In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

NRA Boycott

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


Major Companies Cut Discounts for NRA Members After Parkland, Florida School Shooting.

Major companies with ties to the National Rifle Association shed ties to the pro-gun-rights interest group amid intense scrutiny over the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Most of the businesses had offered discounted products and services to NRA’s several million members. Critics said the deals served as an attractive element of NRA membership.

Here’s the list of companies that have dropped NRA deals.


Supreme Court Keeps DACA Immigration Program in Place Extending March Deadline. 

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s highly unusual bid to bypass a federals appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Andrew Pincus, a Supreme Court litigator and partner at Mayer Brown, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, said the earliest a decision could be expected from the appeals courts would be in June or July.


Georgia Republicans Are Threatening Delta Over its NRA Boycott.

After Delta announced it was ending its flight deals for NRA members traveling to the organization’s annual meeting, Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) announced he would kill legislation lawmakers are considering to provide a sales-tax break on jet fuel that would primarily benefit the Atlanta-based airline.


After ‘Black Panther’ Success, Disney Donates $1 million to Fund Youth STEM Programs.

Disney will donate $1 million to help develop STEM programs in the U.S., following the runaway box-office success of “Black Panther”. The company will give the grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The donation is expected to help grow the group’s national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum, and establish new STEM centers of innovation in a dozen communities.


Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Downgraded.

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been stripped of his top-secret security clearance after months of delays in completing his background check, and will now be limited in his ability to view highly classified information.


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