By Nick Baum
THURSDAY – 11/8/18
Yesterday, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of current US Attorney General Jeff Sessions after months of criticism in handling the Mueller probe and the FBI investigation. This move was seen coming by many Republicans and Democrats, as Trump’s approval of Sessions has dropped tremendously.
Sessions actually received the letter, not by Trump, but by new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. After writing his resignation, many Democrats came to criticize the decision in firing him. Current Minority Leader and future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted that the decision “was a blatant attempt to undermine the Mueller investigation.”
As of now, the new US Attorney General is Matthew G. Whitaker, who was chief of staff to Jeff Sessions. Sessions was also seen as a loyalist to President Trump, being one of the Trump cabinet’s original picks, as he was invited for his likability from President Trump, as he was a proud ally of Trump and former Senator from Alabama.
Sources and Pictures: CNN, Twitter, Washington Post, CNNPolitics
By Nick Baum
WEDNESDAY – 11/7/18
Dramatic, hard fought, and down to the end. These phrases describe the seven-hour-long midterm election last night, as dozens of house seats, as well as Senate seats, went down to the wire, many of which were too close to call.
The Democrats have flipped the House of Representatives in their majority for the first time in 8 years, as it has been two midterm elections since the Democrats had a majority in the house. They needed to gain 23 seats in order to retain a majority and was able to accomplish that early on in the night with victories in key battleground states like Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. As of now, votes are still live but House Democrats have the ability to add even more seats to their gain, as some races were too close to call from last night.
As for the Senate, the GOP will maintain their majority with a two-seat gain. Republicans managed to defeat incumbents in Florida, Arizona, Indiana, North Dakota, and Missouri while still taking losses in Nevada and Montana, in order to keep a Senate majority. However, four Senate races are still up, and The New York Times projects that the Republicans can expand their majority to 53 seats.
Sources: The New York Times, CNN, FiveThirtyEight
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
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
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
SUNDAY – 6/3/18
In a jobs report released just yesterday, positive numbers in many areas of the economy have been proven with a monthly financial report on jobs and economics. The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest in half a century, 3.8%, with 223,000 jobs being added in the month of May.
In other areas, the average hourly earnings, or wages, overall went up in America by 2.7%. The unemployment rate in other aspects also went down, too. The black, latino, women, and non high school graduating unemployment rate has hit its lowest point.
Criticism has still been shared by different opponents, too. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that those numbers “mean nothing”, and criticized the consequences of Trump’s approved tax plan earlier this year. The White House Twitter account also violated a passed law in the 2000’s, in that if a jobs report is released, an official government source must share at least an hour after. However, both the White House and Trump shared it shortly after.
Sources: Wall Street Journal, USA Today, UMN News