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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The Trump team has money on their minds. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

ICYMI, the US is in debt. A lot of it. Try...around $23 trillion. So over the past couple years, Prez Trump’s worked to shave down the national debt with budget cuts. At the same time, Trump’s got his eye on key election promises, like building a wall along the US-Mexico border and handing more funding to the military. Scene, set. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, Prez Trump unveiled a $4.3 trillion budget proposal that includes all of the above. Hint: the proposal would cut social safety net programs (like Medicaid), student loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food stamps, education, and environmental protection. Buuuuut it includes $2 billion for the border wall, $25 billion for NASA (with the idea that they’d be sending astronauts back to the moon by 2024), extra military and defense funding, and money for veterans. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Mixed. The proposal’s not expected to pass Congress as is, but it gives an indication of the kinds of issues the Trump team will be focusing on as the 2020 presidential election approaches. What’s expected to create lots of controversy: the elimination of a student loan forgiveness program for public workers - which Dem presidential candidates have talked about improving

 

SO…?

The new budget proposal doesn’t estimate wiping out the US’s debt until 2035. TBD on whether the debt will just keep on growing. 


THE ACTION

POLITICS: Today, New Hampshire heads to the polls in the second Dem caucus. Right now, the frontrunner in this election is Bernie Sanders, with Pete Buttigieg - who took the win in Iowa - not far behind. New polls show Amy Klobouchar in third place, up from fifth in Iowa. Now, all eyes are on the results, which should be coming out tonight, to see if this election determines a clear frontrunner. Meanwhile, everything is up in the air in Germany. Not too long ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she wouldn’t run for re-election - and named a replacement, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Problem, since recently, Kramp-Karrenbauer suddenly declared she won’t run for chancellor in 2021, either. Uh oh. 

 

DATA: ICYDK, back in 2017, it came out that Equifax - a credit recording biz - had been hacked. Meaning the personal data of around 145 million Americans was stolen. Think: social security numbers, addresses, and credit cards numbers. Yes, really. Now, years later, the Justice Dept is pointing fingers at four members of the Chinese military for being behind the hack, which is one of the largest in history. Speaking of which, recently, the personal data of all 6.5 million eligible Israeli voters was leaked online. The leak is reportedly due to a software flaw, but it’s raising concerns about identity theft and electoral manipulation just weeks before Israel’s national election. 

 

WORLD: Yesterday, at least 30 people were killed after attackers set fire on sleeping travelers in Borno state, Nigeria. The attackers also burned 18 vehicles and destroyed food products and other goods that were headed to markets in the city. So far, no one has claimed responsibility, but the attackers are suspected Boko Haram militants. Meanwhile, a new study shows that as global temperatures rise, Africa is experiencing bigger and more frequent thunderstorms. This, coupled with poor infrastructure in certain regions and the fact that Africa is already home to some of the world’s lightening hot spots, could mean increased death from storms over the coming years. In other news, everyone’s watching this cruise ship


WHAT TO KNOW

Greta Thunberg:” who’s getting her own TV series. BRB, marking our calendars. 


SAY WHAT?

“New 'reaper of death' Tyrannosaur discovered in Canada” - an actual headline. Thank you, astroid. 

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