Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Wednesday June 21, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. The Democrats were, yet again, left to lick their wounds after losing 2 special election seats for Congress. The most expensive race in Congressional history, in a solid GOP area, went to the Republican candidate. Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia election. The Democrats, once again, picked a candidate that had his flaws and the most important flaw was that Ossoff did not live in the district he sought to represent. The district has been a Republican stronghold since the days of President Jimmy Carter. Yet, it was not an easy win for Handel has she only won by 5 points whereas other Republican candidates have won the same seat by not only double digits but by over 20 points. President Trump can savor the victory but Republicans must figure out why this win was only by 5 points. The Democrats, must reason within themselves, why do they pick candidates that have such a visible flaw such as not living in the district they are to represent.

2. In business,Tuesday, the co-founder of Uber has resigned his position and will step down immediately. 3. After the death of American Otto Warmbier the United States is weighing the option of stopping any travel of Americans to North Korea. Warmbier had been imprisoned by North Korea for over a year but when he was released he was found to be coma and died within days of being brought home, Monday. Also in news with North Korea, the U.S and China are monitoring detected activity at an underground site in North Korea used to test nuclear weapons. Per CNN, “that it was not clear if Pyongyang was preparing for a new nuclear test, but said there was concern that the reclusive country could initiate a test during a visit by Chinese officials to Washington on Wednesday.”

4. Tropical Storm Cindy, is bearing down the Florida Panhandle all the way to eastern Texas, with the National Weather Service said posed a threat of “life-threatening flash flooding.” The storms maximum sustained winds were near 60 mph Wednesday morning with slight weakening expected to begin Thursday. But the main danger appeared to be from rain. Isolated pockets just east of the Houston area could see as much as 6″, however. According to the Weather Channel, the tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coastlines.

5. The Trump administration is considering to drastically reduce the funding for programs that shelter the poor and combat homelessness except for one program that would be a conflict of interest for President Trump. The new plan would reduce everything except it leaves intact a type of federal housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords. For Trump, that would-be windfall. According to his Trump’s most recent financial discloses, Trump himself, who earns millions of dollars each year as a part-owner of Starrett City which is the nation’s largest subsidized housing complex. Trump’s 4 percent stake in the Brooklyn complex earned him at least $5 million between January of last year and April 15. This action is the clearly the most visible of Trump’s conflicts of interest. While there is no indication that Trump himself was involved in the decision, it is nonetheless being

starrett city housing project

NYC’s Starrett City housing project co-owned by President Trump

proof how Trump’s financial interests can directly rise or fall on the policies of his administration. A spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban stated that $38 million has been paid to Trump since Trump took office in January for his involvement in subsidized housing.

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