By Allison Lantagne
Hi all, and welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly! Today is April 6th, 2018. Happy Friday!
Easter was this past Sunday, and with it came the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. The Easter Egg Roll is a family event held annually at the White House that hosts many children and their families–which made it the perfect place to boast about the military and the economy? Needless to say, President Trump’s speech struck many as being off-key in light of the audience, and also the man in the Easter bunny costume standing next to him. Also over the weekend, President Trump warned via Twitter about “caravans of immigrants” coming into the United States. The tweets were presumably not sent while he was standing next to his wife, who is an immigrant, at the Easter Egg Roll.
The “Roseanne” reboot premiered this week on ABC, immediately being renewed for a second season due to its high premiere night ratings. The reboot claims to address how people with different political views can coexist peacefully, but it’s hard to buy into this theory when the show’s namesake and star has publicly accused Parkland shooting victim David Hogg of being a Nazi via Twitter.
On Wednesday, the news broke that President Trump had selected Susan Combs to oversee wildlife and parks at the Interior Department. Combs has a well-documented and long history of opposing protections for endangered species, going as far as to call them “government overreach.” Her congressional confirmation has been stalled but is expected to pass.
President Trump’s lawyers were told this week that the President is a subject of the Russia investigation, as opposed to being a target. A subject is a person for which there is not enough evidence to press charges against. As more evidence is revealed to the Mueller team, it is possible that Trump could become a target, making him subject to criminal charges.
Mark Zuckerberg, the Executive Officer of Facebook, will testify in front of Congress in relation to his involvement with the Cambridge Analytica Scandal on April 11th. The Senate Judiciary Committee has also invited the CEOs of Google and Twitter to attend.
In Blue Wave news, Wisconsin elected Democrat Rebecca Dallet to their Supreme Court, replacing a conservative judge and decreasing the conservative majority from 5-2 to 3-4. Dallet was endorsed by big-name Democrats such as Joe Biden and Senator Cory Booker.
Additionally, an Oklahoma school teacher is coming for her representative’s seat after he spoke out against the teacher’s strike. Democrat Cyndi Raulston had already planned to file to run against Republican Rep. Kevin McDugle, but his Facebook Live rant against the strikes propelled her into action.
The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were issued clear backpacks this week. The backpacks claim to be a new security measure implemented as a result of the shooting in February, though it’s difficult to see how they actually protect students. The students have again taken to social media, pointing out the blatant violation of their right to privacy, as well as creating an Instagram to poke fun at the bags.
That wraps up this week, y’all! Your pop culture plug is @MSDcamo2, the Instagram created by the Parkland teens. Go forth and be news savvy. I’ll see you on Friday.