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2017

Rising Tensions with North Korea: A Timeline
Sept. 5, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

From "fire and fury", to "locked and loaded", and most recently "All options are on the table", the President has had some tough and controversial words for Kim Jong-Un and North Korea after several Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) tests and now a hydrogen bomb test. Some critics worry that these words have worsened the rising tensions with North Korea; other critics simply worry that Twitter may not be the best outlet to issue these statements. Those who defend him feel that Trump’s words should reflect North Korea’s actions.

While members of Congress have debated the President’s statements, sanctions on North Korea have been strongly supported in both the Capitol and the White House in 2017. Following nuclear tests, the death of Otto Warmbier, and sanctions on North Korea, we’ve seen that tensions between the US and North Korea have only continued to snowball.   


This snowball has been rolling for far longer than 2017, however--while Americans threw literal snowballs celebrating New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-un issued a statement about his nuclear plans--setting the tone for the rest of the year. Skip forward 6 months and several missile tests and we arrive at another holiday--the 4th of July. As Americans launched fireworks in their backyards, North Korea celebrated by testing its first ICBM.


To visualize the series of events that followed, we have compiled a timeline below outlining the rising tensions between the US and North Korea since the launch and the statements made and actions taken as a result.

Research Wrap Up: What are your legislators up to?
April 5, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

 Congress has been very busy in early 2017. Read further to find out what is happening on both sides of the aisle!

2014

VoteEasy and PCT Results Released in South Carolina
Oct. 27, 2014, 5:59 p.m.

Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to VoteEasy at VoteSmart.org, giving South Carolina voters an invaluable resource for identifying their best political match November 4th. Eight of the congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.


VoteEasy and PCT Results Released in South Dakota
Oct. 27, 2014, 5:07 p.m.

Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to VoteEasy at VoteSmart.org, giving South Dakota voters an invaluable resource for identifying their best political match November 4th. Nine of the congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.

2013

A Vote Smart Guide to the "Gang of Eight"
Feb. 28, 2013, 4:27 p.m.

Immigration: it's an issue that's been on the minds of a lot of prominent people involved in politics lately.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Voter ID
Jan. 16, 2013, 11:34 p.m.

States across America considered legislation in their most recent sessions that would change voting and voter registration requirements.

2012

Candidates Flunk 20-Year Study of Political Courage
Oct. 29, 2012, 8:07 p.m.

A  20-year study of over 15,000 congressional candidates and their willingness to answer questions on the major issues

VoteEasy Tool Launched in South Carolina
Sept. 5, 2012, 9:33 p.m.

VoteEasy Tool Launched in South Dakota
Sept. 5, 2012, 4:34 p.m.

June Common Ground E-Newsletter
June 12, 2012, 6:53 p.m.

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May 17, 2012, 6:17 p.m.

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April Common Ground E-Newsletter
April 24, 2012, 2:45 p.m.

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Common Ground E-Newsletter, February
Feb. 7, 2012, 4:38 p.m.

GOP field narrowing, but are candidates really gone?
Jan. 20, 2012, 5:49 p.m.

The South Carolina Republican Presidential Preference Primary is scheduled for Saturday, January, 21st and while in most of our minds there are only four candidates still vying for the GOP nomination, one look at the ballot will tell a slightly different story. 

Iowa has spoken
Jan. 5, 2012, 3:16 p.m.

As expected, the Iowa Caucus, the first nominating contest of the 2012 election season, proved to shake things up inside the GOP race.

2011

Redistricting: The 10-year shake up
Dec. 7, 2011, 5:25 p.m.

There is one issue that only pops up every decade with noticeable consequences, and that issue is redistricting.

'Supercommittee' misses deadline
Nov. 22, 2011, 8:19 p.m.

The U.S. Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was established with the goal of improving both the short and long term financial outlook of the US and reducing the deficit “...by at least $1,500,000,000 over the period of fiscal years 2012 to 2021” But they missed their deadline...

2009

2008

Precious Moments
April 23, 2008, 11:37 p.m.

Precious Moments
April 10, 2008, 3:57 a.m.

Precious Moments
Feb. 22, 2008, 4 a.m.

2007

Precious Moments
Aug. 24, 2007, 9:18 p.m.

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