In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday December 6th 2017
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Patagonia Vows to Sue Trump Over National Monuments.
Patagonia, a maker of outdoor apparel and other gear known for its advocacy on environmental issues, is denouncing President Trump for his decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah. Outdoor gear retailers REI and The North Face also released statements protesting the announcement and directing customers on how to protest the move.
The policy will make an 85% cut to the state’s 1.3m acre Bears Ears National Monument and a 50% cut to its 1.9m acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Native American tribes and environmental groups say they will file lawsuits against the policy.
Time Names ‘The Silence Breakers’ As 2017 Person Of The Year.
Time’s 2017 Person of the Year is The Silence Breakers, what the magazine refers to as “the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment.” The cover image accompanying the story features actress Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, who have all spoken out against various forms of sexual misconduct. It also highlights the plight of sexual harassment among people who don’t have as large of an audience by featuring Isabel Pascual, a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries, and Adama Iwu, a corporate lobbyist in Sacramento.
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I. and Will Cooperate With Russia Inquiry.
President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December, becoming the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in the special counsel’s wide-ranging inquiry into election interference.
U.S. Quits Migration Pact, Saying It Infringes on Sovereignty.
The Trump administration has quit participating in talks on a proposed United Nations agreement to improve ways of handling global flows of migrants and refugees, describing it as a subversion of American sovereignty.
Trump administration officials said the decision was not an American repudiation of cooperation with other countries but a rightful defense of the government’s power to determine who can enter the United States.
CVS is buying Aetna in Massive Deal That Could Transform Health Care.
CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna, the companies announced Sunday.
If approved, the $69 billion acquisition, $77 billion including debt — would drastically remap the health care industry. CVS Health is a massive drugstore chain and prescription drug insurer, while Aetna is one of the nation’s largest health insurers. It would also go down as the largest health insurance deal in history, far exceeding Express Scripts (ESRX)’ $29 billion acquisition of Medco in 2012, the last record-holder.
Supreme Court Allows Full Enforcement of Trump Travel Ban.
The U.S. Supreme Court allowed complete enforcement of the latest version of President Donald Trump’s restriction on travel to the U.S., giving the White House a rare courtroom win over the travel ban issue. The rules keep the ban on visas from five of the six countries from the original travel executive order — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen — but lift restrictions on visitors from the Sudan. And they add new limits on visitors and immigrants from Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.
Roy Moore Gets Trump Endorsement and R.N.C. Funding for Senate Race.
President Trump on Monday strongly endorsed Roy S. Moore, the Republican nominee for a United States Senate seat here, prompting the Republican National Committee to restore its support for a candidate accused of sexual misconduct against teenage girls. “Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter on Monday, before he formally endorsed Mr. Moore during a telephone call. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”