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In the news this morning, President Trump has called for a meeting today at the White House with all 100 US Senators for a top-level briefing on North Korea as tensions with the country escalate. Washington has expressed mounting concern over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies. The briefing will take place at 3pm Eastern time. Aides said they were working with the White House to schedule a similar briefing for the House of Representatives.
In the news this morning, President Trump's 100th day in office is this coming Saturday, and its possible that the government will run out of money on Friday at midnight, forcing a government shut down. The sticking point for the President's budget is $1 billion for his proposed border wall. The last time the government shut down was in October of 2013 for 16 days. Tomorrow, President Trump is expected to unveil his tax plan which will include a campaign promised tax cut.
In the news this morning, for the first time in French history, no mainstream candidate will be on the ballot for French President when the country votes in two weeks. The run-off will pit pro-European Union candidate Emmanuel Macron against the far-right populist and EU skeptic Marine Le Pen. The preliminary French election came just three days after the deadly attack of a police officer at the iconic Champs Elysees. Meanwhile here in the US, President Trump's 100th day in office is this week, and former President Obama will make his first public appearance in Chicago today since leaving office.
In the news this morning, the US has dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in history. On Thursday, US military dropped a 21,000 lb bomb with 11 tons of explosives on Afghanistan. The target was an ISIS tunnel complex. The direct impact area of the bomb is one square mile, and the explosion could be felt like an earthquake 15 miles away. The bomb's nickname is the 'Mother of All Bombs'. President Trump described the strike as a very successful mission. With 15,000 US troops in the region, the war in Afghanistan has been going on for 15 years, the longest in US history.
In the news this morning, Senator Susan Collins announced yesterday that she is considering a run for Maine governor in 2018. The Caribou native, a Republican, has been in the US Senate for 20 years, and her seniority has allowed her to do a lot in Washington, but she also wants to be where she can do the most good for Maine. In an interview with the Portland Press Herald, Collins noted that she would not make a decision until later this year. The 64-year-old first ran for Governor in 1994 when Angus King was elected.
In the news this morning, J. Geils has died at the age of 71. The guitarist and founder of the J. Geils Band was found dead in his Massachusetts home on Tuesday. The J. Geils Band was one of the most popular touring bands in the 70's and 80's with hits like 'Love Stinks, Freeze Frame, and Centerfold.' The band broke up in 1985 after recording 14 albums. J. Geils died of natural causes.
In the news this morning, United Airlines CEO is apologizing this morning after videos surfaced on Monday showing three police officers dragging an unidentified passenger off a United Airlines flight headed to Louisville from Chicago. Police dragged the 69-year-old passenger from his seat, down the aisle, and off the plane after he refused to voluntarily give up his seat to a United Airlines employee. The video shows the man being dragged by his arms, face bloodied. It is a public relations disaster for the airline.
In the news this morning, Judge Neil Gorsuch will take the oath of office this morning to be the newest associate Supreme Court Justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado will be sworn in after a bruising confirmation hearing that saw the Republican-controlled Congress change the rules for approving Supreme Court picks. Chief Justices John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy will administer the oath. Gorsuch replaces replaces the late Justice Antonin Scalia. As an associate justice, Gorsuch will earn $251,800 a year.
In the news this morning, not all ideas are good ideas. Pepsi-cola has pulled a new advertisement featuring Kendall Jenner. The commercial enraged just about everyone, but especially the "Black Lives Matter' champions who found the commercial's message insulting and admonished Pepsi for exploiting racial protests to sell soda. The company is now in damage control mode and has pulled the ad on Wednesday. Even Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Bernice, Tweeted sarcastically, if only her father had know about the power of Pepsi.
In the news this morning, 50 Syrians are dead this morning and hundreds of others are gravely ill from what appears to be a chemical weapon--nerve gas--a weapon banned by the civilized world. The Syrian regime denies any involvement, but the province hit by the chemical weapon is a Syrian rebel stronghold. Russia also denies any involvement. President Trump is partially blaming former President Obama for the attack, calling it a consequence of the past administration's weakness in failing to respond when Syria crossed President Obama's "red line."
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