Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. The Russian connection between the Trump campaign will get an official look on March 20th. The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold hearings on which members of the Trump campaign met with Russian dignities and if those meetings influenced the Presidential election in November. One member of the Trump campaign has already been subpoenaed. Carter Page acted as a foreign affairs expert in Russia. Page, admitted Tuesday, that he in fact gave a speech and met with Russian officials in June. According to Page, the Trump campaign gave him permission to fly to Russia where his speech criticized the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States over human rights violations. Page has been told not to discard any correspondence from his work with the Trump campaign.
2. Today is International Women’s Day and the day will be marked by protests to shed a light on the work of women. The event, “A Day Without a Women” will be marked with a strike by women to show the importance of the role women play in society. The protest is asking women to avoid shopping, to skip school or work and to rally for the rights of women across the globe. There will be protests marches across the world but for women who cannot participate in marches there will be online discussions to share stories of empowering women. Today’s events are an offshoot of the Women’s March that took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration.
3. WikiLeaks dropped an intelligence dump Tuesday with over 8000 pages of Central Intelligence Agency files regarding the use of technology to eavesdrop on suspects. The dump explains how smart televisions and cell phones can be turned on remotely with the video and audio being recorded. This newest drop of information comes as the US is reeling from President Trump’s suggestion that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign season. There are those that believe the leaked documents will take the spotlight off Trump’s accusations.
4. The Republican healthcare plan that was unveiled Monday evening is already running into a division among members of the House and Senate. Conservatives say the plan doesn’t go far enough in removing “entitlements” while others are opposed to removing, possibly, 20 million people who have been included in the expansion of Medicaid. Senator Rand Paul and members of the House Freedom Caucus demanded a true repeal of the Affordable Care Act. President Trump tweeted to Senator Paul directly saying “I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!”
5. China’s top diplomat has warned Tuesday that, the United States and North Korea are entering a dangerous “head-on collision” with neither side willing to give way. Foreign Minister Wang Li cautioned the United States from giving South Korea an anti-missile weapon saying that the deployment of THAAD will develop into an outright “arms race” in the region. “More missile shields of one side inevitably bring more nuclear missiles of the opposing side that can break through the missile shield, suggesting China could accelerate its nuclear program, said Li.
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