Week 4 of 2019 in Review

In case you were too busy to hear or read or watch the news, LA Mundi News has compiled a list of things that have happened this week.

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr day was celebrated on Monday, which commemorates the civil rights leader and reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (in 1964 he won the Nobel Peace Prize).
  2. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 75% of Republicans say that the media doesn’t understand people like them.
  3. The shutdown of the US Federal government has ended, just as the US was entering the fifth week of the shutdown with no predictable end in sight. President Donald Trump conceded to Democrats but also warned that if a deal couldn’t be reached by February, another shutdown would be on the horizon. https://lamundinews.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/the-government-shutdown-what-you-need-to-know/
  4. Early 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.
  5. Then, also on Thursday, 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.
  6. US Vice President Mike Pence compared President Donald Trump to Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
  7. While New York continues to endure the worst measles outbreak in decades, 19 people have come down with the disease in Washington (state).
  8. The violent government crackdown in Zimbabwe is ongoing, and human rights watchdogs have said that they fear that the situation could take a turn for the worse, as Zimbabwe’s government has alluded that what has happened so far is nothing compared to what will happen next. https://lamundi.news.blog/2019/01/20/zimbabwe-government-crackdown-amid-protests-and-rioting/
  9. France fined Google approximately $57 million for a violation of the European Union’s new data-privacy laws. Although the new laws are said to be tougher, experts are sure that Google won’t even feel the punishment (for a company who has billions in reserve, the fine won’t even make a dent).
  10. A suicide bomber killed more than 120 Afghan security force members when the suicide bomber drove into a training area of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency.
  11. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) and Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg announced their candidacies for President of the United States. https://lamundi.news.blog/2019/01/23/the-journey-begins/
  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 also in the midst of a presidential campaign. https://lamundi.news.blog/2019/01/23/the-journey-begins/
  13. 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.
  14. The teacher’s strike in Los Angeles ended. Teachers in LAUSD went back to work on Wednesday.
  15. The teacher’s strike in Denver, Colorado, continues, as tensions flare between the school district board and the teachers on strike. The school district board reportedly threatened to call immigration officials on the teachers.
  16. A revolution led by the military in Venezuela was defeated on Monday. Nicolas Maduro remains Venezuela’s leader. https://lamundinews.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/how-will-the-maduro-situation-in-venezuela-end/
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. On late Thursday, Maduro said that he would withdraw all embassy and consulate staff from the United States. He also said “since when do we pick our presidents in Washington?”. https://lamundinews.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/how-will-the-maduro-situation-in-venezuela-end/
  20. The Oscars nominations were announced.
  21. A poll conducted by the AP-NORC has proven that the shutdown has dragged Trump to his worse approval ratings of the year.
  22. The White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney (the former budget director) asked to see a list of programs that are non-essential and could be cut if the shutdown had lasted until March, according to the Washington Post. It was a very obvious signal that was meant to scare Democrats into agreeing to the White House’s budget proposal.
  23. Five people died in Florida after a shooter opened fire at a bank.
  24. President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen tried postpone his testimony before Congress, according to his lawyer. He was later subpoenaed.
  25. Roger Stone, the infamous Republican operative, was arrested in Florida on Friday but later released on $250,000 bail.
  26. The dam of a mine broke in Brazil and there are at least 50 dead and 300 missing.
  27. BuzzFeed will let go of 15% of it’s workforce (approximately 200 people).
  28. Rescuers in Spain found the body of a two-year old boy who was missing. The case had garnered international attention.
  29. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made a statement saying “what does Putin have on the President [Donald Trump] politically, personally, or financially?”.
  30. The Doomsday Clock, which is a clock meant to show how close the human race is to Armageddon based on world events, has the world at two minutes away from doomsday. The clock’s time is decided by a panel of scientists and academics.

Have a good weekend.

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