In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday November 22nd 2017
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F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal.
The Federal Communications Commission released a plan on Tuesday to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content and to curb access to some websites.
The proposal, made by the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, is a sweeping repeal of rules put in place by the Obama administration. The rules prohibit high-speed internet service providers, or I.S.P.s, from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites. They also prevent the companies from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services.
House Democrats Introduce Articles of Impeachment against Trump.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, introduced five articles of impeachment that include obstruction of justice for Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, two emoluments clause violations, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and undermining the freedom of the press. They acknowledged their efforts have no chance of success while Republicans control both houses of Congress.
At Least 50 Dead in Suicide Bombing at Nigerian Mosque.
A teenage suicide bomber detonated as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said Tuesday, in one of the region’s deadliest attacks in years.
Nigerian Women Become Africa’s First Olympic Bobsled Team.
Three Nigerian women are making history as the continent’s first-ever bobsled team to compete in the Winter Olympics. Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga are expected to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The House Passed its Tax Bill November 16.
The House passed its Tax Bill November 16, every Democrat voted no along with 13 Republicans. The bill now moves on to the Senate where the Republicans have included a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. The Senate is expected to act sometime after the Thanksgiving break.
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Haitian Quake Victims in the U.S. Will Lose Deportation Protection in 2019.
The Trump administration has given nearly 60,000 Haitians with provisional legal residency in the United States 18 months to leave, announcing Monday that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed them to remain in this country for more than seven years.
The decision came after the Department of Homeland Security determined that the “extraordinary conditions” justifying their presence in the United States following a 2010 earthquake “no longer exist,” a senior administration official said.
LaToya Cantrell Elected First Female Mayor of New Orleans.
New Orleans voters elected LaToya Cantrell as mayor Saturday, making her the first woman to hold that position in the city’s 300-year history. Cantrell, a city councilwoman, got 60% of the votes over her opponent, former municipal court Judge Desiree Charbonnet, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.
Robert Mugabe Resigns After 37 years as Zimbabwe’s Leader.
Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s President on Tuesday after 37 years of autocratic rule, finally succumbing to the pressure of a military takeover and impeachment. Mugabe’s successor, according to a spokesman for the ZANU-PF party, will be former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose firing by Mugabe precipitated the crisis.