President Trump To Deliver Tonight; World News Briefs: Turkey Rejects U.S. Position on Syria; Russian Lawyer Charged With Obstruction; Chinese Elementary School Hammer Attack; South Africa Train Crash; New York City Mayor Guarantees Health Care For All; Effects of Government Shutdown on Food Stamps; Rochester Meteorologist Fired After Allegedly Using Racist Slur; Truck Driver Involved in Canadian Junior Hockey Team Crash Pleads Guilty
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, January 8. Ready for news?
President Trump To Deliver Tonight
President Donald Trump plans to give a national address tonight at 9 pm EST from the Oval Office. It is expected that he will talk about the border wall and the government shutdown.
Democratic leaders — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer — will give a rebuttal to Trump’s speech. This will also be televised, after Trump’s part.
Some people have speculated that President Trump will use this time to declare a national emergency so he would be authorized to use the military to build the wall without Congressional approval.
The New York Times provided an explantation on emergency powers — the intent of this power is to allow the government to respond quickly in a crisis.
Our laws allow the U.S. president to order the military to start construction projects that are essential to the national defense. The president can use available funds that Congress has approved for military construction.
If Trump declares a national emergency, there will probably be lawsuits and a court battle.
But I read several reports today that said Trump won’t declare a national emergency tonight.
Vice President Mike Pence said Trump’s speech would focus on talking about the crisis at the border and to try and convince Democrats to make a deal.
World News Briefs: Turkey Rejects U.S. Position on Syria; Russian Lawyer Charged With Obstruction; Chinese Elementary School Hammer Attack; South Africa Train Crash
Here are four world news briefs.
The first — Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan refused to meet with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton to talk about Syria, then went on television to insult him for a lack of perspective. Prior to this, Erdogan said he couldn’t accept Bolton’s messages where the U.S. promised safety for Kurdish militias who are allied to the U.S. The militias are considered enemies of Turkey, so it was unacceptable to him. This makes the U.S. troop pullout in Syria more complicated.
The second news brief — Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Donald Trump, Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner in 2016 at Trump Tower, has been charged with obstruction of justice in an unrelated money laundering case in New York that has to do with a Russian businessman. Her indictment says she has deep ties with the Russian government.
We remember that the reason for the 2016 meeting was to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton as a part of the Russian government’s support for the Trump campaign. But Trump Jr. said there was no information shared in the meeting and that she only discussed adoption policy. That was his statement.
Now the third news — a man went into an elementary school in China and injured 20 children with a hammer. He was a contractor at the school to do maintenance work. His contract was set to expire this month without a renewal, meaning his job was ending, so that is the apparent motive for the attack. All of the injured children were transported to the hospital and three have serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The fourth news — two trains in South Africa collided with each other this morning. At least three people died and hundreds were injured.
China Attack: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/20-children-injured-chinese-primary-school-attack-60225437
South Africa: https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/International/killed-hundreds-injured-rush-hour-train-crash-south/story?id=60226790
New York City Mayor Guarantees Health Care For All
The New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced that the city would guarantee comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status. They will have healthcare.
The city already offers a public health insurance option and are now expanding it to provide health care for free or reduced prices for anybody who struggle to afford it or are undocumented. The program is called NYC Care.
The health services include pediatrics (children), OBGYN (women), geriatric (the elderly), mental health, and other services.
There is an estimated 600,000 people who do not have health insurance in New York City.
It will cost the city 100 million dollars. The program will start this year in the Bronx this summer then be available in the other four boroughs in 2021. City residents can access the program through the city’s website or by calling 311.
Mayor de Blasio said this new program will make sure that the emergency room is not the first stop for people. He said, “Health care is a human right.”
Effects of Government Shutdown on Food Stamps
The government shutdown, if it continues into February, could have a negative effect on food stamps, or their formal name, the SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture , who manages the program, is one of the nine agencies that are shut down.
SNAP has funding from Congress that lasts until the end of January. If the government doesn’t open in February, and the money runs out, there is a $3 billion emergency fund, but that won’t be enough to cover normal monthly expenses, which is about $4.7 billion. It won’t be enough. I got this information from an article on Vox.
The USDA did not provide a comment on what would happen to millions of Americans who depend on food stamps. Most who depend and benefit from the program are children, older adults, or disabled people, which includes deaf people.
Rochester Meteorologist Fired After Allegedly Using Racist Slur
A meteorologist for WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York, Jeremy Kappell, was fired because he allegedly used a racist slur as he spoke live, on the air.
On Friday, as the television screen was showing Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, Kappell said, “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.” That was the word.
It sparked controversy. The mayor of Rochester said he should be terminated.
WHEC-TV today issued an apology and said Kappell is no longer with them.
Kappell and his wife posted a vlog on Facebook saying he jumbled his words, that it was a mistake, and apologized if he hurt or offended anybody. He said he was disappointed that he did not have the support of WHEC-TV.
Now there is a mix of reactions. Some support him but others don’t believe him. It’s a debate.
I read an article from heavy.com that explained that Kappell pointed out a previous incident where an ESPN radio host Mike Greenberg apparently did the same thing in 2010. Greenberg said, “Martin Luther Coon” when he was talking about the Martin Luther King holiday. There was controversy and Greenberg apologized, saying he garbled his words.
Kappell said on Twitter that it is possible he would sue the news station.
Truck Driver Involved in Canadian Junior Hockey Team Crash Pleads Guilty
The driver of the truck that collided with a bus carrying members of a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 people, pled guilty to all 29 counts of dangerous driving.
The hockey team’s name is the Humboldt Broncos. The players were between 16 to 21 years old.
The truck driver’s name is Jaskirat Singh Sidhu. His lawyer said he pled guilty so he would not make things worse by making the people involved go through a trial.
His sentencing is expected at the end of the month. He faces a maximum combined sentence of 24 years in prison.
The president of the hockey team said this was a positive step in the healing process and commended Sidhu for taking responsibility.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!