News Roundup 9/21/18
By: Kenya Staley
1. Vietnamese President, Tran Dai Quang Died Age 61
Tran Dai Quang, the president of Vietnam died Friday September, 21 at age 61. After battling a period of illness. Quang, a former police chief, was elected as the nation's leader in April of 2016. He was second in command after the Communist Party's leader. According to CBS News, President Quang looked weak during his last public appearance on Wednesday. It has not been confirmed what illness the President died from. The National Assembly, Vietnam's legislative body is set to elect a new president next month.
2. President Trump's Tweet Inspires New Hashtag On Twitter
Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, was accused of sexual assault earlier this week by former classmate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court seat after Judge Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in July. Days after his nomination Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were teenagers. According to Ford's account, Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her while the two were at a party. In a tweet on Friday September 21, President Trump questioned Ford's allegations and suggested that if they were true she'd gone to the authorities earlier. Thousands of individuals took to twitter with the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport. The hashtag is used in response as to why individuals never reported their sexual assaults.
3. 127 Dead After Ferry Accident in Tanzania
The Tanzanian government has announced 3 days of mourning after 127 people were killed Thursday September, 20 at Lake Victoria in a ferry accident. According to CNN, the ferries capacity was set at 100, although reports show there may have been over 400 people on board when the ferry overturned. The rescue team halted their searches on Thursday due to poor visibility and continued the search for the hundreds of passengers still missing on Friday. An arrest was made on Friday in connection with the disaster.
4. Rod Rosenstein Denies Secretly Recording Trump
On Friday September 21, The New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump and invoking the 25th amendment. The report suggests that Rosenstein attempted to recruit members of congress to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office. Rosenstein released a statement Friday denying the allegations, "I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the Department and are advancing their own personal agenda". The White House has not commented on the allegations.
5. Ego Nwodim Joins the Cast of SNL
Comedian Ego Nwodim will join 'Saturday Night Live' for its 44th season as a featured player when it airs later this month. SNL has made several changes this year like adding feature players "Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor, and Alex Moffat" to the cast. The season premiere is set for September 29 with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West.