Taking a mental health break from the news? Good call. But don’t check out completely! Here are the top five things you need to know this week to stay informed:
One of the biggest storms ever recorded hit the northeast Caribbean early Wednesday morning, especially bruising Puerto Rico and Barbuda and nearing the Virgin Islands. Irma was a category five storm, and carried winds of almost 185 miles per hour. There have been reports of flooding, severed electricity, and major damage to buildings. This comes not too long after Hurricane Harvey, the storm that has left Houston, Texas, in chaos.
2. DACA Revoked
President Trump is revoking The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will leave 800,000 young adults in the U.S. at risk of deported. The policy was created during Obama’s presidency and has lasted five years. It allowed children illegally brought to the United States the chance to remain without immediate risk of deportation. It also gave them the right to work legally in the country. Trump put out a statement, stating he had concern for “the millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system.” It remains unclear which Americans he is speaking of.
3. Justice Department Confirms That Obama Did Not Wiretap Trump Towers
President Trump infamously posted several tweets claiming that former President Obama wire tapped his phones at Trump Towers during the 2016 election. These claims were baseless, but many still questioned whether his tweets held truth. The Justice Department has now officially confirmed in a court filing that they didn’t.
4. Trump Supports Democrat Deal
Congressional Republicans were shocked when Trump announced he was backing a Democratic motion to assign hurricane relief money under short term debt. This deal will also keep the government open, but Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan stated that they were “blindsided” by Trump’s decision to back it.
5. Hillary Clinton’s Book Release Causes Controversy
It appears that Hillary Clinton’s upcoming book What Happened, which hits stores September 12, will discuss everything that went wrong during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. According to recent leaks, the book assigns blame to multiple different people and parties for the outcome of the election, including James Comey. Among other controversial statements, Clinton apparently wrote that declining to hit back at Comey for his continued harping on her infamous email scandal was “a mistake”.