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Family Separation, ATT Merger, and F.B.I. Corruption

Family Separation

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that at least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at immigration detention facilities. The House GOP will vote this week on a bill that would end family separation at the border. On Sunday, Democratic lawmakers tried to gain access to a detention facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They intended to see the conditions in which children are living while they await processing by immigration authorities. Kellyanne Conway told Meet the Press, “As a mother, as a Catholic, as someone with a conscience…I will tell you nobody likes this policy.”

Technology News

A federal judge approved AT&T’s merger with Time Warner on Friday. As a result of the merger, the company is changing Time Warner’s name to Warner Media. In addition, iPhone manufacturer FOXCONN announced plans to locate its North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The new headquarters will employ around 500 people, and the company eventually plans to hire 13,000 people to make LED screens at a nearby production center.

2018 World Cup

In the cup’s very first match, the Russian team defeated the Saudi Arabian team 5-0 as Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohamed Salman watched in the stands. The two leaders met to finalize an oil agreement. Outside the stadiums, at least 7 people were injured when a taxi cab plowed into a Moscow crowd. The driver, a Kyrgyzstani man, had been driving for 20 hours and accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake. A criminal investigation is now underway.

FBI Agents Wanted to Stop Trump

A bombshell report from the Inspector General has revealed that FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok wanted to block Trump from winning the presidency. Page texted Strzok, “[Trump]’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok responded, “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.” The report also revealed that then-FBI Director James Comey used his Gmail account for official business. House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Fox News that the report shows “a dark day…for the FBI and the DOJ.”

News: Melania, Bill Clinton, and Presidential Pardons

Melania Resumes Public Duties

Following surgery for a kidney condition, First Lady Melania Trump stayed out of the spotlight for more than 3 weeks. As concern mounts over her extended absence, she announced that she will attend an event for Gold Star families today.

Guatemala Volcano

In Central America, a volcano called “Fuego” has erupted. The massive eruption is forcing thousands to evacuate and has already claimed 25 lives. Ash from the eruption has already spread 25 miles from the volcano.

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton appeared on the TODAY Show, where he admitted that he has never apologized personally to Monica Lewinsky. He noted that he has apologized publicly for the scandal. Instead of showing remorse, Clinton said that he left the White House with $16 million in debt.

Presidential Pardons

Trump is considering presidential pardons for Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart. Both are former contestants on Celebrity Apprentice. In addition, he tweeted that he has “the absolute right” to pardon himself. In the same tweet, he added, “but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”

 

News: Tommy Robinson Jailed, Massive Flooding, David Hogg’s Latest Stunt

Today, we recognize the service and sacrifice of all those who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military. StandUnited wishes you a safe, happy, and reflective Memorial Day! Here are the weekend’s top stories:

Right-wing Activist Jailed

British police arrested right-wing activist Tommy Robinson while he was reporting on an alleged gang of child groomers. Robinson is accused of filming defendants as they walked into the court in Leeds. Now, the British authorities have banned Robinson – and anyone else – from speaking out about his case. A judge sentenced Robinson to 13 months in prison. Free speech advocates say that Robinson must have the freedom to speak out about abusive grooming gangs. However, the court says that Robinson cannot do so – and no one else can speak about Robinson’s case.

Mid-Atlantic Floods

Flash floods have devastated Ellicott City, Maryland. Raging waters have swept away cars and flooded major streets in this Baltimore suburb. Two years ago, similar flooding from the Patapsco River ravaged local businesses. Many have only recently finished rebuilding. Meanwhile, tropical depression Alberto poured rain and wind into the Southeast, particularly around the Gulf Coast.

Publix Gets Out of Politics

Publix grocery stores have announced that they will no longer donate to political causes following a protest led by David Hogg. Hogg instructed his fellow anti-gun activists to stage a “die in” in Publix stores. Though Publix typically donates to progressive causes, Hogg took issue with their donations to Adam Putnam, a conservative gubernatorial candidate in Florida.

George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized on Sunday with low blood pressure. According to a family spokesperson, he is now doing very well. Bush had previously attended a veterans’ event on Saturday in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Crossfit Controversy

Is your workout a public nuisance? Neighbors in Hermosa Beach, California will debate that issue at an upcoming hearing. The local Crossfit gym stands accused of playing loud music beginning in the early morning. Gym clients frequently drop heavy weights that some local residents say shakes the surroundings.

 

 

Turmoil in Venezuela, Gas Prices Jump, and the Royal Wedding

Venezuelan Crisis Worsens

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has won his second term following an election many say was rigged. Maduro’s socialist policies caused poverty and chaos in the South American country. Thousands of Venezuelans are starving and desperate for food.


Blankenship Announces Senate Campaign

Coal magnate Don Blankenship has announced a spoiler bid for U.S. Senate. He lost the Republican primary, but will run in the general election as a third-party candidate. This makes it more difficult for the GOP to unseat incumbent Senator Joe Manchin.


Gas Prices Jump

The average price of one gallon of gas has jumped to $3.00. Higher crude oil costs are driving the price jump. As gas stations switch over to a low-smog version of gasoline for summer, they also contribute to the price increase.


Royal Wedding

American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in a star-studded ceremony at St. George’s Chapel on Saturday. Hours before the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the Dukedom on Prince Harry and his new bride. Bishop Michael Curry delivered a passionate homily about the power of love. You can watch it here.

Terror in Paris, White House Leaks, and TWO Victories

Top stories from the weekend, brought to you by StandUnited:

Victory!

Today, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will represent President Trump at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. This historic move recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. Palestinians in Gaza plan to protest this move with violence. Israel’s IDF is bracing for a spike in violence from Palestinians.


Victory! 

Last Man Standing will return to television this Fall. Tim Allen’s family-focused sitcom was picked up by Fox after being dropped by ABC last year. Allen tweeted his thanks to fans. More than 4,000 StandUnited users signed a petition to make this happen.


Terror in Paris

A young man from Chechnya stabbed several people in Paris last night. Soon afterwards, ISIS claimed responsiblity for the attack. French police killed the attacker, but not before he murdered one person and wounded 4 others. A source told CNN that the attacker had no criminal record, but his activities landed him on an anti-terror watch list.


WH Leaks

Kelly Sadler, a White House communications aide, discarded Sen. John McCain’s opinion by saying “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” Someone leaked her comment to the press. The White House condemned the leaks, but not Sadler’s remark. Sadler called Cindy McCain to apologize.


Volcanic Eruption

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to force residents to evacuate. Scientists have found fissures near the volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, and they say that the fissures suggest a worse eruption is to come.

News: Volcanic Threat, Iran Deal, Rosie O’Donnell

Volcanic Eruption

An eruption of the Kilaueia Volcano in Hawaii has caused evacuations and destruction. Lava has detroyed 26 homes and continues its dangerous march through more neighborhoods. Scientists say that lava from Kilaueia has sprayed more than 200 feet high in the air.


Iran Deal

By May 12, President Trump must decide whether or not the U.S. will exit the Iran Deal. According to documents obtained by Israel, Iran has been violating the deal for several years. Trump has previously criticized the agreement. John Kerry has reportedly been meeting with high-level officials in an attempt to save the Iran Deal. He is no longer a government official. Therefore, Kerry has no legal authority to negotiate on behalf of the United States.


Medical Miracle

A 13 year old boy in Mobile, Alabama has shocked doctors with a stunning medical recovery. Trenton McKinley suffered serious injuries in March as the result of a dune buggy accident. Doctors said he suffered irreparable brain damage. Trenton’s parents – thinking their son was about to die – signed papers to donate his organs. The day after they signed the papers, Trenton woke up. The teen believes he saw heaven and then returned to life on Earth. He told reporters, “There’s no other explanation but God.”


Rosie O’Donnell

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell found herself in legal trouble this weekend. The New York Post revealed that she violated campaign finance law by donating more than the allowable amount to 5 Democratic candidates. O’Donnell claims that she never intended to violate the law, and she simply did not know that campaigns would accept illegally large sums of money.

News: Migrant Caravan, WHCD, Korea Summit

Migrant Caravan Reaches Border

A caravan of several hundred Central American migrants has arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. Its members are seeking asylum from the federal government. Supporters of the migrants are rallying at the border to demand that these individuals be granted the legal right to live in America. Customs and Border Patrol agents say that they lack the space at the San Ysidro immigration facility to take in all the migrants. As a result, the migrants say that they will camp at the border in rotating groups of 20 until immigration officials agree to process them.

Comedian Trashes Sarah Huckabee Sanders

At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, comedian Michelle Wolf roasted the Trump administration. Several prominent Republicans, including President Trump himself, say Wolf’s jokes went too far. She made several digs at Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ looks, including likening her to a character in the Handmaid’s Tale, joking that she never went to prom, and saying she looks and sounds like a softball coach. Following the event, the White House Correspondents Association released a statement saying Wolf’s monologue was “not in the spirit of [their] mission.”

Ronny Jackson Withdraws

White House doctor Ronny Jackson chose to withdraw his nomination to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jackson’s nomination was dogged by concerns that he allegedly drank too much and misused pills. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said Jackson was known as “the candy man” for handing out pills casually. This morning, the White House announced that Jackson has not yet resigned his current post.

Alfie Evans Passes Away

Alfie Evans, the British toddler at the center of a healthcare controversy, succumbed to illness early on Saturday morning. Alfie’s parents, Tom and Kate, had fought tirelessly for permission to take their son to a hospital in Rome for treatment. The hospital agreed to treat Alfie, and the Italian government even granted Alfie citizenship. However, the British medical system argued that the child had a terminal illness. As a result, they stopped his parents from taking him to another hospital.

North and South Korea Meet

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at an historic summit at the Demilitarized Zone. The two leaders agreed to formally end the Korean War. They also agreed to move towards a denuclearized North Korea. This is the first time in more than ten years that the leaders of both Koreas have met. Next month, President Trump will meet with Kim Jong Un to discuss a path toward peace.

Waffle House Shooting, Barbara Bush Funeral, and the Week Ahead

James Shaw, Jr., the hero Waffle House patron who stopped the shooter.

Waffle House Shooting

A gunman fatally shot 4 people and injured several others when he opened fire inside a Waffle House in Tennessee. The shooter was stopped by a patron who tackled him and wrestled the gun out of his hands. The hero, James Shaw Jr., was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital at 7:30am. At 10:30am, he went to church with his family. Shaw says he doesn’t consider himself a hero. He says, “When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill.” The 29 year old continued, “I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him.”

A Nation Mourns Barbara Bush’s Passing

Past Presidents and First Lady Melania Trump bid a fond and tearful farewell to First Lady Barbara Bush on Saturday in Houston. Bush passed away last week at the age of 92. Her husband, President George H.W. Bush, wore socks with books on them to pay tribute to his late wife’s lifelong dedication to promoting literacy and reading. Jeb Bush read from a love letter written by his father, “You have given me joy that few men know…I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara’s husband.”

Another Corruption Bombshell

Following his review of communications between the FBI and DOJ, Rep. Devin Nunes announced that the Trump-Russia investigation started without any basis from the intelligence community. Nunes alleges that Clinton aides, including Sidney Blumenthal, funneled rumors to the State Department that were then used as grounds on which to investigate the Trump campaign.

Trump’s First State Dinner

On Tuesday evening, President and Mrs. Trump will hold their first State Dinner at the White House. The guest of honor, French President Emmanuel Macron, will attend with his wife, Brigitte. As a gesture of goodwill, Macron will give Trump an oak sapling that was grown at the site of a World War I battle. The dinner is closed to the press, but the two heads of state will also hold a joint press conference. 

SCOTUS to Hear Travel Ban Arguments

This Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Trump’s travel ban. The State of Hawaii, the main plaintiff, alleges that the restrictions on 5 Muslim-majority countries amounts to religious discrimination. Travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen to the United States is severely restricted by Trump’s immigration policy. However, more than two dozen other Muslim-majority countries are not restricted by the travel ban.

Syria Strikes, Barbara Bush, and Starbucks Scandal

Syria Air Strikes

President Trump ordered a series of targeted air strikes on Syria, where dictator Bashar Al-Assad has been attacking his own people with chemical weapons. Trump’s strikes detonated stores of chemical weapons as well as a research facility. The U.S. military conducted these strikes in partnership with the U.K. and France. Defense Secretary Mattis stated that these strikes were meant to keep Assad in line. Trump tweeted, “Mission Accomplished,” hinting that our military’s action in Syria may be over. However, the French government claims that it has Trump’s commitment to stay in Syria for the foreseeable future.


Barbara Bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is “in failing health” according to a statement from the Bush family. Barbara Bush has been hospitalized several times recently for issues relating to congestive heart failure and COPD. She has declined further hospital treatment and is receiving palliative care at her home in Houston.


Cohen Raid

More details have emerged about the FBI raid of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office. Cohen has been under scrutiny for several months, though this investigation is separate from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into supposed connections between the Trump team and Russia. Trump has decried the raid as a “witch hunt,” even though the FBI was not looking for emails exchanged between Trump and Cohen.


Starbucks

Public attention turned to Starbucks after a video of arrests inside a store went viral. Two African-American men were inside a Starbucks and waiting for a friend in Philadelphia, when a Starbucks employee called the police. The police arrested the two men for doing nothing. They had not yet ordered drinks or food because they were waiting for a friend. Starbucks’ CEO apologized for the incident.

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Farenthold Resigns

This weekend, several high-level officials resigned their posts. On Friday evening, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) abruptly resigned from Congress. In late 2017, Farenthold announced he would serve out his term in Congress but would not seek reelection. In 2014, Farenthold used $84,000 to settle a sexual misconduct lawsuit brought by a former aide. This misuse of taxpayer money made Farenthold a lightning rod of the #MeToo movement as it pertains to our government leaders. StandUnited has a petition to Unseal the Deals – to make the Congressional payouts public information.


NSC Spokesman Announces Departure

National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton has announced he is resigning. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Anton “one of the smartest and most talented individuals” with whom she has ever worked. This announcement comes as the situation in Syria surges toward the crisis point for U.S. intervention. Anton also announced his departure just days after news broke that John Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor.


Up to 4,000 Members of National Guard Could Serve at Border

Defense Secretary Mattis authorized the deployment of 4,000 National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border. The troops will not apprehend migrants directly, but they will support the Department of Homeland Security in its activities along the border. While the DHS attempts to stem the tide of migrants, members of the National Guard will assist with tasks behind the scenes.


North Korea Talks

The Trump Administration has announced that North Korea is willing to discuss giving up their nuclear weapons. According to Fox News, Kim and Trump may meet within the month to discuss a path forward. Would you trust a North Korean commitment to denuclearize? While the world waits for an outcome of any potential talks, this question will be at the top of everyone’s minds.

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