Monday April 10 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. On Palm Sunday in Egypt, worshippers at two Christian churches were killed by twin blasts that took the lives of 44 people. More than 120 people were wounded in the bombings. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has declared three days of mourning for those killed in the blasts and said he ordered a three-month state of emergency which will come into force once legal and constitutional measures have been completed. President el-Sisi released a statement, “The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil, but will only harden their determination to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development,” he stated. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombs.
2. Sunday, the United Nations Ambassador for the United States, Nikki Haley appearing on Sunday morning news shows, stated that nothing “is off the table” when it comes to imposing tougher sanctions on Russia and Iran. On CNN, Haley stated that, “”But I don’t think anything is off the table at this point. I think what you’re going to see is strong leadership. You’re going to continue to see the United States act when we need to act.” Haley also disagreed with Russia’s assertion that rebels used the poisonous gas on citizens in Syria. Haley stated that there is proof that the Assad regime was behind the attack. She said, “We saw the evidence. The President saw the evidence. All of that is naturally classified. And I’m sure when they can declassify that, they will.”
3. The United States Department of Labor has announced that Google has been underpaying and shortchanging women who provide similar work to men. Janette Wipper, a Labor Department regional director stated that the agency found “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.” Google said in its statement that they disagreed with the charges and that “every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap.” The US is suing Google to release compensation data to make sure the company is complying with equal opportunity laws. Goggle is a government contractor and as such the government said in a press release that Google has had “many opportunities to produce this information voluntarily,” but has “refused to do so.”
4. Neil Gorsuch has been sworn in Monday as the next Associate Judge of the United States Supreme Court. The confirmation of Gorsuch was not an easy path as the Republicans didn’t not have the necessary 61 votes in the Senate to pass Gorsuch. When the path was blocked by a Democratic filibuster the GOP optioned for the “nuclear” option which meant they changed the rules to confirm Gorsuch. Gorsuch will sit on the bench for the 19 cases that are on the calendar for the court.
5. Monday, New York lawmakers have approved a plan to make attending public colleges and universities free for students from middle-class families. Under the plan, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less can participate. Altogether, the program is expected to cost New York $163 million and is expected to benefit roughly 940,000 families. New York is the first state to offer free four-year tuition for college and the middle class. The plan will cost the state around $163 billion which includes the Excelsior Scholarship, which covers tuition for any New Yorker accepted to one of the state’s community colleges or four-year universities, provided their family earns less than $125,000 a year. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed the program in January and spoke Sunday about this tuition free plans, “today, college is what high school was — it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it.” Continuing Cuomo said “with this program, every child will have the opportunity that education provides.”
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