By Allison Lantagne
Hey y’all, and welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly. Today is February 23rd, 2018. Happy Friday!
Monday was President’s Day, and the results of the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness survey was released, ranking Trump dead last. The top five were Lincoln, Washington, F.D. Roosevelt, T. Roosevelt and Jefferson. Also interesting: post #MeToo movement, Bill Clinton moved down five spots, from 8 to 13. Barack Obama replaced him in the number 8 spot, soaring up ten spots from his previous ranking.
Robert Mueller and his team released a veritable slew of indictments this week, coming down on the “troll factory” of Russians who interfered with the 2016 election. Relatedly, Twitter attempted to purge its site of bots this week, but has seemingly also taken down accounts of real-life conservatives in the crossfire. Even conservatives who were not suspended noticed that their follower counts dropped dramatically– likely a consequence of the bot removal.
Billy Graham, a widely-heralded southern baptist Evangelist, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 99. He will lie in honor in the Capitol Hill rotunda next Wednesday and Thursday.
Black Panther debuted this weekend, and by Thursday had accrued over $500 million at the box office. Many are hopeful that the combined successes of Black Panther, Get Out, and Girls Trip, will show Hollywood that movies with black protagonists are not only profitable, but are highly desired by audiences.
While Trump did not invite the politically active victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to his “listening session” on gun violence, they were invited to a CNN town hall. Senators Rubio and Nelson and Rep.Deutch were in attendance. Florida Governor Rick Scott chose not to attend. The students of Parkland once again proved their bravery to the nation, going head to head with Dana Loesch, the head of the NRA, in addition to their representatives. In addition to the town hall, students in Parkland and throughout the country have been participating in lie-ins, walk-outs, and marches all week to protest gun violence.
In Olympic news, Team USA has now garnered 21 medals. Additionally, for the first time since 1998, Team USA Women’s Hockey has won the gold medal, playing this year against Team Canada. On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport revoked Team Russia’s curling bronze medal after Aleksandr Krushelnitckii was convicted of doping.
The FCC officially repealed net neutrality rules on Thursday morning, a move which is expected to elicit many lawsuits from states attorneys general. The rules will expire in late April. This move has been in the making since last year, when Ajit Pai’s repeal plan was approved by the majority-Republican FCC .
That wraps up this week! I hope you learned something. Your pop culture plug is Black Panther, of course! Go forth and be news savvy. I’ll see you on Friday.