News Roundup

Porton Down says they have no evidence the Novichok agent came from Russia

  • The military research center located near Salisbury has publicly announced that they haven’t been able to establish the source of the Novichok nerve agent they say was used in the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia
  • This follows the British government’s announcement that Russia was responsible and a global wave of expulsions of Russian diplomats, which Russia reciprocated shortly after
  • Russia has since called on Britain to “provide every possible element of element of evidence they might have on their hands” regarding the poisoning of the spies

First jail time in Mueller

  • Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan has been sentenced to 30 days of jail time for lying to federal investigators about his connections to a Ukraine-based former Russian intelligence officer and business associate of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates
  • Robert Mueller has said that his team sees Trump as a subject of its investigation, and not as a criminal target

Wisconsin electoral victory by liberal judge makes

  • Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet won a seat on the state’s Supreme Court with a double digit lead
  • Republican Gov. Scott Walker predicted a ‘#BlueWave’ for Wisconsin of Democratic wins, and described “big government special interests” flooding the state in a tweet

In New Hampshire, Kasich Says He May or May Not Run

  • Governor of Ohio John Kasich’s trip to the state of New Hampshire, which holds the first presidential primary, is giving some the impression that he’s considering another presidential campaign in 2020, while he says that “all options are on the table”
  • Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is also considering a 2020 campaign for the presidency

MLK assassination

  • Today is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

Shooting at YouTube headquarters leaves three injured, shooter dead

  • A 39-year-old woman arrived at YouTube’s headquarters and started shooting at lunchtime yesterday, leaving two men and one woman in critical condition and ending with the shooter committing suicide
  • She appears to have been angry that YouTube had demonetized and censored her videos
  • The shooter’s father said she had been missing for several days, and police had found her sleeping in her car in Mountain View

Four Marines killed in California helicopter crash

  • A CH-53E Super Stallion went down during a training mission near El Centro in Southern California at 2:35 local time, killing 4 U.S. Marines
  • The cause of the crash is being investigated

Taliban using night vision, lasers

  • Using high-tech equipment stolen from Afghanistan and international troops or bought on the black market, the devices are giving the Islamist organization the ability to launch new kinds of attacks, which has lead to a doubling of nighttime attacks from 2014 to 2017

China announces tariffs on 106 US products

  • The tariffs are of up to 25% on products including soybeans, cars, whiskey, and aircraft, and are designed to target up to $50 billion of U.S. products annually
  • The move is coming less than 24 hours after Pres. Trump revealed a list of Chinese imports his administration would be targeting
  • Pres. Trump tweeted that we’re “not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit of $500 Billion a year, with Intellectual Property Theft of another $300 Billion”

Dow futures and automaker stocks are way down

  • Dow futures are indicating a drop of 547 points at market open following the announcement of the new tariffs by China, with Ford down 3.3% and General Motors down 4%
  • The Nasdaq and S&P500 are also set to open low

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