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Take five: the top 5 stories you need to know this week

Aug. 11, 2017
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Happy weekend, everybody! Here are this week’s top five news stories you need to know to stay informed: 

  • Trump tells North Korea to “Get Their Act Together”

Trump spoke to reporters at his golf club in New Jersey, where he was asked about North Korea. He stated that North Korea needed to get their act together or they were going to “be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble in this world.” His threat was a backlash at the North Korean’s for marking off one of Trump’s statements as “nonsense.” Trump is in Bedminster New Jersey for a month, where he will be on working vacation while the White House is undergoing renovations. 

  • Taylor Swift Called to the Stand

Taylor has been in a gruesome and long court case after David Mueller sued her for getting him fired by claiming that he had groped her; Mueller alleged that her accusations of sexual assault were false. In response, Swift countersued Mueller for assault and battery. While Mueller asked for a hefty $3 million, Swift only sued for $1 (yes, a single dollar) in an effort to take a stance on violence against women. The jury for the case is made up of six women and two men. "I'm not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isn't," Swift said to Mueller's attorney while on the stand. "I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions and not mine." 

  • Trump Thanks Putin for Firing 755 U.S. Diplomats

Putin let go of 755 people at the United States Embassy in Moscow. Instead of criticizing this, Trump praised the Russian President, stating that “I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people, because now we have a smaller payroll.” He added onto his statement by announcing that “there is no real reason for them to go back, so I greatly appreciate the fact that they’ve been able to cut our payroll for the United States.” 

  • Stock Market Expected to Crash

Stock investors have had a great year and a half, during which time the numbers went up by nearly a third—but get ready, investors, because a big drop is expected. It is predicted that prices will suffer a 10% decline, and this is due to more than one reason. Trump’s crisis with North Korea has provoked a great deal of fear and is a big part of the stock market crash. So, stockholders, be prepared, and make wise decisions, because major losses are foreseen. 

  • Congress Viewed as a Failure by Public

While Trump’s presidency has created much division within the United States, he still has better ratings than Congress at this time. CNN’s latest poll conducted by the SSRS showed that almost seven in ten Americans prefer Trump to Congress. Since January, Congress’ popularity with Americans has dropped from 39% to a mere 24%. 56% of Americans—a majority of the country—say Democrats and Republicans should work together to make changes to the health care bill.