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

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

1. As there was still discussion on the ties between Russia and the Trump campaign and the President tweet saying that President Obama wiretapped Trump’s phones, a blistering story was lost during policy decisions of the Trump administration Wednesday. reported that President Trump has been added to the witness list in the case of those who are suing convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein ‘s alleged victims, and the disgraced billionaire himself. The attorney in the case, Jack Scarola stated that “President Donald Trump has been identified as an individual who may have information relating to these allegations.” Scarola also stated that there is evidence that they have evidence that at least one of the now (former) employees at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club were recruited by Epstein’s agent to become involved in a pattern of alleged molestations. There is no evidence that Trump was involved in Epstein’ pedophile cast but “Trump and Epstein have acknowledged that they were friends, that they have socialized together. We have reason to believe that Trump was a guest in Epstein’s home during the period that Epstein was engaged in molestation.”

2. Once again, federal judges have blocked President Trump’s travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson of Hawaii, wrote a 43-page opinion blocking Trump’s proposed plan by using Trump’s own words against the President, himself. In the opinion, Watson wrote, that “a reasonable, objective observer, enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements, and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion.” Watson also wrote that “The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”

3. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning released his plans for a $1.1 trillion budget that outlines in defense spending the Trump administration will increase defense spending by $54 billion and that the administration would create deep cuts to non-defense spending at the State Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the wholesale elimination of other federal programs. The outline the White House has provided states that they will be slashing EPA budget by 31%, The State Department by 28% and HUD by 13.2%. The cuts would also include wiping out funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Institute of Peace, among others. The White House also proposes to reduce the funding for multinational organization like the World Bank by $650 million.

4. In Holland, the election of a new Prime Minister which also became a referendum on candidates like Donald Trump, a populist, ended with a lost. The nationalist firebrand Geert Wilders who considered an all Muslim ban, ended up coming a distant second with Conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte claiming victory Wednesday. Rutte, in his celebratory speech stated that, “This night is a night for the Netherlands — after Brexit, after the American elections — where we said stop it, stop it to the wrong kind of populism.” Holland had a huge turnout for this election with approximately 81 percent of voters cast their ballot.

5. Thursday morning, a letter bomb exploded at the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, in Paris injuring the employee who opened the letter. The IMF employee received hand and face injuries, and staff were evacuated. The IMF director Christine Lagarde called the act a “cowardly act of violence,” In other news regarding mail explosives, the German finance ministry in Berlin intercepted a parcel bomb sent to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble on Wednesday. A Greek far-left group, the Conspiracy of Fire Cells, said on a website that it had sent the German device.

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