Monday May 8, 2017, 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Sunday, in a landslide victory in France, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political neophyte who has pledged to revive both his struggling country defeated the conservative anti-immigration, anti-European Union, Marine Le Pen. The race was watched intensely across the globe as to whether the upset victories in Great Britain and the United States, based in nationalism would continue with the French election, but voters turn back that tide. The victory by the liberal Macron marked the third time in six month, after elections in Austria and the Netherlands, European voters shot down far-right conservatives who wanted to restore borders across Europe.
2. Sunday on Fox News Sunday, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, stated that the Republican Party will be rewarded at the ballot box after the vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the House last Thursday. “I think the Republican Party will be rewarded,” said Priebus. Continuing Priebus stated that “It’s up to the Senate, if there are improvements to be made, to make those improvements.” When asked about polls showing that most people were against the repeal of the ACA, Priebus stated that, ““These are the same people that said Donald Trump wasn’t going to run and he ran, he wasn’t going to win the primary and he won the primary. Donald Trump couldn’t win the general, he won the general. He couldn’t get health-care repeal-and-replace through the House, he got it through the House.” The House did pass the new healthcare bill but they did so without an accounting of the cost or how many people were in danger of losing their coverage from the Congressional Budget Office.
3. Monday, Sally Yates, the former acting Attorney General of the U.S., will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Russia. Yates will field questions and speak on the topic of “Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election” and will answer questions on how the White House found out that their National Security advisor Michael Flynn, was in fact in contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yates had said that she warned the Trump administration that Flynn had misled senior officials about his communications, but nothing was done. Yates told the administration about 3 weeks before the claims were made public and that the White House did not take any action against Flynn until the realization came to light that Flynn had lied to the Vice President about phone calls between himself and the Russian ambassador. For his part, President Trump is still defending his administration and blaming the Obama administration for giving Flynn a high security clearance. That theory flies in the face of fact though. When Flynn was picked for the National Security position he should have been vetted by the new administration, not the previous administration.
4. Once again, North Korea has detained a US citizen for unknown reasons as he was planning to fly out of Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday morning. The teacher was working at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim was detained as he was supposed to fly out of North Korea. Kim is the third US citizen in North Korean custody. The US State Department on Sunday said it was working on the case.
5. Saturday, the Trump administration once again, has changed its mind on who will stay at a federal agency after telling the employees they were to be told their jobs were safe. This time, it is the EPA and its members on one of its key scientific review boards. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has chosen to replace half of the members on one of its key scientific review boards declaring that no one has been fired but must go through the hiring process once again as the Trump administration eliminates any holdovers from the Obama Administration. The move came as a surprise to members of the board, who had been informed both in January, that they would be kept on for another term. The decision is seen by many as proof the administration is leaving science behind for untested theories.
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