News Roundup

British response after deadline passes

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 diplomats and will suspend all high-level contacts between her and Russia over accusations that the country tried to assassinate Sergei Skripal, a former spy of theirs, and passed a deadline of midnight last night without claiming they’d done the crime
  • Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia “rejects the language of ultimatums,” and that Britain has only offered “baseless accusations which are not backed up by any evidence,” and another Russian official said their country had scrapped its stockpile of Novichok, the nerve agent used on the Skripals

Special Congressional election remains too close to call

  • Absentee ballots are being counted
  • Democrat Conor Lamb has declared victory, with a slight lead with 100% of the Election Day vote tallied
  • Republican Rick Saccone vowed to keep fighting: “We are still fighting the fight. It’s not over yet”

Pres. Trump cites disagreement over Iran deal as reason for Tillerson firing

  • “When you look at the Iran deal, I think it’s terrible,” Pres. Trump said. “I guess he thought it was OK.” But with Pompeo, the president said “we have a very similar thought process. I think it’s going to go very well.”
  • Both Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel will require Senate approval for their positions as Secretary of State and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency respectively

Pres. Trump travelled to California and spoke about need for a wall

  • The first president to have taken almost fourteen months to visit the state since Roosevelt, Pres. Trump blasted Governor Jerry Brown shortly after landing and criticized the state’s heavy taxes
  • During his visit to the state, the president toured prototypes of the border well, attended a campaign fundraiser in Beverly Hills, and delivered an address to US military personnel in which he called for the creation of a “Space Force” after talking about the United States’ plans to travel to Mars

High School students planning 17 minute walkout to protest for gun control

Storm dropped more than 2 feet of snow in some parts of New England

  • The National Weather Service of Boston declared the storm a blizzard at noon on yesterday after three hours of blizzard conditions, with Boston receiving a foot of snow
  • Parts of New Hampshire were hit with 27 inches of snow
  • Many schools in Massachusetts are still closed, and the storm left 218,000 power outages in Massachusetts, with 60,000 still without power in New England

Parents of Seth Rich are suing Fox

  • Fox retracted the story but did not apologize for their coverage, and the parents are saying the network “aided and abetted the intentional infliction of emotional distress” their son’s death by promoting a “sham story” about it
  • The May 16, 2017 article allegedly contained “false and fabricated facts”

Physicist Stephen Hawking dead at age 76

  • Hawking discovered what became known as Hawking radiation, where black holes leak energy and fade to nothing, and his book A Brief History of Time became a surprising bestseller, popularizing cosmology and physics

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