By Allison Lantagne
Hi everyone, and welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly! Today is Friday, April 13th, 2018. Spooky!
Senator Tammy Duckworth gave birth this week! She and her husband Bryan welcomed their second daughter, Maile Pearl, to the world on Monday. She is the first ever senator to give birth while in office. Also giving birth this week is Seth Meyers’ wife, Alexi Ashe, who gave birth in the lobby of their apartment building, and Khloe Kardashian, who also had a baby girl.
Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress this week, speaking in front of the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday and the House Energy and Commerce committee on Wednesday. He also spoke privately with several Senators on Monday morning, ahead of the committee hearings. Congressmen and women across party lines were criticized for not “doing their homework” ahead of this week’s hearings. Many of the questions asked of Zuckerberg by the legislators were confusing, irrelevant, or just plain obvious due to the legislator’s apparent lack of understanding of Facebook and how it works.
Stepping off the Trump Train this week is White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert. CNN reports that he was pushed out by National Security Advisor John Bolton, who replaced Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster late last month. Bossert had led the Trump administration’s cybersecurity programs, including the response to Russian intervention in the 2016 Presidential Election.
In even more mind-blowing news, Paul Ryan will not be seeking re-election! Wild!! He plans to finish his current term, but will not be on the ballot in November. Ryan, the current Speaker of the House, had replaced former Speaker John Boehner in 2015. Ryan has had a distinguished career of service in the House that began in 1999. He cited wanting to spend more time with his wife and children as the reason for stepping down, though many believe that he has been growing increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration, and left for those reasons.
Wendy Vitter, a Trump nominee for the District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana, landed herself in hot water at her Congressional Confirmation hearing this week. When asked by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut if she believed that the Supreme Court decided correctly in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark civil rights case that ruled segregation in public schooling unconstitutional, and decided that “separate but equal” is a document that is inherently unequal, Vitter responded “I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with.” The Senate has been urged by many civil rights groups not to confirm Vitter’s nomination.
That wraps up this week! Your pop culture plug is the 2005 movie Walk the Line, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Go forth and be news-savvy. I’ll see you on Friday.