News Roundup

At least 17 killed and dozens injured at high school shooting in Florida

  • Police arrested the 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz in a nearby neighborhood after he exited the school in a crowd of fleeing students
  • Cruz used an AR-15, setting off a fire alarm just before starting to shoot
  • With 17 deaths and dozens of injuries, this is now the second-deadliest school shooting in American history
  • The suspect was transferred to jail this morning and has been officially charged with seventeen counts of murder

The Senate may vote on several competing immigration proposals today

  • A bipartisan group of 16 senators are advancing legislation including a path to citizenship and $25 billion in border security funding over 10 years, but without an end to chain migration and the visa lottery system
  • A separate group of senators are pushing a bill they’d presented at the beginning of this week tied directly to the White House’s immigration proposal, which includes an end to chain migration and the visa lottery

Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold in women’s giant slalom, Norwegians known as ‘Attacking Vikings’ win men’s downhill

  • 22-year-old Shiffren won the fifth gold medal for the US
  • Two Norwegian men known as the ‘Attacking Vikings’ took the gold and silver medals in the men’s downhill

McDonalds taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off of Happy Meals menu

  • Customers would still be able to request those items, but taking them off of the menu would reduce how often they’re ordered

First medical marijuana sales in Pennsylvania taking place today

  • Although medical marijuana was legalized in 2016, it took until today for the first sales to take place after several dispensaries opened earlier this week

Trey Gowdy calling for an investigation into WH handling of Rob Porter

  • Former staff secretary Rob Porter was hired and maintained in his position despite reports from the FBI that the White House had been informed of a history of domestic violence and spousal abuse, including a restraining order held by one ex-wife

Sec. of Defense Mattis urged Turkey to focus on fighting ISIS

  • While asserting that the security situation in the region is ‘probably the most complex’ he’s ever seen, Mattis has urged Erdogan to focus his country’s fight on the Islamic State, an implicit criticism of the country’s policy
  • This precedes an upcoming meeting in Ankara on Thursday night between Sec. of State Tillerson and Turkey’s president Erdogan

South African government expected to elect Ramaphosa today, replacing Zuma, who resigned last night

  • This follows months of increasing pressure on Zuma to resign, the raiding of the home of a family aligned with Zuma, and yesterday’s vote by the ANC to formally request that Zuma resign

One in six children living in a global conflict zone, an increase of over 75% from the early nineties

  • A report issued by the charity Save the Children said that at least 357 million children are living in conflict zones, more than ever before
  • This comes as a result of increasingly urban warfare, specifically an increase in urban bombings

The NATO-led military mission in Afghanistan rejected an offer by the Taliban to end hostilities through talks

  • This offer came in the form of a rare statement delivered Wednesday by The Taliban to the American people
  • Their statement did not mention recent attacks on civilians claimed by the Taliban, including a Jan. 27th attack on a hotel in Kabul which killed more than 30 and a car bombing a week later which killed 100
  • These attacks were the reason for the mission’s rejection of the offer, with its spokesman saying “the recent attacks speak louder than these words”

Top Stories

New York Times: 17 Killed in a School Shooting in Florida
Washington Post : Authorities seek motive after 17 killed in Florida school shooting
Drudge Report : FBI Was Warned
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Breitbart News : Report: FBI Warned About Potential School Shooter Named Nikolas Cruz in September
Slate : Yes, Students Tweet Mass Shootings Now
HuffPost : 2018: 1 School Shooting Every 60 Hours
BuzzFeed : “I’m Going To Be A Professional School Shooter”