News Roundup

Mike Pompeo replacing Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State

  • After cutting short a trip to the African countries of Chad and Nigeria, the administration has announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be replaced by Mike Pompeo, who is currently serving as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Pres. Trump praised Tillerson, thanking him for his service, and said that he was proud to nominate Pompeo to the new position

Republicans on the House Intel Committee deny that Russia interfered in election

  • Republicans on the Committee have concluded that Russia wasn’t trying to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election, and that they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they’re shutting down their yearlong investigation
  • Trump tweeted about the conclusion late yesterday, in all-caps, reiterating their conclusion
  • Republicans said that there was however evidence that Russia had attempted to sow dissent in the media

British Prime Minister Theresa May sets deadline for Russia to respond over nerve gas attack on ex-spy and daughter

  • Saying that it’s “highly likely” that Russia is responsible for the nerve agent attack on its own ex-spy, his daughter, and innocent bystanders, British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that her country won’t tolerate the “brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil” and his given the country a deadline of midnight tonight to explain itself

Trump administration puts a halt to Broadcom buyout of Qualcomm, citing national security concerns

  • The move will stop the Chinese acquisition of next-generation 5G technology, citing “credibly evidence” that the deal would threaten “to impair the national security of the US”
  • The deal would have been the biggest tech sector takeover on record

Statute of Limitations runs out for James Clapper

  • Five years after allegedly lying to Congress, admitting that he gave “clearly erroneous testimony,” former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appears to be safe from charges after having passed a five-year limit on legal culpability
  • The alleged lies were made before Congress over the issue of whether the NSA was collecting “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans, to which Clapper responded “No, sir,” and “not willingly”

Winter storm warning in New England

  • The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Southern New England and a Blizzard Warning for most of Massachusetts’ coast for a storm hitting the coasts today
  • Up to 2 feet of snow are predicted in parts of Massachusetts, with snow expected beginning to hit the ground around midnight last night, and strong winds coming across Cape Cod and the islands
  • A record 1,500 flights have been cancelled out of a number of airports in the region, and Amtrak service between New York and Boston are suspended today

Pennsylvania election underway

  • Polls in the district are open from 7am to 8pm EST, and the two candidates are in a fight in which outside groups have spent over $12 million
  • Although this is a district Trump won by 20 points in 2016, Democrat candidate Conor Lamb is neck-to-neck with Republican candidate Rick Saccone

Three Austin bombings kill two in ten days

  • Three package bombs have exploded in Texas’ capital over the last 10 days, killing two people, both of whom are members of Austin’s African-American community, with another bombing wounding a 75-year-old Hispanic woman
  • The attacks are taking place as the SXSW festival is starting
  • Governor Greg Abbott has announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the blasts

Pilot of helicopter crash says one of the passengers may have caused crash

  • The pilot of the helicopter the crashed Sunday night said that a strap from a passenger’s harness inadvertently shut off the helicopter’s engine
  • The crash killed five as it crashed into New York City’s East River, leaving all of the passengers of the helicopter dead and only the pilot alive

Nepal plane crash worst in the country in almost 70 years

  • At least 49 people died after a plane run by a privately-owned Bangladeshi carrier approached the runway in Nepalese capital Kathmandu from the wrong direction, crashing and bursting into flames
  • The airline’s chief executive officer blamed air traffic controllers for the crash, saying they gave out wrong signal, which authorities in Nepal denied

Syria heating up as Turkey besieges Afrin, Syria-Russia find chemical workshop

  • Turkish forces and allied Syrian opposition forces have besieged the Kurdish-held town of Afrin, a significant advance in Turkey’s seven-week operation in the region, encircling hundreds of thousands and pushing thousands to begin fleeing the city yesterday
  • Russia has said that if the US military takes action against their troops in Syria, they will retaliate, saying they have “reliable information” that militants are preparing to falsify a chemical attack against Syrian citizens

China announces new regulatory structure for financial and insurance sectors

  • China is giving its central bank the power to write the rules for the country’s financial sector as part of an overhaul aiming to close regulatory loopholes
  • The country’s Banking and Insurance regulatory commissions will be merged in the biggest industry changes since 2003

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