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 – 6/18/18
Just hours ago, Audi CEO and Chairman Rupert Sadler was arrested in Germany in an investigation into diesel and emissions of the cars made by Audi. In a press release, a spokesman for Volkswagen (Audi’s parent company) Nicolai Laude confirmed that Sadler was arrested, but declined to comment on the current investigation.
Sadler had been CEO of Audi since the start of 2010, and had been promoted to CEO in the midst of Volkswagen’s alleged cheating in different emissions tests. From 2008 to 2015, Volkswagen allegedly installed software in their cars to cheat during emissions testing, when in reality the cars were said to pollute up “10 to 40 times more” than other cars, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), whom made the allegations Sept. 18, 2015.
The arrest had also come just a week after prosecutors searched Sadler’s home for any evidence, and also just days after Germany placed a $1.2 Billion dollar penalty on Volkswagen for their alleged cheating and software used during emissions testing. All ready, Volkswagen’s stock in the Frankfurt Stock Exchange had fallen by more than 2%.
Sources: Environmental Protection Agency, Flickr, CNBC, CNBC Explains, CNN Money, Wikipedia
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
MONDAY – 6/4/18
Just hours ago, the famous Volcán de Fuego, an active volcano in Guatemala, erupted killing 25 people and injuring 20 more, according to the country’s disaster relief agency CONRED. Its last eruption was March 25, 2017, and the volcano has been deemed active for many years. The surprise eruption sent ash and fumes into nearby villages, as well as the country’s capital, Guatemala City.
Immediately once the eruption began, the lava stream switched directions and instead came barreling down to a small village called El Rodeo. The incoming river of lava and ash buried the town, killing unexpecting residents in the process. After, the eruption invaded a nearby village, San Miguel Los Lotes, and once again completely burying the town.
Just minutes later, the ash and clouds shifted direction once again, and spread the ash to Guatemala City, the largest city and capital in Guatemala. However, no fatalities were reported in Guatemala City, and the eruption has passed. Guatemalan President Jimmy Moralez called for “three days of mourning” in response to the surprise eruption.
Sources: CNN, CONRED, Wikipedia
By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 5/1/18
Last night in Spain, Mariano Rajoy was ousted from his spot as Prime Minister of Spain by the country’s parliament based on previous corruption and scandals. In fact, Rajoy has become the first Prime Minister in Spain’s modern history (1977 – Now) to be ousted by the parliament.
In return, the leading candidate of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), the main opposition of Rajoy’s party, the Popular Party, Pedro Sanchez, will become the next Prime Minister of Spain. Rajoy’s sudden replacement can be linked to previous scandals involving the Popular Party, with the party supposedly using slush funds to help fund election campaigns.
It is yet to be determined where Rajoy will be next, but prosecutors say they will investigate into previous accounts of corruption. Rajoy lost the parliamentary vote with a decent margin. Out of 350 members of the parliament, 180 voted him out, 169 voted to keep him in, and one absentee was recorded.
Sources: CNN, Reuters, Daily Mail
By Nick Baum
MONDAY – 5/28/18
Memorial Day is seen by many as a day to relax, go to the beach, and hang out in the unofficial start of summer. Barbecues are started, pools and beaches are packed, and fireworks are fired in this festive day off of school and work.
However, Memorial Day actually has a very sadder origin that many don’t acknowledge when celebrating the day. Memorial Day was first started in up state New York after the Civil War to commemorate all of the lives lost in the Union after the war. A southern version of Memorial Day was also held to commemorate the Confederate soldiers killed, but isn’t celebrated anymore.
The day has shifted from acknowledging not only those killed in the civil war, but now to remember all soldiers serving the United States that have been killed on duty, approximately 1.2 million. So, while celebrating this fun day, remember all of the lives sacrificed to give you this freedom!
Sources: Politico, BuzzFeed
By Nick Baum
SATURDAY – 5/26/18
In a referendum held yesterday, Ireland voters voted 69.4% to 30.6% in favor of repealing the country’s eight amendment, a law put in place in 1983 to prohibit abortions in most to all cases. Momentum on the repealing side grew stronger, and forced a referendum back in March, with the date set for May 25th. Polls since campaigning started in March pointed to a win for the pro-choice side, but the landslide victory drew surprise from many Irish voters.
In the days leading up to the vote, Irish born citizens living abroad traveled home to vote in the very heated referendum. Almost 200,000 tweets using the hashtag #HomeToVote was used by many traveling back to the island nation to express their choice. Other Twitter statistics showed growing momentum on the pro-choice side, with tweets for repealing the amendment were eight times more popular than tweets expressing to keep the amendment.
As of now, the landslide victory has given Irish women the ability to end their pregnancy, and the eighth amendment has been replaced with “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.”, meaning that abortions are still allowed to be reviewed by the government under special circumstances. Meanwhile, the legislation to repeal the amendment will be signed by the President soon.
Sources: The Guardian, Wall Street Journal