News Roundup 9/29/2017
By Brody Salazar
1. Health Secretary Resigns:
The health secretary, Tom Price, resigned Friday following the reveal of his using an estimated $400,000 in public funds for chartered flights. Although Price showed "regret" for his actions and offered to repay a portion of the expenses, it was not enough to save his job. Trump said Price is a good man, but also made clear that trying to reimburse the government for only part of the amount spent is "unacceptable."
Source: New York Times
2. Department of Justice Seeks Info on Anti-Administration Activists:
According to court documents gathered by CNN, Trump administration lawyers demand private Facebook account information in three separate search warrants, which would also reveal account information on potentially thousands of other users. One of the three users, Emmelia Talarico, ran the disruptj20 page where protests were on Inauguration Day. The Facebook page was visited by around 6,000 users whose identities would be obtained by the government, if Facebook hands over the information demanded. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the three Facebook users.
3. Mayor of Puerto Rico's Capital Responds to Trump Administration:
The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital city of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, reacted to Trump administration's views on the state of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Acting Homeland Security Secretary defended the federal government's reaction, saying that it had a relatively low number of moralities and was "a good-news story in terms of our ability to reach people." Cruz responded by stating that it is anything but a good news story. Cruz also criticized the federal and local government's failure to deliver basic goods across Puerto Rico.
Source: Washington Post
4. ICE Raids Sanctuary Cities:
Almost 500 undocumented immigrants were captured in cities and states that oppose the Trump administration's stance on immigration and deportation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday that it was part of something known as "Operation Safe City," which went after people in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, Portland, Baltimore and more.
Source: NBC News
5. US Calls Sickness in Cuba Attacks:
In Cuba, 21 diplomats and family members have been afflicted by strange ailments, which the Trump administration is now calling "attacks." The State Department stated that symptoms include hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping. The department is ordering over half of the diplomats stationed in Cuba to return, and is warning Americans to stay away from the country. The U.S. Embassy in Cuba will indefinitely stop processing visas for potential Cuban visitors to the U.S. At first it was thought to be a new form of attack involving sonic devices, however, it is still unclear. The homes and hotels where the symptoms were first felt were searched, but no equipment that could carry such an attack out was found.
Source: AP News