Good evening y’all!
So Edie has proposed bringing back the daily news round-ups on GT, for those who haven’t seen. I figure since weekends tend to be slower news days from official outlets, and I volunteered to do Sundays, it could be more of a recap of the week! Kinda like Last Week Tonight, but not as witty.
A few caveats:
1) Obviously I am only one person, so this is not gonna be *all* the news, but hopefully the bulk of the big stuff.
2) I’ll try to keep a healthy mix - I know the lot of us are at the very least politically aware, some of us more than a little engaged, but we can’t always be down. I’ll try to put some light news stories in the mix.
3) I’m in the US, but I will try my best to highlight international stories of import.
And of course, feel free to add anything that we could all stand to know more about. So, that said, and without further ado:
- President Cheeto and his ban - the executive order was signed just over a week ago and the various arms of the federal gov’t are in a pretty insane tug of war that is changing seemingly every few minutes and affecting travelers the world over, including those that aren’t even from the seven countries listed in the order. As it stands now, the Pres and his folks have until tomorrow to file their latest appeal against the stay that was placed on the order by WA state federal appeals court judge, James Robart, who Trump continues to lambaste. Thankfully, tons of lawyers all over the country are stepping up to aid folks pro bono while they navigate this shit show.
- Because who needs clean anything in the environment? A House GOP lawmaker has introduced a bill to abolish the EPA. I just... I can’t. All I can say is please for the love of all that is holy, call/email/tweet your reps!
- And net neutrality? He’s coming for that ass too!
- There was a piece not too long ago arguing that Drumpf is the US’ first Latin American-style president. Maybe that wasn’t too far off - the Argentinian president has recently signed a decree to curb immigration to the country drastically, and to also make it easier to deport immigrants. The rationale? Folks from poorer LatAm countries bring crime. Deja vu...
- France’s far right sweetheart, Marine Le Pen, has officially announced her campaign for president.
Some lighter fare:
- These Afghan girls are badass!
- Tennessee could become the first state to offer free college tuition to all citizens in the state! They already offer community college tuition to recent high school grads, but this would extend to everyone and would be funded by the state’s lottery reserves. Go Tennessee!
- Lastly - on the first day of Black History Month, Beyonce gave to me my two new nieces/nephews. In a time of darkness, won’t he do it?!