News Roundup 04/10/19
1. Israel’s Prime Minister Makes History
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, has made history in this year’s election by becoming the first to hold 5 terms as Prime Minister and 4 terms consecutively. Netanyahu has been battling charges of bribery and corruption and this victory grants the Prime Minister with a renewed mandate. The crowds were chanting “Bibi, king of Israel,” at a celebration around 2 a.m. “I believe that the Lord and history have given the people of Israel another opportunity, a golden opportunity to turn our country into a strong nation,” he stated.
Source: The New York Times
2. Family Separation at Border Comes to a Halt
On Tuesday, Apr. 9, President Donald Trump told reporters that he would not be continuing the separation of families at the border. He also denied reports claiming that the separation is something that he has consistently been pushing for. It was reported that the president wanted to enforce a "stricter and more widespread "zero-tolerance" policy," reported by Jake Tapper of CNN. Multiple sources have said that President Trump wanted the separation at all costs because it deters the migration of immigrants. "We're not looking to do that, no. We're not looking to do that," Trump said after claims were stated.
3. Mandatory Measles Vaccination Amid Outbreak in Brooklyn
Public health emergency declared by Mayor de Blasio requiring measles vaccinations in the Brooklyn neighborhood covered by four zip codes. If anyone avoids the mandatory vaccinations, it could cost them a $1,000 fine. Most of those affected by the outbreak has been a member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. “We will do everything that we can to make it easy for them to be vaccinated, and especially if they’ve been exposed within the previous three days. That will be critical,” Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said.
Source: New York Post
4. Texas Tech University Ordered to Stop Considering Race in Admission Acceptances
Texas Tech's medical school is required to stop considering race in admissions by the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. This agreement concluded a 14-year long investigation regarding the accusations. However, this agreement states that Texas Tech can resume their consideration of race in admission if they present a reasonable reason why they should and why race-neutral alternatives would not work. The University stated that they didn't see what they were doing wrong but they would abide by the OCR's ruling. This issue is unrelated but similar to the allegations against Harvard and Yale pursued by the Trump administration. The investigation is on suspicion of discrimination against Asian-American applicants.
Source: Inside Higher Education
5. Lori Loughlin and Husband, Mossimo Giannulli, Hit with New Money Laundering Charge
Actress Lori Loughlin and Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli were hit with a new money laundering charge. The nationwide college admissions scandal has left 16 parents charged with money laundering. Loughlin and Giannulli were already charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Their two daughters were admitted to USC as crew-team recruits even though they never participated in the sport. "The charge is a maximum of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering, according to authorities," reported by Ryan Parker of The Hollywood Reporter.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter