A lot of important news came out yesterday, and it can be hard to keep up. Here is a quick guide to the stories you should know:
On Tuesday in Singapore, President Trump became the first sitting President of the United States to meet with North Korean leadership. Despite an official letter declaring that the meeting would not take place, the summit was held as scheduled. So what exactly is the significance of this meeting for the United States, North Korea, and the world? It depends on who you ask.
According to a tweet made by President Trump, “Everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future.”
Democrats back in Washington, on the other hand, have a different perspective about what President Trump managed to accomplish with the meeting. Top Democrats have argued that the promise of denuclearization made by North Korea has been critiqued as vague and lacking specificity, according to Reuters.
For now, the world is watching with bated breath to see what the next step will be for North Korea.
On Tuesday in the United States, net neutrality from the Obama era was officially repealed. These rules have been critiqued by many Republicans and internet service providers as stunting innovation and progress that would make the market of providers more competitive and thus more affordable for consumers. However, opponents of the repeal of net neutrality have brought up questions about what will happen to smaller businesses or other content creators who cannot pay for internet fast lanes. This is an important news story to take note of, because it will undoubtedly influence the future and direction of the internet and the ways it affects our everyday lives.
On Tuesday in Puerto Rico, the official fatality count of 67 deaths due to Hurricane Maria has fallen under scrutiny. According to databases released yesterday by Puerto Rican officials to CNN, thousands of people died in some way that was related to the natural disaster or the chaotic disaster relief effort that followed—though they may not have been “direct deaths” of the hurricane, which explains the discrepancy. In Puerto Rico, the people are outraged by the lack of official acknowledgement for the many family members and loved ones lost. Senator Kamala Harris of California tweeted, “The government failed Puerto Rico at every level in the wake of Hurricane Maria – including in getting an accurate death toll. Today, I introduced a bill to establish federal procedures for counting fatalities after natural disasters. This can’t ever happen again.” In Puerto Rico many still remain without working electricity and in the days closely following the hurricane many were without essentials such as food, water, and shelter.