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Tuellemont Take 5: all the news you need to know this week 9.22

Sep. 22, 2017
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This week we go full circle in our news briefing, from Trump’s daily political turmoil to Capitol Hill’s very own spin on Mean Girls. Here is what you need to know to stay informed: 

  1. Iran Nuclear Deal in Chaos

First of all, Trump is up to no good, and who’s surprised? He has repeatedly stated his disgust for the Iran Nuclear Deal, stating that “it is one of the worst US deals ever made.” He then went on to tell reporters not once, not twice, but three times that he has made a decision as to whether or not he is going to pull out of the deal, but when asked what his decision was, he merely replied, “I’ll let you know.” (Twice, for emphasis.) Now, you may be wondering: what ramifications might breaking this deal have? Well, there’s a lot of them. First of all, Iran could start making nuclear weapons that could be used against us. And even worse, pulling out of a deal this significant could send a message to other countries that we are unreliable and a bad partner, which could be catastrophic considering how heavily the US relies on its relations with other countries.

      2. Hillary Clinton Takes a Page from Mean Girls With Her Own Burn Book

For those of you who are living under a rock, Hillary Clinton has released her new book, titled What Happened, which can be easily compared to the Burn Book from Mean Girls. No, really: Clinton is clearly relishing the freedom from her campaign-era P.R. shackles, and her book comprises scathing reads of the many political players who earned her ire in 2016—including James Comey, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump (duh), Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Chuck Todd, Mitch McConnell, Michael Flynn, Jill Stein, Julian Assange, Matt Laeur… believe it or not, the list goes on. 

      3. DACA Confusion

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has caused quite the mix-up in the political world lately. First we were told the program was being revoked, and Trump justified this by saying that “millions of Americans were being victimized by this unfair system.” Then, Trump completely changed gears, stating he would side with the Democrats and keep DACA if security was raised. (We are all getting whiplash from Trump’s constant mood changes over here!) There’s been much back and forth between politicians, and it remains unclear what the official plan is involving this crucial program that allows young people who were illegally brought to the United States as children to work here legally. 

       4. Mexico Earthquake Death Toll Rises

An earthquake struck Mexico on September 19th, and an entire school was impacted by the natural disaster. The elementary school in Mexico City completely collapsed, killing 25 people, 19 of whom were children. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake has left at least 273 people dead and over 2,000 injured. The greatest number of fatalities took place in Mexico City, clocking in at an insane 136

    5. More North Korea Drama

Here’s a shocker: we have more info on North Korea! (I’m sure you’re not sick of hearing about that by now…) No, but really, this is important. President Trump announced new sanctions targeting North Korea in a rambling and unhinged speech which included a threat to destroy the entire East Asian nation. Of course, Kim Jong Un had much to say about that. He reacted in a clearly sensible way, stating that he will “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” We’re not completely sure what that means, and also kind of hoping we never have to find out…