The Federal Reserve Bails Out State Budgets 2020, Explained



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For the first time in US history the Federal Reserve is buying municipal bonds from State Governments. This is a temporary fix to keep states solvent, prevent budget cuts, and avoid tax hikes during the economic downturn. Here’s exactly what’s happening.


The Federal Reserve’s New Main Street Lending Program, Explained



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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is restarting a great depression era program where the Federal Reserve buys bank’s loans to medium sized companies. This program is similar to their bond buying program, but considered to be riskier by analysts. Here’s what’s happening.


Trump’s Twitter War With… Twitter; Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act, Explained



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Trump recently signed an executive order that would take away immunity from internet forums that delete posts in bad faith. This would specifically be an order for the FCC to define the terms by which a company can delete a post in “good faith”. Here is exactly what just happened in Trump’s White House.


Breaking News: China Votes to Strip Hong Kong of Its Autonomy With New National Security Law, Explained



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China just voted to implement a new national security law to protect themselves in Hong Kong. The issue is, it’s now official, this law will be implemented without the consent of Hong Kong’s government. This is widely interpreted as violating the “One Country, Two Systems” setup agreed to in 1997. Here’s what’s happening in the region.


Hong Kong’s Protest of China’s New National Security Law, Explained



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China is planning to implement a new national security law to protect themselves in Hong Kong. The issue is, people speculate that this law will be implemented without the consent of Hong Kong’s government, violating the “One Country, Two Systems” setup agreed to in 1997. Here’s what’s happening in the region.


Congress’s 2020 FISA Reform Fight, Explained



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Can the government track American citizens without a warrant? Should politicians and religious leaders have legal representation in decisions as to whether to surveil them or not. These are the questions that are emerging in the reconciliation debate currently being heard in the House of Representatives.


China’s One Belt One Road Debt Trap Diplomacy Snaps Shut



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With a global economic downturn hitting poor and developing countries, people are beginning to worry about mass defaults on Chinese development loans and the seizing of foreign assets and property that were put up as collateral for those loans. This problem spans from El Salvador and their debt financed dam to Djibouti and Pakistan. The question is how merciful China will be and whether these loans will be renegotiated or foreclosed upon.


The 2020 Stock Market Rally, Explained



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The Federal Reserve’s activities, providing a backstop to American Industry, has caused the stock market to recover. Here’s what’s happening with the Dow Jones and why the stock market has already recovered.


The Supreme Court’s 2020 Electoral College Debate, Explained



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The Supreme Court just heard oral arguments in a case to determine how independent state electors should be in choosing which candidates to vote for.  Three electors from Washington State broke a promise to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and instead vote for Colin Powell. They were punished for the violation with a $1,000 fine. Here are the legal arguments from both the electors and Washington State.

 


SCOTUS Decides: Can the President be Criminally Investigated?



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The question before the Supreme Court is whether Article II and the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution prevent the President from being criminally investigated. Here’s what the lawyers on both sides of this argument are saying.