Let’s Get Political: Tariffs, Tweets and Town Halls

President Trump:

Trump attacks Amazon through a series of tweets. (source twitter)  

President Trump battled with Amazon on Saturday through a series of tweets, accusing them of costing billions of dollars a year to the U.S. postal service, and therefore taxpayer money, The accusation was false, and the U.S. postal service actually profits from their relationship with Amazon.

Trump deploys the National Guard (source Chicago Reader) 

Trump deployed the National Guard to the southern border on Wednesday to assist border patrol in combating illegal immigration. Trump is not the first president to use the National Guard in this way, but this decision is the latest in Trump’s crackdown on immigration.

Graph showing how the U.S. would be affected by Chinese Tariffs (source CNN)

China struck back at President Trump’s proposed $50 million tariffs against China with their own tariffs against 106 American made products. Their strategy would primarily affect areas of the country with the most support for Trump – rural farm areas.

 

National:

Cambridge Analytica used private data from Facebook users. (Source MSNBC)

Cambridge Analytica explained: A political consulting firm that worked for President Trump’s 2016 campaign, and used private information from more than 87 million Facebook user profiles without their consent. This data was used on advertisements for the Trump campaign. Although the U.S. and U.K. haven’t decided whether this breaks any laws, Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have both been under scrutiny for using private information unknowingly. The company was owned and started by Robert Mercer, one of the biggest Republican party donors, and Steve Bannon once served as its vice president. Facebook founder and owner Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to speak to Congress next week.

Scott Pruitt is under scrutiny for ethical decisions. (souce ABC) 

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency is under increased scrutiny this week for a series of ethical violations. Pruitt was found to be leasing a Capitol Hill apartment for $50 a night, that was owned in part by the wife of a top energy lobbyist.

 

Local:

Kansas may soon have self serve beer bars. (source thetabletap.com) 

Kansas state senators passed the first round of legislation to make self-serve beer at bars legal. Patrons would show ID to get a card which would give them access to a buffet like tap service.

Representative Kevin Yoder. (source The Pitch) 

Students in Kansas planned an event in Olathe this Saturday titled “Town Hall for Our Lives.” It took place in a district that is one of the most competitive U.S. House races in the country. Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder is the only candidate who did not attend, although all seven of his competitors were there.

Missouri House passes 20 week abortion ban. (source STLtoday)

Missouri House members voted on Tuesday to restrict abortion rights after a fetus can feel pain. The bill tightens the window from 22 weeks to 20 weeks.

 

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