News Roundup

Congress started its open-ended DACA debate yesterday

  • Yesterday Republicans came forward with a bill hewing closely to the one presented by the White House
  • Majority Whip John Cornyn has called for a quick wrap-up with a goal of ending the debate this week
  • Pres. Trump this morning tweeted about the debate, asking if it wouldn’t “be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle”

Trump yesterday presented his budget proposal for 2019

  • Among defense spending increases, several hundred billion dollars in funding for infrastructure, and outlays for the border wall and the opioid crisis, the proposed budget also contains a 2.6% raise for the armed forces, the largest in nine years, which comes on top of the 2.4% raise given by executive order in December
  • Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer criticized the proposal by saying it “has the skin of a plan, but it lacks the guts”

Seventeen-year-old wins Olympic gold and the first athlete gets banned

Barack and Michelle Obama portraits have been unveiled

  • The portraits are untraditional, with Barack ensconced in greenery and flowers while leaning forward on a wooden chair, and Michelle in a mostly black and white geometric dress seated in front of a muted blue background
  • The painters they chose to portray them are both African-American and known for consistently addressing the politics of race

Former confidante of the ousted South Korean president has been jailed for twenty years

  • Choi Soon-sil has been found guilty of abuse of power, bribery and state meddling
  • She was accused of colluding with former South Korean president Park Geun-hye to extort millions from South Korean firms, which culminated in Park being impeached last year

Ukraine deports former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili to Poland

  • Closed-caption footage shows Saakashvili being arrested
  • He has been accused of staying in Ukraine illegally, where he’s led anti-corruption protests against Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko

South African government agreed to push Zuma out

  • After a late-night meeting, the government decided to push Zuma out and formally asked him to resign
  • Pres. Zuma agreed to step down, but only in the next three to six months
  • Zuma has faced increasing pressure to quit since December when he was replaced as leader of the ANC by Cyril Ramaphosa after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that he must face 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering having to do with a 1999 arms deal

Kim Jong-un says he wants to boost ‘warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue’ with South Korea

  • He praised them for being “sincere” and for their “very impressive” efforts to receive the North Koreans
  • On departing South Korea, Pence said that he’s open to a discussion with North Korea, despite a recent announcement of tough sanctions

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