Wednesday March 1, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. President Trump’s first speech before both chambers of Congress Tuesday evening, took a more peaceful tone compared to many of President Trump’s past campaign and Presidential speeches. The speech which is normally called the State of the Union Speech for President’s who have been in office for a year or more, is called by the Trump administration an “address to a joint session.” Trump called for Democrats and Republicans to work together so replace Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, repair the infrastructure of the country, create a border wall, and spoke of the movement that gave him the White House. The speech also included his tag line, Make America Great Again, which many have argued the United States has been and is already great.
2. In response to President Trump’s speech, former Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear (D-KY) answered President Trump’s call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Beshear appeared from a small town diner where he said, “”Does the Affordable Care Act need some repairs? Sure it does. But so far, every Republican idea to “replace” the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite promises to the contrary.” While Beshear was the governor of Kentucky, the use Affordable Care Act caused the state’s uninsured rate fell to 7.5 percent from 20 percent.
3. Tuesday, the Midwest, saw storms that set off tornadoes, wild weather, hail and strong storms that caused the tornadoes’ aftermath, three people were killed, others injured and cars were scattered on highways. The storms are moving east Wednesday where 100 million people could be in for severe weather on the Eastern seaboard. In Perryville, Missouri, tornadoes lifted up to 20 vehicles from a junkyard onto the interstate highway. The town itself has been reduced to rubble with many losing their homes.
4. In response to President Trump’s address to the nation Tuesday night, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) issued a video that was posted to Facebook. In the video Sanders stated that, “I did not hear President Trump say one word, not one word, about the need to combat climate change, the greatest environmental threat facing our planet.” Sanders also stated that the Pentagon budget “bloated and that Trump did not speak about how the average American would be able to afford college. Sanders asked “Do we add another $80-plus billion to the Pentagon, or do we allow every qualified young American the ability to go to college tuition-free at a public college or university and reduce student debt? I think the choice is clear.”
5. Henry Rousso, a French historian who is also Jewish and speaks on the effects of the Holocaust was detained and almost deported after flying into George Bush Intercontinental Airport to meet for a symposium at Texas A&M University on February Rousso has been a frequent speaker in the United States but the way the he was treated was a first. Roussso tweeted that “I confirm. I have been detained 10 hours at Houston International Airport about to be deported.” While being detained Rousso he was forced to “the recording of my fingerprints and a search of the body.” Eventually, Rousso was allowed to proceed into the country but not before the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has tweeted a message that said, “There is no excuse for what happened to @Henry_Rousso. Our country is open to scientists and intellectuals.” Rousso also stated that “What I know, having loved this country forever, is that the United States is no longer quite the United States.”
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother