Tuesday January 9, 2017, 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Tuesday, January 10, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will be appointed senior advisor to the president, the campaign announced Monday. President Elect Donald Trump issued a statement saying that Kushner, “Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration.” There are any potential conflicts of interest when it comes to Kushner advising the President such as the fact that he owns his own news site, The Observer. Kushner also faces the question of the federal anti-nepotism law which are aimed at preventing officials from appointing relatives to government positions. A member of the Trump transition team said that “We don’t think that the nepotism issue is a close question.”

2. Tuesday, President Elect Donald Trump’s picks for his cabinet will begin their first steps to being sworn in with the start confirmation hearings in Washington, D.C. Although, Democrats are calling for a delay of the hearings due to the lack of ethics reports and that there will be 5 hearings in one day, it has been done before. The problem with Trump’s picks, there are multiple business people to be considered and the question of conflict of interest. That is what the ethics report should show, but they have not been completed. With the Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate, the nominees should not have a large problem being confirmed.

3. After the release of the redacted report on the role of Russia in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and their role in propaganda, Russia has debunked the report saying “We don’t think that the nepotism issue is a close question,” echoing the words of President Elect Trump. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that “Groundless accusations which are not supported by anything are being rehearsed in an amateurish, unprofessional way. We don’t know what information they are actually relying on.” The United States Intelligence agencies stand by the report that Russian President Putin was behind the hacking of the DNC and propaganda news articles.

4. In Philadelphia, thousands are expected to march against the new President of the United States Donald Trump. The march will occur on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with more than 30 organizations taking part. The goal of the demonstration, according to organizers, “to come together to advance an alternative vision of America’s future — one grounded in equality, justice, and shared prosperity for all Americans.” The vision of those marching is to bring equality to the masses, whether that be economic, race or color or sex. The march will start at 11 a.m. at the President’s House at Sixth and Market, which commemorates the site of the first executive mansion and the slaves who worked there. From there marches will go to Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, where they’ll hold a public demonstration outdoors from noon to 2 p.m. on the corner of Sixth and Lombard streets. The church is where, 200 years ago on January 1817, some 3,000 free African Americans gathered to publicly denounce a plan to deport free blacks to West Africa.

5. Monday, U.S. officials said that U.S. Special Operations troops carried out a ground operation in eastern Syria aimed at capturing an Islamic State militant. According to the statement, the raid took place Sunday near the city of Deir al-Zour and deep in the heart of the Islamic State territory. According to U.S. defense officials in Washington, the U.S. forces intercepted a vehicle carrying an Islamic State militant whom the U.S. military hoped to capture and interrogate.

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