Which are the most important stories of the last week that you may have missed? There are undoubtedly many, even during a holiday week. There are dozens out there we think you’d like to dig into. We’ll give you the headline bullet points of our top picks. If you want to get the entire story of all or any, there’s a hyperlink at the end of each bullet point on which you can click to go to the full story.
- The daggers are out! President Trump ordered a missile strike to specifically “take out” Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani — Iran’s #1 terrorist organizer — while Soleimani was in Baghdad at the Iraqi Airport. The Media have gone
wild with the story. It sparked a firestorm on Capitol Hill, with many members of Congress praising the move and others warning of unintended consequences. What happens next? Should President Trump have ordered the strike? It depends on to whom you speak in Congress. But one thing is certain: everyone has an opinion! For complete details, click on this link: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/476612-congress-reacts-to-us-assassination-of-iranian-general
- New Year’s Eve brought a big surprise to Iraq: a “gift” orchestrated by Iran. Protestors stormed the United States Embassy in Iraq. It wasn’t a peaceful demonstration either: much violence along with major damage to the interior of our embassy. Political pundits think the Iranians may have a little more such things in store for us. For complete details, click on this link: https://apnews.com/5c01f233f4a80281e8b65259352a878c
- Everyone knows it’s tremendously expensive to run for President. As an example, totals spent by Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton in their 2016 White House were about one billion dollars! The Democrat Party field of candidates that want the party nod started at a couple of dozen. While several have dropped out, there still are more than expected in the race. And you can bet they’re “dialing for dollars!” Former VP Joe Biden still has a slight lead in the polls, but for the fourth quarter of 2019, Bernie Sanders jumped out in front: a BUNCH of money. For more details, click on this link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/01/bernie-sanders-raised-34point5-million-in-4q-in-2020-democratic-primary.html
- Administrations in the states and city that tax residents and companies the highest have watched a slide in their populations of residents and companies as many are fleeing those states and cities headed for less tax-expensive locations. New York, New York City, Chicago, Illinois, and even several northeast states are seeing a bunch of folks leaving for Texas and Florida. The states and cities they leave certainly feel the loss of tax revenue as all these leave. But it’s not just tax dollars that change. As the population declines, states lose Congressional districts. The number of House seats is based on population. And Florida is about to surpass New York with its number of Congressional districts as more and more New Yorkers head south. For more details, click on this link: https://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/florida-poised-to-surpass-new-york-in-congressional-seats
- NFL playoffs are underway. Once again, the Dallas Cowboys — “America’s Team” — has been left out of the post-season. Once again, the “Boys” didn’t make the playoffs. Head Coach Jason Garrett, at the end of each of the last few Cowboy seasons, has continually been rumored to “about to be fired.” 2019’s dismal record in spite of having an outstanding team has Garrett in owner Jerry Jones’ bullseye. America wonders why Jones hasn’t yet pulled the trigger on Garrett. After all, NFL coaches are fired at the end of every season. And the longer Jones waits — “if” he is going to terminate Garrett — the better coaches that are available to take over the Cowboys are picked up by other teams. What’s Jones doing? There may be something going on. For more details, click on this link: https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2019/12/8/21000740/cowboys-news-who-should-be-the-next-head-coach-of-the-dallas-cowboys
- Yesterday’s Truth News Network story was about “Selective Hate.” In it, we dug into the whats, hows, and whys of so much hate in America. Chief among those targeted with acts of hatred have been Jewish people. And that number is growing in frequency and intensity. In fact, in New York, a twenty-four-year-old woman was arrested after attacking a Jewish young man on the street. It’s getting out of hand! For more details, click on this link: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/01/02/arrest-in-13th-antisemitic-incident/
- One thing the framers of the Consitution feared was a divided nation. They spoke of that concern often. To that end, they carefully crafted content and perspective of just how Americans should live and govern to keep that division from happening. But sadly, division is not only present in the U.S. today, but the number of divisions is also growing as is the intensity and emotions that create each type of division. For more details, click on this link: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/two-party-system-broke-constitution/604213/
- Amazon — reportedly the largest company in the World — has real employee problems based on the massive number of people employed. You can imagine the diverse personalities and opinions — especially about politics — that exist in such a large number of employees at such a large company. And at Amazon, Free Speech is in jeopardy. Maybe Amazon employees should be more careful about what they say to anyone outside the company about anything going on inside the company. For more details, click on this link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-threatens-to-fire-workers-who-are-outspoken-on-its-environmental-policies/
- Two teams will go head to head Monday, January 13, in New Orleans to determine who is the best college football team in the U.S. The Clemson Tigers take on the LSU Tigers in the College Football Championship game being held in the New Orleans Mercedes Superdome. The pair each won the slot in the championship by winning their matchups in bowl games: Clemson beat Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix while LSU fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl. Both teams rely heavily on their quarterbacks. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence lines up opposite of Joe Burrow, LSU’s signal-caller who just won the 2019 Heisman Award. Both teams go into the championship undefeated in 2020. For more details, (including a prediction) click on this link: https://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2019-12-29/lsu-vs-clemson-prediction-preview-college-football-playoff
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