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Hi all, and welcome back to A to ZEE Weekly! Today is April 27th, 2018. Happy Friday!

Let’s start with the most important news– Royal Baby number three arrived this week! Prince William and Duchess Catherine welcomed a healthy baby boy on Monday. Additionally, Princess Charlotte is the first royal girl not to have her place in line for the throne usurped by her younger brother, due to a new law.

Net Neutrality provisions officially died on Monday, although states still have the option to legislatively protect the internet through their own borders. Several states have reinstated net neutrality protections via executive order.

President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, is said to be pleading the Fifth in Mueller’s investigations. Said President Trump, “innocent people don’t take the Fifth Amendment,” so, make of that what you will.

Ronny Jackson, personal doctor to the President, withdrew his nomination to be the director of the Department of Veterans Affairs this Thursday morning amidst accusations of inappropriate workplace conduct, including drinking on the job and improperly dispensing medication. While Jackson is a practicing medical doctor, he has no measurable experience running a program of this size.  

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faced the House of Representatives on Thursday to testify about his spending habits and relationships from lobbyists. Pruitt currently faces 10 different ongoing federal ethics investigations.

Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classrooms on Thursday, seeking better pay and funding for their classrooms. Both states have average teacher salaries that are drastically lower than the national average.

Bill Cosby was found guilty of sexual assault in his retrial on Thursday. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, and a $25,000 fine on each count.

Kanye West sent out a tweet storm this week which covered a wide variety of topics, including his support of President Trump. Kanye later walked back the tweets, but not before losing about 9 million Twitter followers.

Also expressing support for President Trump this week was Canadian singer Shania Twain. She later claimed to be confused by the question asked of her, and only attempting to express a desire for more honest politicians.

The Supreme Court began to hear arguments this week surrounding the Constitutionality of President Trump’s Travel ban. The decision of the court is not anticipated to be released for about two months.

Mike Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate this week to serve as Trump’s second Secretary of State, replacing Rex Tillerson. While the 57-42 vote was enough to pass Pompeo’s confirmation, confirmations of past Secretaries of State have had much wider margins (Hillary Clinton was approved 94-2).

That wraps up this week for us! Your pop culture plug is the film 99 Homes. Go forth and be news-savvy. I’ll see you on Friday.

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