Happy Friday! It’s been a busy week in the news cycle, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top five things you need to know to stay informed in this politically topsy-turvy world.
It has only been days since Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault in a New York Times article which claimed Weinstein had been paying off his accusers for decades. Since this article triggered a media frenzy, multiple A-list celebrities added their names to the list of his victims. Some of these celebrities include Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Cara Delevigne, and more. Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman put out a statement announcing that she would be divorcing her husband and father of her children. Who can blame her?
2. Trump Blames Puerto Rico for Earthquakes
President Trump has come up with the strangest theory: on Thursday, he suggested that Puerto Rico itself held blame in its current climate crisis. He posted several angered tweets claiming that the blame lied in the leadership of Puerto Rico… because obviously the people of Puerto Rico chose to have multiple colossal storms that would go on to take over their island and leave them without electricity, food, and water. Obviously.
3. Trump Signs Executive Order Affecting Health Insurance
Trump is doing everything he can do rid the United States of Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday he signed an executive order that he claimed would lower health insurance premiums by allowing consumers to buy health insurance through association health plans in different states. However, the executive order will actually cause massive spikes in insurance and will destroy the ACA clause protecting pre-existing conditions, which is the most popular part of Obamacare. The order was a result of Trump’s frustration with the slow pace of Congress to repeal and replace the ACA. Bad news for Trump, though: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is already planning to sue the president over this EO, and others are likely to join him.
4. John Kelly Gives Strange Press Briefing
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly took on a number of questions from reporters during a recent press briefing where he repeatedly stated that, despite speculation, he will not be quitting… probably. He insisted that he is not planning on leaving “unless things change,” but did not clarify which “things” he was referring to. While on stage, he stated that it is not his job to control the President.
5. Bannon Opens His Mouth
Apparently, Exiled Strategist Steve Bannon saying so much as a word is enough for a news frenzy to commence. In any case, his opinions are causing quite some stirrup: since being fired from his White House position, Bannon has since decided to share some worthwhile thoughts, such as his certainty that Trump only has a 30% chance of finishing his term. Oh, how we hope this Bannon prediction comes true!