Thursday February 16, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Thursday February 16, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration for the position. Puzder tweeted that, “I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. I’m honored to have been considered and am grateful to all who have supported me.” It became obvious that Puzder would not have enough votes to be confirmed after allegations of domestic abuse came to light. Puzder ex-wife had appeared in an episode of the Orpah Winfrey show in disguise to speak about the violence that occurred in that marriage.

2. Thursday, immigrant workers are protesting the view of immigrants by staging a day of protest called, “A Day Without Immigrants.” The day of protest will include a general strike whereby immigrants will not go to work, attend classes or shop for any goods. Janet Murguia, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza tweeted that, “”From doctors to dishwashers, immigrants are integral to daily life in the U.S.” Continuing also praised the celebrity chef Jose Andrés for closing his business for the day. Andres stated that he decided to close after a few hundred of his employees told him they weren’t coming to work Thursday. His employees asked that Andres support their strike and he agreed to help with the protest. “We are all one,” he said. “We should not be fighting among each other, we should all be working together to keep moving the country forward.”

3. President Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House. In a joint news conference Trump was asked about two-state solution for in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and his support for the policy. Trump replied, “”So I’m looking at two-state and one-state — and I like the one that both parties like.” Continuing Trump said, “I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.” “I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two, but honestly if Bibi and if the Palestinians — if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.” The two state policy has been in place for decades.

4. In the on-going battle between the press and the White House, President Trump stated that the way the press treated former National Security adviser Michael Flynn as a disgrace. “I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media — as I call it, the ‘fake media,’ in many cases — and I think it’s really a sad thing that he was treated so badly,” Trump stated, “I think in addition to that, from intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked.” Trump has repeated that the leaks that led to Michael Flynn’s resignation is what needs to be addressed and investigation.

5. In a move that has been criticized by many gun control advocates the Senate voted Wednesday to nullify part of a gun control bill that kept severely mentally ill people from buying guns. It’ll head now to President Donald Trump, who is likely to sign it. The law had required the Social Security Administration to report the names of an estimated 75,000 people who are considered too mentally ill or otherwise unable to manage their own disability benefits to the national background check system that gun stores (but often not private sellers nor gun shows) must consult before selling a gun to someone. The bill passed 57-43, with several Democrats crossing the aisle to join Republicans.

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