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On Transparency and the EPA: What’s Left

May 3, 2018

On April 24, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new regulation that would restrict the types of scientific studies that the agency can utilize. Specifically, the regulation would require the...

On Paul Ryan’s Decision to Not Seek Re-election: What’s Left

April 19, 2018

With the 2018 midterm elections on the horizon and fast approaching, the hope of a blue tide becomes a little more promising each week. Over the past few months a large collection of Republican representatives...

On the Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria: What’s Left

April 12, 2018

President Trump has rebuked Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin following last weekend’s chemical attacks on Syrian civilians in the rebel-held town of Douma. Such attacks...

What’s Left: On President Trump and Stormy Daniels

April 5, 2018

It is hard to believe that this week, The Colgate Maroon-News, America’s oldest college weekly newspaper, will run an article about a porn star. And yet, this is the state of American politics. Stormy...

What’s Left: On President Trump’s Proposed Tariffs

March 8, 2018

Trade and economics are way more complicated than what you can fit on a bumper sticker. Foreign policy and domestic policy are not unrelated. Can someone tell the President that?Last Thursday, Trump announced...

Direction of the Gun Control Movement: What’s Left – Emergence of Activism After Parkland

March 1, 2018

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, students across the nation have organized a united front demanding for gun control legislation. A Politico poll reported that eight in 10 Americans favor gun control...

What’s Left: The Release of the GOP-Nunes Intelligence Memo

February 8, 2018
Intelligence Isn't PartisanIn last week’s edition of The Colgate Maroon-News, the Commentary section elected to write about the release of the “Nunes Memo” and its broader implications on the ongoing Russia probe surrounding President Trump. The author of the “Being Right” column viewed the release of the memo in a positive light, applauding the decision to provide more information to the American public. Madalo wrote that, “It has become evident that the only way the truth behind the memo will be revealed is if more information concerning the investigation… is made public.” Seemingly heeding Madalo’s advice, the House Intelligence Committee voted on February 5 to release the “Democratic response” to the Nunes memo. The bipartisan vote reflected an effort to provide more information to the public. The only problem? President Trump is not interested in bipartisan transparency, and he is not interested in the truth.What Trump is interested in, however, is politicizing the FBI and the intelligence community in a manner that he believes will be politically beneficial for him and his administration. The decision to reject the Democratic response memo after releasing the Nunes memo only days earlier reveals an astounding level of hypocrisy from the President. Concerns over national security or the release of potentially dangerous classified information can no longer be deemed a credible excuse. Instead, it is clear that Trump is willing to use the bureau as a political tool. This flagrant affront to the credibility of our intelligence community should be a cause of grave concern for all American citizens. Consider the optics. In the span of one week, the President of the United States used his executive authority to declassify selective intelligence that he claimed “vindicated” him. Then he turned around and refused to make public other intelligence information that supposedly suggests otherwise. To make matters worse, the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the response memo. By overriding this bipartisan support, Trump is signaling that he has a more personal reason for rejecting the memo’s release. In the day following Trump’s decision, CNN wrote that, “Democrats warn this does not just amount to a double standard, but also reflects a pattern of attempts by the President to frustrate the investigation because he has something to hide.” One must wonder why House Republicans were comfortable with the memo being released, but the President was not.Now that the Nunes Memo has been released, it’s only right to release the response memo, which was composed by House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member and Democrat Adam Schiff (D-CA). If the Nunes memo is truly about transparency and providing information to the public, it is impossible to justify the rejection of the response memo. Republican Senator Justin Amash took to Twitter following Trump’s decision, writing, “The American people deserve the opportunity to read both memos.” He also added that he has already read both memos, and that, “neither one endangers national security.” For the President to pick and choose what intelligence information he releases to the public on the basis of partisan politics is a direct attack to our constitution and democracy. We must not allow the President to threaten the integrity and impartiality that has defined the FBI for decades. When asked about Trump’s decision to deny the release of the response memo, many Congressional Democrats voiced their displeasure. Regarding the decision, Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) said, “I’m not surprised,” in a public statement. “Those on the side of truth don’t fear transparency.” The Trump administration and Republicans must be consistent in their calls for transparency if they truly have nothing to hide. Trump’s decision to selectively release information is both an attack on our intelligence community and a gross display of partisan hypocrisy. Americans deserve the complete and unbiased truth – not a false narrative promoted through deception and distorted information.Contact Eli Cousin at [email protected]

The 2018 Government Shutdown and Who is to Blame: What’s Left

February 1, 2018

A Republican Rejection of BipartisanshipOn January 20, 2018, the United States federal government shut down at midnight after Republicans failed to garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democratic...

The GOP Tax Bill and What it Means for Healthcare: What’s Left

December 7, 2017

With 51 votes in favor, the Senate passed a tax overhaul on December 2. This major GOP victory confirmed the repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate as a part of the party’s tax-cut bill. Republican...

What’s Left: On Jeff Flake: Is Retirement the Right Move to Make?

November 2, 2017

The Shadow of IncumbencyThe Republican party’s identity crisis faced another episode of uncertainty in the wake of Arizon Senator Jeff Flake’s decision not to run for re-election. With Donald Trump...

The Politics of the 2018 Federal Budget Plan: What’s Left

October 26, 2017

The True Beneficiaries of This BudgetDespite the fact that Republicans control the House of Representatives, Senate and Executive Branch, the party has yet to achieve legislative victory in the first...

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