5.14.2019 | THE EDITORS

Today’s Essentials features four curated articles that will help you sort through the clutter and get essential information about some of the most pressing political issues and events. We select these articles not because we agree with everything in them, but because we believe they will contribute to your understanding of our political system. Over time, you will be introduced to some of our nation’s top journalists, and you will have a well-rounded, nuanced perspective on politics that will inform the way you engage politically as a Christian and as a citizen. Welcome to Today’s Essentials.


 

ESSENTIAL #1: “TRUMP PRAISES 'RESPECTED' HUNGARY PM ORBÁN” BBC NEWS

From the article: “At a press conference, the US president said Mr Orbán was "respected all over Europe" and had "kept [Hungary] safe".

The conservative Hungarian premier is a controversial figure over his stances on immigration, press freedom and Russia.

Critics of the visit, including some Republicans, argue that Mr Orbán has eroded democracy in Hungary.”

ESSENTIAL #2: “TRADE DISPUTE BETWEEN U.S. AND CHINA DEEPENS AS BEIJING RETALIATES” ANA SWANSON AND KEITH BRADSHER, THE NEW YORK TIMES

From the Article: “The United States and China intensified their trade dispute on Monday, as Beijing said it would increase tariffs on nearly $60 billion worth of American goods and the Trump administration detailed plans to tax nearly every sneaker, computer, dress and handbag that China exports to the United States.

The escalation thrust the world’s two largest economies back into confrontation. While President Trump said on Monday that he would meet with China’s president, Xi Jinping, next month in Japan, the stakes are only increasing as the president continues to taunt and threaten China, causing it to retaliate on American businesses.

Financial markets fell on Monday after China detailed plans to increase tariffs, with the S&P 500 index down more than 2.4 percent for the day and more than 4 percent this month. Shares of companies particularly dependent on trade with China, including Apple and Boeing, fared poorly, and yields on three-month Treasury securities exceeded those on 10-year bonds, a sign that investors may be souring on the outlook for short-term economic growth.”

ESSENTIAL #3: “MONTANA GOV. STEVE BULLOCK ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN” DAN MERICA, CNN

From the article: “Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday announced that he is running for president, becoming the 22nd Democrat to announce a bid to take on President Donald Trump in 2020.

In a video posted online, Bullock outlined a campaign to take on money in politics and push progressive policies from his red-state perspective. He plans to focus on his Montana roots and his ability to reach out to Republican voters.”

ESSENTIAL #4: “THE SUPREME COURT’S WORST DECISION OF MY TENURE” JOHN PAUL STEVENS, THE ATLANTIC

From the article: “District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized an individual right to possess a firearm under the Constitution, is unquestionably the most clearly incorrect decision that the Supreme Court announced during my tenure on the bench.

The text of the Second Amendment unambiguously explains its purpose: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” When it was adopted, the country was concerned that the power of Congress to disarm the state militias and create a national standing army posed an intolerable threat to the sovereignty of the several states.”

 

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