Wednesday, February 1, 2016 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Tuesday evening, in prime-time coverage, President Trump announced his selection for who is to fill the seat of the late Justice Scalia who passed almost a week ago. Trump nominated 49-year-old federal Justice, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Colorado. Gorsuch has a long and esteemed background who attended Harvard Law with former President Obama. He is a conservative, who has written on the subject of assisted suicides and euthanasia which he believes must not become legal although it has in a few states. He has argued that “the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.” That particular language has pro-choice and reproductive rights worried about the future of the High Court’s decision of Roe vs. Wade.
2. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Tuesday that US Army Corps of Engineers have been directed to allow the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Native American Tribe, stated that there is a need for more environmental review for the plan to move forward. Standing Rock tribe is concerned that their land will be impacted by the pipeline and that their way of life is being endangered by the course of the pipeline which will run under North Dakota’s Lake Oahe which runs through the land of the Standing Rock Tribe.
3. The former Congressman Anthony Weiner may face charges on child pornography for having online sexual communication between himself and a 15-year-old girl. Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, was a senior adviser to Clinton at the State Department, and maintained a prominent role in her presidential campaign. When it was found that Weiner conducted these alleged conversations online, the laptop was seized and was looked at by the FBI for potential Hillary Clinton emails that Weiner’s wife may have stored on that particular computer. That was eventually called not true but the damage had been done to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
4. In Pennsylvania, there are still those who are still suffering from the impact of the travel ban that President Trump signed into effect last Friday by way of his executive order. Fatemeh Sheiki, who is a retired teacher from Iran and the mother of two daughters who are completing their education here in the U. S. in doctoral programs had not seen her family in 18 months Ahmadi Darani, 28, one of Sheiki daughters stated her mother had left to join them 2 days before the executive order had been signed but was actually boarded on an airline, on her flight to the U. S when it was announced she would not be allowed to stay and would be returned to Iran. Sheiki was one of at least seven people turned back at the Philadelphia airport Saturday. The ACLU has filed suit on behalf of this family and more families who were turned away from the United States.
5. Tuesday, according to Russian news reports, former members of the domestic security agency and a cybersecurity expert have been formally charged with treason. Those reports were reported last week that three officials of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and an executive for cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs had been arrested for treason. There is great speculation that the agents are those who were involved with the U.S Presidential campaign. FSB officials Sergei Mikhailov and Dmitry Dokuchayev, were charged on Wednesday with treason.
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