By Nick Baum
MONDAY – 6/25/18
One of the biggest stories over the weekend was the controversial decision for the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, to kick White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders out, simply because she was politically different and that they didn’t like her boss. While others claim that the restaurant was serving some LGBT members that asked for her to leave, even that excuse doesn’t play out. Sanders is the spokesperson for Donald Trump, who isn’t anti-LGBT, he just doesn’t think it’s a current issue anymore because it has been nationally legalized.
Others also claim that the restaurant has the right to kick her out, and in fact, yes, the restaurant has the freedom to do so. The baker case in the Supreme Court proved that you can be kicked out or refused service based on any aspect of yourself. However, kicking Sanders out is different than the baker refusing to serve the gay couple. Serving the gay couple went against the baker’s moral and religious values, and that serving them would be a violation or what he held so dear. However, the entire reason they didn’t serve Sanders was because she was part of an administration that she didn’t like.
Rep. Maxine Waters, a crazy idiotic congresswoman that even I think I can do better than, encouraged more people to harass and threaten Trump administration officials. Encouraging violence based on your political beliefs? That sounds like opposition Venezuelans being placed under house arrest, or people speaking out in North Korea, Nazi Germany, or the Soviet Union would’ve been treated. Is rep. Waters the true dictator? Besides her, it is all around wrong but legal to refuse service to someone just because they disagree with you, politically different than you, and/or because they work for someone you don’t like. Can she just enjoy a meal?
Sources: CNN, Fox News, Wikimedia Commons
By Nick Baum
TUESDAY – 6/19/18
Recent reports and news has shown that pressure and opposition to separating families at the US – Mexico border continues, as the separating of families also continues. Recent outcry has come after the policy that was around since the Bush Administration had finally taken effect under Trump, and many have since urged Trump to stop the activity.
A photo taken for the New York Daily News shows a small immigrant infant crying, supposedly because of her family being separated, but it is yet to be confirmed. The photo also had a caption targeting Trump, and it landed the front page of the paper. Politicians like Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Former First Lady Laura Bush have all taken to social media to share their dislikes in the acts. Pelosi also held an announcement relating to it.
The White House also hosted a press conference with Sarah Sanders relating to Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. While many have tried to urge Trump to back down, many predict he won’t due to his support amongst bordering states and citizens along the border. As of now however, CNN reported that the the families are receiving donations of more than $4,000 per minute.
Sources: Flickr, CNN, White House, New York Daily News
By Nick Baum
MONDAY – 6/11/18
Both North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have now arrived in Singapore, for a summit that will be held on June 12th. Kim Jong Un arrived earlier, in the morning hours of yesterday, June 10th, while Trump arrived just hours later from the G7 Summit that he skipped part of.
Today, both leaders will also be completing activities. Trump has accepted an invitation for a state visit with the Singapore government, and reports suggest that Kim Jong Un brought his own toilet, as he is conscious about it. The meeting itself is going to be held at the luxury hotel Capella Singapore, a five star venue with many activities and space for the summit.
Security footage and photos have already been shown, showing the high stakes and preparations needed for the summit. Both leaders plan to have a private conversation, a public one, and a photo op together. This is also the farthest outside of North Korea, that Kim Jong Un has ever been, and the first meeting between a North Korean and American leader in years.
Sources: Wikipedia, CNN, Channel NewsAsia, TicToc by Bloomberg
By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 6/8/18
Yesterday, US President Donald Trump announced he plans to leave the Group of 7 Summit a few hours early, according to the White House. The decision came after a back and forth Twitter feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emanuel Macron over tariffs and a possible trade war.
At the summit, which will be held in remote Quebec, an aide of Trump will replace him for the final hours of the summit which Trump plans to skip. As said before, the decision was made after a Twitter exchange with other leaders, but the exact reason, according to the White House, is avoid confrontation or argument over the US’s new tariffs.
Trump also said he was “enthusiastic” about creating new tariffs and protecting American workers, but said he was “unenthusiastic” about waging and expressing his plans to other world leaders in person. However, trade tensions are still expected to be the top of the discussion for the two days of the G7 Summit, even after President Trump leaves.
Sources: CNN, Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia, White House
By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 6/6/18
The 2018 Primary Elections seemed balanced for both major political parties, but with some elections in North Carolina, Indiana, and West Virginia showing that the Democrats have the edge, with many having a higher voter turnout that their Republican counterparts. However, the GOP candidates have fielded their expected candidates, including in the Montana race for the Senate seat, currently being held by Sen. Tester, who will be challenged by Rosendale, a respected candidate in the GOP.
In California, votes in some cases are still being counted, but the California primaries have taught us that any party can make some noise, no matter where. California’s primaries are “jungle primaries”, meaning that both Republicans and Democrats run against each other, and the top two go to the general election. In the race for governor, Democratic front runner Newsom won as expected, but Republican candidate Cox made an upset by replacing the other expected Democrat Villaraigosa.
Also in California, the Senate Primaries are still being counted. The Senate Primaries are also jungle primaries, and currently the top spot has been projected to be Feinstein, easily projected to win. This leaves room for one more candidate, and it has come down to Democrat De Leon with 10.9%, and Republican Bradley with 9.1%, so the second spot is easily up for grabs.
Sources: CNN, FiveThirtyEight, Fox News, CNN Politics, Flickr
By Nick Baum
TUESDAY – 6/5/18
Yesterday, US President Donald Trump called the White House visit off with the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles, after only 10 members of the team agreed to join. In a statement, Trump declared the reason for the canceling of the visit was “disagreements with our anthem”, after many players didn’t want to visit the White House, and the President they felt they strongly disagreed with in terms of standing or kneeling during the national anthem.
Since the decision, Trump has been criticized by many, as some thought the remaining Eagles members still should have been allowed to go, but decided not to because “the fans deserve better.” Trump has also received criticism by Philadelphia’s mayor Jim Kenney called Trump as “not a real patriot” and “a fragile egomaniac” after the decision to cancel based on anthem disagreements.
Full Statement: “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
Sources: CNN, Fox News, The New York Times
By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 5/25/18
Just yesterday, US President Donald Trump announced that he will be cancelling the planned summit between the United States and North Korea on June 12 in Singapore due to current relations with North Korea and recent actions committed by the country, the White House announced. President Trump sent a letter to North Korea through the same channel where CIA Director Mike Pompeo communicated to North Korea with.
The decision by Trump was thought to be because of declining relations with North Korea, in which North Korea threatened the summit due to U.S. – South Korea military drills being taken place on the southern part of the peninsula. Just days after, a top North Korean official said that recent decisions by the US have threatened relations between the nations, and that North Korea could see the United States “on the brink of nuclear showdown”.
The decision by Trump has met both approval and criticism from both sides of the aisle. Democrats held a press release in which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi panned the decision, saying “Kim Jong Un must be giggling”. However, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un said that the summit can happen “Anytime, and anywhere”.
Sources: CNN, Wall Street Journal, Fox News