Twitter account?

Donald Trump has adopted a unique approach to communicate directly to the American people—he tweets. Trump has said Twitter is "a great form of communication." But even the most careful individual can rub people the wrong way when limited to just 140 characters. Some critics say Trump should stay off Twitter, because his tweeting behavior makes the presidency look small and petty. Others say Twitt…