Wednesday March 29th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May told House of Commons that she has invoked Article 50 of the EU’s key treaty, the trigger for a two-year countdown to Britain’s exit. The official divorce from the European Union is the result of the Brexit vote June of 2016. Continuing the process saw Tim Barrow, hand-delivered a letter from Prime Minister May to European Union Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels. May later stated that she will represent all citizens of Great Britain in the dealings with the EU but Scotland is now seeking independence due to the vote showing the country overwhelmingly wanted to remain in the EU.
2. Tuesday, President Trump signed an Executive Order rolling back President Obama’s executive orders which regulated climate policies. The Trump administration will also work to overturn regulations on hydraulic fracturing and methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells on federal lands. Trump will also seek to overturn Obama’s moratorium on issuing new leases for coal mining on government-administered property. The President stated that jobs will be created in the coal market with the repeal of Obama’s regulations yet experts don’t believe that job creation is a long shot at best as the natural gas industry is reducing the need for coal.
President Trump signs Executive Orders
3. Congress pushed a bill to the President which rolls back privacy rules from internet companies. Voting down party lines, House Republicans have asked that Internet service providers be allowed to share information for profit such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The proposal would free up companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast. When President Trump signs the legislation those internet providers will be able to monitor their customers’ behavior online and, without their permission, use their personal and financial information to sell highly targeted ads making them rivals to Google and Facebook in the $83 billion online advertising market.
4. The vote to confirm Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is taking place Friday but Democrats are vowing to filibuster the vote. For Gorsuch to be approved there is a need for 60 votes from the Senate. As of Wednesday, there is only 52. If the votes aren’t there the Republicans will introduce the “nuclear option” which entails changing the law that states, the need for 60 votes and rolling the needed votes to 51. It appears the GOP is taking the position that they are not willing to work with the Democrats at all. Not one Republican or anyone from the White House have attempted to reach across the aisle to have Democrats move towards a positive vote for Gorsuch.
5. Tuesday, Fox News Commentator, Bill O’Reilly made a sly comment on Representative Maxine Water’s appearance by saying “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.” Then going for broke said, “I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair!” Representative Brown had been attacking the Trump Administration and the continuing Russian ties. O’Reilly offered up an apology statement, “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.” He also brought it up during his show “The O’Reilly Factor.” Waters was not having it at all. Waters stated that “I’d like to say to women out there everywhere, don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are! Do what you do! And let us get on with discussing the real issues of this country!” while appearing on MSNBC Tuesday evening.
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