What’s Next For The United States & Russia?
It’s safe to say that diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia relationship reached a new low point during the month of October. It was a month that saw the breakdown of talks between the U.S. and Russia over the Syrian conflict; the two countries also...
The Pre-White House Careers of Our Presidents
Many different paths can lead to public office. It’s always interesting to learn about the pre-political careers of U.S. presidents, the various jobs they had and the kind of work they did before entering the political arena. Among our past presidents, some say their...
‘No More Backbone Than A Chocolate Eclair’: The Best Political Insults of All Time
Mudslinging has always played a part in politics. The old political smack down tradition managed to sink to new lows earlier this year, back when “Little Marco” became Donald Trump’s nickname for the Florida Senator formerly known as Marco Rubio. More recently,...
What Non-Americans Think Of The 2016 Election
Although they can’t cast a vote and don’t call the United States home, many non-Americans feel personally invested in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Outside the U.S. and throughout the world, it seems as if everyone is following this election. The 2016...
Presidential Candidates, Tax Returns & Trump
Americans expect presidential candidates to be transparent when it comes to disclosing tax returns from years’ past. However, the expectation that candidates will be forthcoming with their personal financial information is a fairly recent phenomenon. Individual income...
Bianna Golodryga: Bull Moose to Hanging Chads: America’s Third-Party Candidates
America's electoral college — where voters elect candidates (rather than parties) who receive a plurality of votes — makes it difficult to elect third-party candidates. Due to the limitations of the U.S. system, third-party presidential candidates are largely seen as...
Bianna Golodryga: Which American Politicians Have Switched Parties? (This List Will Surprise You!)
It’s not uncommon for politicians in the U.S. to switch party affiliations. Many of our best American leaders and legislators have done so. While some well-known politicians switched parties in early adulthood, other American leaders have defected from one side of the...
Bianna Golodryga: The US, Russia, and a History of Meddling
Some U.S. officials believe that Russian intelligence agencies spied on the Democratic Party by intercepting emails sent by Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Back in July, these emails were made available to the public on WikiLeaks....
Bianna Golodryga: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: Frenemies Forever
For President Obama’s 55th birthday on August 4th, Vice President Biden sent President Obama a very special birthday message. “Happy 55th, Barack!” Biden tweeted, along with a picture of matching “Joe” and “Barack” friendship bracelets. In case there were any...
Bianna Golodryga: Top 7 Political Power Couples
As the saying goes, love conquers all--including politics. Seeking re-election for a third term, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega recently announced his vice-presidential running mate. His VP pick? It’s Rosario Murillo, his actual mate. Ortega’s wife already wields...
Bianna Golodryga: How American Hostages Are Quietly Rescued
Americans are suspicious of the United States’ recent $400 million payment to Iran. The transaction coincided with the release of hostages detained in Tehran.
Bianna Golodryga: A Guide To Foreign Policy Abbreviations & Acronyms
As a journalist who covers geopolitics and global economics, there are times when even I find that it is difficult to understand news coverage of global trade and financial markets. For me, reporting on these topics is often a tedious exercise in decoding an onslaught...
Bianna Golodryga: The Best and Worst VP Picks in U.S. History
The right vice-presidential choice can help secure an election and build a lasting legacy, and the wrong one can tank even the most promising political career.
Bianna Golodryga: Will Fear of Terror, Disease Deter Summer Travelers?
The recent terrorist attacks Orlando, Paris and Brussels, bombings in Turkey and reports of the Zika virus making its way around the world may have you wondering whether it’s wise to jet off for a vacation this summer.
Bianna Golodryga: In a Clinton-Trump General Election, Anything is Possible
The pollsters got it wrong, and many experts did too: Donald Trump, reality TV star and billionaire businessmen, has become the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election. This is a feat few predicted, in fact, it’s unlikely Trump himself would have believed it last year.
Bianna Golodryga: 5 Political Books For Insight This Election Season
Every year is a good year to be politically informed, but 2016 is an especially choice one. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of authors and political figures on Yahoo News Live, many of whom have published highly relevant books that add unique insight to the 2016 election.
Bianna Golodryga: 3 Major Implications of the Panama Papers Leak
In early April, 2016, the International Consortium of Journalists leaked a wealth of sensitive documents known as the Panama Papers. The leak consisted of 2.6 terabytes of data from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, and linked 140 world leaders from more than 50 companies to secret offshore accounts in 21 different tax havens.
Bianna Golodryga: Who Created Donald Trump: An Enigma of the Ages
Though Donald Trump has had enough charm to woo American voters — all the way to frontrunner status, no less — the spell of his bombast only extends so far. Politicians, pundits, and everyday joes and janes on both sides of the aisle have expressed shock at the power of Trump’s supporting mass. If the present political climate is indicative of issues we knew existed, no one predicted they would manifest quite in this way.
Bianna Golodryga: FBI vs Apple: When Security and Privacy Collide
Since far before the shooting in San Bernardino and the terror attacks that precluded it, there have been questions and concerns over what ends justify the means of national security and legal investigations. What are we, as a people, willing to sacrifice for safety? What are we willing to forgive for it? Do corporations owe their allegiance to the government, over the people they serve?
Bianna Golodryga: Scalia’s Death Spurs Ideological Battle Over New Justice Appointment
On February 13, the Supreme Court lost its most animated dissenter, Justice Antonin Scalia. His family mourns the loss of a husband and father; the country, one of the most influential judges in history and an intellectual anchor of conservatism. Were the American constitution not “dead, dead, dead” by Scalia’s own interpretation, it too would likely mourn one of its greatest defenders.