All posts by Stephen Mackey

USMCA Trade Offs: These 4 Changes Helped Trump and Democrats Agree to the USMCA Trade Deal


Democrats and President Donald Trump have come to an agreement on the USMCA Trade Agreement. They had to negotiate on four factors: enforcement, presumption of guilt, pharmaceutical regulations, and internet regulations. Here’s what was agreed to and what is going to happen next.

The Supreme Court Takes on Second Amendment Rights

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York. This case revolves around transportation rights for handgun owners who, under current law, are not able to take their handguns out of the city under a premises license. While New York tried to get this case thrown out by reversing the law, the case was just heard.


Oral Arguments:

District of Columbia v. Heller Decision:

Argument analysis: Justices focus on mootness in challenge to now-repealed New York City gun rule

Argument preview: Justices take up battle over New York City gun ban – and the scope of the Second Amendment?

Symposium: So what exactly are the parties still fighting about in NYSRPA v. City of New York?

From the Front Lines of the Trade War: A Wild Forty Eight Hours of Trade News

Over the course of two day America started a trade war with Brazil and Argentina, won a WTO case against the EU’s airbus, credibly threatened the WTO, threatened France with Tariffs, and saw a potential escalation in the trade war with China. It was a wild time. Here is a little more detail on what just happened!

Congress Takes on Robocalls and Spoofed Phone Numbers

Have you noticed that your phone has been blowing up the last few years with scam calls from your area code? Well, congress is on the verge of solving that problem by passing the “Pallone-Thune TRACED Act”. This act was designed to combat robocalls and spoofed phone numbers, by requiring phone companies to verify that phone numbers are real and block robocalls. It also pushes the Justice Department to bring more criminal prosecutions against robocallers and gives the Federal Communications Commission more time and authority to investigate and punish illegal robocallers. Here are the details of what’s going on.


Pallone-Thune TRACED Act Text:

Robocall compromise bill set up for quick House passage:

Spam Robocalls Aren’t Slowing Down. Here’s the Tech That Could Stop Them:

YouTube Clips:
Thune Discusses TRACED Act in Commerce Hearing:
0:15-0:35, 1:07-1:18, and 0:37-1:02

I Hired Two Professional Voice Actors to #ReadTheTranscript


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Irene Yenko:


Everybody is talking about the Ukraine transcript of a conversation between President Donald Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky. I hired two professional voice actors to read the transcript so you can come up with your own opinion about what happened. Here’s what’s in the notorious transcript.

The 2020 Budget Deficit Fight: Mick Mulvaney vs. Everybody


Mick Mulvaney and conservatives are launching an all out war on Republicans and Democrats working together to create a federal budget. Their goal is to cut government spending by getting the government to extend continuing resolutions indefinitely. On the other hand, both democrats and republicans want to pass a budget, but… as you can imagine, they have a few things they need to work out if they’re going to agree.



Agreement reached on spending bill allocations

Bumbling Congress gives Trump the budget freeze he wanted


Congress Makes a Deal on 2020 Spending, but the Budget Battle Is Far from Over


White House admits quid pro quo over Ukraine aid
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Trump signs resolution to avoid government shutdown
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Iran’s Protests Explained: Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran’s Fight Against Tehran


Recently we’ve seen some major destabilization in Iran’s plans for the Middle East. Between the realization that Iran is pretty much broke and unable to afford an important petrol subsidy and protests in Iraq and Lebanon for an independent government, Middle East stability is looking more and more distant. Here’s what’s happening and why people are worried.

Enforcing the USMCA: Congress Works out the Final Details on North America’s Newest Trade Deal


Under the backdrop of the impeachment inquiry, congress tried again to ratify the negotiated USMCA. The biggest issue is what mechanism should be used to enforce the labor and environmental rules in Mexico. This is what each side thinks should happen and what is going on.

SCOTUS Just Heard Case of a U.S. Agent Shooting of Teenager Across the Mexican Border


In the case of Hernandez v. Mesa, the Supreme Court was trying to determine whether a border patrol agent can be charged for damages in civil court for shooting an unarmed Mexican citizen from across the border. Here is the arguments that they heard in this case.

Is DACA Constitutional? The Supreme Court Hears Arguments on DACA’s Repeal


The Supreme Court just heard oral arguments in the case of Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. This case was about whether the government can cite DACA’s potential constitutional issues as the core and arguably only reason for getting rid of the program. Here’s what happened!