This Week in News
This Week in News is a quick hitting weekly summary of relevant news stories locally, nationally, and internationally that has happened in the past week. Providing a brief recap on major events of the past week, there will be links to stories and/or videos to keep your up to date and informed.
It’s primary season in Dutchess County
While State Senate races may not be as sexy as Presidential races, there will be several state/local primaries held on Tuesday to elect party nominees for the General Election in November. The most local is The Democratic Party nomination for the 40th state Senate district, which includes parts of Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties. They will be choosing between Alison Boak and Andrew Falk. Falk is a Putnam County-based attorney, and Boak is a former Pound Ridge Town Board member. So not necessarily Hillary vs. Bernie…
Booze in the News
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will legalize alcohol sales before noon on Sunday. Restaurants may now serve alcohol starting at 10am in what is being publically called the “brunch bill”. Governor Cuomo, however, insists that it is a reform bill, saying “We’ve done a lot of work with the wineries and the breweries, who said the current laws of the state were strangling their growth. Why? Because the state liquor laws were basically written during the Prohibition era. And they were very strict.” Whatever you say Governor, as long as I can have a nice mimosa before the Jets lose every Sunday.
Ronald Reagan’s attempted-assassin released from prison, Making a Murder star remains in prison after a state appeal.
John Hinckley Jr., The man who attempted to assassinate President Reagan 35 years ago, was released from prison this week, however he will be living with numerous court restrictions, also, with his mom. I’m not entirely sure what’s worse…….Brendan Dassey meanwhile, one of the subjects of the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” remains in prison after the state appealed his overturned conviction last month. The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth at Northwestern University in Chicago, Dassey’s representation, issued a statement saying “We are disappointed in the State’s decision to prolong Brendan’s case by seeking an appeal. We look forward to continuing to defend his rights in court. Like Brendan, we remain grateful to his many supporters for their continued loyalty and strength.”
Judge rules South Dakota access pipeline construction may continue
The controversial “sequel” to the Keystone XL pipeline, the South Dakota access Pipeline is now permitted to continue with construction everywhere except for a small area in North Dakota. The Rock Sioux tribe had requested to halt construction on the pipeline which would carry crude oil across four states, as the tribe said it would put both drinking water and sacred lands at risk. However, the justice department has said following the ruling that construction in the tribe’s significant land affected will be halted pending a further investigation. While environmentalists won the battle of the Keystone Pipeline, I guess the old adage that sequels are never as good rings true.
Zika Funding fails again in Congress
Returning after a seven-week break, Congress failed yet again to pass a bill that would pay for a federal resonse to the Zika threat. An outbreak in Florida has seen 56 locally transmitted cases of Zika, including six in Miami beach. President Obama previously asked for $1.9 billion emergency funding, however that stalled out in the Republican led congress. Congress’ response was to re-allocate $1.1 billion, taking funds from other agencies, rather than providing new money. Democrats criticized this, particularly because it cut money from Planned Parenthood. Some experts say there is a plan-B though, but that includes the complete removal of Florida from the rest of the continental United States
United States and Russia broker 48-hour ceasefire in Syria
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov brokered a deal in Geneva that calls for a ceasefire starting at Sundown Monday, Demascus time. This will start an initial 48-hour truce, which must then hold for the entire week. A successful weeklong ceasefire would lead to the US and Russia establishing the Russian-US Joint Implementation Centre, with the purpose of “delineation of territories controlled by Al-Nusra and opposition groups in the area of active hostilities.”. The US and Russia teaming up? Apollo Creed must be rolling in his grave.
North Korea conducts fifth, and largest, nuclear test to date
Saying that the United States must recognize North Korea as a legitimate nuclear threat, and that they will continue to strengthen their nuclear power, North Korea set off yet another nuclear test, in direct violation of UN sanctions. Sunday, the KCNA- state run tv, called further sanctions “laughable”. The U.N. Security Council denounced North Korea’s decision to carry out the test and said it would begin work immediately on a resolution. In other North Korea news, Kim Jong Un also banned sarcasm this week. So clearly somebody hurt Kim’s feelings, and I’m sure this law is going to go over reeeeally well amongst the people.
Hillary Clinton, looking faint, leaves 9/11 ceremony, later diagnosed with Pneumonia
Sunday morning, while attending the 9/11 anniversary ceremony, Hillary Clinton abruptly left and was caught on video looking weak and needing assistance while getting off a curb into her car. The former Secretary of State was taken to her daughter Chelsea’s nearby apartment, where she rested and was later examined by her doctor. The Democratic nominee for President was put on antibiotics, and told to rest up. Who would’ve thought that traveling cross-country for over a year, kissing babies, shaking hands, and not getting enough sleep, might make a person sick? Weird.
Matt Lauer loses in Commander-in-Chief Forum matchup between Clinton and Trump
Both candidates stepped on board the USS Intrepid last week to answer questions about why they should be the Commander-in-Chief and oversee the largest military in the world. Here is a link Hillary Clinton’s interview in full, and here is one to Trump’s. Despite the excitement leading up to the forum on what the candidates might say, it was Lauer who received criticism online for the time he spent on Hillary Clinton’s emails, leading to a short amount of time for her to respond to questions about foreign policy from Veterans in the audience. Lauer also received criticism for not refuting Trump when he claimed he was against the Iraq War in 2003, or when he spoke of Putin being a better leader than President Obama. So pretty much it was exactly how well you’d expect the longtime co-co-co host of the Today show to do.
Hillary Clinton calls half of Trump voters “basket of deplorables”
At a fundraiser, Hillary Clinton said that “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables, Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.” Clinton walked back from those comments, saying she was generalizing and she regrets that. Jemelle Bouie of Slate Magazine however, commented on Face the Nation Sunday that empirically speaking, citing polling data that says that 40-50 percent of polled Republicans have views that would be qualified as explicitly prejudiced, Clinton was “correct” in those comments.