EXCLUSIVE: Royal Wedding Starts Today

By Nick Baum

SATURDAY – 5/19/18

Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle will be officially wedded today, with Markle joining the British monarchy, and the first time for someone who is half black to do so, as Markle’s mother is African American. The service will start at 7 in the morning Eastern Standard Time, and 12 in the noon in England.

Attending the service, which will be held at the Windsor Chapel, 25 miles outside of London, will be both Markle and Harry’s parents, the Queen of England, and despite skepticism that he won’t attend due to poor health, the King of England will attend the hour long service as well.

Following the wedding service, there will be a parade showcasing the newly wed Markle and Harry, followed by a service to celebrate the wedding. The last royal wedding was in 2011, where Prince William, second in line to the throne, married Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

Sources: Wikipedia, CBS, CNN

Trump Welcomes Released American Detainees

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 5/10/18

In the early hours of Thursday, the plane carrying three American detainees in North Korea had touched down at Joint Base Andrews right outside of Washington D.C. Following the survivors’ plane was another plane carrying CIA Director Mike Pompeo, whom travelled to North Korea to discuss a time and location for a later summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

During Pompeo’s visit, he also made a quick appointment to negotiate the release of three American prisoners in North Korea, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song. Due to continuing peace talks, the country decided to release the three prisoners, and with the US offering plane rides back to their home country.

Despite news of continuing talks regarding the three prisoners, Join Base Andrews was quickly prepared for their arrival, and no family members of the detainees were allowed due to “protocol”. Also, all three of the prisoners were interviewed and met with intelligence officials before returning to the US.

Sources: CNN, The Washington Post

 

Trump Pulls US out of Iran Nuclear Deal

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 5/9/18

Yesterday, US President Donald Trump announced that the US will be pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, a deal created in 2015 that in return for the US and other allies to pay Iran, Iran has to delay and stop progress on building nuclear weapons.

However, countries in the past have shared their skepticism of Iran’s promise, while others still believed they were keeping it. Just last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that Israel and brought evidence from Iran that they were building nuclear weapons, and encouraging Trump to pull out of the deal.

Despite Netanyahu’s plea, Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal was because of his campaign promise to do so, and has before encouraged the United States to pull out of it, calling the deal “stupid” and “horrid”.

Sources: CBS News, CNN, Fox News

U.S. Economy Hits Second Longest Economic Expansion in U.S. History

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 5/2/18

The United States economy has hit another milestone today, marking the second longest economic expansion in American history. Economic expansion means that that the economy has grown, and the longer it can keep the streak the more confident investors are.

For 106 months since the Great Recession, the economy has grown and added jobs every month in a row since the recession under US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The first longest economic expansion was from 1961 to 1969, recovering from post World War II and Korean War, the economy shot up under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Despite the slow recovery and growth of the economy, most aspects of it has continued to stay steadily up. Both Presidents have kept economics as one of their main policies, as Obama invested new money into the economy and Trump introduced new tax cuts as well as reducing the unemployment rate. According to Bloomberg, it is expected that this trend can easily continue.

Sources: CNN Money, Bloomberg, MarketWatch

Kim Jong Un Meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 4/27/18

Hours ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into South Korea to meet President of South Korea Moon Jae-In. The visit, being the first time a North Korean crossed the border since the Korean War, was held to discuss peace talks between the two nations, simultaneously at war since the start of the Korean War, Post World War II.

President Jae-In was also welcomed to cross the North Korean border, before having the two leaders pose for photos on the South Korean side. While the two leaders met, they discussed topics related to peace between the two states, including possible denuclearization and an end to the Korean War later this year.

However, despite North Korea stating they will cease all nuclear tests, they still haven’t announced whether they will get rid of their nuclear arsenal, an undecided move that has drawn skepticism from some. Also, North Korean State Media, the company responsible for announcing North Korea’s decision to cease all nuclear tests, was unusually silent during the decision, only airing a short speech about the meeting before airing a documentary on the life of Kim Jong Il.

Sources: CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press

EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Bush’s Funeral

By Nick Baum

SUNDAY – 4/22/18

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last week, a disease that stays in the circulatory system and can cause heart failure. In her last days, Bush denied any serious medical treatment as she disliked the hospital, opting for staying at home and only receiving some care.

In Houston, yesterday, a memorial service and funeral was taken place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, a mega church that both Barbara Bush and George H.W. Bush attended services for over five decades.

In attendance was sons George W. Bush, 43rd President, and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida. Also attending were former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, as well as Hillary Clinton. Melania Trump attended the funeral as well, taking the place of Donald Trump who watched the funeral from Mar-A-Lago.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Fox News

OPINION: Believe North Korea’s Denuclearization

By Nick Baum

THURSDAY – 4/19/18

The time has come to finally believe Kim Jong un and his denuclearization talks, and many more Americans are thinking the same. Recently, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was ordered by President Trump to secretly meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Easter weekend.

Not only this, but Kim Jong Un traveled to China weeks ago to meet with Chinese leader, Xi Jinping. While some conservatives might still try to remain skeptical, it is ridiculous to stay this way after that has happened. The North Korean dictator now meeting with Americans, the Chinese, unifying North and South Korea at the Olympics, and lots more.

Kim Jong Un is serious about denuclearization, and we need to believe it in order to finally welcome North Korea to the rest of the world. While he could’ve opened up to the world after “pressure” from Donald Trump, we need to get rid of this feeling of sketchiness and be open to the rogue state.

Sources: CNN, NPR