News Roundup

Pres. Trump Extends Tariff Deadline by One Month

  • The deadline for enacting a set of tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union has been moved from today to June 1st in a move that came along with an announcement that the US has reached agreements for permanent exemptions for Argentina, Australia and Brazil
  • A comparison of 5,000 products shows that the EU imposes higher tariffs than the US; average 5.2% tariff imposed by EU vs. 3.5% imposed by USA

In Bid To Get Trump to Exit, Israel Presents What They Say is Evidence of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program

  • Netanyahu has released an archive of stolen Iranian nuclear plans, saying that Iran has been lying for years about its efforts to build a nuclear weapon
  • The IAEA has said that Iran is implementing its side of the nuclear agreement
  • President will decide whether to stay in the deal this month
  • Secretary of State Pompeo has said the Netanyahu’s documents are authentic

SoS Pompeo Back From First Foreign Trip, to Debut In Front of State Department Employees

150 Caravan Refugees Are Camped Out in Tijuana

  • A caravan of migrants has set camp outside a US border office in Tijuana, saying they’ll stay there until they’re allowed to travel into the United States
  • The Department of Justice filed complaints on Monday against 11 people believed to be members of the caravan
  • In general, having your asylum granted is hard, with more than three-quarters of people seeking asylum from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala between 2011 and 2016 losing their cases

Acting Director of ICE Stepping Down

  • Thomas Homan is stepping down, after serving as actor director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement since the beginning of the Trump administration
  • He has battled with Democrat Governors over ICE raids and his often uncompromising positions on immigration issues

NYT Reports President Trump Has Been Given List of Questions by Mueller

  • Special counsel Mueller, in charge of investigating the president, created a list of at least four dozen questions he wants answered by Pres. Trump, mostly about obstruction, which was leaked to the New York Times
  • Questions range from queries about Pres. Trump’s firing of the F.B.I. director and first national security adviser, to his treatment of Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, to a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between officials for his campaign including his son and Russians, as well as many other issues
  • No comment from the White House, a lawyer for the president, or the special counsel’s office

Third Highest Ranking Catholic Official Ordered to Stand Trial Over Sex Abuse Allegations in Australia

  • George Pell, the third-highest-ranking official in the Vatican, has been ordered to stand two separate trials over charges of sexual abuse; other charges were dropped
  • No comment from Vatican; Pell is a close advisor to the Pope, the Vatican’s de facto finance chief, and the most senior Roman Catholcic official to be charged with sexual abuse crimes

Jump in Number of Sexual Abuse Allegations In Military

  • Sexual assault reports in the military have increased for the 7th year in a row, with a total of 6,769 men and women reporting assaults in the year ending September 30th, up from 6,172 the year before
  • The highest number of reported assaults since 2006, although fewer troops are facing criminal prosecution
  • The number of the reports from the Marines were up 14.7%; the Navy was up 9.3%; the Air Force up 9.2%; and the Army up 8.4%

Crew of Deadly Southwest Airlines flight to visit White House today

  • Pres. Trump will be visited today by the crew of a flight that left a woman dead after one of the plane’s engines smashed open a window and partially pulled her out
  • Tammie Jo Shults landed the flight safely in Philadelphia after it had been bound for Dallas

Today is DAY 34 of Assange’s and DAY 20 of Yulia Skripal’s isolation

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