Trump Administration Imposing Sanctions Against 38 Russians Oligarchs and Officials
- Cited is “the Kremlin’s malign agenda” that ranges from malicious online campaigns and efforts to undermine democracy.
- Seven oligarchs and 12 companies they control are on the new sanctions list.
- 17 senior Russian government officials are also on the list.
- Because of the sanctions, assets held by individuals in the US will be frozen.
- Americans are barred from doing business with those on the list.
The US added 103,000 jobs in March
- The unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.1 percent.
- Wage growth is slightly up, at 2.7 percent from March of last year.
- The Washington Post is reporting that there is now a job open for every unemployed person in the country.
President Trump Escalates Trade War Rhetoric
- Trump says he is looking into $100 billion in new tariffs on Chinese goods
- On Thursday, Trump said an escalation would be due to China’s “unfair retaliation”
- He’s referring to China’s 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of US exports, which was announced on Wednesday.
- United States farmers are expressing concern over tariffs that could impact crops like soy beans and corn.
- Dow futures dropped as a result.
Facebook Rolling Out New Security Tools for Users on Monday
- The tools will allow users to view which apps they’ve connected to and how to delete them.
- By the end of the year the company plans to have doubled the amount of staffers they have dedicated to security.
- This follows reports over a data breach of 87 million Facebook users.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before Congress next week.
Former South Korean President Park Guen-hye Found Guilty of Corruption, Sentenced to 24 Years
- She was found guilty on 16 of 18 counts against her, mostly on charges of bribery and coercion, and was fined the equivalent of $17 million
- The judge reportedly said that Park had shown “no sign of repentance” after causing “massive chaos” in the country.
- She will likely be spending the rest of her life in prison, but has said she will appeal the sentence.
- She was arrested last year after millions of South Koreans demanded her impeachment.
Former South African President facing corruption charges in court
- Former President Jacob Zuma has appeared in court to face corruption charges over a multibillion dollar arms deal from 20 years ago.
- This comes after he was forced from power in February.
- Hundreds of people demonstrated outside of the court, with signs reading “Hands Off Zuma”
Protests Continue in Gaza
- The conflict started one week ago with 35,000 Gazans marching to the Israel border under a “Return” banner.
- Israeli forces responded with live ammunition and rubber bullets against the protestors.
- Since then, 19 people have been killed and a thousand have been wounded.
- Another march today, organized by Hamas, may bring out as many as 50,000 people.
At UN Security Council, Russian and UK Ambassadors Face Off As New Claims Emerge
- Russia says UK is “playing with fire” over “sentence first, verdict afterwards.”
- U.S. Ambassador called Russia’s claims “absurd”.
- The UK Police issued a statement on behalf of Yulia Skripal, who said her “strength is growing daily.”
- The UK Foreign Office has also said that Ms. Skripal has been informed of Russia’s offer to help, and has not taken it up yet.
- In other news, the BBC is reporting that Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition and is improving rapidly.
President Trump makes first public comment on Stormy Daniels Story
- Trump told reporters in a brief Air Force One Q&A that he was not aware of $130,000 payment to adult film actress, and that they should ask his attorneys.
- This is the first and only public acknowledgement made by Trump since the story broke in January.
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