5 things you need to know from this week, plus 1 you don’t.
April 8 – April 14, 2019
Apr. 9, 2019 – Attorney General William Barr is putting together a team to investigate the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Barr is not the only one that is wanting to learn about the investigation, as the Office of the Inspector General, former U.S. attorney John Huber, and congressional Republicans are also looking into the matter separately. To find out more, view the article here.
Apr. 9, 2019 – Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected for his fifth term as prime minister of Israel. He will become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history this year, surpassing the nation’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Netanyahu was prime minister 1996-1999, and then again starting in 2009 to the present. To read more about Netanyahu and his reelection, click here.
Apr. 9, 2019 – Candace Owens from Turning Point USA and PragerU testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee and defended what she said in a video where she appeared to defend Adolf Hitler and nationalism. It became heated when Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) played the brief clip, in which it appeared as though Owens was saying that the reason why what Hitler did was wrong was because he went beyond the borders of Germany and took over other countries. She fired back at Rep. Lieu for not playing the entire clip, including the question that she was answering in the video. Owens clarified her remarks in the recording, saying that she didn’t see anything wrong with nationalism, and believed Hitler wasn’t a nationalist because he killed his own people. She later mentioned how she works for an Orthodox Jew and flew to Israel to see the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Click here to watch the video.
Apr. 10, 2019 – European Union leaders agreed to extend the deadline for the United Kingdom’s leave of the union to Oct. 31, 2019. Originally, the deadline for the U.K. to leave the EU was Mar. 29, and then it was changed to Apr. 12; but British Prime Minister Theresa May asked for it to be extended to June 30, as Parliament had yet to ratify the withdrawal agreement. The House of Commons has rejected the withdrawal agreement that May negotiated with EU three times already, and she has said that she will step down as prime minister once Brexit is completed. If the U.K. is unable to pass their own withdrawal agreement in time, they will be released from the EU without a deal to transition out. For more details on the current status of Brexit, read the article here.
Apr. 11, 2019 – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He had first been given asylum by Ecuador in 2012, but it was revoked just prior to his arrest. Assange will be extradited to the United States for conspiring to hack military computers, which he did with Chelsea (then called Bradley) Manning in 2010, who was an Army intelligence analyst. In 2012, Assange skipped bail just as he was going to be extradited to Sweden on allegations of sexual assault (which have since been dropped, but he’s still wanted for jumping bail). To read more about Assange’s arrest, read this.
And the bonus – Chicago to become the 51st state? Read more here.
Natalia Mittelstadt is a contributor to the Daily Runner.