What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Oct 6, 2015, 1:22 pm EDT

The United States agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday after six years of developing the agreement.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is designed to open up trade between the following 12 countries:

    United States Australia Brunei Canada Chile Japan Malaysia Mexico New Zealand Peru Singapore Vietnam

The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal would remove tariffs for trades between these countries to promote more trade. It also leaves room for more countries, such as China, to join at a later date. The deal still needs approval from Congress, but votes have to wait until after President Barack Obama signs the deal, which won’t be for at least another 90 days, reports Fox News. Read 

Carl Icahn Endorses Donald Trump for President

Sep 29, 2015, 3:10 pm EDT

Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, has given his support to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Carl Icahn said that he doesn’t agree with Donald Trump on many issues, but that he can “wake” America up and “move Congress” if he becomes president. Icahn said he supports Trump’s decision to put an end to tax break for the wealthy, despite having many friends on Wall Street, reports CNNMoney.

Carl Icahn said that he thinks Donald Trump is the only candidate that’s actually talking about America’s problems. He also said he would accept an offer to be added to Trump’s administration if he became president, which is an offer Trump has already made, CNNMoney notes. Read 

House Speaker John Boehner to Resign From Congress

Sep 25, 2015, 2:13 pm EDT

House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he will be resigning from Congress on Oct. 30.

John Boehner reportedly made his decision to leave Congress and give up his role as House Speaker on Thursday night. According to one of his aides, Boehner said he wanted to leave on a high note. The Republican also said he was only planning to stay as House Speaker until the end of last year, but stayed on to “provide continuity,” reports CNN.

John Boehner has been on the opposite side of conservatives many times since he took the role of House Speaker. He said that the “prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy may repalce Boehner as House Speaker, CNN notes. Read 

What Happens If the Government Shuts Down in 2015?

Sep 25, 2015, 12:51 pm EDT

What happens if the government shuts down?

What happens if the government shuts down affects a variety of people. First of all, many U.S. federal workers are given a leave of absence without pay, but will get their pay when the government opens again. Many IRS workers are also put on leave, but some remain working and tax payments are still accepted. Civilian employees for the U.S. Military will also be put on leave, but military personnel continue their work, reports Reuters.

What happens if the government shuts down would also affect certain markets in America. If the shutdown last for too long, government contractors could be affected. Also, the Food and Drug Administration and Securities and Exchange Commission only operate in a limited capacity. Courts will stay open for 10 days after a shutdown and meat inspectors continue to work, Reuters notes. Read 

Did White House Block Conservative Teen CJ Pearson on Twitter?

Sep 24, 2015, 2:16 pm EDT

CJ Pearson, a conservative black teen, claims he was blocked by the White House on Twitter (TWTR).

CJ Pearson, 13, posted an image to Facebook (FB) that appears to be a screenshot of his account on Twitter. The image allegedly shows him trying to visit the official Twitter handle for President Obama, which is @POTUS. He’s met with a message telling him that he’s been blocked from following the account and viewing its Tweets.

Frank Benenati, the Assistant White House Press Secretary, disputed CJ Pearson’s claim on Twitter. He said that “Nobody is or has ever been blocked from the @POTUS twitter account.” Pearson said he could understand if he was blocked on accident, but that its “Outrageous” that he is being called a liar. Read 

Hilary Clinton Comes Out Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Sep 23, 2015, 2:17 pm EDT

Hilary Clinton has said she is opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline being made by TransCanada (TRP).

Hilary Clinton said that she sees the Keystone XL pipeline as “a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change.” Her stance on the project earned her praise from fellow liberals and activists, reports CNN.

Hilary Clinton said that she hand’t been speaking about the Keystone XL pipeline because she didn’t want to second guess the President and Secretary of State. She said that she felt a decision would have been made by now, but it hasn’t, which is why she finally voiced her thoughts on the matter, CNN notes. Read 

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