EXCLUSIVE AND OPINION: Gambling in the United States

By Nick Baum

SUNDAY – 4/8/18

Gambling has taken many forms, not only the United States but in other countries, too. Both the United Kingdom and France has legalized gambling nation-wide, so why haven’t we? To simply put it, the government doesn’t want us to get in a habit.

Numerous studies have shown the risks and effects of long term gambling, as it can easily lead to fights, deaths, and obviously, losing large sums of money. So, as a result, the government decided to keep gambling legal, but to only grant states the permission on where and where not to legalize gambling and casinos.

For example, after the gold rush, Nevada had no true and reliable industry. Most of the state’s gold was gone, and there weren’t that many resources there, so it was decided that they would legalize gambling state wide, and now benefits off of that. New Jersey is another example. Atlantic City was going bankrupt, and as a result the state legislature decided to legalize gambling in the city only.

This is a great idea, both for the states of Nevada and New Jersey, and for the United States government. Regulations on gambling can take advantage of it, by excluding to certain areas only, and thus promoting different cities. Overall, America’s approach at gambling isn’t right or wrong from other countries, but it gives small and declining areas a chance.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, NJ.com

Gas Attack in Syria Leaves Dozens Dead

By Nick Baum

SUNDAY – 4/8/18

A feared chemical attack in the rebel held city of Douma was executed last night. The attack itself has killed at least 70 civilians, according to authorities at the sight. Douma, a small city near the government held capital of Damascus, has been a target of many attacks.

So far, the Syrian government had denied any allegations or plans in the chemical attack, with the government claiming that “they don’t use any chemical attacks on citizens”. A US State Department Official regarded the attack as disturbing, and that Russia can also bear responsibility.

The attack, which hit the city in the later hours of Saturday, killed many in underground structures, even striking a make shift hospital within city limits as well. Bombs and airstrikes were also reported earlier that day, and its close vicinity to the Syrian capital alarmed many in the city.

Sources: CNN, BBC, The New York Times

EXCLUSIVE: Job Growth Slows Down in March

By Nick Baum

SATURDAY – 4/7/18

Despite the growing results of January and February, March proved a slow month for both the creation of jobs as well as economics and progress on the unemployment rate. Only 103,000 jobs were created this month, much lower than January and February.

In January 200,000 jobs were added, and then rose to over 300,000 jobs added in February, a record high since February. Despite the amount of jobs created, the unemployment rate was still held at 4.1%, a forty year low. It will be continued to be held this month as a little over 100,000 jobs were added this month, the fewest in six months.

Despite the news of slower job growth, March’s economic job growth has been defended by many. BET founder Robert L. Johnson credited Trump with bringing many black workers back into the workforce. 2018’s average job growth pace has lowered down to 202,000 jobs per month, but is still higher than 2017’s 176,000 jobs created per month.

Sources: CNN, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Fortune

Trump Sends National Guard to Southern Border

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 4/6/18

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to see the military guard the southern border in an address. The plan itself has been called for just days after a hard March for ICE forces, as illegal border crossings sky rocketed in the month just after they slumped in January and February.

Trump finally agreed to place National Guard troops all along the southern border and in places with low security. Trump also announced that he will place a couple thousand soldiers, and will remain there until the wall along the southern border is built.

Defense Secretary was tasked by Trump to find ways to train and place National Guard troops, and is expected by the administration to significantly reduce the amount of illegal border crossings.

Sources: Reuters, USA Today

Trump Plans $100 Billion Tariff Plan on China

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 4/6/18

President Donald Trump has announced a new tariff plan that adds up to a $100 billion dollars for the US. Trump called for this plan just hours after China announced their own tariff plan on U.S. machinery and goods.

The plan itself will tax many Chinese goods imported to the U.S, and to many, has really sparked a trade war between China and America. After Trump announced his new tariff plan, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8%, not as bad as when President Trump announced his initial tariffs on steel and aluminum.

The back to back tariffs has not only signaled a trade war, but could even be more consequential, as the tariffs are being placed back and forth on the world’s two largest economies. There is still no information on how China will respond to these tariffs.

Sources: CNN Money, Reuters

EXCLUSIVE: Wisconsin Election Win Shows Bad News in 2018 Midterms for Republicans

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 4/5/18

Just this Tuesday, Democrat backed Rebecca Dallet won the race for a vacant Wisconsin Supreme Court seat, gaining the attention of Wisconsin Governor and Republican Scott Walker, tweeting out “Republicans are at risk of a blue wave”.

The win is just another election win in favor of the Democrats, as shown in previous elections. Senator Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since the 1940’s, as well as both Virginia and New Jersey electing new Democratic governors.

So far, FiveThirtyEight, the leading political analyzing source has projected the Democratic Party to outlast the Republican Party by 8 points. Also taken into account is the President’s approval rating, which is an average of 40 percent, compared to his disapproval rating of 50 percent and an undecided 10 percent.

Sources: CNN, FiveThirtyEight

50th Anniversary of Assassination of MLK

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 4/4/18

Today has marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights activist and spokesperson. He was fatally shot at a Memphis hotel in the early hours of April 4th, 1968 by James Earl Ray.

Today, MLK is being remembered for his long term action promoting civil rights for African Americans, and most famously known for his March on Washington, and speaking his famous “I have a dream” speech to the crowd.

Martin Luther King’s three surviving children, MLK III, Dexter, and Bernice detailed their thoughts about him and their memories to CBS News. They detailed on how they vaguely remember King himself, but it’s hard to forget his true heroism.

Sources: CBS News, History.com