By Allison Lantagne
Hi everyone, welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly. Today is March 30th, 2018. Happy Friday!
“March for Our Lives” Rallies took place around the country this past Saturday, with the Washington D.C. March attracting a crowd of hundreds of thousands. The marches were organized in response to the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as well as in response to the rampant issues of gun violence in the United States. Estimates say at least 1.2 people marched in various demonstrations around the country. While exact numbers are not yet known, it is possible that this demonstration could go down in history as “the largest single-day protest in the history of the nation’s capital.”
Linda Brown, the schoolgirl of Brown v. Board of Education, passed away on Sunday of this week. The landmark case of her name integrated the schools and stated that a doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal. Segregated public schools, according to the legal opinion decided in Brown v. Board of Education, violate students’ 14th Amendment rights to Equal Protection under the law.
Former Disney Channel star Caroline Sunshine joined the Trump Administration this week. I really don’t know how I still let this administration surprise me week after week. Cory in the House revival anyone?
Leaving the White House this week is David Shulkin, former Veterans Affairs Chief. Shulkin claims he was pushed out over a battle to privatize VA benefits– a plan he stood in the way of. Trump will be nominating his personal doctor to replace Shulkin.
A Quebec teen won $1000 per week for life after buying her first ever lottery ticket on her 18th birthday. She won the million dollar prize on a $4 ticket.
Stormy Daniels was interviewed by Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes this week about her affair with President Trump and the complicated legal cover up that followed. Daniels was candid and appears to no longer fear the non-disclosure agreement she had signed, because her lawyer believes it to be invalid due to the fact that Trump himself never signed it. Daniels is now suing Trump’s attorney for defamation.
The State of Maryland and the District of Columbia are both suing the President, claiming that he is violating the Emoluments clause of the Constitution when foreign officials do business at a Trump Hotel near the nation’s capital. A similar, hotly contested debate has been underlying about how the President profits tax payer dollars off of his trips to Mar-a-Lago.
That wraps up this week, y’all! Your pop-culture plug is the podcast Serial, which is somehow better on the second and third listens. Go forth and be news-savvy. I’ll see you on Friday.