As a future professional broadcaster, I made it a note to allow dozens of news sources to send notifications to my devices at all hours of the day and night. Today it seemed like every single one of them went off at some point. In the early hours of the day I saw countless updates that Beto O’Rourke had announced he will be running for President in 2020, then updates regarding the Senate vote that led to blocking President Trump’s national emergency, more updates about the enormous college admissions scandal, and an update about rockets that were fired from Gaza into Tel Aviv.
Robert O’Rourke (D-TX)
Beto O’Rourke announced he will be running for President in 2020. By the way, don’t be fooled by his nickname. There’s nothing Latino about him, because his family is of Irish decent. My guess is that, in the state of Texas, which has a huge Latino population, O’Rourke won’t go out of his way to explain that to anyone. O’Rourke gained massive state and national popularity during the most recent mid-term elections, in which he gave incumbent Senator Ted Cruz a run for his money. He provided fresh takes on the popular gun debate, as well as the topic of kneeling for the National Anthem. Whether those and his various other takes are ones you agree with is a totally different story. If you like seeing the direction the Democrats in our country are going, which is farther left and on the way to Socialism, then O’Rourke is your guy. You’ll love his takes on fixing the climate change “problem”, his plan for universal healthcare, and his recent comments on tearing down existing fencing at the El Paso/Mexico border (Beto O’Rourke says he ‘absolutely’ supports destroying existing walls on southern border).
Blocking President Trump’s National Emergency
The Senate voted 59-41 on Thursday to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration for the Southern border wall. That includes 12 Republicans who voted to block it as well. Shortly after the vote had been finalized, President Trump tweeted out the following two items:
Part of me wants to be angry at the 12 Republicans who sided with the Democrats, but the other part of me wishes the wall could be funded the right way, which is why I believe those 12 members voted that way. Part of me knows the Obama administration didn’t hesitate to roll out executive orders, so Trump’s administration should do the same and veto the new bill. But the other part of me would rather not stoop to the level of the Democrats. At this point though, I think the Democrats are so bent on making sure President Trump doesn’t succeed, that a veto might be the only way to solve this issue.
The College Admissions Scandal
This story broke this past Tuesday, but more information continues to come out about it. I’m sure there will be even more to come out, considering it is probably the biggest college admissions scandal to ever happen.
As of right now, 50 people have been charged, including celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. William Singer is the orchestrator of this huge scandal and has “…pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he accepted more than $25 million in bribes between 2011 to 2018 from desperate, deep-pocketed parents looking to get their kids admitted to top universities” (College cheat mastermind William Singer once pitched reality show). In addition to those folks, we have also learned that Mark Riddell has been accused of taking SAT and ACT exams for students (Test-taker in college admissions scam aced exams without cheating: prosecutors). That’s just a portion of what has been going on and who is involved. Like I stated above, more is sure to come.
Rockets Fired from Gaza into Tel Aviv
On Thursday night Israel time, two rockets were fired from Gaza into Tel Aviv. It is still unclear which group launched the rockets, although Hamas and Islamic Jihad have denied any involvement (Israeli Army Strikes in Gaza After Rockets Target Tel Aviv in First Since 2014 War). Rockets are fired into Israel literally all the time, but this particular instance is especially newsworthy, considering the rockets made it all the way to Tel Aviv, which hasn’t happened since 2014.
It’s interesting, I only received one notification today that this attack took place. Why isn’t a dangerous attack in a heavily populated part of one of America’s greatest allies newsworthy enough for every publication to send some kind of update to devices everywhere?
Luckily there were no reports of injuries or damages. It was also reported that Netanyahu called an emergency meeting with top security officials and “In the early hours of Friday morning the Israeli military said it was targeting ‘terror sites’ in the Gaza Strip” (Israel says it hit sites in Gaza after two rockets were fired at Tel Aviv).