Tuesday, January 31, 2023

US Military Launches First Overseas Space Forces Unit in South Korea

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The U.S. Space Forces military branch has launched its first foreign command in South Korea in response to the rise of North Korean missile tests and launches this year.

Newsflash: The War on Ukraine is Still Happening

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Even if it no longer is the center of media attention, the war between Ukraine and Russia is still happening as it draws towards its one year anniversary.

Covid Surges in China After Restrictions are Lifted

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On December 7th, after three years of zero-Covid lockdown policies, China lifted its restrictions on the country. Unfortunately, as a result of the citizens’ newfound freedoms of travel, cases are spiking due to lax regulations combined with the annual winter surge.

Elon Musk No Longer the World’s Richest Person

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Elon Musk has lost his position as the richest person in the world. The Tesla CEO and current owner of Twitter sits in second place behind Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of LVMH, a luxury conglomerate.

Juul Lawsuit Settlement

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The vaping company, Juul, has reached settlements estimated to total over 1 billion dollars for over 5,000 lawsuits over its vaping products.

Newsflash: The War On Ukraine Is Still Happening

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Even if it no longer is the center of media attention, the war between Ukraine and Russia is still happening as it draws towards its one year anniversary.

Iran Expelled From UN Women’s Rights Council

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Iran marks the first time a country has been removed from the U.N. women’s body after the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) dismissed them from the Commission on the Status of Women.

Who Is Hakeem Jeffries, Nancy Pelosi’s Replacement?

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The 118th Congress has been sworn in, and with it comes a bunch of shake ups in the House of Representatives. The long and strenuous election of Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House can be left for another time. This new congress saw a new generation of House Democratic leaders, with Hakeem Jeffries as the new caucus leader. So who is he?

Republicans squabble over Speakership in a Divided House

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This past week, the victors of the 2022 midterm elections were sworn into their two year terms--just like the 118 times prior. However, this process was not one of routine; instead, it was marred with the failure to elect a speaker and almost persistent negotiation to get one. It wasn’t until early in the morning of January 7th that the house finally decided on who the next speaker would be: U.S. Representative from California's 20th congressional district Kevin McCarthy (R).

Congress Pushes Ban on TikTok

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TikTok, the second most popular social media platform that 2/3 of teens use, has been banned from US federal devices as Congress passes a new bill restricting its access to government information. Officials are worried about the security threat this popular app poses, as user data, American interests, and locations can be easily accessed by the Chinese government.

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