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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Trump’s putting China on the defense. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

One of Prez Trump’s biggest campaign promises was to put “America First.” Apparently this meant discouraging people from buying from foreign bizes...and encouraging people to buy from American bizes. Enter: tariffs. Aka a tax on a particular kind of import or export. Fast forward to 2017, and the US slapped new tariffs on China - leading to a trade war. Ever since, the two countries have been working to calm things down and make (financial) peace again. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Over the past week, the US and China have been chatting in an effort to slash the laundry list of tariffs. Spoiler: the trade talks aren’t going so well. Yesterday, Prez Trump said ‘I think a great way to get out of the trade war is...more tariffs!’ and hit China with an additional tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese-made products. Think: iPhones and other tech. If you add this to the other tariffs on China, there’d pretty much be a tax on allllll Chinese goods coming into the US. Yes, really. 

 

THE REACTION. 

Trump says the trade talks are still ongoing - but added that he’s willing to raise this latest tariff from 10% to 25% if things go south. Big deal, since it’s been proven that these tariffs cost Americans more than they cost China. Whoops.

 

SO…?

If the past couple years are any indication, China will be looking to retaliate with a new tariff of their own. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

WORLD: North Korea’s getting testy(er). As in yesterday, South Korea announced that the country launched an “unidentified short-range projectile” - twice. This comes juuust after North Korea launched two ballistic missiles. Speaking of which, yesterday, Japan said ‘we don’t trust you’ and kicked South Korea off its list of trusted trade partners - putting new trade restrictions on the country. Shade. And meanwhile, over the past week, hundreds of people have taken to the streets in New Zealand to protest “uplifting.” Aka when the gov’s child welfare agency takes kids away from their parents - something that disproportionately affects Pacific Islanders. No word yet on these protests from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. 

 

USA: Recently, the Senate gave the thumbs up to a new budget deal. The deal would raise spending $324 billion (yes, with a b) and hit the pause button on the debt ceiling until 2021. Debt ceiling: the amount of national debt that the Treasury Dept can take on. Now, the budget deal is on its way to Prez Trump - who’s expected to sign off on it. In other news, recently, Arizona’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court to pretty please force the Sackler family - which owns Purdue Pharma - to hand back billions of dollars to the biz so it has enough money to pay any future settlements. You know Purdue Pharma for making OxyContin - a very addictive opioid. Now, it looks like Arizona wants the Supremes to weigh in on the opioid crisis. 

 

POLITICS: All eyes are on Sudan. Reminder: on Monday, protesters there took to the streets over poor living conditions and food shortages. Security forces responded by opening fire on the protesters, killing at least 6 people - 4 of which were students. In the days since, kids have held demonstrations to protest these killings. Now, it looks like the gov’s shutting down all schools in the country. In other news, Saudi Arabia just remembered it’s not 1300 BCE. As in yesterday, the country announced that women can now travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission. The new laws also give women the right register child birth, marriage, or divorce. And speaking of which, Facebook’s shaking its head to “Saudi Arabia propaganda accounts.”


WHAT TO KNOW

National Trick or Treat Day:” the holiday this new petition wants to create. Think: Halloween, but on a weekend. Genius. 


SAY WHAT?

“This is not our normal procedure” - Southwest after a flight attendant stuffed herself into the overhead bin to surprise passengers. Quality service.

We couldn't be more excited to present our interview with Mercedes Molloy, the founder of Safe Squad! Mercedes is a freshman at The New School in Manhattan and has always been involved in politics - including campaigning for past presidential candidates (cool, we know). She's also a survivor of rape - which is what inspired her to start Safe Squad, a free app dedicated to providing peace of mind and safety to its users. We chatted with Mercedes about her goals for Safe Squadhow she went about the process of creating it, and what advice she'd give to young people looking to make a difference. 

Keep reading for a preview of our interview with Mercedes - be sure to check out the rest of it here!

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What inspired you to start Safe Squad? 

For a long time, I struggled with the fact that I was raped. I was angry and frankly did understand how people could get away with such terrible things, But then, I realized that I could not change what happened to me in the past, but I had the power to change my narrative and be empowered by helping others who were unable to speak out. For me, that was the best part of healing. I became the role model that I always hoped to see. I am proud to be a part of survivor-based advocacy, and I'm proud to be contributing to a solution for a better and safer world by creating a mobile app that provides ultimate safety for the user - along with peace of mind for their loved ones. So the next girl out there does not have to say "me too." Because frankly, it’s a club that no one should be part of.

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Want more? Read the rest of our interview with Mercedes here!
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