North Korea Threatens Relations with the U.S. over Military Drills

By Nick Baum

WEDNESDAY – 5/16/18

North Korea made a statement yesterday stating that talks with South Korea have been suspended, and that the summit with the U.S. in Singapore might be canceled due to recent South Korea – US military drills on the southern half of the peninsula, as well as in the nearby sea. Kim Kye-gwan, an official in the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that if Trump wanted better relations, that they would get the response they “deserve”.

Also stated in the announcement, which was aired through North Korean State Media across the country, was that North Korea canceled a meeting with South Korean officials and that if talks of relations between North Korea and the US were meant to be, then US President Donald Trump wouldn’t bring denuclearization to the front table.

As of now, the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump is still on, as it will be on June 12 in Singapore, a neutral location. However, peace talks between the US, South and North Korea have been thrown up due to North Korea’s response of American military drills.

Sources: CNN, CNN Politics, Wall Street Journal, CBS News,

EXCLUSIVE: US Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

By Nick Baum

TUESDAY – 5/15/18

Yesterday, the United States Embassy of Israel had officially moved from Tel Aviv and opened its new location in Jerusalem, with US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. At the new opening ceremony beside the new location, both top officials from the U.S. and Israel attended, with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump representing the President, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The move had a mass support from Israelis and other citizens, but the move also met fierce opposition as well as protests and riots from Palestinians. 11 were killed in riots against the new embassy move, with the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) saying that one officer had to shoot three protesters who looked like they were about to shoot at him. Another officer also killed a few protesters after he found them rigging a fence with explosives.

Despite the death toll, the majority of opposition made peaceful protests, arguing that Jerusalem belongs to Palestine, some of which even arguing that Tel Aviv, the sight of the originally US embassy, should be moved elsewhere due to Tel Aviv being originally placed on Palestinian land. However, the move was still cheered by many locals, with Israeli parades supporting the move being held, as well as Jerusalem’s most famous soccer team and one of the best teams in the Israeli Premier League, Betar Jerusalem, officially changed its name to Beitar “Trump” Jerusalem, sparking outrage from many on the same team that also didn’t allow Arabs.

Sources: IDF,  Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News

US-North Korea Summit is Set for June 12

By Nick Baum

FRIDAY – 5/11/18

After US President Donald Trump met with three freed American prisoners in North Korea, a time and place for the widely discussed summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has finally been agreed on, it will be on June 12 in Singapore, just south of Malaysia.

The date of June 12 is seen as a relatively soon date, yet giving both leaders time before hand to prepare. In February, Trump originally suggested for the summit to be by May, but settled for June with North Korea. As for the location of the meeting, intelligence officials in the US all agreed that Singapore is a neutral ground that can welcome in both sides, as opposed to other suggested locations like on a US battleship.

It is still unknown what other leaders will be attending the summit, or other personnel in the administration, but it is likely that CIA Director Mike Pompeo will join as he has already visited North Korea twice, both on terms to set up a time for the summit as well as escalating peace talks.

Sources: CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News

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

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 AND OPINION: Ranking the Top 20 Cities for Amazon’s Second Headquarters (Part 2)

By Nick Baum

Note: DON’T READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN’T LOOKED AT THE ORIGINAL PART ONE. LINK HERE: https://thedailynick.com/2018/05/06/exclusive-and-opinion-ranking-the-20-cities-for-amazons-second-headquarters-part-1/

Ever since Amazon first announced they will build a second headquarters, 238 cities across North America sent bids in hopes to obtain the new headquarters, and now, only 20 remain, and the final ten of them will be ranked.

10. Denver, Colorado – The mile high city has been a commercial and tech hub in the mountain region, attracting startup companies for its growing population and skill set. The city also gives out tax breaks and has often looked up to larger companies, giving the city a chance.

9. Dallas, Texas – Dallas is a city that has all of the abilities and needs that Amazon is looking for. Transportation, check. Education, check. Innovation, check. What brings Dallas down however is other cities being able to do the same necessities, but better. Nevertheless, Dallas has a good shot

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The city of brotherly love has seen a massive breakthrough of innovation and commercial success over the past years, and doubled with close vicinity to New York City and other candidate city Newark, gives the city to admire.

7. Miami, Florida – Much like Philadelphia, Miami has seen a recent influx or corporations wanting to move to city that can offer more space and less tensions. Miami is also a city built on tourism and vacationing, not companies. So, while smaller companies might enjoy the increased chances of profit, Amazon might see some difficulty despite the abilities Miami contains.

6. Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Being the only Canadian city on this list, Toronto can perform differently from the rest of the mainstream American crowd, and his the abilities to use different strategies through tax breaks and incentives. Much like New York, it is a powerhouse and is the highest market in Canada, also bringing expensive costs into question.

5. Chicago, Illinois – The windy city is a city that can offer lots to Amazon. It has low costs, lots of commercial success, transportation and airports, and much more, only bringing into question the city’s high crime rate, looking rather unattractive.

4. Columbus, Ohio – This smaller city is still the biggest in Ohio, and can offer low costs as well as transportation between two other Ohio cities, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Columbus has a relatively small market, but hopes for a new rebirth in the city’s economy if Amazon comes in, which is hopeful.

3. Northern Virginia, Virginia – This section of the state can offer the same benefits of Washington DC, but without the high tax rate and limited space. Innovation has been spreading throughout the region, with many companies calling the state home. That mixed with the amount of space available and tax cuts, means Northern Virginia is a top contender.

2. Austin, Texas – The capital of Texas is a very successful city that has been growing large in size ever since the great recession. Contrasting from other entries, Austin has a relatively conservative government, meaning there are more lower taxes as well as space for bigger companies. All in all, and politics aside, Austin has a major chance.

1. Atlanta, Georgia – What other city provides everything that Amazon is looking for in a new headquarters, but in such a good way? Atlanta. The city was founded as a major transportation hub, but has seen an increase in companies and corporations in the area. Atlanta gives plenty of tax breaks to both companies and movies, which is why many movies and tv shows have been shot there, including the Walking Dead, Stranger Things, the Hunger Games, and Baby Driver have been filmed there. Atlanta has the best shot, every requirement Amazon needs the city is one step ahead, making their chance the best of all.

Sources: CNBC, TheDailyNick (Part 1), Tech Crunch, Wall Street Journal

EXCLUSIVE AND OPINION: Ranking the 20 Cities for Amazon’s Second Headquarters (PART 1)

By Nick Baum

SUNDAY – 5/6/18

Ever since Amazon has announced a new second headquarters, hundreds of cities across North America raced to prove why they were best for the company to move its new location. Out of the over 200 bids, came just 20 finalists, ranked. (List goes from least likely to most likely)

20. Washington D.C. – D.C. definitely has some advantages, as having a headquarters in the capital of America as well as an up and coming tech hub can give power to the company. However, take into account the amount of space available in DC as well as high taxes and costs.

19. Montgomery County, Maryland – Montgomery County has a strategic location for Amazon, being squeezed in between both D.C. and Baltimore. Unlike DC, Baltimore didn’t make it to the finalists so the fact that the county of about a million people can rival major cities with their education and transportation proves promising. However, similarly to DC, Montgomery County has very high taxes, and not enough space in the densely populated area.

18. Nashville, Tennessee – Nashville is a center for innovation in the Tennessee area, with many companies flocking to the innovation center. However, the city’s lack of education as well as proximity from any major transportation lines proves to be hard on the city’s bid.

17. Indianapolis, Indiana – Similar to Nashville, Indianapolis is the center of the regional area around, with many companies and important programs in Indiana being centered there. However, the lack of an economy as well as a bigger rival just north of them, Chicago, can prove strong against the city.

16. Newark, New Jersey – Being the smallest city on the list, Newark is the underdog in the battle for Amazon, but has the capabilities. The city is connected to railroad stretching through the east coast, has an airport a short distance from downtown, and is also home to Amazon’s Audible, an audio-book company, as well as having education and tons of space in the city. However, the small size of the city, negative publicity due to its very high 7 billion dollar bid, as well as close proximity to two other candidates, New York and Philadelphia, can prove to be costly for the Brick City.

15. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The western Pennsylvanian industrial powerhouse definitely has a shot at Amazon, but will be hard to deliver. Having lots of space in terms of both warehouses and factories, Pittsburgh can deliver. However, the lack of innovation as well as startups or new programs in the city can prove difficult.

14. Raleigh, North Carolina – Raleigh has a stable and well city that has low taxes and can always welcome a new company. However, if you take into account the lack of skills or transportation to other cities, let alone the fact that its the biggest city for miles, could be costly.

13. Boston, Massachusetts – Boston is a stronghold in the region, being the center for finance and commerce in New England while holding a fierce rivalry with New York City. Boston has strong innovation and leadership in the region, as well as strong culture and transportation for Amazon. Despite all of this though, Boston has a high tax rate, and has seen a fair share of corporations leave the city, but Boston still has a small shot at delivering.

12. Los Angeles, California – The City of Angels is dominant in the southwest, boasting lots of companies and startups throughout the region. The city has a population of 4 million, has multiple universities and has multiple airports. Despite all of this though, high taxes and homelessness could be a setback.

11. New York City, New York – The Big Apple might be the largest city in the country, attracting companies big and small and having world class universities and transportation, but similarly to Los Angeles, high taxes as well as space and many regulations in New York might damage the city’s chances, but New York still has a good shot.

The bottom 10 will be featured on Part 2.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Tech Crunch, CNBC