Trump To Postpone SOTU Address; Shutdown Day #34 Updates; Top Stories Briefs: Measles Outbreak in Washington State; Cohen Subpoena; Diplomatic Standoff in Venezuela; Five Killed in Shooting at Florida Bank; Jayme Closs To Get $25,000 in Reward Money; New York Passes Bill Strengthening Abortion Rights; Jay-Z and Meek Mill Pledges $50 Million to Prison Reform; Deaf Mother Killed Crossing Highway in Louisiana
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Trump To Postpone SOTU Address; Shutdown Day #34 Updates
Here are news updates related to the partial government shutdown, which is in its 34th day.
President Trump said he would hold off on his State of the Union address until after the shutdown is over.
He tweeted that he would not find a different place to give a speech because nothing could compare with the House Chamber. He is postponing it.
This means House Speaker Pelosi got what she wanted, to force Trump to postpone his speech and put pressure on him to end the shutdown.
Those who support Trump said he took the high road.
The Senate failed to pass two different proposals to fund the government and end the partial shutdown.
One proposal was backed by Democrats and did not have wall funding. That failed, but it had at least six Republicans voting for it. The other proposal is backed by Republicans and had wall funding, but failed. It only had 50 votes. Both proposals were required to get 60 votes to pass, but both failed.
Federal employees will miss their second paycheck tomorrow if there is no deal.
The Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview with CNBC he doesn’t understand why federal workers are going to food banks because they can get loans against a bill signed by Trump that guarantees back pay. He didn’t understand why they didn’t do this.
Ross also said the economic impact of the shutdown is a “blip” because the 800,000 workers represent only 0.3 percent of our GDP. Ross is a wealthy person. His net worth is about 700 million.
Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said his comments were “unreal.”
There are a variety of banks and federal credit unions that offer loans for federal workers.
I read some discussion on the internet that said federal workers did not want to take loans because they would have to deal with interest payments, some may not be qualified for loans, that they not be equivalent with their pay, or because it could affect their credit scores.
Trump SOTU: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1088288311922307072
Shutdown Bills: https://wapo.st/2MvjNoV
Wilbur Ross: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Wilbur-Ross-Unpaid-Federal-Workers-Food-Banks-Loans-504811601.html
Top Stories Briefs: Measles Outbreak in Washington State; Cohen Subpoena; Diplomatic Standoff in Venezuela
Here are three top stories briefs.
The first — K5 News reported that there is a man in his 50s who was hospitalized with measles in King County, Washington. This is in Seattle and the surrounding areas.
The man recently traveled in Clark County, in southwest Washington in the Vancouver area. There was an outbreak of measles there with 22 children and one adult infected. Most of them did not have vaccines.
Now health officials are worried about another outbreak because measles is very contagious. It spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
A medical official said measles is preventable because there is a safe and highly effective vaccine available.
The second news — CNN reported that Michael Cohen was subpoenaed to testify before the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee in mid-February. Testimony before that committee is usually private, behind closed doors. It is not clear what Cohen will do.
The third news — CNBC reported that Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said he will cut off diplomatic relations with the United States and has ordered last night for U.S. diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours.
The Trump administration said they will not comply with that order because they do not recognize Maduro as a leader, instead recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.
The U.S. can impose sanctions against Venezuelan oil, which would bring great pressure on the country’s economy.
BBC reported that Russia has condemned countries that are pushing for changes in Venezuela’s leadership, saying it would lead to bloodshed. Turkey and China also supports Maduro.
Five Killed in Shooting at Florida Bank
Yesterday afternoon a 21-year old man went into a SunTrust Bank in Sebring, Florida and shot and killed five women.
USA Today said his name is Zephen Xaver. He called 911 and said he killed five people.
When police arrived, Xaver refused to allow them inside, barricading himself. After an hour, a SWAT team went inside and he surrendered.
Four of the victims worked at the bank, one was a customer. Police said they think it was a random shooting.
Xaver recently moved to Florida from Indiana. His female partner, who had an on-and-off relationship with him for two years, said he often talked about wanting to hurt people, that he always hated people and wanted everyone to die. She said he bought a gun last week, but that she wasn’t concerned because he always liked firearms.
Xaver was hired to work at a prison but resigned two weeks ago.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said he needs to face very swift justice.
Jayme Closs To Get $25,000 in Reward Money
Jayme Closs, the 13-year old girl who escaped from a man who kidnapped her in Wisconsin, will get $25,000 in reward money
ABC News explained that money was initially offered by Jennie-O, a company that processes turkey meat, as reward for information leading to Jayme’s rescue, and since she escaped and saved herself, she will get that donation.
Jayme’s parents, who were murdered by the kidnapper, were long-time employees of Jennie-O.
The FBI did offer additional money for a combined $50,000 reward. It is possible the additional money will also be donated to Jayme.
New York Passes Bill Strengthening Abortion Rights
AP reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill into law that strengthens abortion rights in the state.
The new law allows abortions at any time if a woman’s life or health is endangered, including late-term abortions up to the baby’s due date.
The new law also allows physician assistants and midwives do some abortions. It moves abortion-related laws from criminal categories to health categories.
Abortion for any reason is legal up to 24 weeks. The previous New York law only allowed abortions after 24 weeks if a woman’s life was at risk, but that is now broadened if it is necessary to protect a woman’s life or health.
The signing ceremony was yesterday. Democrats took control of both chambers of the state government after the midterm elections, and they moved quickly to pass this law out of concern that President Trump and conservative Supreme Court justices would overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. They were concerned and passed this law.
CBS News reported that Cuomo ordered the spire of One World Trade Center and other buildings and bridges to be lit up in pink to mark the new law.
AP said Republican lawmakers and Catholic Church leaders were opposed to this bill. They predicted it would lead to an increase in late-term abortions and said that yesterday was a sad day. A New York Cardinal said a pregnant woman and her baby have rights. Some Catholic leaders have called for Governor Cuomo, who is Catholic, to be barred from the church.
In 2016, there were 82,189 abortions in the state.
Jay-Z and Meek Mill Pledges $50 Million to Prison Reform
Vulture reported that musicians Jay-Z and Meek Mill has teamed up with several professional sports team owners to pledge $50 million and launch the Reform Alliance, an initiative focused on overhauling the probation and parole system.
They hope to free at least 1 million people who are stuck in the criminal justice system within the next five years.
The group has hired news commentator and activist Van Jones as their CEO.
Mill is known for his struggles with the justice system, going in and out of jail for 10 years and dealing with a judge that many perceive as biased against him. Mill was jailed for five months for violating his probation after he posted videos of him riding a dirt bike in New York City. He is still under probation.
Reform’s goal is to focus on 4.5 million people who are on parole or probation and provide support to organizations to push for changes in laws.
Jay-Z said “until everyone’s free, no one’s free.” He said there is a cycle of broken homes that lead to distrust towards authority, which causes people to go to jail and lose their lives. He said the system is disproportionate.
Deaf Mother Killed Crossing Highway in Louisiana
KTVE 10 News in Louisiana reported that a 38-year old deaf mother, Gloria Anderson, died when she was hit by a car as she crossed a road with her 9-year old daughter and a 3-year old son in Monroe. This happened Sunday night about 6:00 pm.
The Louisiana State Police posted on Facebook that as Anderson was crossing US Hwy 165, a 37-year old man in a SUV struck her. They said Anderson was wearing dark colored clothing. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said alcohol was not a factor with the driver. It doesn’t appear there will be any criminal charges.
KTVE reported that Anderson was walking to a food store to get snacks for her children. Pictures from the scene show a white SUV with an empty trailer.
A friend of Anderson said her daughter explained that the SUV did not have the lights on. She did not hear it because she is deaf. As the SUV approached, Anderson pushed the stroller and pushed her daughter out of the way before the impact.
That friend, Tracie Greely, started a GoFundMe to raise money for her burial and for her children. The link is in the transcript.
KTVE News: https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/family-raising-funds-to-bury-deaf-mother-of-two-killed-on-hwy-165/1720790270
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!