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The UN, State Department, and White House Monitoring Section of IR Insider publishes breaking news reports and analysis regarding the United Nations, State Department, and White House. Writers of the UN, State Department, and White House Monitoring Section track a particular subject for a week-long period, reposting relevant articles from various news outlets throughout the tracking period, and produce a concluding, synthesizing article at the close of the tracking period. Our writers Julia Radke and Bailey Maybray repost daily and produce weekly. Our section editor is Ziva Juneja.
Wednesday morning Federal Judge William Pauley sentenced Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, to three years in prison. The ruling comes after Cohen was sentenced and pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts in August. These counts included tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump. In addition to the three-year prison sentence, Pauley imposed $500,000 in forfeiture to Cohen and $1.39 million in restitution.
On Saturday, December 8, President Trump announced his Chief of Staff John F. Kelly’s intention to step down by the end of the year. Kelly was brought in last year to help Trump maintain order in the White House, but found the job to be increasingly difficult.
President George H.W. Bush’s funeral at the Washington National Cathedral was a somber event, yet the interactions between former presidents and spouses was pleasant–that is until President Trump walked in. Upon entering, Trump shook hands with former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle and promptly sat down without engaging with Bill or Hillary Clinton. It was noted that as Trump arrived, Hillary Clinton did not turn his way.
On Wednesday, November 28, the United Nations observed its International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – an annual event focused on promoting the inalienable rights of Palestinians. Among those who spoke at the meeting was former CNN political contributor, Marc Lamont Hill. The next day, CNN said that it had severed all ties with him.
This Sunday, a federal judge denied a bid to delay the scheduled prison sentence of George Papadopoulos. Instead, the former Trump campaign aide will begin serving a two-week jail term today.
The 2018 Midterm Elections are over and the results are in: The Senate remains in GOP control with a current count of 51–46 to the Republicans. The house flipped to being under Democratic control, with a count of 222 Democrats seats to the 196 held by Republicans. Seven states–Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Maine, Wisconsin, and Nevada–flipped from having Republican governors to Democrats, while no blue states flipped in this race.
On Tuesday, in an interview with Axios, President Trump revealed his plan to sign an executive order that would end the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship in the United States. Birthright citizenship, embedded in the 14th Amendment which was ratified in 1868, states that anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen.