Breaking developments and analysis of the situations in North America: United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our writers Ian Sanders, Leigh Anderson, and Jacob Lui produce weekly. Our editor is Daniela Weinstein and our previous editor for Fall 2017 was Shira Tarlo.
Late Monday night, the White House declared that the deadline for the imposition of tariffs on European and Chinese goods would be pushed back by 30 days, creating more time for negotiations.
A Washington D.C. federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to continue protections for DACA recipients and accept new applications if the Department of Homeland Security cannot come up with a legitimate reason for the program’s rescission within 90 days.
Following North Korea that indicated its willingness to have denuclearization talks with the United States, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plan to meet face-to-face for a historic summit said to take place either in May or early June.
Republicans on Tuesday maintained their congressional seat in Arizona’s eighth district. The Republican seat, which voted for Trump in 2016 by more than 20 points, came into play for Democrats when Hiral Tipirneni ran a serious campaign. Debbie Lesko, the Republican candidate, won by just five points.
Among the growing list of corporations to receive backlash from President Donald Trump is Amazon.
In a courtroom hearing in Manhattan on Monday, Fox News personality Sean Hannity was revealed as the secret client of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
On April 14th, a combined group of American, British, and French armed forces sent hundreds of guided missiles into the heart of Syria, targeting the chemical weapons of Dictator Bashar Al-Assad. Overnight, the bombardment inflicted significant damage to the stockpiles and research facilities of President Assad, but avoided wider attacks on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions.
On the night of April 15, ABC News aired an interview with James Comey, former FBI director who was fired last year by President Trump. The interview, which was to promote his new book, reveals startling realities of working for President Trump. The book is about the incident and is launching next week.
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has recently faced serious accusations over his management and spending practices. Since being appointed by President Trump in February of last year, Mr. Pruitt has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel, security, and pay raises for his most loyal employees. Members of both political parties have questioned the necessity of these expenses, and have vowed investigations.
The office and hotel room of President Trump’s lawyer Michael D. Cohen were raided on Monday by the FBI, increasing scrutiny about the Russia investigation and Trump’s past extra-marital affairs. The raid set off a Twitter tirade by the president, who fumed that “Attorney–client privilege is dead!” and called the investigation “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”
A new report released on April 9 by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that the federal deficit will rise substantially over the next decade due to both a new spending deal and the GOP tax plan passed last December. The CBO also projects that the U.S. national debt will approach 100 percent of GDP by 2028 (see below). The office warns that the deficit over each of the next ten years will be historically large, reaching levels only seen during World War II and the years following the 2007-2009 recession.
In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, the White House informed reporters that President Donald Trump is planning to sign a proclamation to deploy National Guard forces on the United States border with Mexico. The decision came after a tirade of tweets by the President promising increased border security and condemning a recent uptick in illegal immigration.
Inspired by the strikes last month in West Virginia, teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky took to their state capitols to protest low pay and demand greater funding and benefits. Two hundred of Oklahoma’s school districts were closed on Monday due to the strikes, The New York Times reported, and the marches and closures that continued Tuesday affected 70 school districts, according to Reuters.
This past Friday, an independent forensic pathologist said that Stephon Clark, a 22 year old African-American male, was shot by police eight times. According to the pathologist, Clark was shot from behind by all of one of the bullets when he was killed in Sacramento on March 18. Since the shooting, community members across Sacramento and other parts of the country have protested the way police officers handled the encounter.
On Tuesday, a collection of twelve Democratic states filed lawsuits against the Trump Administration over the planned introduction of a new Census question asking about immigration status.
11 year old Naomi Wadler led a walkout at her elementary school as part of the March 14 national student-led event to protest gun violence. Less than two weeks later, she delivered a speech at March For Our Lives in Washington D.C, representing not students of Parkland, but the “the African-American women who [were] victims of gun violence.”
The serial bomber that terrorized Austin, identified as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, blew himself up in his car after a SWAT team pursued him on Wednesday morning. A confession of his guilt was found on his phone later that evening, the Washington Post reported.
President Donald Trump pushed law enforcement agencies to “get tough” on crime in a speech on Monday, outlining his plan to reduce deaths from opioid abuse. Although lacking details on specific measures, Trump called for the death penalty for drug dealers as well as a further crackdown on immigration.
Over 22,000 educators and school administrators have demanded an increase in wages from the State Government. The action comes after increased health insurance costs have cut further into the already low salaries of teachers.
On March 4, coinciding with the Oscars, the NRA released an ad attacking “fake news” and “every Hollywood phony.” The ad depicts Dana Loesch, one of their national spokespersons, stating “we [the NRA] have had enough of the lies” over a background of dramatic music. Although not mentioned, this ad comes as part of the NRA’s response to the criticisms they have received from the recent gun reform movement.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly opened up to the possibility of denuclearization and peace talks with the United States, according to South Korean diplomats that met with him in Pyongyang.
Good news appeared on Monday for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) could not be immediately shut down by the Trump Administration. The decision of the court bought more time for these “Dreamers” as the dismantling of DACA is challenged by numerous Democratic States.
Last Wednesday, President Trump met with grieving families and survivors of the Parkland shooting at the White House to listen to their stories and discuss possible changes in gun regulation and school safety. The shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, and 17 people were killed.
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