In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Monday July 24th 2017
In the news this week By Team ATPB
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.
Women weren’t able to serve in US combat roles until last year. A woman will train with other potential officers this summer in hopes of becoming the first female Navy SEAL. The candidate, a midshipman, and another woman have enlisted as the first female candidates seeking to join the Navy’s special operations teams. The latter is training for the Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program, or SWCC.
Trump Says He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon.
Trump suggested in a series of early morning messages on Twitter that he had no need to use the pardon power at this point but left the option open. Presidents have the authority to pardon others for federal crimes, but legal scholars debate whether a president can pardon himself. Mr. Trump’s use of the word “complete” seemed to suggest he did not see a limit to that authority. He tweeted:
“While all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us,” he wrote on Twitter. “FAKE NEWS.”
Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned Friday after telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with his appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.
Minneapolis Police Chief Forced Out After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman.
The Minneapolis police chief, Janee Harteau, resigned on Friday at the mayor’s request, less than a week after one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 for help. Last Saturday, Ms. Damond, 40, called 911 twice to report a possible sexual assault near her home. Officer Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, arrived at the scene in a dark alley several minutes later. Officer Harrity told state investigators that he had been startled by a loud noise just before Ms. Damond approached their cruiser. Officer Noor then shot her through the open window.
New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci Deletes Old Trump Tweets to Avoid ‘Distraction’.
One of his deleted tweets referred to the Trump campaign as a “spectacle,” another praised former Trump opponent Hillary Clinton, calling her “incredibly competent,” while another voiced Scaramucci’s support of “strong gun control laws,” according to The Hill.
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