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International Community Clashes Over Turkey, NATO to Impose No-Fly Zone

WASHINGTON, D.C. - After the coup in Turkey boiled over into civil war, President Christina Tillman (D) addressed the nation, calling for new, supervised elections in Turkey and an immediate ceasefire. President Erdogan has rejected these calls, with Russia's President inking a new arms sale with him. Erdogan seems to have provoked the ire of NATO with these moves, as the US will now be enforcing a no-fly zone over Turkey, according to President Tillman. 

President Tillman addresses the nation recently, discussing the volatile situation in Turkey. AMNC had earlier reported that the President was moving toward a call for fair elections and an immediate ceasefire. Other countries, including Italy, Germany, Iceland, Great Britain, France, and Canada joined the call.

As international pressure mounted, Russia moved to ease the pressure on the increasingly Russian-aligned Erdogan administration by inking a new arms deal with them. Moscow is providing the Turkish government with new surface-to-air missiles, which could pose a threat to NATO aircraft enforcing that no-fly zone. 

President Tillman then addressed the country. Tillman said that the administration's call for elections was rejected by President Erdogan, and Tillman herself accused Erdogan of choosing,"to continue the violence," over a peaceful resolution for the Turkish people. With the establishment of a no-fly zone over Turkey, NATO is showing that it is serious, but a no-fly zone may not be enough to force the belligerents' hands. The coming weeks will work to establish NATO's resolve and determination to protect an ally falling under more and more Russian influence.   

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As Other Nominees Sail Through Confirmation, AG Could Face Pushback in the Senate 

As President Tillman’s Cabinet is quickly confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate, her Attorney-General nominee has Republicans on edge. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Christina Tillman’s nominees for her Cabinet are going smoothly through the Senate. Defense Secretary nominee Armatage Shawshank is set to be confirmed and most other nominees have avoided controversy so far in their hearings in the Capitol, with one big exception: Attorney-General nominee John Alexander. His disagreements with the Republican Majority may put his confirmation in jeopardy. 

John Alexander is a Minnesota Democrat who previously served as the state’s own Attorney-General. He was recently nominated by President Christina Tillman to serve as the head of the Department of Justice. When he went to Capitol Hill to testify in front of the Senate in order to get their consent, things went less than smoothly. 

Alexander and Republican Senators encountered numerous disagreements. Senator Michael Madison (R-MO) and Alexander disagreed over gun rights when Alexander seemed to imply that the individual right to bear arms was created by the Supreme Court in 2008. Madison pushed back on this and a short back-and-forth ensued. 

Alexander has also provoked the ire of the two top Senate Republicans. Both Senate Majority Leader Grant Pinnacle (R-AR) and Senate Majority Whip Adam Bishop (R-IA) have expressed dismay with Alexander’s positions, specifically with immigration (Alexander is soft on sanctuary cities and against a program that assists localities in apprehending illegal aliens) and the separation of powers, among other things. Some claim that these positions make him moderate, but the positions he takes on guns and immigration don’t seem all that moderate, at least to Republicans. 

Indeed, the belief that there was no individual right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment before the Court created one in 2008’s DC v. Heller is not a moderate one, though Alexander does at least concede that there is now some individual right in the law now. Republicans and gun rights groups still worry about this, because Christina Tillman may get a chance to tip the balance of the Supreme Court, and if she does, gun rights could be under fire by an AG who believes the court will protect him and abolish the individual right that he believes isn’t actually in the Constitution. After all, if the Court granted that right (it didn’t), it can take it away easily, especially with a supportive executive branch. 

Even as other nominees sail easily to confirmation with wide Republican support, John Alexander’s seemingly anti-Second Amendment beliefs, among other things, could cost him his chance at becoming Attorney-General of the United States of America. 

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Washington Erupts Over AG Confirmation and Immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate leaders and the White House clashed yesterday over the rejection of nominee John Alexander (D-MN), President Tillman's Attorney-General nominee, and over an immigration law vetoed by Tillman, despite bipartisan support in the Senate. 

Yesterday, the US Senate rejected Christina Tillman's nominee for Attorney-General, John Alexander. Mr. Alexander is a Minnesota Democrat who has served as the state's AG. While other nominees went through the Senate with bipartisan support, Alexander encountered problems in his hearing before the Senate. Republican Senators took issue with his assertion that there was no individual right to the Second Amendment before the Supreme Court's decision in DC v. Heller in 2008 as well as his stances on immigration and separation of powers.

Senate Majority Leader Grant Pinnacle (R-AR) said,"The issue here is that, while he has testified that he believes in the right to bear arms, he also seems to believe that the Court just magically created the 2nd Amendment eight years ago in Heller v D.C. That doesn’t align with my understanding of the Constitution: Americans’ rights don’t just come and go, and the Second Amendment is legitimate and timeless law." 

Senate Majority Whip Adam Bishop (R-IA) emphasized other issues, saying,"The most disqualifying statements Mr. Alexander made were in regard to separation of powers. Mr. Alexander made very clear he believes President Tillman can take it upon herself to decide whether a law is constitutional, and if she decides it isn't, Mr. Alexander is comfortable with declining to defend that law in federal court. I expressed to Mr. Alexander that it's the executive branch's role to enforce and defend the law, while the courts interpret the law and determine constitutionality. Unfortunately, he was unmoved. Later in the confirmation hearing, Mr. Alexander doubled down on his troubling disregard for separation of powers, arguing that the Attorney General has the prerogative to decline to fully enforce federal immigration law if he deems it impractical or inhumane. On top of that, Mr. Alexander made clear he believes state and local governments are essentially empowered to make their own immigration policy...The Attorney General should be independently minded and prepared to enforce the law under all circumstances, but it's clear Mr. Alexander doesn't have the level of respect and dedication to federalism, separation of powers, and the rule of law we should expect to see in an Attorney General. " He went on to describe an 'aye' vote for Alexander as "dereliction of duty" to his constituents. 

President Christina Tillman (D-CA), was, naturally, very unhappy with the rejection of her AG. She Tweeted,"Very unfortunate that the Majority under Leader Pinnacle continue their partisan ways. John Alexander is an extremely qualified nominee. He is the only nominee to ever be rejected by the senate without cause. This is a sad new precedent set by the Senate Majority Leader." She went on to stress the qualification of John Alexander:"John Alexander is only the 4th nominee to be rejected by the Senate in the last 100 years. 1st since John Towers was rejected for drunkenness and womanizing. John Alexander is not a drunkard or a womanizer he simply has a different interpretation of law than the Majority. This is a very extreme move by some members of the Majority. Despite their constant division we will continue to bring our country #together." She seemed confident that the decision by the GOP to reject an Attorney-General nominee they regarded as too weak on gun rights and immigration as well as violating the principles of separation of powers would come back to bite them in the 2018 midterms. 

President Tillman then vetoed Kate's Law, an immigration security bill that passed the Senate with bipartisan support last session and this session. Tillman said that immigration reform would come later, but this seems more as revenge against the Republican Party for rejecting her nominee. 

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