Wednesday May 3, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Hillary Clinton came out of the shadows Tuesday, explaining her loss to Donald Trump in the Presidential election. Appearing before Women for Women International event in New York, Clinton stated that, ““If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.” Continuing Clinton stated that, ““I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off — and the evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling [and] persuasive.” President Trump responded to Clinton in his favorite communication form, Twitter. “FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony … Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?” the tweets read. Clinton also touched on the prejudice against women who enter the work place, enter politics and sexism in general. Clinton proclaimed that she is now a member of the “resistance.”
2. Wednesday, President Trump along with members of the GOP, are working frantically to get the votes to change the Affordable Care Act but the bill still does not have enough votes from fellow Republicans. The conservative members of the Freedom Caucus have agreed to the bill but now mainstream Republicans are jumping off the new healthcare ship. The major sticking point is the coverage of those with pre-existing conditions. The bill allows states to opt out of covering those with pre-existing conditions which could be devastating to those who need insurance. The “repeal and replace” of Obamacare is becoming repair what is wrong with the insurance plan that is now more popular than it was while the Presidential campaign was ongoing. Members of the House and Senate are now worried about upcoming elections and if they vote to change or eliminate Obamacare their seat would be jeopardy. The GOP members of the House and Senate are now deciding whether allegiance to the party is more important than allegiance to the voters who gave them their seat.
3. FBI Director James Comey will appear Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to answer questions regarding Russia’s impact on the Presidential election and to speak about any connections to the Trump campaign. It is the first time since last month for Comey to be questioned openly about the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign before the House Intelligence Committee. At that public investigation Comey stated that there is no evidence of what President Trump claimed that President Obama wiretapped him. Comey also stated that there is an investigation into members of the Trump campaign and their involvement with Russia.
Trump Asks James Comey to Stay On as FBI Director
4. In Philadelphia, 4 people have been arrested and charged with human trafficking, conspiracy, and involuntary servitude. According to the arrest reports, Shaikey Cooper, Reggie Jamal Fields, Fantasia Gale and Shawn Jackson held a 16 year old girl at various addresses, after she ran away from home, and forced her into the sex trade by advertising her services online in the Backdoor.com website. After weeks of being held captive, the victim escaped the home and went to the hospital where she went for treatment and to talk to police of what had happened to her. The accused were arrested and are now being held in jail due to their $5-million-dollar bail.
5. Wednesday marks World Freedom Press Day. The day is to observe how a free press is essential to democracy and the truth being told about governments. Many believe that journalists are protected but in nations such as China and Syria, independent journalists are often jailed and sometimes killed for doing their job. Reporters Without Borders has been ranking at least 139 countries since 2002 on how well they protect journalists and allow them to do their jobs. It may surprise many that the United States is ranked at 43rd of 180 nations this year. The reason for the United States not to be ranked better is for one, the Trump administration has blocked some journalists’ White House access. Reporters have been arrested while covering protests. There was also the Obama administration’s efforts to have journalists to reveal sources of government “leaks,” or information that wasn’t intended to be made public.
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