Your Thursday Briefing

Good evening. Here’s today’s briefing.

  1. The shutdown of the US Federal Government is ongoing.
  2. Earlier this week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to postpone the annual State of the Union address (citing security concerns) until the end of the government shutdown. However, Trump declared on Thursday that the State of the Union would go on as planned next week, whether or not the shutdown was over. Then, today, Pelosi responded by announcing that the President would not be allowed to enter Congress. Trump later conceded that the State of the Union would be postponed.
  3. Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg announced his candidacy for President of the United States.
  4. The teacher’s strike in Denver is ongoing.
  5. Chinese economic growth hit it’s lowest point since 1990. Experts said a combination of the US-China trade war and the country having an increasingly aging population, this was bound to happen.
  6. After the revolution in Venezuela (which was provoked by Maduro’s inauguration into office for another 6 years), opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president and is recognized by US President Donald Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
  7. After Maduro’s government gave the order to expel American diplomats (they had 72 hours at the time of the order, which was on Thursday) from the capital Caracas, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Trump administration does not recognize “former president” Maduro’s authority and as such will not leave the embassy.
  8. Now Maduro says that he will withdraw all embassy and consulate staff from the United States. He said “since when do we pick our presidents in Washington?”.
  9. A poll conducted by the AP-NORC has proven that the shutdown has dragged Trump to his worse approval ratings of the year.
  10. The White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney (the former budget director) has asked to see a list of programs that are non-essential and could be cut if the shutdown lasts until March, according to the Washington Post. It is a very obvious signal that was meant to scare Democrats into agreeing to the White House’s budget proposal.
  11. President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen will postpone his testimony before Congress, according to his lawyer.
  12. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) will propose a new tax on the upper-class in the coming days, according to an adviser. Warren is in the midst of a presidential campaign.

This day is over. This briefing will no longer be updated.

Today’s town to visit is Lillehammer, Norway (at least virtually if not in Norway).


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