In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday February 6th 2019
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up speed on world news.
State of the Union Address 2019: Highlights.
Donald Trump confirmed that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are to hold their second summit in Vietnam at the end of February.
Donald Trump said, “I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally”, and insisting that “walls work” and “walls save lives”.
Democratic women wore white in honor of the women’s suffrage movement, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a pin of Jakelin Caal, the 7 year old who died in U.S. custody and house speaker Nancy Pelosi also wore a brooch symbolizing the House’s authority.
Stacey Abrams delivered the official Democratic response to Trump.
Xavier Becerra delivered a response in Spanish and other Democrats gave a response as well.
Here’s a fact check of Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.
Central African Republic Armed Groups Reach Peace Deal.
A peace deal has been reached between the government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups after their first-ever direct dialogue aimed at ending years of conflict, the United Nation and African Union announced.
The agreement will end years of fighting while trying to establish peace in a country ravaged by war since 2012.
Neomi Rao, Picked for D.C. Circuit Court, Faces Scrutiny Over Earlier Views On Rape.
Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the nation’s second-highest appeals court defended herself amid scrutiny of her collegiate writings about sexual assault, environmental protections and multiculturalism.
ACLU Sues Texas Over Alleged Noncitizen Voter Purge.
The American Civil Liberties Union, in conjunction with its Texas chapter and several other progressive groups, filed a federal lawsuit against top elections officials in Texas. The suit accuses Secretary of State David Whitley and Director of Elections Keith Ingram, among others, of creating a flawed voter purge list “that discriminates against naturalized citizens”.
The litigation stems from Whitley’s announcement that roughly 95,000 non-U.S. citizens were listed on Texas voter rolls, with about 58,000 of them having voted at least once.
“We’re suing Texas for rolling out this error-ridden voter purge program that unlawfully targets and threatens the voting rights of eligible and duly registered naturalized citizens,” said Sophie Lakin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, in a statement. The case was filed on behalf of four nonprofits, MOVE Texas Civic Fund, Jolt Initiatice, League of Women Voters of Texas, and NAACP of Texas.
U.S. Senate Senate Approves Anti-BDS Bill.
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation defining the United States security policy in the Middle East, introducing a measure that would allow state and local governments to sanction those who support boycotts, divertire and sanctions against Israel.
The legislation authorizes $3.3 billion a year for ten years in U.S. military aid to Israel, reauthorizes the U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act and imposes financial sanctions on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or companies and banks that do business with Damascus.
According to the ACLU, the bill includes language that would encourage states to pass unconstitutional laws penalizing businesses and individuals who participate in politically motivated boycotts against Israel.
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