Atlanta United Wins the MLS Cup

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 12/10/18

Atlanta United, one of the newest teams in Major League Soccer, have won the MLS Cup in just their second season. They beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 at the Mercedez Benz Stadium in front of a record-setting 70,000 people to become champions of the MLS.

Because of the championship win, Atlanta United has become the second-fastest team to win a championship since creation in American sports. The fastest team to do so is also in the MLS, the Chicago Fire, who won the MLS Cup in their first year.

Atlanta United had overcome many obstacles and records along the way. The team’s star player, Josef Martinez, scored the most goals in MLS history as well as winning MVP in what is most likely his final season in the MLS. They got a first-round bye, beat New York City FC by a large margin, and beat the New York Red Bulls for their first time to go to the MLS Championship.

Sources: Fox Sports, MLS.com, ESPN

Mueller Investigation Suggests not to Imprison Michael Flynn

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 12/5/18

Head of the FBI special counsel into President Trump’s Russia ties, Robert Mueller, has suggested to the Justice Department that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn does not get any prison time for his “substantial evidence” in the Mueller investigation.

Michael Flynn was the first of Trump’s administration to be asked to resign, a more formal way of being fired. In a phone call, Flynn committed the illegal act of discussing sanctions with the target country, Russia. He was later an important piece of advice and evidence in the Mueller investigation, and gave important details.

For a background in the investigation, months ago, Robert Mueller was put in charge of a special counsel that would investigate to the Trump Campaign’s alleged ties with Russian government officials. Back to present day, both campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen have been found guilty.

Sources: CNN, Wikipedia, NBC News

EXCLUSIVE: Remembering George H.W. Bush

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 12/3/18

Just days ago, 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush was pronounced dead by family sources. Bush was the youngest Navy pilot in World War II, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, CIA director, Vice-President of the US and then President of the United States from 1985 to 1989.

He has died at age 94, and is currently being transported to Washington. Two funerals will be held, a private family included one at his home church of Saint Martin’s, and a national funeral with a larger invitation of guests, that will be at the Washington National Cathedral, a high honor where only past Presidents have had their funerals.

Notable politicians have voiced their condolences and thoughts after Bush’s death, including messages from his sons, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and 43rd President George W. Bush, both of which will be speakers at his national funeral. Current US President Trump canceled his G20 summit meeting, and also had Air Force One transport Bush’s casket to Washington.

Sources: CNN, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times

 

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying on Russia Probe

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 11/30/18

Former Trump Campaign Attorney Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty for lying under investigation for an alleged Trump Tower project in Moscow. Many prospects and journalists are calling this a major decision of Robert Mueller, head of the investigation into the Trump Campaign’s ties with Russia.

Months ago, Cohen had a testimony in front of Congress under oath for allegedly cooperating with the Russians in an effort to finalize a deal to build another Trump Tower in Moscow, and later admitted to Mueller that he had lied under oath about said deal.

As the Mueller investigation itself is drawing to a possible closure, there are still many questions that are still to be answered, including whether Trump himself or another closely related staffer or campaigner worked with Russia. President Trump tweeted, “This is an illegal Hoax that should be ended immediately,” late yesterday, as both sides of the aisle are voicing their opinions on the matter.

Sources and Pictures: CNN, Wikipedia, CNN Politics, Flickr

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Mississippi Senate Election

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 11/28/18

Results have shown from last night that Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith narrowly defeated Democrat Mike Espy in the last Senate election of the year, bringing the Republican’s Senate majority to three, and the number of women in the Senate to 24, which is a new record.

Hyde-Smith is now the first female senator to represent the state of Mississippi, and has also defended the Republican seat that Thad Cochran resigned, meaning that Hyde-Smith will be up for reelection in 2020, as that was the rest of the term. In addition, allegations of racism have been made against Hyde-Smith for apparently joking about “attending a public hanging”. While she did apologize for her words, many donors asked for refunds.

Even though this is the last Senate election of 2018, there are still some house races that are too close to call. Last night, Democrat Xochitl Torres Small defeated incumbent Republican Yvette Herrell, bringing the Democrat’s seat pick up to 39, with just one race left to decide.

Sources and Pictures: Twitter, Wikipedia, CNN, CNNPolitics

Northeast to get Hit by Snow

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 11/15/18

The northeastern United States is predicted to see its first snowfall of the year, and it’s only halfway through November! Weather.com predicts the possibility of snow starts at 12:15 and then will turn into a rather cold, icy rain mixed with snow, creating slush.

Despite being turned into rain later on and throughout the morning, Winter Storm Avery, the name of the snowstorm that is expected to hit states from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, all the way up to New Hampshire and Maine, is said disrupt travel and commerce in the area.

Although it is very likely there won’t even be an inch of snow due to the rain and area of snowfall, experts say this snowstorm could be the gateway to a very cold and snowy winter, and to exercise caution while in the snow today.

Sources and Pictures: Weather.com, Flickr, Google Weather

Wildfires Continue to Spread in California

By Nick Baum

MONDAY – 11/12/18

Wildfires in North California have continued to spread west as hundreds of acres have been completely destroyed. So far, 31 are confirmed dead and over 200 missing in what’s considered “the deadliest fire in California history”. The fire, known as “Camp Fire” after the nearby creek where it originated, continues to worsen in the California heat.

As of right now, the fire is spreading towards Chico, California. A city with a population of about 100,000 where many citizens who’ve lost homes has come to. Currently, traffic jams have clogged many roads leading out of the fire, and that includes around Chico, which is where the university California State Chico is located.

Among those that lost their homes include notable individuals like Miley Cyrus, Niel Young, and Gerard Butler. Through an on pour of donations and help, certain areas originally covered by the blaze have been uncovered, but other areas are in severe danger.

Sources and Pictures: Wikipedia, CNN, The New York Times