News Roundup

Trump considering vetoing the 1.3 trillion dollar spending bill

  • Pres. Trump tweeted this morning that he’s considering a veto of the recently passed omnibus funding bill “based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL… is not fully funded”
  • The bill was passed after a late night session, finally being approved just after midnight by a 65-32 vote in the Senate, and the agreement would leave the government running through September
  • The bill increases spending for both the military and domestic affairs by wide margins, giving funding for infrastructure projects and attempts to combat the opioid crisis
  • Rand Paul says it could have been written by President Obama and liberal Democrats

H.R. McMaster out, John Bolton in as National Security Advisor

  • John Bolton will be taking over on April 9th
  • Multiple media outlets are referring to Bolton as a “well-known hawk,” including two on our top links section further down
  • Lee did a Periscope on this as soon as the replacement was announced last night

Protests this weekend to support gun control

  • The main rally in the “March For Our Lives” protests being planned across the nation will take place in front of the nation’s capital along Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Additional protests have been planned for every state in the union, with more than 700 planned nationwide, and with organizers saying they have planned more protests on every continent except Antarctica, though most are taking place in the United States

High School student taken off life support

  • Jaelynn Willey, a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the head at a Maryland school this week, will be taken off of life support following a decision made by her family
  • She was shot by a 17-year-old who was killed shortly after, but it’s not yet clear whether he was killed by a bullet from an officer of if he took his own life

Strong retaliation from China after US announces tariffs on their goods

  • The US announced tariffs on over 100 products produced by China worth $60 billion, and China announced their own tariffs in return: a 15% tariff on 120 goods worth almost $1bn, and a 25% tariff on eight goods worth noearly $5bn
  • The US launched a complaint against China at the World Trade Organization today, saying they appear “to be breaking WTO rules” on patents
  • China has said that while it doesn’t want a trade war, it is “absolutely not afraid” of entering one
  • The Dow is down 724 points, China’s Shanghai Composite Index is down 3.4%, Japanese stocks plunged 4% on the Nikkei, while the yen is at 16-month high and the dollar hit its lowest level since 2016

Allies excluded from tariffs at last minute

  • The European Union, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia have all been temporarily excluded from the 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum which were put into effect last night
  • Pres. Trump will decide after May 1st whether to permanently exempt the nations based on talks

Atlanta city government shut down by ransomware hack

  • The city of Atlanta government has been hit by a ransomware attack, with attackers demanding they pay $6,800 to unlock each computer or $51,000 to receive all keys for the affected systems
  • The systems affected include the city’s payroll management system, but not public safety, water, or power
  • The city is coordinating with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and Cisco and Microsoft officials

Top Stories

New York Times: McMaster Is Out as National Security Adviser; Bolton Is In

Washington Post: McMaster is out, Bolton is in as national security adviser

Drudge Report: China Fights Back: Targets 128 American Products

The Daily Caller: 'Too Many Red Flags'

Breitbart News: McConnell’s Senate Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill | Trump Expected to Sign

Slate: It’s Time to Panic Now

HuffPost: ‘Never Met A Country He Hasn’t Wanted To Destroy’

Buzzfeed: Hot Data | The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Said He Wanted To Create “The NSA’s Wet Dream”