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Hello!

This week marks an incredibly promising, exciting, and busy week for BridgeUSA.  Our conference in Dallas is this week, and we all are working tirelessly to ensure that for all of you attending it is a rewarding, inspiring, and enlightening weekend! What’s more, our Berkeley chapter is hosting Heated Debates this afternoon, two hours hence!  The livestream can be found at https://www.facebook.com/BridgeUSAatBerkeley/videos/501957963534700/?notif_id=1523911059194170&notif_t=live_video_explicit, and it promises to be an afternoon filled with productive conversation aimed at bridging the divide over one of the greatest existential threats in the political arena to date, climate degradation and climate change.  We hope that you can tune in to participate in what is most assuredly going to be an evening of fascinating insight.

For those of you attending this coming weekend, I look forward to finally meeting with you all!  Every day our campaign for a better American political culture advances, and this week promises to represent an exciting step forward for all of us, hopefully one of many to come.  

Yours,
John Rider

CCO, BridgeUSA

Articles and Descriptions contributed by David Lewins, of the Berkeley Chapter

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

BridgeUSA at Berkeley will be hosting a climate conference, “Heated Debates,” today, 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 checking out the livestream on Facebook or if you have tickets, we'll see you at Pauley Ballroom at UC Berkeley.
 

Articles for Consideration

The Tragedy of Paul Ryan

When Paul Ryan’s announced his decision to not run for reelection, there was a torrid of articles analyzing his leadership and influence of the Republican party. What makes this Politico piece stand out from the rest of the flock is the way it frames Paul Ryan's career as a Shakespearean play and the attention it gives to his evolution as a politician.

 

A debt crisis is coming. But don’t blame entitlements.

In response to a Hoover Institution article that blamed entitlements as the primary cause of the rising budget deficit, a group of well-respected economists, including the ex-chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, countered with a critique of how the Republican tax bill was also increasing the amount of red ink. This article is a perfect example of how partisan squabbling and finger pointing has become all too common in policy making. As the US deficit continues grow in size, it still remains unclear to whether a solution addressing the growing deficit will materialize from the depths of murky partisanship.

 

San Francisco’s Homeless Encampments Expose The Failure Of A Liberal Utopia

Despite the partisan title, this article drives into the continued problem of how homeless populations are being managed in urban centers like San Francisco. It provides a look into how even the wealthiest centers with well meaning leaders may still struggle to provide for the poor. And how concerns for the impoverished aren’t always defined along political lines.  

 

The Future of the Elite Schools in the Trump Era (and the Future of Blogging)

Many explanations have been given for Trump’s unexpected victory, yet none as novel as the one shown in this letter to the editor of the Atlantic. The anonymous Ivy League writer apptly analyses how past administrations over use of Ivy League graduates may have created a bubble within the highest levels of our government. They then juxtapose that this has made our political process aloof from the problems facing middle Americans explaining the “unforeseen” rise of Donald Trump.

 

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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