Cramm for 2/22/18
Everyone is talking about gun control.
TELL ME MORE.
Last week, a gunman opened fire on a Florida high school, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen. He’s a 19 year old former student who’d been expelled for disciplinary reasons. And reportedly showed signs of wanting to attempt a shooting. In the days since, teenage survivors of this school shooting have spoken up in protest of current gun laws. Yesterday, they met with Prez Trump.
A lot. The Prez offered to look into stricter background checks and mental health screenings for new gun buyers. Then suggested giving guns to teachers. You’re not the only one facepalming. Meanwhile, a group of different students hung with lawmakers - including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) - during a town hall meeting. Things got heated. Fast.
GIVE ME THE DEETS.
Most of ‘Murica seems to agree that we need to raise the age to buy guns to 21. Plus change the rules around gun magazines, and add in things like restraining orders for guns. But the NRA - the National Rifle Association - proved to be a hot topic. A student repeatedly asked Rubio if he’d continue to accept funding from the NRA. No clear word on this yet. This comes while thousands of students across the country staged school walkouts to protest current gun laws. (Hint: more are on the way).
Many are crossing their fingers this will be the time both Democratic and Republican lawmakers come together to rally around gun control. But not everyone feels this way. Stay tuned.
WORLD: Yesterday, Alexei Navalny said ‘home sweet home’ and was jailed. Again. Reminder: Navalny is one of Prez Vladimir Putin’s biggest opponents when it comes to presidential elections. But Russian police - who work for Putin and the country’s gov - keep throwing him in jail. Now, it looks like he’ll be stuck there until the upcoming election. In other news, someone just threw an explosive device at the US Embassy in Montenegro, killing himself. His motives are still unclear. Speaking of which, Saudi Arabia is getting into the entertainment biz. They’ll be investing $64 billion there over the next decade. To which everyone said ‘that was fast.’
POLITICS: Recently, the Supreme Court said ‘how do you say no while whistling?’ and declined to expand whistleblower protections. Those are the people who work for a biz - then decide to leave and spill secrets about them. Think: this is part of how Nixon went down. But now, the Supreme Court is saying that whistleblowers who work for a corporate biz need to check in with the Securities and Exchange Commission first if they want protections. Whistle-no-wer.
SPORTS: The Winter Olympics are almost done. Here’re yesterday’s deets. Team USA took gold in women’s ice hockey after beating Canada - their first for hockey in 20 years. Mikaela Shiffrin got silver in alpine combined...while Lindsey Vonn skied off the course in slalom. She wasn’t the only one. The US took home a gold and silver in men’s ski halfpipe. Oh, and Ivanka Trump has her bags packed. She’ll be heading to South Korea for the upcoming closing ceremony. So will North Korea’s top general. The suspense is chilling us.
WHAT TO KNOW
“Dumbo octopus:” a type of octopus with - surprise - very big “ears.” It was just seen hatching on camera for the first time. TBD on if it can fly.
“Boston Dynamics is teaching its robot dog to fight back against humans” - a bad idea, according to everyone. iCujo.