By Allison Lantagne
Hi everyone, welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly! Today is February 2nd, 2018, and I’m gonna have to sound “February” out in my head to spell it all month. Happy Friday!
Last week, we talked about the twenty-week abortion ban that was hanging idle in the senate on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Well, this week, Mitch McConnell decided to do something about it, forcing a vote through in attempt to sway red-state Democrats who would be seeking re-election. Few Democrats did vote across party lines, but liberal leaning Republican senators such as Lisa Murkowski also voted across the aisle, causing the vote to fail at 51 votes. I wrote more about this bill here.
Democratic candidate for Texas senator Ted Cruz’s seat, Beto O’Rourke, managed to outraise Cruz without PACs in the last quarter of 2017. O’Rourke is currently serving in the House as the representative for Texas’ 16th district. He sits on the House Committee for Armed Services and Veterans Affairs, and much of his platform is based upon securing health care and other benefits for veterans.
Tom Brady cut a regularly scheduled radio interview short this week when the interviewer insulted Brady’s five year old daughter. Brady said, “I’ve always tried to come on and do a good job for you guys…. But my daughter or any child, they certainly don’t deserve that,” before hanging up on the call-in radio appearance on WEEI. Reimer was indefinitely suspended for his comments, though Brady has said that he hopes Reimer is not fired for the remarks.
The Grammy Awards were widely politicized this year, with white roses for #TimesUp abound on the red carpet, and Bono calling out “Blessed are the shithole countries, for they gave us the American dream.” The remark was censored from the live broadcast. Additionally featured was a reading of Fire and Fury, read by several celebrities, the most notable among them being winner of the 2016 popular vote for the presidency, Hillary Clinton. The book, authored by Michael Wolff, claims to be a tell-all about the chaotic nature of Trump’s White House. The Grammys are also under fire for the inequitable treatment of women in this year’s awards and broadcast, with only one broadcasted award being presented to a woman, and Lorde being the only female nominee for album of the year. She was “coincidentally” the only nominee in this category not to be given the opportunity to perform at the awards show. The Grammy’s woman problem is not new– in the past six years, only nine percent of the nominees have been women. In response to this controversy, the president of the Grammys, Neil Portnow, notably a man, suggested that female artists “step up”-– a thing they have been doing despite the Grammy’s lack of recognition for them doing it.
Trump’s first State of the Union address was Tuesday night, and to say that it went off without a hitch would be a stretch. The day before the address, two democratic aides reported that all of the State of the Union tickets may need to be recalled due to the fact that they read “State of the Uniom.” Yep. Additionally, many chose to boycott Trump’s address, and of those who attended, many took young Dreamers as their plus-ones as a physical display of solidarity in the face of the Trump administration’s unwillingness to act to protect or pass the DREAM act.
That’s all I’ve got for y’all this week. Your pop culture plug is NBC’s The Good Place, which airs Thursday nights at 8:30. I mean, seriously, how can you not love Kristen Bell? And William Jackson Harper’s Chidi might be my twin. Season one is available on Netflix! Go forth and be news-savvy. I’ll see you next Friday.