Trump’s Tax Plan Screws His Base, Plus Will Le Pen Lead France? The World, Last Week
The World, Last Week: A timeline to help you get caught up on everything that went down from April 23 – April 29, 2017
Reporting by Elena Sheppard.
Have you been digging our politics’ round ups? Honestly, the world is so crazy right now we need this timeline to help us keep everything straight. Our phones and feeds are constantly being bombarded with breaking news, so collating the most important stuff once a week feels absolutely crucial to us.
If this is your first time checking out “The World, Last Week” here’s the skinny: Every week we supply roundups of the political ongoings that you need to know about. Our hope is that they will help make headlines a little more organized — and the news a little easier to follow. It’s our top priority right now to stay active.
Sunday *April 23*
- On Sunday French voters went to the polls and boiled down their presidential candidates to two: the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and the pro-E.U. candidate Emmanuel Macron. Both are considered outsiders and it looks like France will be choosing between them on May 7.
Monday *April 24*
- Very dark news out of Arkansas where two inmates were put to death in one day. This is the first time this has happened since 2000.
Tuesday *April 25*
- Trump got a wee bit angry on Tuesday when a judge in San Francisco put a temporary block on the president’s attempt to stop federal funding for sanctuary cities (aka cities that don’t necessarily comply with federal immigration laws, particularly when it comes to deportation). On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that this ban was “ridiculous.” The judge pointed out that the administration hasn’t provided their definition of sanctuary cities.
- Circling back to the drama surrounding our government, Russia, and Trump’s ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn, it seems Flynn broke federal laws by not disclosing his contact and dealings with Russia. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out.
- Meanwhile, in Germany, Ivanka Trump took to the stage at the W2 and called her dad “a tremendous champion” of families. She was met with a chorus of boos.
Wednesday *April 26*
- The White House put forth their proposed tax plan, which Sparknotes says will significantly help the wealthy. No surprise, it’s a little hard to understand but the New York Times has mapped it all out in a pretty digestible way. Recommended reading!
- The U.S. has had a somewhat tenuous relationship with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) since President Trump came into the White House, but on Wednesday he announced that the agreement with Mexico and Canada would be renegotiated, not canceled. “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a statement. That’s a big 180 from campaign rhetoric when he called NAFTA, “once of the worst deals ever.”
Thursday *April 27*
- Late Thursday night Arkansas executed their fourth death-row inmate in eight days. It’s a brutally dark story that is prompting a lot of questions about lethal injection and the death penalty.
- Two American service members were killed in Afghanistan conducting a joint U.S.-Afghan raid. The soldiers were targeting Afghanistan’s ISIS affiliate when they died.
Friday *April 28*
- Another day, another failed North Korean missile launch. P.S. Trump said, “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.”
- P.P.S. Trump also said that he thought being president “would be easier.”
- The Commerce Department released some figures on Friday that show Trump’s first quarter economic growth isn’t quite what the team is touting it to be—not even close.
Saturday *April 29*
- Saturday was President Trump’s 100th day, so there’s that.
- BTW the White House Correspondents Dinner was on Saturday, Trump chose not to attend instead holding a rally in Pennsylvania. Like you do.