News Roundup 9/27/2017


By Sydney Vargas

1. Trump Pitches Massive Tax Cuts:

On Wednesday Republican leaders proposed cutting tax rates for the wealthy, the middle class, and businesses. Planning that by preserving popular tax deductions, there will be an encouragement to buy homes and donate to charity. During his speech Donald Trump called the GOP Tax Plan as “a once in a lifetime opportunity.” He also said, “I guess it’s probably something you could say I’m very good at!” Democrats have stated complaints that they were not involved in the creating of this framework. Lobbying may increase as more details are made known

Source: Washington Post

2. Puerto Rico Relief:

On Wednesday, Puerto Rico officials urged the Trump administration to lift The Foreign Shipping ban between American ports to help speed hurricane relief. Victims have been forced to wait for hours in long lines for crucial deliveries.“We’re thinking about that,” Trump told reporters when asked about lifting the Jones Act restrictions. “We have a lot of shippers and ... that don’t want the Jones Act lifted, and we have a lot of ships out there right now.” 

The Jones Act, when it was established in 1920, was meant to promote shipping by U.S. vessels, making it twice as expensive to ship things from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico as it is to ship from any other foreign port in the world. Republican leaders said they are prepared to boost disaster fundraising, but are waiting for a detailed request from the Trump Administration.

Source: Reuters

3. Death at The Urban Assembly School:

Wednesday morning, an 18-year-old student stabbed his fellow 15 and 16-year-old classmates. The stabbing took place on the fifth floor of The Urban Assembly School For Wildlife Conservation located in New York City. Of the two victims, the 16-year-old's injuries were fatal. While the 15-year-old's injuries left him in critical condition, he has since stabilized. The 18-year-old student who stabbed them is now in custody, yet no charges have been pressed. The motive is unsure, but is believed to be related to bullying.

Source: New York Times

4. Kushner, The Female Voter:

Donald Trump's son-in-law, as well as senior adviser, is Jared Kushner. Registration records show that when Kusher voted back in 2009 he checked the box classifying him as a female voter. Prior to 2009, he registered his gender as unknown. Kushner's misstated gender likely does not constitute a voter fraud, according to Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt. Kushner released the statement, that this mistake was due to miscommunication with his assistant.

Source: CNN

5. Southwest Passenger Forced Off Airplane:

On a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Los Angeles a passenger was removed by the police. The passenger was upset by the presence of two dogs on the flight. She had a pet allergy, but without a certificate proving her allergy there was nothing they could do. Anila Daulatzai was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest. The video of her removal was uploaded by Bill Durmas, the video has gone viral and caused an outrage. Southwest has since released an apology.

Source: Washington Post