With a series of past behaviors and incidents in world affairs taken into consideration, predictions often play out, and according to this list provided by Ellen Ratner, for instance, a terrorist group will most likely employ a chemical weapon with a drone in a major Western city.
The environment is going to scream at us, with more intense storms, earthquakes near fracking areas, a devastating explosive volcanic caldera and rising sea levels, Doug Christian, Washington correspondent for Talk Media News said.
“President Donald Trump will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Democrats will call this obstruction of justice, but will fall short in efforts to impeach the president,” Christian added.
Bob Ney, national news correspondent, Talk Media News (and former congressman) said Kim Jong Un will not lead North Korea by midyear.
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will become the king of Saudi Arabia, and controversy involving his ascendency to the throne will ensue. He will begin the process of starting a war with Iran.
- The private fund of the House and Senate for claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, etc. will be made transparent, and more resignations will follow.
- The House will remain controlled by the Republicans, although they will lose 12 seats. The Senate ends up 50-50. (Pence becomes the kingmaker.)
- A Supreme Court nomination opens up.
Luke Vargas, chief foreign correspondent for Talk Media News forecasts that the prospect of Trump’s temper leading the U.S. into war with North Korea or Iran is likely to be held in check. But possible cabinet shake-ups – including CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s move to the State Department and Sen. Tom Cotton’s promotion to lead the CIA – could see hawkish anti-Iran voices elevated within Trump’s inner circle.
In Mexico, the looming presidential campaign ahead of a July vote heightens the risk that Trump’s renegotiation of NAFTA will be undone as the Mexican government loses domestic support. NAFTA talks are likely to be delayed until mid-2018, when Mexican politics might derail the process altogether.
Bryan Renbaum, congressional reporter, said Congress will conclude its investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Independent Counsel Robert Mueller III will continue his probe, and more indictments will follow. Reports of more questionable meetings between Trump associates and Russians will surface.
- The Dow will reach 25,000 in early January. The bull market will continue as index earnings soar amid corporate enthusiasm over the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Many American companies with overseas headquarters will repatriate to the U.S.
- More members of Congress will retire or resign as sexual harassment scandals continue to plague Capitol Hill. Congress will consider legislation compelling members to reimburse taxpayers for settlements.
Tom Squitieri, Pentagon reporter at TMN said the Republicans will retain control of the House and Senate, and President Trump remains in office.
- The overall policy thrust will deepen patterns set this year, dividing the country more vividly. This results in large part via increased finger-pointing and debasement toward the media.
- The new leader or leaders of the democratic world will emerge, but that nation or those nations will not truly become the “next America.”
- China will be the dominant nation while a headstrong Russia continues to cause trouble.
- The U.S. will be helpless to act, hobbled by diplomatic alienation, uncertainty in the military about President Trump, and the dysfunctional Congress, White House and U.S. population.