In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

State of the Union

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Trump Signs Order to Keep Guantanamo Open.

Donald Trump signed a new executive order Tuesday to keep open the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and opened the door to sending new prisoners there. Trump announced that move during his State of the Union address.

The decision is a major reversal of his predecessor President Barack Obama’s policy.


After 150 years a Rare “Super Blue Blood Moon’.

The cosmic trifecta of a supermoon, a blue moon, and a total lunar eclipse hasn’t been seen anywhere on Earth since December 1982. According to eclipse experts, the event marks the first time it’s been seen in the Americas in 150 years.


NAACP Sues Trump Administration Over Ending Protected Status For Haitians.

The NAACP is suing the Department of Homeland Security over the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the temporary protected status, or TPS, of tens of thousands of Haitians living in the U.S.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, seeking a court injunction, arguing it was “an egregious departure from the TPS statute’s requirements and an intent to discriminate on the basis of race and/or ethnicity.”

The group also quotes a New York Times report that President Trump said 15,000 of the Haitians who came to the U.S. in 2017 “all have AIDS” as evidence of what it calls President Trump’s “racialized goals concerning immigration.”


FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Resigns.

McCabe has been at the center of ongoing tensions between the White House and the FBI and has reportedly been under pressure to quit from Trump, whose presidential campaign is being investigated for possible collusion with Russia.


Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Partner on U.S. Employee Healthcare.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced today that they are partnering on ways to address healthcare for their U.S. employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs.

The companies said their focus mainly would be on providing improved healthcare for their own U.S. workers, which total nearly 1 million, the move immediately triggered speculation that any solutions they develop could spread throughout the industry. Shares of leading insurers and drug stores tanked after the announcement.

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