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Hello!

On behalf of everyone at BridgeUSA, we hope you have had a good start to April of 2018.  We have! April promises to be extraordinarily busy for BridgeUSA in our effort to bridge the political divide.  We have our summit coming up in two weeks in Dallas, Texas, as well as our climate policy colloquium Heated Debates to be hosted at the University of California, Berkeley and livestreamed with a link forthcoming.  We’re excited to have you all along for the ride and look forward to working with you to bridge the political divide!

 

Best,

John Rider

CCO BridgeUSA

BridgeUSA Chapter Highlight: Upcoming Climate Conference in Berkeley April 16th

BridgeUSA at Berkeley will be hosting a climate conference, “Heated Debates,” this next month on the afternoon of April 16th, featuring a diverse array of speakers on the issue of climate degradation and climate change mitigation.  Speakers will include Tea Party cofounder Debbie Dooley and ACC Founder Benji Backer, among others including illustrious Berkeley faculty and notable individuals seeking to reform the conversation around climate change; the stated goal of the conference is to “de-monopolize” the current partisan image surrounding climate change policy so that a more diverse array of ideological backgrounds can be represented and discussed.  Consider dropping in if you’re based in the Bay Area, or plan on being in the Bay Area around the 16th of April!
 

Articles for Consideration

A Saudi Princes Quest to Remake the Middle East

Ever since Mohammed bin Salman shook up the Saudi government in his anti-corruption crackdown last year, there has been a lot of speculation for what direction he has in mind for his country. This New Yorker article unveils Mohammed bin Salman as a young leader bent on modernization who is the driving force behind one of the U.S. most important allies in the region. As a conduit for U.S. foreign policy, Mohammed bin Salman looks to be one of the most important voices in the worlds most volatile region.

 

Republicans Seize on Impeachment for Edge in 2018 Midterms

The New York Times has uncovered an interesting shift in the GOP’s campaign strategy. Republicans are planning on playing up the threat of impeachment in order to energize their base. This strategy is banking on fear and will only continue to widen today's political divide as politicians place more importance on specific voters groups instead of the entirety of their constituents.

 

Congrats, Jeff Goldberg. You Just Martyred Kevin Williamson.

A decisive decision in the media slipped under the radar this week. Jeffrey Goldberg, the-editor-in-chief of the Atlantic made the decision to fire the controversial conservative writer Kevin Williamson after the latter tweeted an unseemly picture. This termination is just another point in the ongoing debate of media political bias and the struggle of maintaining an array of talented political writers.

 

Sanders and Harris cross the base. What will it cost them?

As rumors of potential presidential condentors continue to fly, Senators Harris and Sanders have been some of the most present faces considering runs for the Democratic party. Both this week, each made comments that exemplify their different agendas. These unique perspectives will continue to define the issues that will take front stage of the 2020 primary field.

 

How Trump Is Shaking Up the Book Industry

Trump's presidential victory is still seen as a shock for many liberal circles. And in the aftermath, these same liberal circles have attempted to find an explanation for Trump’s rise. The Book Industry has been one area of such engagement. This influx of knowledge about differing geographical political opinions will hopefully help give way for a much needed dose of mutual political understanding.

 

Forthcoming issues will feature student voices and chapter profiles.  We look forward to changing the American political climate with you all, one week at a time!
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