By Allison Lantagne
Hi everyone, and welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly. Today is February 16th, 2018. Happy Friday!
The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off this past weekend, and so far Team USA has won eight medals. The most exciting Olympics story thus far comes from 17-year-old gold medalist Red Gerard, who slept through his alarm the morning of his event after staying up too late the night before watching Brooklyn 99.
Other impressive Gen Z-ers this week include the six Kansas teenagers running to be the state’s governor. Kansas has no legal restrictions on who can run for this office. The teens span across different political ideologies, but share one common goal: wanting to mobilize the youth voice in government.
A Cook Political Report overview released earlier this week reveals rating changes in favor of Democrats in twenty-one House of Representatives districts throughout the country. The blue wave is real and it’s coming in November, y’all.
In Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on his former high school, killing at least seventeen people. This is the eighteenth school shooting to occur in only forty-five days of 2018, and the 1,606th mass shooting since Sandy Hook. Marco Rubio called this shooting “the day you pray will never come,” but many have criticized this statement as having little meaning comparatively to the over 3 million dollars in donations Rubio has taken from the NRA.
Last week, White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned following domestic abuse allegations from two ex-wives. This story and the crises he has caused in the West Wing, however, are far from winding down. Trump seemingly defended Porter on Friday, despite graphic pictures and accounts against him. He later went on to issue a blanket statement saying that lives shouldn’t be ruined over a simple accusation. This seemingly inane statement has hefty consequences when a.) you are the literal President of the United States, and b.) you have nineteen women currently accusing you of sexual assault. The waters were only muddied further in the White House when this week, speechwriter David Sorenson also resigned amid allegations of sexual abuse. There are now five figures related to Trump’s campaign and presidency– including Trump himself– that have been accused of sexual misconduct.
Stormy Daniels says she is now able to discuss her pre-election affair with President Donald Trump. One of the lawyers representing Trump, Attorney Michael Cohen, has allegedly broken the non-disclosure agreement by revealing details of payment to Daniels. Daniels had previously taken interviews but remained silent when questions about the affair were asked.
That wraps up this week folks. Your pop-culture plug is The Devil Wears Prada, which I watched as a part of my “Hundred Movies in a Year” challenge, and absolutely loved. Go forth and be news-savvy. I’ll see you on Friday.