Flashpoint; Immigration

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The panel also discussed President Trump’s re-issued executive order on immigration. In response to host Ben Thompson’s question about whether the re-issued executive order kept the country safe, Riley-Topping stated that, “as a reminder, the list of countries came from the Obama Administration. So, Trump is implementing [a promise] that he ran on while using policy from the previous administration.”

Flashpoint; HB2

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Here, the panel was asked to weigh in on the current status of HB2, North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” passed in March 2016. When asked about the takeaways from the debate around HB2 nearly a full year later, Riley-Topping commented that “The valuable takeaway from this is that it’s a lot harder to undo legislation than to pass legislation in …

Flashpoint; Health Care in the US

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The panel discussed the status of the American Healthcare Act, which was introduced by House Republicans to repair and replace Obamacare. Riley-Topping noted that, after spending time observing the events surrounding the legislation’s markup in D.C., “the majority of GOP lawmakers on the Hill know that there has to be some element of compromise and there are some good things …

The Problems with the Tomah VAMC 100-Day Plan

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By Rory E. Riley The recent problems at the Tomah VA medical center have been well-documented, from the over-prescription of opiates to its patients, the struggle in how Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office handled information, to a human game of “hungry hungry hippos” instead of caring for veterans on Halloween.   So, the VA’s release of the “Tomah VAMC 100-Day Plan” seems …

Cost of War

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Less than 48 hours after we celebrated Veterans Day and our French counterparts celebrated Armistice Day, for the third time in modern history, there was a “shot heard ’round the world.” Unfortunately, there were many of them, enough to kill 129 people and leave hundreds more wounded, leading French President Francoise Holland to declare that “France is at war” with ISIS. Many Americans have intently been following the news coverage, wondering, “Will America go to war with ISIS, too?”

Rory E. Riley-Topping becomes Opinion Contributor for The Hill

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Rory E. Riley-Topping has recently become an Opinion Contributor for The Hill, a top U.S. political website read by the White House and more lawmakers than any other site — vital for policy, politics and election campaigns. She writes primarily on issues relating to veterans affairs, healthcare, and political issues impacting the state of North Carolina. Since 1994, The Hill …