2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Well Underway

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 4/13/18

The end of the regular season has dawned on the National Hockey League, and from has come the postseason. Also known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 16 teams will try to compete in a playoff series, with each competition having a 7 game series, first to 4.

So far, all 16 teams have played in their first games so far. Some notable victories include the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Philadelphia Flyers, two rivals. However, the Penguins shutout the Flyers in tremendous fashion, with the final score being 7-0.

Other featured teams include the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs, the only Canadian teams to be in the playoffs this year, and the first Canadian team in the playoffs in three years.

Sources: Google, ESPN

EXCLUSIVE: Teachers’ Protests Across the Nation

By Nick Baum

Edited by Alex Baum

THURSDAY – 4/12/18

Oklahoma, New Jersey, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arizona are just a few of  the states whose public school teachers are rallying for higher education, as well as better funding for public schools in terms of materials, supplies, and anything that can help a teacher in the classroom.

   For example, in Oklahoma, there have been  ongoing protests by teachers for a week. Still, there has been no new legislation to satisfy the protestors. Instead, earlier in the week, the Oklahoma state legislature passed a new funding bill, taking money away from coal miners and oil companies and into education.

   However, this still wasn’t enough with many teachers, as protests continued in the capital of Oklahoma City. A march comprised of teachers walked from Tulsa to the state capital, which spanned almost the entire protest itself. The future of these protests is unclear, but the action continues to pop up in other states.

Sources: CNN, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News

US-Russia Relations Threatened over Syrian Attacks

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 4/12/18

Just three days ago, the Syrian government allegedly gas attacked the rebel city of Douma, located just outside of Damascus. The attack targeted hospitals, schools, and public services, and was estimated that it killed at least 70 people.

The attack itself, which was denied by the Syrian government, sparked international outrage after it broke headlines. US President Donald Trump called for a “major decision” to come in the next 24 to 48 hours. So far, it is Trump’s last day to make his “major decision” as many officials both at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill urge him to missile Syria.

Russia released a statement stating that any missiles shot at Syria will be brought down. Trump also tweeted out, stating that US-Russia relations had hit an all time low. Even after a series of communications between the White House and the Kremlin, disagreements has persisted over Syria.

Military officials, both current and former, have agreed that Russia’s defense is “formidable”, but further attacks and measures are needed against Syria. If missiles are fired, then not only can relations between the two countries be jeopardized, but trade between the two countries could go down as well.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, BBC

Toys-R-Us Finds Bidders in Asia

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 4/12/18

Toys-R-Us, the popular store selling toys for kids of all ages has been in the midst of wind down, with sales coming in low every month. Just a few months ago, the company said they will close business, with them looking for buyers and that they will liquidate all their products that were not sold.

Luckily for Toys-R-Us, the company’s chain of businesses in Asia has gotten multiple bidders above $1 Billion dollars, with $80 million being granted to the Toys-R-Us company itself. The decision has come after Toys-R-Us sales skyrocketed, reportedly ever since they announced their closure.

Toys-R-Us also released a statement, saying that this brings new hope for them to find bidders else where in the world, and means that the chain could stay alive, just with new owners. It is unclear when the company’s asian chain will be sold.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, Reuters

House Speaker Paul Ryan Retires

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 4/11/18

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan has announced that he will not be seeking re-election, and will instead be retiring in January of 2019. Paul Ryan first became a congressman in 1998, representing the first congressional district of Wisconsin.

In 2015, Paul Ryan became Speaker of the House of Representatives, the person who leads the house and announces different bills. Originally, Ryan was supposed to step down like other Wisconsin Republicans if the Republicans lose the house in the 2018 midterms.

Instead, Paul Ryan took the time at a meeting to express his gratitude for his nearly 20 year career as congressman, then saying that his focus has “shifted” and that he is now focused on being a husband and father. His retirement is just one of many for congressional Republicans, adding more uncertainty for the party in the midterms.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN

OPINION: What to Do in Syria

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 4/11/18

Two days ago in the small rebel held city of Douma, outside of government held Damascus, a gas attack allegedly formed. Killing at least 70 innocent citizens, it sparked outrage, both within Syrian borders and internationally as well. One of the most notable of which was with US President Donald Trump.

Trump said at a roundtable discussion after the gas attacks that a “major decision” will be coming in the next 24 hours to 48 hours. While it’s unclear whether Trump wanted to be mysterious and wanted to gather attention, or he just needed some time is unclear, but Trump is expected to take decisive military action on the Syrian government, possibly firing missiles, and I couldn’t agree more.

We need to remember that the Syrian government is a dictatorship. It is a government that is willing to gas attack and kill its own citizens and will deny it when asked. It is an evil government that limits all of its people freedoms, wealth, and lives, and they need to be punished. Sanctions at this point won’t work, and neither will negotiations, especially as they continue to deny killing their own citizens.

We need to bomb them, fire missiles, blow bases up, the cliche stuff will work. I’m not saying target cities with civilians, or any place with a civilian population, as that can bring into question America’s actions just like Syria’s. We need to bomb their bases, bomb their runways, bomb their supplies, anywhere that can hurt them without hurting innocent civilians.

If any military personnel is killed, then so be it. You jump the line from being a civilian to an evil person when you put on the uniform and help the evil dictatorship. It is truly ridiculous what the Syrian government is doing, and it needs to be stopped with real force, now.

Sources: The Daily Nick (past article), BBC, The New York Times, CNN

Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Against Senate

By Nick Baum

Edited by Alex Baum

WEDNESDAY – 4/11/18

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, was asked a wide range of questions while he testified against a Senate committee.

   Zuckerberg still has another day of testimony on Capitol Hill, and will likely again be asked a diverse amount of questions. The hearing was called on suspicions of Cambridge Analytica, who in order to promote Republican candidates hacked into Facebook in order to advertise.

   Despite the scandal gaining an increased amount of attention, other questions were asked, sparking both approval and disapproval. Sen. Ted Cruz backlashed at Zuckerberg, complaining about Facebook’s treatment of conservative groups on the sight. Other questions weren’t on point, Sen. John Kennedy Jr. complained about Facebook’s user agreement, saying that it “sucked,” while also pointing out numerous things to improve. Zuckerberg, of course, responded with defense stating that they were already a part of the agreement.

Sources: CNN, Fox News