Monday May 1, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Monday, May 1, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. It was announced Sunday evening that Congress reached an agreement that will keep the government open and running until September. The new agreement is expected to vote on the roughly $1 trillion package early this week and has wins for both parties with the new package. For Democrats, the package includes funding for opioid addiction, Planned Parenthood and it does not include funding for the southern border wall with Mexico. The GOP received increased funding, $1.5 billion, for border security, a $15 billion boost for the Pentagon, and will provide $68 million extra in local law enforcement funds to reimburse New York City and other localities for protecting Trump. Overall the new budget is a positive bipartisan agreement with both sides being able to declare victory.

2. Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people held marches across the nation in the name of science. Particularly those who believe that climate change is real, not a hoax created by the Chinese and are angry over the budget cuts to government agencies such as the EPA. The Peoples Climate March started in 2014 in New York but organizers wanted to make a point with this year’s march, picking President Trump’s 100th day in office. Proof that this administration does not believe in the science of climate change is the website for the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has eliminated climate change science from that site. The Trump administration has also warned that they will pull out of the Paris Accords, which support the theory of the climate change and calls for nations to work together to keep the planet safe.

3. In France, in the presidential race, frontrunner Emmanuel Macron, the populist, has had his campaign hit by cyber-attacks similar to the attacks that occurred in the United States’ presidential race. The Democratic National Committee was the victim of cyber-attacks that were then published by WikiLeaks . The new attacks have been confirmed by the French government’s cyber-security agency ANSSI and Trend Micro. The attack has been linked to previous attacks in the U.S. called Pawn Storm, which it described as an “active cyber espionage actor group” that has carried out such hits in more than a dozen countries. One element of the cyber-attacks is the building of fake news websites. Macron was hit by a fake-news hoax in which a bogus website resembling the site of Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported that Saudi Arabia was financing his campaign.

4. Monday, during an Oval Office interview with CBS’ John Dickerson, President Trump refused to back off unproven claims thatformer  President Obama ordered and had the Trump Tower “bugged” or wiretapped during the presidential campaign. Trump was asked if he had spoken to President Obama since the inauguration. Trump replied he had not but that “you saw what happened with surveillance.” When pressed about the supposed surveillance ordered by President Obama, Trump gave an answer that did not make much sense. Dickerson asked Trump if he stood by his previous claims of wiretapping with Trump saying our side has been proven very strongly. “You can figure that out yourself,” he said. “I don’t stand by anything. You can take it the way you want. I think our side has been proven very strongly, and everybody has been talking about it.” Still not sure what he meant, Dickerson asked if Trump still believed that Obama was a sick guy. Trump, becoming visually angry, stated, “You have my opinion.” When asked again, Trump ended the interview and walked off.

5. Sunday, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that the Trump administration is considering ways to change or lift the constitutional pprovisionthat guarantees freedom of the press. Priebus stated that there is a need to change libel laws as there have been “articles out there that have no basis or fact” and that this so-called fake news needs to be stopped. Priebus said the media needs “to be more responsible with how they report the news.” Trump has stated during the campaign and again while president that the U.S. needs to “open up” federal libel laws, making it easier to sue journalists and outlets that criticize him.

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