In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Friday June 23rd 2017
With the state of current affairs in the US and around the world, we’re staying up to date on as much news as we can. Like many of you, we devour everything that is published on the Trump administration in an effort to keep informed about its horrible policies and so that we can share them with everyone we know (read about them every month in Nia’s “F*ck Donald Trump” series). Here’s a list of the articles and headlines about Trump and beyond that caught our attention this weekend. Check back every Monday and Friday for weekly updates. And, please share any articles that catch your attention, because sharing information is one of the most important things you can do at this moment.
Trump Sued For Allegedly Violating Presidential Records Act
Two government watchdog groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, filed a lawsuit Thursday against President Trump and the Executive Office of the President. The complaint alleges that White House staffers’ widely reported use of encrypted messaging apps, such as Signal and Confide, for internal communication violates the Presidential Records Act.
4 Republican Senators Say They’re Opposed to the GOP Health Care Bill
Four GOP Senators have come out in opposition to the Republican health care bill, just hours after it was publicly released Thursday morning. Sens. Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul and Mike Lee said they are not ready to vote for the bill yet, but are receptive to negotiations and more information. Democrats are expected to universally vote against the bill, meaning Republicans will likely need 50 of their 52 Senators to pass the bill. The objections of these four Senators already puts them at a deficit, and several other Senators said they needed to review the legislation before they could make some sort of decision.
Bill Cosby Plans to Teach Kids to Avoid Sexual Assault
Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for Cosby, said during an interview with a Birmingham, Ala. news station that the 79-year-old actor plans to host a series of such “town hall” meetings with youths. One of the meetings will be in Birmingham, “sometime in July,” Wyatt told WBRC Fox 6 News on Wednesday. “We’re going to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt added. “This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing.”
Police officer is stabbed in Flint, Michigan airport
A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport, and made reference to people being killed overseas during the attack that’s now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal and court officials said. Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn’t kill him.
Two police officers are acquitted of all charges.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith in August 2016, was acquitted of all charges on Wednesday, including a charge of first-degree reckless homicide. Heaggan-Brown is the third law enforcement officer to be tried for a shooting in the U.S. in the last week, and the second to receive an acquittal. On Friday, former Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquittedof second-degree manslaughter following the July 2016 shooting of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Unlike the Castile case, both Heaggan-Brown and his shooting victim were African-American.
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