New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns

By Nick Baum

TUESDAY – 5/8/18

The attorney general for the state of New York Eric Schneiderman has resigned amidst allegations of sexual abuse, including four different women accusing him in the last several hours. As attorney general, Schneiderman was in charge of looking over the operations of every major department in the state, as well as serving as top lawyer for the state itself.

However, he claimed that while “he contests” these allegations, he believes that the controversy surrounding him has made his role ineffective, and resigning late Monday, May 7. Schneiderman had also spoken for the #MeToo movement, and had campaigned for women’s rights before.

The attorney general also tried to sue Harvey Weinstein, as well as applauding women for speaking up about their harassers and encouraged more to do the same. In an interview with the New Yorker, two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said they had both been in relationships with Schneiderman, complaining that he choked and slapped them around, forcing them to seek medical treatment.

Full statement here: “It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the State of New York. In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I therefore resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”

Sources: CNN, The Washington Post, The New Yorker

EXCLUSIVE: Gun Control Measures after Stoneman Douglas Shooting

By Nick Baum

SATURDAY – 4/14/18

For millions across the nation, the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School was seen as a wake up call for many, and as an annoying movement for many others. However, actions are being taken in schools and cities nationwide, as many try to stop a shooting with the likes of the previous one to take effect.

First, two different public school districts in Pennsylvania. First, the Blue Mountain School District, a rural school district in central Pennsylvania, decided to have a bucket of rocks in every classroom, as an effort to discourage shooters while not implementing guns. The Erie School District bought 600 miniature bats, one for every teacher in the district.

Also, many public schools have upgraded security since the shooting, in an effort to peacefully prevent the schools from another attack. The most controversial security measure since the shooting was Stoneman Douglas’s clear backpack initiative, which many called an infringement on their first amendment rights.

Sources: CNN, BuzzFeed News, Associated Press

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

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

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

Officer who Shot Alton Sterling is Fired

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 3/30/18

News came out that officer Blane Salamoni had finally been fired after a 2016 incident involving the killing of black citizen Alton Sterling. The shooting occurred in Baton Rouge in the spring of 2016 and sparked new Black Lives Matter protests across the nation.

The killing was recorded with a police body camera, which depicted officer Salamoni yelling profanities at Sterling at a convenience store, then firing six shots, killing Sterling dead at the scene.

Charges have finally been brought against Salamoni, and officer Howley Lake II whom was also at the scene has been suspended from the force for three days. The disciplinary actions against the two officers have been decided by chief Murphy Paul after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry didn’t charge the officers and the Department of Justice refused to investigate in May.

Sources: CNN, The New York Times

March for Our Lives Protests Occur Nationwide

By Nick Baum

SUNDAY

Yesterday, protests across the nationwide were started in efforts for better gun control, and less school shootings. The March for our Lives campaign was started after 17 students were killed when Nikolas Cruz opened fire in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The march itself, organized by student survivors of the shooting, drew in large numbers across the nation, with the largest being in Washington D.C. There was also a rally and concert in Parkland, and was in memoriam for the 17 students whom were killed in the massacre.

The marches themselves also met little to no opposition, despite there being a few counter protests in Washington DC, supporting the second amendment. Speakers at the Washington event included survivors of the shooting, and Martin Luther King’s granddaughter, whom also used his famous “I have a dream” speech to promote more gun control.

Sources: CBS, NJ 12 News