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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.


February Common Ground E-Newsletter
Feb. 13, 2015, 7:27 p.m.

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Unmatched Free Database on 150,000 Politicians Now Available
Sept. 7, 2014, 8:27 p.m.

Vote Smart (, the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on politicians and elections, announced a series of massive additions to its factual database on over 150,000 current and former elected officials and candidates. 

January Common Ground E-Newsletter
Feb. 6, 2014, 6:31 p.m.

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December Common Ground E-Newsletter
Dec. 17, 2013, 12:52 a.m.

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Senate Majority Exercises “Nuclear Option”
Dec. 12, 2013, 8:12 p.m.

On November 21, 2013, the Senate voted 52-48 to amend the rules regarding confirmation of executive and judicial nominees.

Texas Civic Health Index
June 18, 2013, 1:15 a.m.

Vote Smart first partnered with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life in 2011, and they have graciously housed our office at the University of Texas, Austin since then. Our partnership has been going so well that, for the first time, we have been able to establish an intern program during the summer months, where college students can experience our Key Votes Department through researching bills and compiling voting records.

May Common Ground E-Newsletter
May 30, 2013, 7:19 p.m.

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April Common Ground E-Newsletter
April 26, 2013, 6:25 p.m.

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Why Harry Reid Voted No - And Other Interesting Things from Wednesday's Vote
April 19, 2013, 10:31 p.m.

After Wednesday's vote in the Senate on President Obama's proposed gun bill, the Internet was rife with mixed emotions.

A Vote Smart Guide to the Keystone XL Pipeline
March 29, 2013, 3:28 p.m.

The Keystone XL Pipeline: it's been dominating headlines for what seems like forever...

March Common Ground E-Newsletter
March 29, 2013, 3:19 p.m.

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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.

A Vote Smart Guide to the Assault Weapons Ban
Jan. 31, 2013, 5:56 p.m.

Recently, something called an “assault weapons ban” has been making major news.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Fracking
Jan. 28, 2013, 6:40 p.m.

With new technology comes new debates and in 2012 many state legislatures attempted to regulate a relatively new industry they did not know much about. 


North Carolina Legislative Wrap-Up
Nov. 28, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

The North Carolina General Assembly has biennial sessions with a regular long session in odd years and a short session held on even years.

Same-Sex Marriage Wrap-Up
Nov. 19, 2012, 10:23 p.m.

Over the past few years, the country has witnessed an abundance of legislation on both the state and national levels regarding same-sex marriage.

September Common Ground E-Newsletter
Sept. 28, 2012, 9:04 p.m.

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All About the Vice-Presidential Candidates
Aug. 16, 2012, 9:35 p.m.

For those of you living under rocks, Mitt Romney announced his running mate last Saturday – Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan. You've probably heard a fair amount about Ryan, probably about his time spent as chair of the House Budget committee, and the budget proposal he crafted. But what about the information voters really want to know, like the fact that he's a fan of Monty Python*? At you can find out all you need to know (and more) about both vice-presidential contenders.

Now Tracking Legislation Impacting You
Aug. 2, 2012, 10:39 p.m.

Campaign Finance Reform
Aug. 1, 2012, 3:48 p.m.

With the the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court ruling, parts of four decades of campaign finance regulation were ruled unconstitutional.  

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts
July 27, 2012, 4:16 p.m.

The United States House Appropriations Committee recently approved the Fiscal Year 2013 Interior-Environment Appropriations Funding Bill.  

July Common Ground E-Newsletter
July 13, 2012, 2:32 p.m.

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Comments on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590)
June 27, 2012, 2:30 p.m.

The Supreme Court are expected to announce their decision on the constitutionality of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 this week. Read some recent comments on this issue here.

Standing Your Ground Across The States
June 12, 2012, 2:11 p.m.

The February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin has ignited a media firestorm surrounding so-called “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” laws in the United States. 

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

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Washington legislature legalizes same-sex marriage
Feb. 28, 2012, 3:38 p.m.

Legislators describe the difficulties of choosing sides in contentious and emotionally-charged debate. 


Is pizza a vegetable?
Dec. 8, 2011, 10:17 p.m.

" increase in the amount of tomato paste required for the paste to be considered a serving of vegetables." Do you agree? 

'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 “ at least $1,500,000,000 over the period of fiscal years 2012 to 2021” But they missed their deadline...

Help us expand our legislative research
Nov. 21, 2011, 6:44 p.m.

Our Legislative Research Department’s primary responsibility of tracking legislation at the state and federal levels has been so well-received that we are thinking about expanding to other areas that might be useful to voters, but we need your input.

Health care: What are the candidates saying?
Nov. 14, 2011, 4:33 p.m.

Research intern Julie Bissinger takes a closer look at what the 2012 presidential candidates have said recently on the issue of health care.


One Small Victory at a Time
Sept. 16, 2009, 10:38 p.m.

813 Days With Project Vote Smart
Sept. 2, 2009, 12:22 a.m.

It's About Time
Aug. 21, 2009, 4:41 a.m.

This Summer at Vote Smart
June 19, 2009, 11:21 p.m.


Here's What's Happening in Congress:
Aug. 21, 2008, 10:18 p.m.

PVS Site Navigation Tutorial: Key Votes
Aug. 20, 2008, 10:14 p.m.

Here's What's Happening in Congress:
Aug. 18, 2008, 10:04 p.m.

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April 28, 2008, 10:21 p.m.

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April 19, 2008, 5:03 a.m.

What is a "Key Vote"?
April 17, 2008, 11:16 p.m.

Here's What's Happening in Congress
April 15, 2008, 5:06 a.m.

Here's What's Happening in Congress:
Jan. 22, 2008, 10:04 p.m.

Here's What's Happening in Congress:
Jan. 12, 2008, 6:37 a.m.

All Politics are Local
Jan. 11, 2008, 5:55 a.m.


US-Peru Trade Agreement Podcast HR 3688
Dec. 13, 2007, 5:56 a.m.

Navigating Thomas: Bill Texts
Dec. 13, 2007, 5:14 a.m.

Here's What's Happening in Congress:
Dec. 11, 2007, 5:41 a.m.

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Nov. 20, 2007, 12:43 a.m.

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Nov. 13, 2007, 1:31 a.m.

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Nov. 6, 2007, 12:16 a.m.

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Oct. 20, 2007, 4:38 a.m.

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Oct. 15, 2007, 10:13 p.m.

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Oct. 9, 2007, 12:15 a.m.

Here's What's Happening in Congress:
Sept. 15, 2007, 4:32 a.m.

Here's What's Happening in Congress
Sept. 8, 2007, 2:21 a.m.

A Breather for Congress
Aug. 11, 2007, 3:32 a.m.

Congressional Happenings
Aug. 2, 2007, 11:11 p.m.

What's New in Key Votes
July 31, 2007, 12:22 a.m.

Key Votes is all funned out
July 12, 2007, 4:31 a.m.

10 Weeks to Save Democracy
July 11, 2007, 4:51 a.m.

Fantastic Four Hundred
June 21, 2007, 12:33 a.m.

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