Republicans Are Losing Their Grip, Plus North Korea Is On The War Path: The World, Last Week
The World, Last Week: A timeline to help you get caught up on everything that went down from April 16 – April 22, 2017
Reporting by Elena Sheppard.
There is absolutely no denying it: politics are in overdrive. Things are happening at such a breakneck pace that it feels impossible to keep up. With that in mind, we’re here to try and help alleviate the problem. Every week, we’ll be supplying weekly roundups of the political happenings you need to know about and that affect you. Our hope? That this will make headlines a little more organized. If we can’t stop the madness, we need to do our best to be prepared by staying informed.
Sunday *April 16*
- Turkish voters put their power behind President Erdogan, by supporting a referendum that would dissolve the country’s parliamentary political process after the 2019 election. Sparknotes: This would give all political power to the country’s president. How this relates to current president Erdogan is that it basically condones the way he’s been leading since he took office in 2014 and gives him even more tight control over the nation. How it relates to us? Well, Turkey is a key player in the Middle East. To be continued…
Monday *April 17*
- Over at the Supreme Court, it was Neil Gorsuch’s first day. He took his seat at the far right of the bench, where he will likely perch for the next few decades.
- Meanwhile, on the Korean Peninsula, Vice President Pence stood 100 feet from North Korean soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone, essentially mean mugging them.
“We’re going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience,” he told CNN.
- Trump was pretty happy with Sunday’s Turkey news and called President Erdogan to congratulate him on his tightening authoritarian grip (our words, not his). This is important because it contrasts with a message put forth earlier in the day by the U.S. State Department which urged Erdogan to respect the rights of the Turkish people.
Tuesday *April 18*
- British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a “snap election” this June. The whole thing is pretty confusing so we mapped it all out for you here.
- All eyes were on Georgia where a House race was giving Republicans a scare. In the heavily republican Georgia district, a 30-year-old democrat named Jon Ossoff came mighty close to winning. His almost-win is a coup and one that puts a scare in Republicans as they prepare for the 2018 congressional elections—which will most certainly be a referendum on Trump. Ossoff will face Republican candidate Karen Handel in June.
- In news both scary and confusing, there is massive head-scratching over a U.S. aircraft carrier off the coast of North Korea. Last week, the White House said that America was sending over an aircraft carrier as a message. Actually, what Trump really said was, “we’re sending an armada.” But now we’re finding out that the ships in question were actually sailing in the opposite direction. Apparently, now the ships are on their way to the Korean Peninsula but the whole thing really begs the question: Does anyone know what’s going on?
Wednesday *April 19*
- All the breaking news is not coming solely out of Asia though: down in Venezuela, huge marches took place that led to violence. What the protestors are speaking out against is the government, and what the protestors perceive to be the erosion of the country’s democracy. We’ll keep our eyes on this story.
Thursday *April 20*
- Scary news out of Paris: a shooter on the Champs-Elysee killed a police officer. ISIS says the man was an “Islamic State fighter,” and many are wondering how this news will impact the upcoming French election.
- After Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a statement saying we’d be putting more pressure on North Korea, they shot back with a chilling statement saying: “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes.” *Gulp*
- An Egyptian-American aid worker and her Egyptian husband were released after being imprisoned for three years in Egypt after being accused of child sex abuse. The accusations were seen by many as unfounded, and apparently, President Trump negotiated for their release during Egyptian President Sissi’s visit to Washington a few weeks back. (Obama wouldn’t allow Sissi at the White House due to his human rights violations.)
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to Hawaii as “an island in the Pacific” and Hawaiians are pissed. His comment was in reference to the Hawaiian judge who blocked Trump’s Muslim ban—and was definitely meant to offend. Couldn’t he have just kept his pettiness at home and called it a State?
Friday *April 21*
- Republicans will not drop the Affordable Care Act issue and said they would be trying to resurrect the TrumpCare Bill before the 100-day mark next week. By the way, Trump also said he’d be unveiling a tax plan next week too. Oy vey.
- Sources have now confirmed to the FBI that the Russians were trying to use Trump advisors to infiltrate the campaign. Literally. Never. A. Dull. Moment.
Saturday *April 22*
- It was Earth Day and people all over joined the March for Science, which was born out of fear over President Trump’s stated opinions on global warming and vaccinations. All of it is yikes at this point.