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Debra Brown | Monday August 7th 2017

Lena Waithe

 

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.

 

Lena Waithe is the First Black Woman to be Nominated for a Comedy Writing Emmy.

Lena Waithe, star and writer for Netflix’s Master of None, made history when she was nominated for an Emmy for writing the “Thanksgiving” episode of the series. The episode was her own story dramatized of coming out to her mother.

 

U.N. Approves New North Korea Sanctions Over Missile Tests.

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose new sanctions on North Korea over the country’s long-range missile tests last month. The measure cuts about $1 billion worth of North Korean exports, or about a third of the country’s export revenue each year. “This resolution is the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime,” said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. “This is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.

 

Leak Investigations Triple Under Trump.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday that the Justice Department was pursuing three times as many leak investigations as were open at the end of the previous administration, a significant devotion of law enforcement resources to hunt down the sources of unauthorized disclosures of information that have plagued the Trump administration. Mr. Sessions vowed that the Justice Department would not hesitate to bring criminal charges against people who had leaked classified information. He also announced that the F.B.I. had created a new counterintelligence unit to manage these cases.

 

Los Angeles Makes Deal to Host the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Los Angeles officials announced a deal Monday with the International Olympic Committee to play host to the 2028 Summer Olympics, giving up a bid for the 2024 Games to Paris and bringing the Olympics back to the United States for the first time since 2002.

 

Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Manifesto Goes ‘Internally Viral’.

A memo of a male Google senior software engineer is titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the author argues that women are underrepresented in tech not because they face bias and discrimination in the workplace, but because of inherent psychological differences between men and women. After a number of female staff described their disgust at the document on social media, Google sent out a company-wide memo saying it did not represent the company’s views.

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